Rebecca has a background in counter-terrorism, law enforcement and the legal system. Working as a Senior Analyst within the Queensland Police Security and Counter-Terrorism Group for a number of years, Rebecca gained valuable experience and led protective security projects, engaged in national security working groups, and initiated a new way of moving forward in protecting crowded places through adapting a program in place in the UK.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Justice (Dist), Dip.Gov. (Security), and Prince2 Project Management qualifications, Rebecca travelled overseas in 2017 to train with the UK National Counter-Terrorism Security Office and Met Police to gain specialist qualifications in counter-terrorism. She is now a qualified Counter-terrorism Security Co-ordinator for major events and one of two UK-trained Counter-Terrorism Security Advisors for crowded places in the southern hemisphere. During her time with Queensland Police, Rebecca travelled extensively through regional Queensland, multiple Australian capital cities, and internationally.
She has guest lectured at Queensland University of Technology as a subject matter expert for the ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ unit and regularly works as a sessional academic. In 2019, Rebecca commenced her Doctor of Philosophy with the QUT Faculty of Law, supervised by Associate Prof. Mark Lauchs and Dr Cassandra Cross. The research centres on siege methodologies, terrorism, and the coronial inquest into the Lindt cafe attack.
Prior to law enforcement, Rebecca worked in academia and specialised in practical criminology, organised crime and illicit tobacco. Her work was presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco and published in the Cambridge University Journal of Financial Crime in 2017. She has also worked in research at Queensland Parliamentary Services and the Queensland Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.