Chief Commissioner

The Hon Peter Hall QC

The Hon Peter Hall QC was appointed Chief Commissioner for a five-year term from 7 August 2017. Mr Hall was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 1970, and was admitted to the Bar Association of NSW in June 1974. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1992.

Mr Hall acted as counsel assisting the Building Industry Royal Commission and the inquiry into the Waterfall Train Disaster. He is a previous Assistant Commissioner of the ICAC, and has also acted as Counsel Assisting the Commission.

Mr Hall was appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2005 as a Judge in the Common Law Division, and has also sat in the Equity Division, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Criminal Trial Division. He retired from the Supreme Court in December 2016.

Areas of professional interest include the principles of unconscionability, fair dealing and duress in the formation of contractual relationships; integrity principles in government and public administration; and commissions of inquiry – powers and procedures. Publications include Unconscionable Contracts and Economic Duress (1985) (CCH) and Investigating Corruption and Misconduct in Public Office: Commissions of Inquiry Powers and Procedures (2004) (Lawbook C. Thomson Legal) – second edition currently in progress.

Commissioners

Ms Patricia McDonald SC

Patricia (Trish) McDonald SC was appointed part-time Commissioner for a five-year term from 7 August 2017.

Ms McDonald is an honours graduate in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney and from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Civil Law (Hons).

She practises at the NSW Bar and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.  Ms McDonald has specialised in large and complex litigation and has specialist expertise in litigation involving corporate fraud, tax avoidance, breach of director’s duties, drug importation and terrorism.

She also practises in employment and industrial law and in regulatory and civil penalty matters. Ms McDonald has appeared as Counsel Assisting and for interested parties in inquests and Royal Commissions. Ms McDonald has an interest in sports law, having appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and is a member of the AFL NSW/ACT Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Stephen Rushton SC

Stephen Rushton SC was appointed part-time Commissioner for a five-year term from 7 August 2017.

Mr Rushton completed his tertiary studies at the University of Sydney. He was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1979. He was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in 1981. 

Before being called to the Bar in 1986, Mr Rushton practiced as a solicitor in a large commercial firm and subsequently at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth). He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000.

Prior to his appointment as a Commissioner a significant part of Mr Rushton’s practice involved matters before investigatory bodies and commissions of inquiry including the ICAC, the Police Integrity Commission, and the NSW Coroner’s Court.

Since 1997 Mr Rushton has held the statutory position of Environmental Counsel to the Environment Protection Authority. He is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association and the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.

 

Solicitor to the Commission/Executive Director, Legal Division

Mr 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

Mr John Hoitink

 

John Hoitink was appointed Executive Director, Investigation, on 25 September 2017. Mr Hoitink's law enforcement career commenced in 1979 with the then ACT police and subsequently the Australian Federal Police in Canberra, where he undertook various roles including CIB duties, internal investigations and training. Mr Hoitink transferred to Brisbane in the early 1990s where he undertook state, national and international investigations with the AFP and partner enforcement organisations. Mr Hoitink was a designated detective and completed three tours of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus. He moved to the Australian Tax Office in 2000 where he was a manager in the serious non-compliance branch in Brisbane, before joining the ICAC in 2004. Mr Hoitink was a chief investigator prior to his current appointment and holds diplomas in management (government) and investigations.

 

Executive Director, Corruption Prevention Division

Mr 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

Mr Andrew Koureas MComm (Accounting) BComm LLB FCPA

Andrew Koureas was appointed to the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services, in October 2008.
Mr Koureas has held senior positions in finance and accounting within the public sector including the NSW Department of Housing and NSW Health. He is a fellow member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.