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The executive team


Chief Commissioner

The Hon John Hatzistergos AM

The Hon John Hatzistergos AM was appointed Chief Commissioner for a five-year term from 7 August 2022. Mr Hatzistergos was called to the NSW Bar in 1989 and practised as a barrister from 1989 to 2003, and from 2012 to 2014. During 2014 and 2015, Mr Hatzistergos was commissioned by the NSW Government to conduct a 12-month review of the Bail Act 2013. From 2012 to 2014, Mr Hatzistergos was an examiner at the Australian Crime Commission. He was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of NSW in 2014, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the  University of Technology Sydney from 2011 to 2021.

Between 2003 and 2011, Mr Hatzistergos was a minister in the NSW Government, holding portfolios including Attorney General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations. He was Chair of the Joint Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption from 1999 to 2003.


The Hon Helen Murrell SC

The Hon Helen Murrell SC was appointed part-time Commissioner for a five-year term from 7 August 2022. Ms Murrell recently retired as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the ACT, a position she held since 2013. She was called to the NSW Bar in 1981 and appointed Senior Counsel in 1995.

Prior to her role as Chief Justice, Ms Murrell was a Judge of the District Court of NSW from 1996 to 2013. Her prior appointments include Deputy Chairperson of the NSW Medical Tribunal, Senior Judge of the Drug Court of NSW, President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of NSW and Deputy President of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal of NSW (Equal Opportunity Division) and acting Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Ms Murrell has a longstanding interest in therapeutic jurisprudence and judicial education, and from 2016 to 2020 was Chair of the National Judicial College of Australia.

The Hon Paul Lakatos SC

The Hon Paul Lakatos SC was appointed part-time Commissioner for a five-year term commencing 12 September 2022.

Mr Lakatos was appointed as a Judge of the District Court of NSW in 2008 and as President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in 2019. He has extensive legal experience and legal qualifications, having been appointed to the NSW Bar in 1984 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2005. His work as a barrister included criminal law, administrative law, and the conduct of, and Counsel Assisting for, various coronial and other inquiries including ICAC hearings.

Chief Executive Officer

Philip Reed

Philip Reed was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission on 2 July 2018.

Mr Reed has over 35 years’ experience in public sector administration across four government jurisdictions (NSW, Queensland, Victoria and most recently the Australian Government).  He has extensive experience in leading and implementing reforms across a wide range of policy areas, and has a track record of delivering outcomes in large, complex, service delivery organisations. He has a very good understanding of public sector leadership and the environment in which it operates, and also has extensive experience in how government works, including the Cabinet and Parliamentary processes and procedures.

Prior to joining the ICAC, Mr Reed was the CEO of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, between June 2014 and March 2018. He was Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and Director-General of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts in the Queensland Government. He also held senior roles in the Victorian Government, including Deputy Secretary, Government and Corporate Group in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Under Secretary of the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

In NSW, Mr Reed held a variety of roles over a 20-year period including Branch Manager, Cabinet Secretariat, and Policy Manager, Natural Resources Branch in the Cabinet Office, General Manager, Corporate Governance in NSW WorkCover, and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability.

Solicitor to the Commission/Executive Director, Legal Division

Roy Waldon LLB (Hons)

Roy Waldon was appointed to the position of Solicitor to the Commission/Executive Director, Legal, in June 2005.

Mr Waldon previously practised law both in Tasmania and NSW before joining the ICAC.

Executive Director, Investigation Division

Bernadette Dubois

Bernadette Dubois was appointed Executive Director, Investigation Division, on 30 January 2020. Ms Dubois joined the Commission as a Chief Investigator in 2004.  

Ms Dubois commenced her career with the NSW Police in 1984, where she undertook various roles including uniform duties, and as a Detective including with Bondi Detectives, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of the Solicitor and Special Crime and Internal Affairs. Ms Dubois moved to Western Australia in 2002 where she was a Chief Investigator with the then Western Australian Anti-Corruption Commission and later a consultant to the Western Australian Police Force, Professional Standards Command.

Executive Director, Corruption Prevention Division

Lewis Rangott BEc (Hons) MCom

Lewis Rangott started his corruption prevention career at the Commission in 2003 as a senior corruption prevention officer and principal officer. He then held senior corruption prevention roles in the public and private sectors before being appointed to the position of Executive Director, Corruption Prevention, in May 2017. Mr Rangott is also a certified fraud examiner.

Executive Director, Corporate Services Division

Michelle Ward (Acting)