Australian Pro Bono Centre
Gabriela is a CEO in the social justice sector with over 20 years of legal, policy development, management and business development experience. She currently leads the Australian Pro Bono Centre, Australia's government-funded centre of leadership for pro bono legal services. Gabriela practised law in Sydney, London, and Tokyo with top tier law firms and as in-house counsel before working in the field for UNHCR in Damascus. She was then appointed Special Advisor to Head of Mission of Tony Blair's Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem, helping to support Palestinian economic development and institution building.
Gabriela now bridges the private and social justice sectors, dedicating her career to guiding private sector organisations to work with social purpose. Gabriela holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.
Head of Legal, Pacific
Ali joined LexisNexis in 2017 as Head of Legal for the Pacific Region. Ali and her team work with LexisNexis’ Australian and New Zealand businesses providing advice across issues from intellectual property and digital media through to privacy and competition laws.
Ali has held senior legal roles across a variety of industries internationally, including higher education, renewable energy and leisure. Ali’s focus is on working closely with the business to address both the opportunities and the challenges presented by rapid advances in technology, changing customer needs and the evolving nature of legal practice across the region and the world.
Executive Director - Queensland
The College of Law
Ann-Maree David is an Executive Director of The College of Law, the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. She has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, in public and corporate sector roles and in private practice as a solicitor.
Ann-Maree has held a career-long passion for developing and delivering education and training programs to enable all involved in the delivery of legal services to thrive both personally and professionally.
In addition to leading the College of Law’s Queensland campus, Ann-Maree is Immediate Past President of Australian Women Lawyers and a Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council. She also chairs the Queensland Law Society’s Equity & Diversity Committee.
Sports & Entertainment Regulation Legal Manager
Royal Commission For Alula
Cassandra is the Sports, Entertainment and Events Regulation Legal Manager at the Royal Commission for AlUla, and prior to June 2019 was a Senior Associate in the Sports and Corporate Risk practice group at MinterEllison in Australia. Her practice areas saw her acting in commercial matters with worldwide sporting organisations, corporations and sponsors; event management; player disputes on behalf of Clubs and governing bodies; player selection appeals for international athletics competitions and managing image rights and social media disputes (defamation and discrimination). Over the past twelve years, Cassandra also acted in insurance disputes primarily in the management liability, professional indemnity, medical negligence and public liability space.
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.
Brisbane Family Law Centre/ Happy Lawyer Happy Life
Clarissa Rayward is known as ‘The Happy Family
Lawyer’ as she specialises in helping couples stay
out of Court and work together to reach a resolution
to their relationship breakdown. A practising family
lawyer, she is the Director of the Brisbane Family Law
Centre, a multidisciplinary practice where lawyers work
alongside counsellors and financial planners to ensure
that clients receive the holistic support they need.
Clarissa is the author of the successful ‘Happy Family
Lawyer’ blog, providing weekly commentary and tips
on issues relating to life, love, relationships and divorce.
She is also the Author of the book, ‘Splitsville – How to
separate, stay out of Court and stay friends.’
In 2016 Clarissa launched her new venture ‘Happy
Lawyer, Happy Life’ in response to the growing number
of lawyers and other professionals reaching out to her
looking for ways of finding ‘Happiness’ in their careers.
Clarissa’s podcast and book both titled ‘Happy Lawyer,
Happy Life’ offer insights and resources for legal
professionals seeking fulfilling careers and happiness
both in law and in life.
Following many years of work as what she calls an
‘accidental wellness advocate’ in law, Clarissa was
recognised as the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law
Awards Wellness Advocate of the Year. Over the past
4+ years, lawyers both nationally and internationally
have jumped aboard her ‘happiness project’ by listening
to the podcast, reading the book, participating in the
7 day happiness challenge or 8 week online course,
talking with friends and colleagues and perhaps most
importantly, asking the question- how can I be a
Clarissa is deeply proud to have contributed to
furthering the conversation about wellness in law but
we know there is still a whole lot of #lawlandbedazzling
to be done!
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
Damian is one of the founders of the innovative Australian firm, Marque Lawyers where he heads up the Dispute Resolution team.
