Alan Leek left school at 15 and became a wool store rouseabout. He joined the NSW Police Cadet Corps two years later and is a 34 year veteran of the police. He served as a detective, before taking up command positions, including the tough Cabramatta patrol, then the centre of heroin trafficking in Australia and the site of Australia’s first political assassination.

He retired with the rank of superintendent. He holds an Associate Diploma in Justice Administration (Distinction); Post Graduate Diploma in Police Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, USA.

He also holds the prestigious Peter Mitchell Award for outstanding performance of police duty, after leading a murder investigation. Co-founder and director of an exhibiting fine art gallery between 1983 – 2012, gave vent to his interest in art, art history and history generally.