The Chief Executive Officer
On 1 January 2017 Michael Riches commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the ICAC and the OPI. He was formerly the ICAC Director of Legal Services and Reviews.
Michael holds an Honours Degree in Law and Legal Practice, a Degree in Arts and a Diploma in Public Safety.
He commenced his career as a project officer and later a project manager in the Crime Prevention Unit of the Attorney-General’s Department. During that time Michael worked on a number of projects including the management of a multi-site project aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence.
After recruit training at the Police Academy, Michael spent almost nine years as a South Australian police officer. He worked in a number of operational and corporate roles, including general duties policing, tactical teams, police communications and media liaison.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice from Flinders University, Michael worked as a solicitor in the Police Legal Branch before moving to the Crown Solicitor’s Office, where he worked in the Civil Litigation Section, Advising Section and as counsel in the Crown Counsel Section. He has advised state government agencies in a wide variety of matters and has appeared as counsel in a number of cases, including several high profile coronial inquests. He also worked part time as a tutor in the University of Adelaide Law School.
As a member of the Public Integrity Reform Team, Michael took a lead role in the establishment of the office of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and the Office for Public Integrity. When those offices commenced he took up a position as a senior legal officer before being appointed Director of Legal Services and Reviews.
On 13 December 2016 Michael was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the ICAC and OPI for a 6 year term commencing 1 January 2017.