Damian has almost 30 years’ experience as a commercial litigator with specialist expertise in the areas of international arbitration and cross border dispute resolution. He has run international arbitrations in London, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution by Legal 500, Best Lawyers and the Chambers Global and Asia Pacific Guides. In 2018 he was named the Arbitration Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW.
Group General Counsel
David Cullen is the Group General Counsel of AMP Limited. David has been with AMP since 2004, and has held positions including Group Company Secretary & General Counsel, Governance.
David has almost 25 years’ experience in the legal profession, with extensive experience in the areas of M&A, corporate law and corporate governance. Before joining AMP, David worked for law firms Blake Dawson Waldron and Gilbert + Tobin and spent two years with the ASX.
David is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Legal Coach, trainer and speaker
Fiona Craig Consulting Pty Ltd
Fiona Craig is a Career Success Mentor for lawyers, with a particular focus on working with women in the profession.
She started her career as a corporate lawyer and has worked with the legal profession for over 25 years.
Her mentoring, coaching and training has helped thousands of women lawyers find the confidence to break through the common barriers facing them in the industry, and learn the crucial skills and mindset required to build a successful, sustainable and satisfying career in law.
Geraldine Johns-Putra is an experienced corporate lawyer and expert in enterprise governance, purpose, business & human rights and modern slavery. She runs her own practice in Melbourne focussing on enterprises seeking purpose, and actors in the impact economy. She is legal advisor to not-for-profits making an impact in this space, including B Lab Australia & NZ and Impact Investing Australia. Her purpose is to use the law to build more purposeful enterprises & ecosystems for a happier world.
She has over 20 years' experience practising law in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and China. She has worked with large global and Australian law firms and was a partner of a top-tier Australian law firm for several years. She sits on the Council of Monash University.
13th Floor St James
Jane Needham SC has been practising as a barrister since 1990, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004 from part-time practice after maternity leave. She specialises in trust, equity, and succession law, and has been recognised as a leader in her field, with a national and international practice. She was President of The NSW Bar Association from 2014-2015.
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.
Kate Eastman SC has a human rights, discrimination, employment and public law practice. She chairs the Australian Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the NSW Bar Association’s Diversity and Equality Committee and the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee. Before coming to the Bar in 1998, Kate worked for several years as a Senior Legal Officer with the Australian Human Rights Commission and before that as a solicitor with Allens.
Business Angel Services Pty Ltd
Kathryn McKenzie is the Executive Officer & Public Officer of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc., and has been since 2003. Kathryn is also the Director of Business Angel Services Pty Ltd, specialising in not-for-profit association management & event management for over 20 years, and with senior management experience in a diversity of business sectors and disciplines.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Katrina Bullock is the General Counsel for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Greenpeace is one of the world’s largest independent environmental campaigning organisations. It uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future. Katrina is the primary legal and governance adviser to the Greenpeace board and senior management team. She began her career as a corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz and has worked on high-profile litigations, regulatory investigations and corporate advisory matters for a range of blue-chip clients. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours first class, division one), Bachelor of Business (Distinction) and is currently undertaking a PhD in law focused on stock exchange disclosures. She is a News Broadcaster for the Finance News Network and has presented her research at conferences around the world including in Italy, the UK, Taipei and Brussels. Katrina is also a fellow of the Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance at Deakin Law School.
Peter Papadopoulos is an Australian lawyer specialising in Australian immigration law. He is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Since 2011, Peter has been annually voted by his peers as one of Australia's best immigration and civil rights lawyers and has been included on the annual Best Lawyers list for Australia.
Peter is an expert in immigration and citizenship law matters with extensive professional experience in advising clients both in Australia and overseas. He has practised extensively in the field of migration law by assisting clients with their visa applications as well as handling merits and judicial review matters. He is regularly consulted by fellow practitioners and their clients to guide them in solving complex cases.
Peter was admitted to practice in 1996 after graduating with Honours in Law and Commerce at The University of Melbourne and completing his articles of clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler. Between 1997 and 2000, he worked as a solicitor at King Wood Mallesons and a Senior Associate at Gadens Lawyers. Between 2000 and May 2014, Peter ran his own specialist migration law practice in both Melbourne and Sydney. From May 2014 until December 2015, Peter was a Director of Global Immigration at Ernst & Young. Between January 2015 and October 2018, Peter was a Director of Nomos Pty Ltd, a business specialising in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programmes. Prior to the end of the dual regulation of migration lawyers which took effect in March 2021, Peter had been registered as a migration agent since 1997.
