Argus Probity – Experts in Probity and Procurement Governance

Argus Probity Managing Director Lindsey Alford, Director Joseph Manner, and Consultants Jillian Francis, John Burn, and Robert Laidely, together draw on more than 30 years combined experience providing probity services to government. All team members have legal qualifications.

Argus Probity clients receive only the experience and expertise of this executive team. This assures clients that advice is based upon a solid foundation of integrity, knowledge and principle, providing a probity framework for projects regardless of scale or complexity.

In addition to their legal qualifications in commercial, administrative contracts and construction law, the extensive experience of Argus Probity in government and regulatory matters, benefits clients considerably. Their expertise ideally equips the Argus Probity Team to understand the legal complexities of probity and procurement governance, and the legislative framework in which public procurement, and implementation of policy is conducted.

The Argus Probity Team offers a unique insight and understanding into the tender and procurement process. Argus Probity can provide you with the executive expertise needed to ensure your project meets the probity principles of government procurement.

Joseph Manner

Joseph Manner

Director, Joseph Manner, a Barrister-at-Law, is a Professional Probity Advisor with over 20 years’ experience in the property development, government and finance sectors managing and advising upon residential, commercial, industrial, tourism, educational and aged care development within the Government and private sectors at project values of up to $9 billion including the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2, City and South West Rail Link in Sydney, and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Joseph has undertaken work for both Government and the private sector, managing all aspects of the property development and financial backing process

Lindsey Alford

Lindsey Alford

Managing Director, Lindsey Alford is published author in probity, a Barrister-at-Law, and is considered an expert in the field of probity advisory and auditing. His article, ‘Tendering for Government Businesses: process contracts, good faith, fair dealing, and probity’ appeared in the Australian Law Journal and is cited in Seddon’s Government Contracts text. His experience, over 20 years in probity, has resulted in him having obtained the confidence of the highest levels of the State Government executive branch.

Lindsey has completed over 220 Probity Advisory and Probity Auditing assignments. He has, with Joseph Manner, provided probity advisory and auditing to some of the largest projects in Queensland and New South Wales including the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2, City and South West Rail Link in Sydney, and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Jillian K Francis

Jillian K Francis

Consultant, Jillian Francis, a Barrister-at-Law, brings very specialised expertise into her role as a Probity Advisor and Auditor having previously worked for Parliament House Canberra, the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in its Law Enforcement Division, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House.

Jillian was called to the Bar in 2010. She has developed a broad practice field in medical and professional negligence, disciplinary proceedings, general commercial and contract law, intellectual property, consumer law, human rights and migration law.

Since 2011, Jillian has authored many loose-leaf and online services for Thomson Reuters, legal publishers.

Prior to her admission as a barrister, Jillian worked as an Associate at Baker & McKenzie, a leading international law firm, practising commercial litigation within the Dispute Resolution Group in Sydney.

Jillian holds double degrees in Law and International Relations, majoring in Global Governance and Diplomacy, having been the recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship awarded by Bond University in 2002.

Jillian formerly served as an Executive Councillor of New South Wales Young Lawyers and has chaired various CLE seminars and Women in Law events, as well as attending as speaker for various organisations such as the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

Currently she is an associate member of the Queensland Law Society and member of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland, Bar Pro Bono Referral Service and the Queensland Bar Association.

John Burn

John Burn

Consultant John Burn is a very experienced Procurement and Supply Chain Professional, with extensive experience in Commonwealth and State Government Procurement and Procurement Policies.

He is a Direct Associate to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply providing training on Probity, Procurement, Contract Management and related topics for that Professional body,

John's extensive experience includes:
Probity advice and audits • Provide Probity advice to state & commonwealth funded bodies for specific Procurement Projects • Audit and advise State Government departments on their compliance with state policies and procedures.

Training for Procurement Professionals for both ArcBlue and CIPS • Probity in Procurement • Introduction to Procurement • Contract Management • Advanced Contract Management • Contract Management (Infrastructure)

Project Management of Procurement & Supply Chain improvement projects, including • Development of Category Management and Strategic Sourcing Strategies • Procurement Policy and Process development and Implementation • Contract and Vendor Management Process development and Implementation • Business and Operational requirements identification • Stakeholder engagement and management • Benefits identification and management

Project Management of IT acquisition projects

Project Management of ERP Improvement Projects • Negotiation Skills • Category Management • Strategic Procurement

Working with the senior stakeholdfers to develop a strategy for Social Procurement that would increase the ESG benefits from procurement activities.

Previous Contracts have included: Glencore, Public Trustee Queensland, QBuild, James Cook University, NQPHN, Glencore, Origin Energy, Aurizon, Seqwater, Ausgrid, Aquila & Western Medicare Local

Robert Laidely

Robert Laidely

Consultant, Robert was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2005. He worked as a solicitor at both Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Crown Law before commencing his practice as a Barrister-at-Law in 2010. Robert has maintained a strong regulatory focus in his almost two-decades of legal practice. He has carried out various regulatory audit and review projects, been a sitting Member of the Building and Development Tribunal and has regularly been called upon by both government and industry clients to provide targeted regulatory advice and skilled advocacy.

Since 2022 he has focused on providing regulatory consulting services as Principal of the firm, In-House Connect. Robert brings extensive knowledge and experience in the application of administrative law and regulatory process requirements.




Probity Auditing & Advice

Need help with the legal complexities of probity governance and the relative legislative framework?

Argus Probity is a panel member of the Queensland and NSW Government's Standing Offer Arrangement for the provision of Professional Services, Probity Advisors and Probity Auditors for Procurement QGP0050-18 for the Whole of QLD Government and SCM005 for NSW.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

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