The LECC is not part of the NSW Police Force. It is an independent and impartial body.
The LECC employs a variety of experienced people with professional and specialised skills.
The LECC has a policy of not employing serving or former NSW Police Force or NSW Crime Commission officers. Any police investigators are drawn from other Australian and overseas police services.
Our Senior Executive Team
Chief Commissioner the Hon M F Adams QC
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Chief Commissioner, the Hon M F Adams QC, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney in 1969. He practised as a barrister in NSW and occasionally in other states and territories. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988, Mr Adams was a part-time Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission from 1996 to 2006. Before taking up the position of Chief Commissioner of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission in February 2017, Mr Adams had served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW since 1998.
Commissioner for Integrity the Hon Lea Drake
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Commissioner for Integrity, the Hon Lea Drake, joined the Commission in April 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Drake was a Senior Deputy President with the Fair Work Commission from 1994 to 2017 (who, by virtue of s 63 (2) of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) held the same rank, status and precedence of a Justice of the Federal Court). Commissioner Drake was previously a partner at MacMahon and Drake Solicitors, a Councillor and Chairperson of the Professional Misconduct Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales and a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of NSW. Commissioner Drake’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma of Industrial Relations and Labour Law from the University of Sydney. Commissioner Drake was admitted as a solicitor in 1976.
Commissioner for Oversight
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Commissioner for Oversight Mr Patrick Saidi joined the Commission in June 2017. Prior to his appointment, Mr Saidi was at the private bar where he appeared in many important and high profile inquests and Commissions of Inquiry. Mr Saidi is a graduate from the University of Sydney with a B.Ec and also a graduate of the University of New South Wales with a LL.B.
The Commissioner for Oversight may monitor or oversight any NSWPF investigation or Crime Commission investigation with respect to a notifiable misconduct matter relating to officer misconduct, officer maladministration or agency maladministration, in addition to monitoring or oversighting the conduct of NSWPF critical incident investigations.
Chief Executive Officer Ms Amber Williams
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Chief Executive Officer formulates and implements the LECC’s vision, workforce capability and overall strategic direction.
As the LECC agency head, the CEO carries out the employer functions of the NSW Government in relation to public service senior executives, non-executive employees and statutory officers and provides the leadership direction and governance necessary to ensure successful delivery against commission and financial goals.
Chief Executive Officer Ms Amber Williams was previously Executive Director, Strategic Human Resources for the Department of Justice, with a workforce of approximately 14,000. At the Department of Justice, Ms Williams was responsible for leading and setting the strategic direction of the HR Division whilst ensuring operational delivery of business projects and key workplace reforms.
Solicitor to the Commission
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Solicitor to the Commission is Ms Michelle O'Brien. The Solicitor to the Commission acts as the Chief Legal Advisor for the Commission, delivering high level strategic legal advice to support the Chief Commissioner, Commissioners and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with respect to the legal operations of the agency. The Solicitor to the Commission develops and oversees the provision of legal services, identification and management of legal risk and projects, as well as satisfying the legal, strategic and operational needs of the LECC.
The Solicitor to the Commission is a member of the LECC’s Executive Committee and is responsible for leading the Commission’s legal services team.