Everything you need to know about the Hunters

Channel 10’s new series Hunted asks the question: If you had to disappear without a trace with a team of elite investigators in pursuit, could you evade capture?

To find out, nine pairs of ordinary Australians will become fugitives in this unique series.

With limited funds and resources, the fugitives must think of ingenious ways to survive and remain undetected on the run for 21 days. Surrounded by surveillance, the fugitives will constantly look over their shoulder, weighing up the risk and return of every move.

Hunting them down are some of the world’s best investigators formerly of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Defence Force (ADF), British Intelligence, special ops and private security alongside skilled cyber analysts who will combine their expertise with replicated powers of state.

The Hunters

Dr. DAVID CRAIG CHIEF

Hunted Chief David Craig is an exemplary Australian law enforcement veteran of considerable experience. As a Detective Superintendent and Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Agent with decades of experience, David led several highprofile investigations, including the 2005 Bali bombings investigation that tracked down SouthEast Asia’s most wanted terrorist, Dr. Azhari.

During his career, David also provided close personal protection (bodyguard) for three Australian Prime Ministers and was deployed to a variety of countries and environments ranging from the jungles of East Timor (2001, United Nations) to the deserts of Afghanistan (20092010, NATO Forces).

BEN OWEN DEPUTY, INTELLIGENCE

Former British Intelligence Officer, Ben Owen is an internationally recognised expert in surveillance and covert operations.

Joining Hunted as Deputy, Intelligence, during his career Ben has gathered intelligence for some of the most highprofile manhunts in recent British history across a 10year intelligence career. Before this, Ben served in the British military as a sniper, and was deployed across the globe, including the Gulf War II aged 19.

REECE DEWAR OAM – DEPUTY, OPERATIONS

As Hunted’s Deputy, Operations, Reece Dewar OAM brings to the investigation a wealth of varied experience drawn from a highly-decorated 30-year career.

During 23 years spent with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in training and operational deployment, Reece served in the Special Operations Command for 12 of these years, and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the Special Operations Community.

Highly experienced in counter-terrorism and offshore recovery operations, following his retirement from the military, Reece served as an advisor to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government in Special Operations, based in UAE for seven years.

JASON EDELSTEIN – LEAD CYBER

Jason Edelstein brings over 20 years of commercial information security experience to the Hunted HQ team, where he takes up the role of Lead Cyber.

He joins Hunted from leading cyber security firm CyberCX, where, as Executive Director Security Testing and Assurance, he leads a 140-strong team of ethical hackers. 

DR KARLA LOPEZ – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST

Primed to reach inside the Fugitives’ minds to drill down into their motivations, strengths and weaknesses, Doctor of Forensic Psychology Karla Lopez, joins the Hunted HQ team.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Karla has held senior psychologist roles within correctional, community health, prison and policing settings, including work for the Department of Justice and Victoria Police.

GRAEME SIMPFENDORFER – LEAD INVESTIGATOR

Having worked on the front line of policing for 27 years, recently retired Victoria Police Detective Sergeant Graeme Simpfendorfer brings his nuanced skillset to Hunted HQ, with experience garnered across policing in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional North- East Victoria.

Calm and analytical by nature, Graeme has worked in the Homicide Squad, Drug Units, on Armed crime taskforces and with Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Units across a highly- decorated and dedicated career.

KERRI COLLINS – LEAD INTEL ANALYST

Kerri Collins brings over 24 years’ experience as a senior intelligence professional in both law enforcement and private sectors, joining the team as Lead Intel Analyst on Hunted.

Kerri spent 13 years with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and was also an inaugural civilian criminal analyst for the Queensland Police Service in 1997.

VIKKI GROUIOS – ETHICAL HACKER

Vikki Grouios brings her sharply-honed ethical hacking skillset to Hunted Cyber team, drawn from years of work and study in the rapidly-evolving field of cyber security.

After earning a Bachelor of Information Communication Technology Network Design and Security, Vikki has since attained a number of ethical hacking industry-based certifications from Offensive Security, CREST, CISCO and SANS, and has more than eight years’ experience working in the cyber security industry.

CARTER SMITH – OPEN-SOURCE INTEL

Carter Smith has a keen passion for Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) across both social and technical domains. With a Bachelor of IT Networks and Cyber Security, Carter has experience in penetration testing across web applications, external and internal network,plus human and physical domains.
 
Part of the Hunted Cyber team, Carter has a passion for learning and discovering the psychological aspects of human interaction with technology, specifically in a cyber security context.

STEPH JENSEN – OPEN-SOURCE INTEL

Ethical hacker, researcher, and cyber security consultant Steph Jensen brings her significant experience as a ‘white hat’ hacker to the crack Cyber team assembled at Hunted HQ.

With Degrees in Computer Software Engineering and Information Technology – Network Security, Steph’s previous experience as a digital forensics specialist for government and in threat intelligence for professional management services, has led to her current role as a Senior Security Consultant, Testing and Assurance.

JAY BANERJI – DIGITAL FORENSICS

Part of the Cyber team as Digital Forensics specialist, Jay Banerji’s work includes forensic acquisition and analysis of computer systems and electronic media, combing through data and evidence in pursuit of clues.

Having worked on various high-profile cyber-attack responses across his career, and with threats to cyber security ever-evolving, Jay knows that the cyber incident responders andnetwork defenders need to be quick and adaptable to stay one step ahead.

