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Leadership team

Statutory appointments

The Director of Public Prosecutions is the head of NSW's independent prosecution service.
The Director is appointed under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 by the NSW Attorney General, for a 10-year term.

The ODPP's other senior office holders are also appointed under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 by the NSW Attorney General.

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Sally Dowling SC
Director of Public Prosecutions

Sally Dowling SC was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions on 16 August 2021.

Sally graduated from Sydney University in 1994 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1995. 

After graduating, Sally worked as an associate to Justice Hill in the Federal Court, and the following year took a position in the commercial firm Deacon Graham and James. 

She was admitted to the Bar in 1997 and worked in private practice until 2002 when she was appointed a Crown Prosecutor and joined the ODPP. In her 16 years in the Office, Sally prosecuted hundreds of matters, at trial and on appeal. She was appointed senior counsel in 2013 and in 2016 was appointed a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and head of the Appeals Unit in 2016. 

In 2017, Sally was appointed to the Racing Appeals Tribunal NSW, and in 2019 acted as senior counsel assisting the Special Commission of Inquiry into Crystal Methylamphetamine. 

In 2020 Sally returned to the private Bar and worked from Wardell Chambers, appearing in coronial inquests and in criminal and regulatory matters both for the prosecution and defence.  

Sally has a long-term commitment to public service and voluntary work. She has consistently volunteered her time to mentor junior practitioners and is a regular contributor to the continuing legal education of solicitors and barristers in NSW. She has served on multiple committees of the Bar Association, including Education Committee, the Silk Selection Committee, the Equal Opportunity Committee and the Professional Conduct Committee. 

Huw Baker SC
Huw Baker SC
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions

Huw Baker SC was appointed as a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in June 2019.
 
Mr Baker SC has been with the ODPP since 1993. He worked as a solicitor and then as a trial advocate in the Sydney and Western Sydney offices. He was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 2005 and has appeared in some of our most complex jury trials in the District Court and the Supreme Court. Mr Baker SC was appointed Senior Counsel in September 2017 and as Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in March 2018. Mr Baker SC appears in the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court of Australia.

Frank Veltro
Frank Veltro SC
Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions

Frank Veltro SC was appointed as an Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions on 5 May 2021.

Mr Veltro SC was a solicitor with the ODPP from 1988 -1992 before taking up an  appointment as prosecuting counsel in Hong Kong. Upon his return in 1998 he practiced at the Bar in NSW. He was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 2000, and Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2019. 

Mr Veltro SC was appointed Senior Counsel on
30 September 2020. Prior to his appointment as Acting Deputy Director, Mr Veltro SC was the Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor for Sydney West.

Michelle England
Michelle England
Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions

Michelle England was appointed an Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in February 2022.

After practising as a solicitor at a leading commercial firm and later at the Crown Solicitor’s Office, Ms England was called to the bar in 2006. There, she had an extensive trial and appellate practice in criminal and administrative law. Ms England practised across a broad range of jurisdictions, with a focus on drug and terrorism trials in the District and Supreme Courts and appeals in the Court of Criminal Appeal (including a year in the Court of Criminal Appeal Unit of the Office in 2018).  

Ms England was appointed as a Crown Prosecutor and Acting Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor (including for the Sydney West Region) in 2021. Since her appointment as a Crown Prosecutor, Ms England has appeared in numerous murder trials and on appeals in the Court of Criminal Appeal and in the High Court.  

Ms England has a long-standing commitment to leadership and mentoring. She has been an Australian company director of a large international anti-slavery organisation and has run prosecutor training with a focus on gender based violence a number of times overseas. Ms England has also been a member of NSW Bar Association Professional Conduct Committees and the Criminal Law Committee.

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Craig Hyland
Solicitor for Public Prosecutions

Craig Hyland was appointed Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in February 2015.

Mr Hyland has more than 25 years’ experience in the criminal justice system. He has been a solicitor, a manager and a senior executive in the ODPP NSW. He was appointed Solicitor for Public Prosecutions in Victoria in 2009 and held that role until his appointment to his current position.

Mr Hyland graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in May 1985. He holds post graduate qualifications in Public Administration from the University of Sydney.

Ken McKay
Ken McKay SC
Acting Senior Crown Prosecutor

Ken McKay was appointed Acting Senior Crown Prosecutor on 5 December 2021.

Mr McKay SC has over 34 years’ experience as a prosecutor with the ODPP, commencing his practice as a solicitor in 1987 and later practising as a solicitor advocate.  

In 2000 Mr McKay SC was appointed as a Crown Prosecutor and appointed as a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2017. He has appeared in some of our most complex and high-profile jury trials in the District Court and Supreme Court.

Mr McKay SC was appointed Senior Counsel on 30 September 2020. Prior to his appointment as Acting Senior Crown Prosecutor, Mr McKay SC was the Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor for Sydney West.

Last updated | 21 Mar 2022