Simon Taylor - Director

Background - Simon has worked for the last 15 years providing probity and advisory services to NSW government agencies – since January 2014 as a full–time probity advisor for Procure Group, for 3 years as a Manager in the Governance Branch for RMS and as an ICAC Senior Investigator for 8 years before that.

For the past 2 years, Simon has carried out the role of Probity Services Team Manager within Procure Group, having responsibility for the co-ordination of other probity resources on large projects, reviewing reports / advice prepared by other Procure staff and assisting with training, in addition to providing probity services for his own clients. Simon has recently become a Director of Procure Group.

Major infrastructure experience – During his work for RMS and the ICAC in particular he has had involvement in major infrastructure projects and has reviewed a variety of procurement processes, identifying deficiencies and advising / reporting to senior management on potential improvements and appropriate probity controls and risk mitigation strategies. Since joining Procure and working full time as a probity advisor, Simon has expanded his experience and knowledge in public sector procurement processes including public private partnerships (PPPs), D&C, managing contractor and traditional procurement approaches. He also brings a strong capability at conducting detailed investigations of probity matters.

Independent Commission Against Corruption - From his time with the ICAC, Simon has developed a firm understanding of the ICAC probity fundamentals and applied these - whilst assisting the ICAC Corruption Prevention Section in the preparation of material for Public Inquiries and developing ICAC material to improve public sector performance.

RMS experience - Simon’s role as Fraud and Corruption Investigations Manager involved the investigation of allegations regarding RMS staff or processes that potentially involved corrupt conduct. Allegations included breaches of procurement guidelines, conflicts of interest, manipulation of tender processes, breach of confidentiality and misuse of confidential information.