JUDGES

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Adrian Tembel

Chief Executive Partner
Thomson Geer

Adrian Tembel is an economics and honours law graduate of the University of Adelaide. He began practising corporate and technology law in 1993 at his law firm Thomson Geer. He became a Partner of that firm in 1997 and its Chief Executive Partner in 2009. He is also a part-time Commissioner of the South Australian Productivity Commission and a Director of the Hackett Foundation.

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Ali Dibbenhall

Head of Legal, Pacific
LexisNexis

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.

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Amreeta Abbott

Co-Founder
We:Accelerate

Earlier this year Amreeta the then CEO and Founder of NowInfinity a fintech company was acquired by the ASX listed company Class Limited for $25mill in 2020. Less than 1% of start-up businesses achieve the entrepreneur’s dream of a multi-million dollar sale, especially to an ASX listed company. The number of female led technology start-ups to have achieved this feat that can be counted on one hand!

Being the visionary of NowInfinity and now her newly founded company we:accelerate from inception right through to sale, demonstrates her skill as a leading CEO and encourages and inspires all women in business.

Amreeta is an award-winning entrepreneur and passionate thought leader in the fintech space, Amreeta is well known for her ability to create new opportunities through vision and smart partner integrations. Amreeta continues to strive & and build companies that she is passionate about and can change industries.

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Amy Challans

Past President
Australian Women Lawyers

Amy Challans is a Past President and former Director of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) and a current Director of Squash SA. She is also a Director of the SANFL Football Club North Adelaide. Appointed to the role of AWL President in 2013, Amy was the first South Australian to hold this position. In 2015 Amy was named as one of Australia’s top 50 women by Australian Consolidated Press in its 10th anniversary edition of Who’s Who’s of Australian Women for her services and national contribution to women in the legal profession in addition to being awarded the inaugural Gender in Equity Law Award by the Law Society of South Australia. Amy is a judge of both the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards and Women in Law Awards, is a former member of both the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee and the Law Society of South Australia Women Lawyers Committee and has been a long serving member of the Women Lawyers Association of SA. Amy has worked for a number of key Agencies in Australia and the United Kingdom and has a Bachelor Arts from The Flinders University of South Australia, a Bachelor Laws from the University of Adelaide and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Barrister and solicitor in 2002.
 

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Ann-Maree David

Executive Director
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.

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Anthony Dormer

Consultant
Cuthberts Business Advisory

Tony Dormer is a senior adviser of a multi-discipline professional services firm that he established over 40 years ago and that merged in September 2017 to form Tricor Services (Australia) Pty Ltd www.tricorglobal.com The firm provides in-bound and out-bound business advisory, management consulting, tax and compliance, outsourced payroll and CFO services, bookkeeping, corporate secretarial services and financial investment services.

Tony’s personal specialist skills and extensive experience are around taxation services, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, corporate restructuring, as well as business planning and business development issues generally. His entrepreneurial style and ability to 'think outside the square', has enabled Tricor to provide clients with a level and style of service that is unique among business advisory and accountancy practices.

From 2007 to 2019 he was a Board Member and/or Councilor with the NSW Business Chamber. He was elected President in February 2014 and held the position of Deputy President as well as Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Chair of the Business Environment and Economics Committee within the NSW Business Chamber. He now serves as a Past President.

He was also the former Chairman of Kreston Australia and New Zealand and was previously one of eight Directors on the international board of Kreston International, a position he held for seven years. Kreston is one of the largest networks of independent accounting business advisory firms in the world.

He also serves as a non-executive director on Profit and Not for Profit Boards.

Tony is a Fellow with Chartered Accountants (FCA), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Prior to developing his practice, he had extensive experience at General Manager level with several leading private organizations. This commercial experience is a major ingredient in his philosophy and the range of services offered by him.

He also co-authored a book on leadership titled “Born to Lead?” with Charisse Grey

Tony is available for selective Director appointments.

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Belinda Speirs

Group General Counsel

Belinda was appointed Group General Counsel in November 2017 and is responsible for the legal, company secretarial and internal fraud functions. In October 2019 Belinda was appointed to the Suncorp Executive Leadership Team, also assuming responsibility for the company secretarial function.

Since joining Suncorp in 2013 Belinda has held a number of roles including leading the Advisory, Litigation, Legal Operations and Group Financial Crimes teams. Belinda has provided strategic support across a number of matters including leading Suncorp’s response to the Financial Services Royal Commission, capital raisings, divestments, enhanced corporate governance and management of material litigation including introducing a bespoke model litigant framework. 