Peter is an active member of the Law Council of Australia's Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section Executive and its Migration Law Committee. He is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria's Migration Law Committee, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Migration Institute of Australia. He is also a member of the Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group established by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP.
Peter has also served as the Secretary to the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Committee, an assessor in the Law Society of NSW’s Specialist Accreditation Programme and Chair of The College of Law’s Migration Agents Capstone Assessment Advisory Committee. He has held various volunteer positions, including Duty Solicitor at the Victorian HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, and was a founding director of Metta Youth Limited, a non-profit charitable organisation established to assist marginalised and disadvantaged young adults.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nine Entertainment Co
Rachel is general counsel and company secretary at Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited, leading a team which manages the diverse array of legal issues which arise across the business. Prior to joining Nine Entertainment Co. in 2015, Rachel was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin for many years where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance.
Rachel is a director and company secretary of Giant Steps, a charity which runs schools for children and young adults with autism in Sydney and Melbourne.
PAYCE Consolidated Pty Limited
Rebecca has advised developers and landowners on industrial, commercial and residential development projects, is on the board of Mackillop Rural Community Services and now works as general counsel at PAYCE Consolidated Limited.
Steve Lancken has been a full time mediator since 1999. During that time, Steve has conducted over
2,000 mediations. Steve has worked in Queensland mediating Native Title issues and in Liberia,
Malaysia, Hong Kong, Nepal and Northern America. Steve has conducted mediations for Australia’s
largest and most successful organisations such as ASIC, ACCC, QANTAS, GPT, AGSM, Mission Australia,
the Salvation Army, Australian Treasury, Australian Government Solicitors and Department of
Defence. Steve also works with Australia’s largest banks and insurers.
Steve enjoys the opportunity to do the most interesting and challenging work and contribute to social
justice, teach, educate and contribute to his profession
Global Managing Partner
King & Wood Mallesons
Sue Kench is the Global Chief Executive and Co-Chairman China of King & Wood Mallesons, Asia’s
leading international law firm.
Sue took on the Global Chief Executive role in 2017 after leading the firm in Australia for four years as
Chief Executive Partner, Australia. Sue was the first woman in Australia to lead a top tier law firm in
that role and is the first Australian female to lead a global law firm and a China firm.
Sue works closely with the Global Chairman and the firm’s International Management Committee to
lead the firm’s international growth strategy. Sue is based in Hong Kong and spends significant time
in China and Australia.
She became a Partner of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1996 and has held a number of board,
management and leadership positions in the firm over the past two decades.
Amongst her many professional achievements, Sue has received a number of accolades and
acknowledgements for her impact and influence on the legal profession in the Asia Pacific. These
• AFR Power List 2020 – Legal
• The Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the 21st Century award recognising her significant
professional achievements between 2000 and 2020 (2020);
• Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Macquarie University in recognition of her extraordinary
contribution to the law (2019);
• The esteemed ‘Legal leader’ award, at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards, in
recognition of her significant role in driving King & Wood Mallesons growth and success
across APAC (2018);
• The Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence (2018);
• The Lawyers Weekly Executive of the Year award (2017).
Sue is on the Board of Directors of AUSTCHAM Beijing and is a member of The Wall Street Journal
CEO Council, Chief Executive Women and the Business Council of Australia.
Professor Of Law
Bond University Law Faculty
Rachael is a Professor in the Bond University Faculty of Law. She is Co-Director of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre and Bond’s Centre for Professional Legal Education. Her areas of teaching and research expertise include dispute resolution, family law and domestic violence, lawyer and law student well-being and legal education (particularly foundations of law and transition in, through and out of law school). Rachael is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, the winner of a National Teaching Citation and an Australian Teaching Excellence Award, and she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She founded the Australian Wellness Network for Law and co-founded the ADR Research Network. Rachael has been on the Women’s Legal Service Management Committee in Brisbane since 1993 and held the role of President from 2004 to 2020. She is now an Ambassador for the Service. In 2013 Rachael was named Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.
