Director / Senior office holders

Director of Public Prosecutions

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.

Lloyd BabbLloyd Babb SC was appointed the third NSW Director of Public Prosecutions in July 2011.

Mr Babb was admitted as a barrister in 1995, after having worked as a solicitor in private practice and for the ODPP. He was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 1998. From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded as Director of the Criminal Law Review Division of the Attorney General's Department and was an Acting Public Defender from 2006 until 2007.He was appointed Senior Counsel and Crown Advocate in 2007.

Mr Babb was a member of the Bar Council of the Bar Association of New South Wales between 1995 and 2000.

Deputy Directors of Public Prosecutions

Peter McGrath

Peter McGrath SC was appointed as a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in April 2018.

Mr McGrath started his career at the Commonwealth DPP and from there moved to the private Bar. He appeared as counsel assisting the Coroner, and at Police Integrity Commission hearings. Mr McGrath was junior counsel for NSW Police during the Wood Royal Commission, and for Corrective Services during ICAC's inquiry into prison informers. He was then appointed a Crown Prosecutor and was with the ODPP for six years before being appointed a Deputy Senior Public Defender.

 

Huw Baker

Huw Baker SC was appointed as a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in June 2019.

Mr Baker has been with the ODPP since 1993, when he started as a legal clerk in the Director’s Secretariat. He moved on to work as a solicitor and then as a trial advocate in both 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 and as junior counsel in the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court. 

Mr Baker was appointed Senior Counsel in September 2017 and as the Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in March 2018.  Prior to his appointment as Acting Deputy Director, Mr Baker was appearing in the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal. More recently, he has been appearing in the High Court.

Peter McGrathActing Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions

Tanya SmithTanya Smith was appointed as an Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in January 2019.

Ms Smith has been with the ODPP for more than 20 years, starting as a Level 1 lawyer at Parramatta in April 1998. She has been running trials for more than 14 years and was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in January 2007. Ms Smith has been a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor since 2016 and has spent a number of years in the ODPP’s Court of Criminal Appeal Unit.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Deputy Director, Ms Smith was appearing in the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal.