Mark Loves is a former Police Officer (NSW Detective Sergeant) with extensive experience in criminal investigation and intelligence (over 14 years). During his police career he led teams conducting major criminal investigations across New South Wales, as well as leading a national intelligence project focusing on outlaw motorcycle gangs. He is a recipient of the NSW Police Medal, NSW Police Commissioners Scholarship and was twice awarded by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) for excellence in the criminal intelligence field.
Mark also worked at the NSW State Rail Authorities (SRA) anti-corruption unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and management of all internal fraud and corruption matters. Mark then joined telecommunications company Optus where he spent eleven years as National Corporate Security Manager, managing all aspects of the company’s corporate security, risk and fraud control environments. He led project teams on both domestic and international security projects including projects in Singapore, India, China, French Guiana and Indonesia and was appointed by Attorney General (Hon.) Phillip Ruddock as (Communications) sector representative on the Prime Minister’s Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council (CIAC). As a result, he was also positively vetted to a top-secret national security clearance level.
He left the private sector in 2006 to pursue a career in academia, as Senior Lecturer / Post Graduate Program Manager for the Wollongong University’s Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention. More recently, he has worked in the Internal Ombudsman’s role for a NSW local council. He completed his PhD in 2015, the focus of which was corruption investigation and the functions of civil review anti-corruption agencies.
Mark has comprehensive experience in conducting workplace investigations and, in particular, allegations of serious misconduct at work that may overlap with criminal investigation or that concern behaviours that are inconsistent with relevant code of conduct in the workplace.
- Misconduct investigation into complaints from multiple employees regarding inappropriate conduct of other employees.
- Misconduct investigation into disclosures under the PID Act about the alleged corrupt conduct of a senior manager and multiple members of his team.
- Misconduct investigation into allegations of bullying against senior staff.
Code of Conduct review examples
- Section 430 Inquiry (NSW Local Government Act 1993);
- Serious misconduct investigation involving a General Manager;
- Compulsory acquisition of land compliance audit;
- Sexism and harassment investigation involving councillors;
- Serious misconduct investigation / regulatory and enforcement;
- Harassment complaints against Mayor; and
- Recreation Park fraud.
Education and Qualifications
Associate Diploma (Crim Jus)
Bachelor Social Science
Master of Arts (Criminal Intelligence)
Graduate Certificate in Risk Management
Certificate in Fraud Management (with Distinction)
Diploma of Security (Risk Management)
Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management
Professional Certificate (Anti-Corruption)
Doctor of Philosophy
Certificate in Anti-Corruption
Company Directors Diploma