Sally McDow is one of Australia’s leading whistleblowing and culture experts with in-depth legal and corporate governance expertise. She has over 20 years of experience in managing culture, reputation whistleblowing, risk and compliance issues across multiple sectors in Australia, North America and Europe; and has worked on international regulatory investigations relating to Sarbanes Oxley, bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering.
Ms McDow was the first whistleblower in Australia to bring a legal action in the Federal Court of Australia in 2016, using whistleblower protections under the Corporations Act. She has also provided input and insights on whistleblowing legislative reform to the federal government, universities, think tanks and institutions globally.
Ms McDow was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland. She holds an MBA from the Beedie Business School (Canada), a Diploma of Corporate Governance from the Chartered Secretaries Institute, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a SAI Global qualified internal auditor.
Ms McDow is a guest instructor for the Griffith University Managing Whistleblowing course, which is part of the Graduate Certificate in Integrity and Anti-corruption and the Masters of Public Administration led by Dr AJ Brown. She regularly speaks at national conferences on whistleblowing, and has been invited to speak at conferences including the Australian Institute of Company Directors Annual Governance Forum, the Governance Risk and Compliance Institute Conference, the Institute of Internal Auditors Conference, the Risk Managers Institute of Australia Conference, the ASIC Annual Forum, the Informa National Conference on Whistleblowing & the Criterion Conference on Whistleblowing.
Ms McDow was the head of client advisory for Your Call whistleblowing solutions, providing whistleblowing program implementation, training and advisory services to hundreds of organisations across Australia. She now provides these services under CPR Partners.