TAMARA RUGGEIRO – INTEL OFFICER

A recent Bachelor of Criminology graduate, Tamara Ruggeiro embarks upon one of her first professional positions in her role as an Intel Officer within Hunted HQ.

Supporting the more senior members of the Hunted HQ intelligence team, Tamara will bring to the fore her knowledge in criminal profiling, victimology and forensic science, while utilising critical thought and problem-solving.

TEAMS

JASON SPIVEY – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM ALPHA

Jason Spivey is an accomplished covert surveillance specialist who served for 10 years as a member of the Victorian and Queensland Police Forces, including three years as a tactical operations sniper, Entry Team Member and Water Operations Specialist within the Queensland Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

After leaving the Police force, Jason performed high-risk security roles in Iraq before establishing a private investigation firm. The business expanded to add close protection operations and high-risk security and surveillance operations throughout Australia, New
Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan.

MICHELLE CORLETT – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM ALPHA

Former Queensland Police Officer Michelle Corlett is a skilled former law-enforcement professional who served in the Mounted Police Unit, Intelligence Branch, was an Investigator within the Weapons Licensing Branch and a Police Firearms and Operational
Skills & Tactics Trainer. She also undertook training as an Army Reservist.

After leaving the police, Michelle has continued to work as an Investigator across various government agencies and also ran her own business as a fitness trainer.

LUKE ANDREWS – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM BRAVO

A 17-year Australian Military veteran, Luke Andrews spent 10 years as a Special Forces soldier within the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), including multiple deployments to Afghanistan.

With razor-sharp skills including counter-terrorism, escape and evasion, visual tracking and a comprehensive understanding of mission planning, Luke will always try to think one step ahead of the Fugitives. Since leaving the Army, Luke has studied an MBA and now works for a veteran non-for-profit, and runs a coaching and mentoring consultancy part time.

MARCO O’HEHIR – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM BRAVO

A serving Australian Defence Force member for 15 years, former Australian SAS Operator Marco O’Hehir was deployed on operations as a combat assault dog handler and sniper.

Having completed tours of duty to East Timor, Southern Iraq and multiple tours to Afghanistan, Marco’s unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for service in Afghanistan.

Marco went on to become Victoria Police Special Operations Group Tactical Working Dog Handler, and with a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) to his name, today Marco runs a bespoke K9 training and consulting company.

CLANCY ROBERTS – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM CHARLIE

With 12 years’ military experience, former sniper team leader and Special Forces Operator Clancy Roberts has strong leadership and teamwork skills earnt across various combat operations.

A recipient of the Infantry Combat Badge and Commendation for Brave Conduct during his military career, upon retirement from the army, Clancy has specialised in high level security, including working for the Sydney Opera House. He also provides high level security consultation to corporate entities.

HOWIE DAWSON – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM CHARLIE

An 11-year veteran of the Australian Special Forces, Howard ‘Howie’ Dawson was deployed on numerous high-risk operations across his career, including Afghanistan. With five years’ spent in the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), Howie also served extensively in the Tactical Assault Group (West) domestic counter-terrorism teams.

Since retiring from the Army, Howie has worked in the private security sector on a range of government, commercial and private contracts in Australia and abroad, for both land-based and maritime security operations. He now runs a skills training consultancy.

KELLIE ANDREWS – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM DELTA

Former Victorian Police Officer Kellie Andrews spent seven years in the force, working in the uniform branch across multiple stations. During her policing tenure Kellie completed a considerable stint within the Specials Unit, a hand-picked group of members trained in covert and investigation skills across specially tasked operations, including drug labs and motor vehicle theft.

With additional experience in plain clothes response teams, Kellie worked in both regional and metropolitan Victoria, giving her a solid understanding of the territory where the Fugitives may hide.

RHONDA MURRAY – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM DELTA

Former Victoria Police Detective Rhonda Murray joins the Hunted ranks following an esteemed law enforcement career, including extensive work within the Sexual Offences unit. Rhonda moved from Victoria Police to the Federal Public Service where she established and led numerous investigation sections and recently joined forces with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Taskforce to tackle organised crime into Government programs.

Holding an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Rhonda is skilled in investigations, intelligence gathering and covert operations, as well as risk analysis and mitigation.

JEREMY HARGREAVES – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM ECHO

Former Australian Special Forces officer Jeremy Hargreaves brings 25 years’ experience to his Ground Hunter role on Hunted.

During his career, Jeremy has commanded special operations missions in the South Pacific, South East Asia, Iraq and Afghanistan – as well as leading an international team of special operations instructors in the development of a key Middle Eastern Allies Special Operations
and Counter Terrorism capability to combat Al Qaeda and Islamic State militants.

KIM CULPIN – GROUND HUNTER, TEAM ECHO

Former Victorian Police Senior Detective Kim Culpin joins the Hunted team following a distinguished career of more than 12 years with Victoria Police. Kim was a Senior Detective and an undercover operative with the Victoria Police Drug Squad. She was also a member of
the Directing staff on the Victoria Police Undercover course.

Skilled in negotiation techniques, surveillance, communications and investigation, Kim went on to diversify her career, spending 20 years as a passionate and dedicated leader in the Community Services sector and receiving an Australia Day award for Community Leadership.

Hunted is an Endemol Shine Australia production for Network 10.