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Our people

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 Reginald Blanch AM QC

The Hon Reginald Blanch AM QC was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission in August 2020, following an appointment to act in the role from February 2020.

Chief Commissioner Blanch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1963 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1966 from the University of Sydney. In 1973 he was admitted as a barrister and appointed as a Public Defender. In 1980 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and as the Deputy Senior Public Defender. Chief Commissioner Blanch was appointed Crown Advocate in 1984 and in 1987 he was appointed as the first Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW. In his role at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Chief Commissioner Blanch was responsible for bringing together the various prosecution bodies in the state and creating one independent prosecuting agency consisting of over 500 staff members. This involved setting up management structures, IT services, victim support services and infrastructure support.

In February 2004, Chief Commissioner Blanch was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court and in December 2004, he was appointed as the Chief Judge of the District Court. As the Chief Judge, he continued to sit in the Supreme Court from time to time, in both the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Court of Appeal. For the duration of his time as the Chief Judge, Chief Commissioner Blanch was Chair of the Medical Tribunal and towards the end of his term, he was appointed President of the Dust Diseases Tribunal.

Following Chief Commissioner Blanch’s retirement from the Courts in 2014, he was appointed Chairman of the Serious Offenders Review Council for a term of 3 years.

In June 2016, Chief Commissioner Blanch was appointed as Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and in November 2016, he was appointed to act as Commissioner until August 2017.

In 2018/2019, he presided over the Inquiry into the conviction of a woman for the killing of her four children.

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

(This position is currently vacant)

CEO and General Counsel Ms Michelle O’Brien

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission CEO and General Counsel is Ms Michelle O'Brien. This role is responsible for the delivery of all corporate and legal services to the Commission, including the employment of staff with the necessary skills and experience to perform the functions of the Commission within its statutory and budgetary framework. 

Ms O’Brien graduated with a BA, LLB from the University of New South Wales in 1986. She practised as a solicitor in a number of firms before joining the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service as a lawyer in 1994. She was the Commission Solicitor at the Police Integrity Commission, which was established following the Royal Commission. Ms O’Brien became an accredited specialist in Government and Administrative Law in 2015 and joined the LECC in 2017.