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  • Second Commissioners

    Bruce Quigley

    Bruce led delivery of the compliance program which outlines to the community both the areas of risk that will attract the interest of the ATO and the compliance response to those risks.

    Bruce has degrees in accounting and law and is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Tax Institute. He is admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

    Bruce has wide experience in tax design and administration, having been with the ATO for over 40 years. During the implementation of The New Tax System, Bruce led the team working with Treasury and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel on the design and development of the GST and other indirect tax laws.

    He is considered an international expert in GST and has advised overseas jurisdictions and presented papers at international conferences.

    Prior to his current role, Bruce held several senior management positions in the ATO, the most recent being Deputy Chief Tax Counsel and National Program Manager of the Tax Counsel Network.

    Bruce's term as Second Commissioner runs from 18 December 2006 to 17 December 2013.

    Geoff Leeper PSM

    During 2012–13 Geoff led the ATO enterprise systems, technology and operations functions. He was also responsible for oversight of the Australian Business Register, Standard Business Reporting and ATO's knowledge management strategy.

    Geoff has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and has worked in the Australian Public Service for over 30 years. He has experience in policy development, program design and implementation, service delivery and corporate management. Much of his policy advising experience has centred around the interaction of the tax and social security systems, with particular attention to income testing and effective marginal tax rates in the income support and family payments areas.

    Geoff has a wealth of policy, program and operational experience with particular strengths in organisational reform, people management and change management. In 2008, Geoff successfully led the negotiations for the adoption of significant reforms in national housing policy and programs. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for this work in 2011.

    Geoff's term as Second Commissioner runs from 13 September 2012 to 12 September 2019.

    Neil Olesen

    From October 2012, Neil had responsibility for the ATO's law practice, corporate governance, people and revenue management. The role included chairing the ATO's Audit Committee, and overseeing the ATO's relationships with its external scrutineers.

    Neil has a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma in Taxation Law.

    Neil has over 30 years experience in tax and superannuation administration, including designing and implementing new tax laws, helping to ensure compliance with existing laws, and leading major change initiatives.

    Neil commenced his career as a graduate in the ATO and his early roles focused on matters arising from the tax avoidance era of the 1970s and 1980s. A two-year stint working in a Minister's office in the 1990s was followed by roles designing new tax and superannuation laws to give effect to government policy.

    Over the last decade, Neil's roles have focused on corporate governance, stakeholder relations, and compliance. For the five years prior to his current role, Neil was Deputy Commissioner Superannuation.

    Neil's term as Second Commissioner runs from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2020.

    Last modified: 09 Oct 2014QC 42755