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Claire Bibby

Senior Lawyer & Professional Coach
Claire Bibby Pty Ltd

Claire is a senior lawyer and professional coach, based in Sydney, Australia. Claire has over 30 years of experience gained through senior management appointments with some of the world’s largest companies and at top-tier law firms.

As well as practising law, Claire is an internationally qualified life coach (ACC) and in 2018 she founded a global professional coaching practice in which she coaches private and corporate clients, specialising in lawyers and executives, to empower them to move their career and leadership dreams into active, actionable, pursuits. As a member of both the International Coaching Federation and The Institute of Coaching McLean/Harvard Medical School, Claire is passionate about helping lawyers and executives rewrite the rules, whether they be craving clarity on what a dream career by design looks like, want to finally move that great business idea off the back burner and into reality, or how to get that next promotion or a new job.

Outside of her executive life, Claire is a non-executive director of multiple ASX listed companies and is an Industry/Professional Fellow with the University of Technology Sydney, School of Law. In addition, Claire is an honorary member of the New South Wales executive of the Australian Association of Corporate Counsel and a committee member of the New South Wales Law Society Futures Committee.

Claire has been recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers and female executives, including having been awarded the “Excellence Award for Women in Law”, “General Counsel of the Year”, “Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia & New Zealand”, “Mentor of the Year” and was featured in SmartCompany's International Women's Day Showcase.

Part and parcel with her passion for coaching, Claire is an active public speaker on issues of innovation, diversity and inclusion, psychological wellness, developing high performing teams and women’s leadership. Claire is also a mentor for 7 x World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley AO's "Aim for the Stars" Foundation.

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Anna Lozynski

Change Agent, Influencer & Advisor
Anna Lozynski

Anna Lozynski is an award winning executive general counsel & author, turned Change Agent, Advisor and Influencer.

Starting out at a major Australian law firm, she has spent the majority of her legal career in-house working in the banking, automotive and cosmetics industries. In 2021, Anna has donned her entrepreneurial shoes, and started her own business, on a mission to help law and business adapt to the digital age, launching her own Advisory service.

She believes that innovation is invigorating, change is energising and efficiency will never go out of fashion.

In addition, she is an Advisory Board Member to Mys Tyler (a fashion tech startup), She Breaks The Law (a global female innovator network), and sits on the CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) Australia Chapter.

Described as a change agent, Anna is a sought-after commentator, mindset coach and consultant both domestically and internationally – seeking to shift the dialogue in order to propel the corporate world forward.

You are invited to join Anna’s online communities @legallyinnovative and LinkedIn as well as @annaloz on Clubhouse.

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Kiri Brain

CEO
Turkslegal

Kiri is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at TurksLegal, a specialist commercial law firm who has established a strong reputation in the insurance, commercial and banking sectors.

Kiri works closely with the Chairperson and the Board, overseeing the day to day operations of the business, as well as developing the ongoing vision for the firm's future along with creating and implementing successful strategies and systems across our 200 strong East Coast practice.

Having over 15 years of experience across a range of business critical areas including Human Resources, Marketing, Business Development, Operations, Finance and IT, Kiri is able to provide solutions which deliver a competitive edge while meeting commercial realities.

Kiri is passionate about mentoring and developing future leaders and is always willing to share her experiences both personally and professionally to assist others in their pursuits. She currently mentors a number of females who are in different stages of their career progression.

Prior to becoming CEO of TurksLegal, Kiri was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at an international accounting and business advisory firm.

Kiri’s other most recent successes have been winning Executive of the Year - 2020 Women in Law Awards and COO of the Year - 2019 Executive Awards.

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John Nerurker

CEO
Mills Oakley

John has been CEO of Mills Oakley for fourteen years.

Armed with a mandate to position the firm as one of Australia’s most successful national law partnerships, John works closely with all partners to lead Mills Oakley’s overall direction and strategy. He has infused the firm with his own brand of energetic leadership and spirit to deliver on a vision of outstanding legal expertise and client service.