Prior to joining Suncorp, Belinda was in private practice for nearly 20 years, in both Australia and South Africa, where she focused on commercial and financial services litigation

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Catherine Maxwell

General Manager, Policy and Advocacy,
Governance Institute of Australia

Catherine has a strong background in governance and policy gained at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the ASX Corporate Governance Council, ASX, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Council. Qualified as a lawyer, she has also held roles as a company secretary with The Cancer Council NSW, NPP Australia Limited and Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets Limited.

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Claire Bibby

Senior Lawyer & Professional Coach
Claire Bibby Pty Ltd

Claire is a senior lawyer and mediator who consults as a General and Executive Counsel, runs her own boutique law firm, is a non-executive director of CommsChoice Group (ASX:CCG), and Marist180, and is a professional Life Coach.

In 2020, Claire was appointed an Industry/Professional Fellow with the University of Technology Sydney, School of Law. In addition, Claire is an honorary member of the NSW executive of the Australian Association of Corporate Counsel, an Entrepreneur Ambassador for Opportunity International, and a committee member of the New South Wales Law Society Futures Committee and the Resolution Institute. Claire is also a Foundation Speaker with The Prominenti Society Speakers Agency.

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 the law and advancing the interests of women, Claire is an active public speaker on issues of innovation, life coaching, 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.

www.clairebibby.com

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David Cullen

Group General Counsel
AMP

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.

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Dr 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.

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Dr John Boersig

Chief Executive Officer
Legal Aid ACT

Prior to this appointment Dr Boersig worked as an Assistant Secretary in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, responsible for a number of areas including Indigenous law and justice and human rights. Before joining the Attorney-General’s Department John practiced law in NSW, as a lawyer for the Aboriginal Legal Service and in private practice. He established the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and was Director of the Professional program in 1994. He was a part-time Presiding member of the Guardianship Tribunal for many years.

John has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Canberra. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Jacob Waye-Harris

Partner
Waye-Harris Lawyers

Jacob Waye–Harris is an experienced contracts lawyer who, after starting his career in a large Adelaide law firm, spent many years leading commercial and legal teams in major Australian and international companies. Having been recognised through various industry awards, Jacob has now returned to private practice where he helps his clients negotiate commercial contracts and transactions.

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Joseph Catanzariti 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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Ben Deverson

Founder and Director
Lawganised

Founder, Director & Chief Organiser of Lawganised, Ben Deverson, has had a 25-year executive career of which over half has been managing and leading professional services firms. For four years (2016-2019), Ben was the Managing Director and an equity principal of a boutique law firm in Brisbane.

Whilst not being a qualified lawyer, Ben is a management specialist. He has gained an intimate knowledge of the challenges that law firms face each day. Ben's strengths include strategic planning, forecasting, cash flow management, process automation, performance metrics, leadership, and legal practice risk management.

Ben has a passion for helping law firm principals maximise their resources so that they can have a new and positive outlook on their business lives and their lives.

That is why the Lawganised vision is simply: "To change the lives of law firm Principals".

Ben's unrelenting commitment and motivation to achieve excellence stems from his past unique leadership roles as an Australian Army Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Practice Manager for two global accounting firms, and a senior commercial role in a major Queensland infrastructure project.

Ben is a proud husband and father of three children, and happily admits he married well outside his weight division(!). He's an avid sports fan, animal lover, and Dad joke connoisseur. Ben always enjoys a good laugh and, in particular, enjoys a chat anything Seinfeld related. Ben is often guilty of excessive overuse of Seinfeld references and quotes given he believes there’s a Seinfeld moment in every day.

Ben is also a non-executive Director of the AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism and Committee Member of the Queensland / Northern Territory Branch of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association.

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Alex Ward


Edmund Barton Chambers

Barrister Alexander Ward has represented the legal profession as President of the Law Council of Australia (2011) Commonwealth Lawyers Association
(2015 - 2017) and Law Society SA (2004-2005). He is a member of the AAT General Division and holds a reserve commission as a Legal Officer in the RAN. He has been a member of Ethics Committees in the ADF and in SA.
Admitted to practice in 1985, he specialises in insurance cases with fraud or complex issues, and regularly appears as a commentator on legal matters in the media.

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Lara Wentworth

Wellness and Performance Coach for Lawyers

Lara Wentworth is a former Partner at Madison Marcus Law Firm and until recently led the firm's Family Law Division & Wills & Estate Planning Division. She has over 17 years' experience practicing law. In 2016 Lara completed a Masters in Law Majoring in Family Law.

Over more recent times Lara has embarked on and established a coaching and training practice where she mentors, coaches and trains members of the legal profession from students to senior partners. She is a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is an effective transformational tool that she uses in the coaching and training process including group coaching and workshops. Lara is also currently completing international coaching certification with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) due to be completed 2020. 

During her practice as a Family Lawyer, Lara understands first-hand the pressures of the legal world and the pitfalls that a lawyer can face. Lara’s coaching and training is aimed at helping people in the legal profession to enhance their leadership skills and improve their mental health so they can be high performing and happy humans. This is done through coaching and training packages and programs that increase awareness, clear limitations, build resources, release talent and potential and create choice for a healthier and happier life in the law.

Lara's focus is on creating a supportive environment for people to learn more about themselves and gain leadership skills, whilst making long lasting and valuable shifts in habits, thoughts and behaviours. Lara is passionate about empowering professionals to take charge of their wellbeing by being in charge of their minds and therefore their results.

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Andrew Selim

General Counsel and Company Secretary
Home Consortium

Andrew is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Home Consortium (ASX: HMC), an ASX-listed fund manager which invests in high conviction and scalable real asset strategies on behalf of individuals, large institutions and super funds. HomeCo is well capitalised and resourced to internally fund its strategy to grow externally managed assets under management to more than $10 billion by 2024. HomeCo is the manager of HomeCo Daily Needs REIT (ASX: HDN) which listed in November 2020 and owns approximately $2 billion assets. HomeCo’s second ASX-listed externally managed vehicle, HealthCo Healthcare and Wellness REIT (ASX: HCW) listed on ASX in September 2021.

He was recently named in the globally prestigious GC Powerlist Australia and has been widely recognised by Doyles Best Lawyers Guide as a leading in-house lawyer. Andrew has been shortlisted to win General Counsel of the Year at the 2021 Australian Law Awards and was the winner of Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year 2019, 2020 and 2021 at the Corporate Counsel Awards. He was recently named in the Australasian Lawyer In-House Leaders 2020 list and was a finalist for Dealmaker of the Year 2020 at the Australian Corporate Lawyer Awards. He is also listed in Diligent’s Global Governance Top 100 List.

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Linda Baxter

Director
Leo Cussen

Linda Baxter is the Director, Continuing Professional Development and part of the senior management team at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Having previously been in private practice followed by a regulatory investigative role, Linda also writes materials and trains legal practitioners in Ethics & Professional Conduct.

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Norman Donato

Partner / President
Bartier Perry / Commercial Law Association of Australia

For over 30 years Norman has worked in corporate, commercial and finance law, often managing highly complex cases. He is a specialist in the banking and finance sector, particularly in securities and duties law. Norman advises national and international clients along with government bodies such as local councils, major banks and publicly listed companies.

Clients appreciate Norman’s problem solving ability and his never-say-die attitude when it comes to helping them get the best results. They also appreciate his commercial focus, which stems in part from working for seven years as an in-house counsel at the State Bank of NSW, as well as in the indirect tax division of Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Norman is also a regular speaker and presents seminars on a range of topics including Director’s Duties, Privacy and Ecommerce.

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Cassandra Treadwell

Co-founder, CEO,
So They Can & Essence of Humanity

Cassandra’s career background is medico legal, gaining her masters degree in medical law and ethics from King’s College, London University. While she has enjoyed living overseas, she chose to come back to Wellington to raise her 4 children in the same nurturing community she grew up in. She also loves living in New Zealand for the running, tramping, skiing and general outdoor lifestyle it enables.

Having spent a year in Argentina on a student exchange when she was 16, Cass spent time at an orphanage and was confronted for the first time with poverty in the developing world. The injustice affected her greatly, and sculpted her future career choices and charity involvement. As a new mother this empathy took her back to the communities of East Africa that she had become acquainted with while travelling, and a drive to improve the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished children whose families suffered deprivation and displacement due to political violence.

Working in Africa now Cass gains so much from the people she works with, as she describes in her Tedx talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qCejfLqk8&t=102s. The community has taught her to be grateful for what she has got rather than focus on what she has not got, the children have helped her to live in the present and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, and the communities of Kenya and Tanzania have taught her the value of Ubuntu (I am because of you) and the importance of global balance.
Cass was very honoured to be nominated for the 2015 New Zealander of the Year and to be one of the final 10 people that were considered for this prestigious award. In 2018 she was a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

Qualifications
• MA Medical Law and Ethics- Kings College, London University
• LLM
• BA – Political Science

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Professor Lesley Hitchens

Dean
Faculty of Law UTS

Lesley Hitchens has been Dean of the Law Faculty, UTS since February 2013. She sits on the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board and the Legal Services Council Admissions Committee. In 2015 she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She practised as a commercial lawyer for seven years, first with Allens and later with Herbert Smith in London. She has held academic positions in the UK and Australia. In 2018 she was awarded the Financial Times Australian Legal Innovator Award.  