Wayne is currently the Head of Legal for Cognizant Technology Solutions Australia & New Zealand. He has over 10 years experience as an in-house counsel in mining & resources, oil & gas, banking and technology consulting. Wayne also holds a Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Master of Laws, Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Harvard University School of Law Negotiation Programme. Wayne is passionate about advocating for in-house as a career of choice, and believes that Diversity & inclusion in legal teams truly creates outstanding client outcomes.
Global Head Of Legal Services
Stuart joined as the Head of KPMG Law in March 2018, and was appointed the Global Head of Legal Services in August 2019. He is also the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services.
Stuart was previously at King & Wood Mallesons for 27 years as a capital markets/securitisation and regulatory partner, and a 10 year career in management culminating in his role as the inaugural Global Managing Partner for King & Wood Mallesons. He is an acknowledged market leader in securitisation, and led the peak industry body, the Australian Securitisation Forum, for a number of years.
Stuart is also an acknowledged leader in Australia/Asian relationships having been a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Task Force and a number of Australian coordinating bodies.
Stuart’s role is to lead the team at KPMG Law and build it into an integrated, quality team that assists KPMG to win business and support its clients.
Maddison is a Lawyer in Gilchrist Connell’s Employment Practices Liability team and acts for both insurers and self-insured clients, primarily under Employment Practices Liability policies. Maddison has acted for employers in numerous unfair dismissals, general protections applications, as well as advising clients on their response to and defence of sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
Prior to joining Gilchrist Connell in early 2021, Maddison spent two years working as a Junior Legal Counsel at Griffith University advising and representing the University in employment disputes in the Fair Work Commission, Queensland Industrial Magistrates Court and the Queensland Human Rights Commission.
In 2020, Maddison was recognised in the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland’s Inspo List for "Inspirational Women in Law" on International Women's Day for her continued advocacy for LGBT lawyers. She was also recognised with an Out for Australia 30 Under 30 award in 2019. She is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and acceptance in the workplace, especially for LGBT lawyers. She is a strong believer in bringing your whole self to work every day, and not “hiding” yourself away.
Maddison is a regular public speaker and panellist and has spoken at various legal and non-legal events about her experiences in the workplace as a young, openly LGBT lawyer, as well as her personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance.
Outside of work, Maddison is an elected member on the Queensland Law Society’s inaugural Future Leaders Committee and sits on the national executive of Out for Australia, Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisation for young LGBT professionals.
Dr Raymond Trau, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, Macquarie University
Raymond is senior lecturer at Macquarie Business School in Macquarie University. Raymond’s research focuses on diversity and inclusion. The most notable contribution of his research is on theory and practice of LGBITQ inclusion
Raymond's research has been published in a number of international journals and research has received research mentions and interviews by major international and domestic media outlets including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CBS News, Globe and Mail, ABC TV, ABC News, SBS News, ABC Radio, HRM Monthly and HR Daily. Raymond also has contributed opinion pieces to the Harvard Business Review, The Conversation, HRM Online and Work180.
Raymond’s work has a strong link with industry via research collaboration, consultation and co-authorship with profit, non-profit and government organisations including Diversity Council of Australia, Pride in Diversity, Deloitte, QBE, Department of Premier and Cabinet of Victoria, Queensland Health and BHP Billiton.
Nicholas Stewart is a former corporate lawyer at one of Australia’s top tier firms, a former corporate counsel at a large telco, and now a partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, an out loud and proud LGBTIQ+ law firm servicing all communities across Australia. He sits on the executive management committee and is the Public Interest Litigation Chair at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and is the Chair of the Advancement of Women Committee within the Law Society of NSW’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
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.
General Counsel and Director of People
Ben commenced his legal career in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland as Associate to The Hon. Justice Margaret White AO. He began private practice for leading Australian law firm, Clayton Utz. Prior to joining Scape, Ben was Legal Counsel at Scentre Group (owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and NZ). Ben joined Scape in 2018. As General Counsel of Scape, Ben is responsible for the legal, risk and compliance functions for the Scape Group. Ben also holds the role of Director of People at Scape, leading the people and culture functions of the business.