With his commitment to innovation both within the firm and externally via Mills Oakley’s partnership with Swinburne University’s Legal Futures Lab, John has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most progressive legal CEOs

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Joseph Catanzarti AM

Vice President
Fair Work Commission

Joseph Catanzariti AM is a Vice President of the Fair Work Commission, the national workplace relations tribunal.

Prior to his appointment to the Fair Work Commission, Joseph was a senior Partner of Clayton Utz and Practice Leader of the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Practice Group. Joseph was a trusted adviser to many of Australia’s leading companies and government departments. Joseph was also a highly experienced Commercial Litigator.

Joseph is a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the School of Law and the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies, School of Business at Sydney University.

Joseph is the Chair of the College of Law.

Joseph is also co-author of Workplace Bullying published by LexisNexis.

He has previously held the positions of President of the Law Council of Australia, President of the NSW Law Society, Chair of the Workplace Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales (2000 - 2013), and Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia (1997-2011).

Joseph was awarded Life Time Recognition, Industrial Relations Society of Australia / Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association 2011, and the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales in 2015.

Joseph is a fellow of the Academy of Law.

On 26 January 2016 Joseph was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

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Luke Furness

Senior Associate
Clayton Utz

Luke Furness a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation team at Clayton Utz. He specialises in all types of disputes with a particular focus on tax and duties disputes.

Luke is also the former CEO (and current board director) at Out for Australia, a national LGBTIQ+ student mentoring not-for-profit. In his time at Out for Australia, Luke was involved in pairing over 1000 students with volunteer mentors, who supported students to transition into the workforce. Luke has contributed to a number of publications and interviews for ABC Radio, Lawyers Weekly, and Wellness Daily. He is also a regular presenter on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and has spoken at major functions for Brisbane City Council, Suncorp, Commonwealth Bank, and Aurizon.

Luke graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws before completing his Master of Laws at the University of Sydney in 2016.

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Meegan George

CEO
Governance Institute

Meegan’s experience extends over 20 years of international involvement in global custody, financial planning, insurance, superannuation and professional associations. Her current responsibilities include finance, IT, people and culture, risk management, legal and compliance and property and leasing. Meegan has degrees in Banking and Finance, and Accounting and has completed various Company Director education programs.

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Nicole Birman

General Counsel And Company Secretary
carsales.com Ltd

Nicole is an experienced General Counsel, Company Secretary and senior executive, passionate about diversity and inclusion and fostering an outstanding corporate culture.

Prior to joining carsales in 2010, Nicole practised commercial law at one of Australia’s premier law firms Minter Ellison, specialising in intellectual property and dispute resolution, before moving in-house to work in the legal departments of some of Australia’s most prominent businesses.

Nicole is passionate about demonstrating the value of the in-house legal function, working with the business as a trusted advisor and seeking to add value in every interaction. Her role as General Counsel sees her involved in a wide range of carsales’ activities from international acquisitions to the protection of internally developed world-class technology. As Company Secretary, Nicole works closely with the carsales Board across the full gamut of corporate governance matters relevant to an ASX listed company.

Appointed to carsales’ Executive Leadership Team in 2017, Nicole is actively involved in carsales’ diversity initiatives and the company’s strategic direction and commercial imperatives on a broad scale, bringing her analytical and critical thinking skills and unique viewpoint derived from her years of legal and commercial experience.

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Phillip Hunter

Director – Legal In-house
Carlyle Kingswood Global

Phillip is a Director at CKG, and a veteran legal search and recruitment consultant, where he leads an expert team which provides bespoke legal search, talent management and market intel to top ASX Listed, Fortune 500 and large privately held corporate partners. Phillip diligently promotes ‘diversity and inclusion’ as a cornerstone principle whilst partnering clients to identify, secure and manage talent across a broad variety of sectors and regions.

