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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 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.

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.