Meet the NSW Sentencing Council

There are 16 members of the Sentencing Council including judges, prosecutors and criminal defence lawyers, victims' advocates and police, as well as representatives from the community. 

You can contact Council members though the Secretariat.


​The Hon James Wood AO QC 

Retired judicial officer

Chairperson, NSW Sentencing Council since 2012; 2006-2009.

Chairperson, State Parole Authority, since 2014.

Chairperson, NSW Law Reform Commission 2006-2014.

Chief Judge of the Common Law Division of the NSW Supreme Court, 1998-2005  (Judge, since 1984).

Commissioner, NSW Police Royal Commission, 1994-1997.

​Acting Judge Paul Cloran

Retired judicial officer

Judge, Drug Court of NSW (Acting Judge, District Court), since 2010.

Judicial member of the State Parole Authority, since 2010.

Formerly Deputy Chief Magistrate, 2006-2010.

​Lloyd Babb SC

Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing – prosecution

NSW Director of Public Prosecutions since 2011.

Formerly Director, Criminal Law Review Division, NSW Attorney-General's Department.

Christina Choi

Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing

Principal Federal Prosecutor, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, since 2007.

Felicity Graham

Member with expertise or experience in criminal law or sentencing


Barrister at Black Chambers. 

Formerly, solicitor, Aboriginal Legal Service 2009-2015.

​Professor Megan Davis

Member with expertise or experience in Aboriginal justice matters

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, University of NSW, since 2017.

Professor of Law, University of NSW. 

Director, Indigenous Law Centre, University of NSW.

Chair, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, 2015.

​Peter Severin

Member with expertise or experience in corrective services

Commissioner, Corrective Services NSW, since 2012. 

Formerly Chief Executive, South Australian Department for Correctional Services, 2003-2012.

​Wayne Gleeson

Member with expertise or experience in juvenile justice

Deputy Principal, Woolooware High School (retired 2016). 

Founding member, Legal Studies Association of NSW Inc.

​Professor David Tait

Member with relevant academic or research expertise or experience

Leader, Justice Research Group, University of Western Sydney. 

Professor, University of Western Sydney, since 2009.

​Howard Brown OAM

Community member – experience in matters associated with victims of crime

Advocate for Victims of Crime before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and NSW Parole Authority. 

Member, Victims Advisory Board. 

Member, Advisory Board of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.

Former Vice-President, Victims of Crime Assistance League.

​Thea Deakin-Greenwood

Community member – experience in matters associated with victims of crime

Senior lawyer with Knowmore Legal Service (specialist legal service for survivors, families and other people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse). 

Formerly, solicitor, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre, 2008-2014.

​Associate Professor Tracey Booth

Community member

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney. 

Author, Accommodating Justice: Victim Impact Statements in the Sentencing Process (The Federation Press, 2016).


​Moira Magrath

Community member

Consultant, since 2013. 

Formerly Director, Community Corrections (NSW North Coast).

Christopher Craner

Member with expertise or experience in law enforcement

Commander, Wollongong Police District, since 2018.

Formerly Chief of Staff to Police Commissioner.

NSW Police Force, since 1990.

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​Paul McKnight

Representative of the Department of Justice

Executive Director of Justice Strategy and Policy, Department of Justice since 2015. 

Formerly Executive Director of the NSW Law Reform Commission 2010-2015.