As a member of the LGBTIQ community he believes differences are what make us stronger as a community and profession. Phillip has been involved with various charitable organisations over the years, most notably The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

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Sarah Turner

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Link Group

Sarah Turner is the General Counsel & Company Secretary of global financial services business Link Group.

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in global leadership, company secretarial and legal services in Australia, the UK and Asia in industries including healthcare and technology as well as in private legal practice.

Prior to Link Group, Sarah was most recently General Counsel & Company Secretary at REA Group Ltd, a global digital media company operating leading property websites in Australia, Europe, Asia and the US.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course (GAICD) and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA, FCG).

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Sarah Hine

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Dentons Australia Ltd

Sarah Hine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Dentons in Australia, where she is responsible for the management of legal risk and compliance issues, as well as company secretarial services for the practice. Sarah has 11 years’ specialised practice in risk management, combined with generalist in-house and company secretarial experience. After completing her BA in New Zealand, Sarah spent her early career working in a variety of roles across IT and telecommunications companies in New Zealand, England and Australia. After completing her law degree in Sydney in 2003, Sarah started out as a graduate at Allens, ultimately becoming a Senior Associate and moving into Allens’ Office of General Counsel. Sarah joined Dentons in 2017 and has assisted the practice through a period of rapid expansion. Sarah’s areas of speciality include ethics, professional obligations, conflicts of interest, practice management and risk management. She is also highly valued for her communication, leadership and project management skills, and her practical legal advice.

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Troy Swan

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Winc

Troy Swan is the Chief Legal Officer, Company Secretary and Board Member of the $1.4billion office products company Winc Australia & New Zealand. Winc was formed following the acquisition of Staples & OfficeMax by US based private equity firm Platinum Equity.

He has been publicly recognised as one of Australia's leading corporate lawyers and was named the 2017 Australian Lawyer of the Year (FMCG) and a General Counsel of the Year finalist in both 2016 and 2017. He became only the second Australian lawyer to win the prestigious International Value Champions Award in San Francisco and was recently named in Washington, the Association of Corporate Counsel Member of the Year, from over 43,000 lawyers worldwide for his commitment to the legal community and profession. This was the first time this honour was ever awarded to a lawyer outside America.

Known for his business judgment, he is highly active within the Sydney legal and business community. He is a regular speaker and media commentator on legal affairs, innovation and large scale legal service delivery models and leads an award winning legal team based in Sydney.

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Jenna Adamson

Legal Counsel
L’Oréal A/NZ

After 8 years in private practice (finishing as a leading Senior Associate for Australian real estate law), Jenna Adamson now leads a new way of working for legal within the world's leading beauty company, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand. In alignment with L’Oréal's accelerated speed of change, Jenna places herself at the forefront of intersect between digital transformation and the law by individually partnering with L’Oréal's leading CMO team, ever-the ever-efficient Corporate functions (including exceptional operations and supply chain teams) and their Active Cosmetics Division (L’Oréal's fastest growing division with a strong expertise in science and beauty tech). As a compliment to best serve L’Oréal, Jenna is the Communications Portfolio Lead for the newly formed Digital Law Association which raises awareness of how legal approaches the uptake of technology globally in today's digital world.

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Garry Taylor

General Counsel
Croesus Holdings Group

The Croesus Holdings Group comprises six companies, which provide services in Project Management; Corporate Legal Compliance; Management Training & Education; Environmental GRC; ADR (mediation, arbitration & adjudication); and Litigation Funding.

Previously, Garry was Managing Director of an international Investment Bank with offices in Sydney, Vancouver, New York, London, Dublin, Hong Kong and Singapore. Those activities involved him in international capital raising; public listings; distressed company “turn-arounds”; workplace & employment relations; drafting & management of contracts; project management; governance & risk assessment; corporate strategic planning; supply chain logistics & human rights; corporate legal compliance; environmental sustainability; and optimising management outcomes.