Paul O’Brien spent 26 years in Victoria Police in general duties, criminal investigation, prosecutions, task forces and various management roles including the establishment of the Victoria Police ‘Airlie’ Leadership Centre.
In 2008 Paul was invited to be a Visiting Fellow at the highly respected Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in Manly NSW.
In mid-2010, Paul established his present company, Leadership Matters. He has since provided leadership and change management services to a broad range of clients. Paul is also an inspirational public speaker.
Outside of work, Paul’s life experiences include; trekking in Nepal; fishing for piranha; sky diving; visiting a mosque in Central Java; swimming in the Amazon; walking the Great Wall of China; running 42.15km; chatting with astronauts; engaging Iraqi Police Generals; diving on a submarine; bicycle riding kayaking Bass Strait and; playing competitive sports.
Paul holds a Masters in Leadership & Management. He is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, an Australian Human Resources Institute member, a board member for Outside the Locker Room and an Ethics Committee member for NIODA.
Paul is also a recipient of the Police National Medal and the Police (Ethical & Professional) Service Medal (25 years).
Paul O’Brien was a 26-year police veteran. After retiring, he was diagnosed with cancer, depression and anxiety and also experienced other life challenges.
Paul overcame all this and, in the process, rode a bike 235kms and kayaked Bass Strait.
This is his story of inspiration and triumph.