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Professor Nick James

Executive Dean, Faculty of Law
Bond University

Professor Nick James is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. He is a former commercial lawyer and has been practising as an academic since 1996. He is passionate about legal education and the role of law schools in modern society. His areas of teaching expertise include law in context, legal theory, animal law, business law, and company law. He has won numerous awards for his teaching including a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and he is the author of three textbooks: Business Law, Critical Legal Thinking and The New Lawyer (with Rachael Field and Jackson Walkden-Brown). He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of legal education, critical legal theory, and disruption of the legal services sector.

Professor James is Executive Director of the Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education, Executive Editor of the Legal Education Review, Immediate Past Chair of the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

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Damian Sturzaker

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
Marque Lawyers

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

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Professor Tania Sourdin

Dean
Newcastle Law School

Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School and was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia.

Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for ADR and justice reform. In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the dispute resolution and justice system systems in 12 Courts and Tribunals and six external dispute resolution schemes. Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, delay and systemic reforms. Her work outside Australia has included various international consultancies as an expert in relation to justice reform.

Professor Sourdin is the author of a significant number of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including ADR, justice innovation, justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change. She has retained a practice focus and has worked for more than 30 years as a lawyer, 25 years in various senior part time tribunal positions and as a mediator and has since 2014 been the NBN industry dispute resolution advisor.

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Rachel Launders

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 a multi-platform media 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 commercial transactions.

Rachel is also a director and company secretary of Giant Steps, a charity which runs schools for children and young adults with autism in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Rachel Scanlon

Asia Pacific Lead
D2 Legal Technology

Rachel is an internationally-experienced financial services lawyer specialising in data, derivatives, asset management, life insurance and regulation.  She has recently joined the data consulting firm, D2 Legal Technology, as their Asia Pacific Lead heading up the business in the region.  Prior to this Rachel has worked as an in-house lawyer for Goldman Sachs, Westpac, Challenger Life and Allianz Retire+, and was General Counsel at fund manager Magellan Financial Group. 

In 2018, Rachel founded the NSW “First Hundred Years” initiative celebrating the centenary of women in law.  With an additional interest in music, Rachel has been a Board Director of Australia’s premier classical vocal ensemble, The Song Company, is currently on the Committee for Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard group, and is Governance Director for the International Women’s Forum Australia.

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Rebecca Edwards

General Counsel
PAYCE Consolidated 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 and company secretary at PAYCE Consolidated Pty Limited.

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Stephen Lancken

Mediator
Negocio Resolutions

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.

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Sue-Ella Prodonovich

Director
Prodonovich Advisory

Sue-Ella specialises in helping lawyers and law firms create more rewarding practices through purposeful business strategy and positive client engagement.

Sue-Ella established her award-winning consultancy Prodonovich Advisory in 2005.

Her In-House roles have included Director of Marketing, Arthur Anderson; Director of Marketing & Business Development, Baker McKenzie; and Partner, Crowe Horwath.
Sue-Ella is a member of the teaching faulty of The College of Law, The Law Society of NSW, The Law Institute of Victoria, and FMRC.  In 2011 she was inducted into the APSMA Hall Of Fame for services to the Australasian Professional Services Industry and in 2019 she was made a Fellow of the College of Law Firm Management.  Her qualifications include an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) (Law & Marketing) – VC List, the AICD Course for Company Directors, and the Net Promoter® Client Loyalty Program™.

www.prodonovich.com

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Sue Kench

Global Chief Executive
King & Wood Mallesons

Sue Kench is the Global Chief Executive of King & Wood Mallesons, Asia’s leading international law
firm.

Sue took on this role in 2017 after leading the firm in Australia for four years as Chief Executive Partner, Australia. 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 firm 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
include:

  • 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 Australia (2017).

Sue is a member of Chief Executive Women.

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.

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Tanya Sale

Chief Executive Officer
outsource financial

Tanya Sale is the Founder, CEO and Managing Director of multi award-winning, national Aggregator group, outsource financial. Tanya is the only female CEO / Managing Director of a mortgage Aggregator in Australia. Having extensive banking and finance experience, Tanya pioneered the third-party mortgage sector, by creating diverse models to change the way lending was conducted in Australia.
 
In 2019 Tanya appeared on the expert's panel, for a new television show on Channel 9, called Secrets of the Money Masters. A series featuring some of Australia's biggest sporting celebrities who learn about financial strategy and security. Additionally, in 2019, Tanya won 'CEO of the Year' at the Women in Finance Awards and was named as one of MPA’s Global 100.

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Troy Swan

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Winc | Staples + OfficeMax

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.