Marist 180 and Australian Property Circles
Claire Bibby is a well-known innovator and thought leader in the legal sector.
Claire is a non-executive director of Marist180 (one of the largest organisations committed to empowering at-risk youth in Australia) and Australian Property Circles (a property platform that matches like-minded, financially suitable people), an executive member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an Entrepreneur Ambassador for Opportunity International, and a committee member of Soroptimist International, the NSW 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 most recently she was featured in SmartCompany's 2018 International Women's Day Showcase. Claire is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and SmartCompany reader panel.
Part and parcel with her passion for the law, Claire is an active philanthropist and 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 Layne Beachley's "Aim for the Stars" Foundation.
Chief Legal Counsel
Chief Legal Counsel, Jetstar Group
Joanna Brand is Chief Legal Counsel for the Jetstar Group, which has operations in Australia New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. She has over 20 years legal experience, including international, non-executive director, ASX, and General Counsel/ Company Secretary experience. Joanna holds a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course. Joanna is currently a member of the Jetstar Diversity Council and is the Jetstar representative for the Qantas Group Women’s Network. Joanna is passionate about diversity and inclusion in all its forms.
Partner and Flex Work Day Ambassador
Hall & Willcox
Partner and Flex Work Day Ambassador, Hall & Willcox
Fay Calderone is a Partner in the Employment & Workplace Relations team at Hall & Wilcox practising Smarter Law. As an employment lawyer who ‘gets’ strategy, people and workplace culture, Fay has built a dynamic and innovative practice over 16 years advising HR, C-Suite leaders and Boards on compliance with workplace laws, change management, business protection and representing employers to resolve disputes relating to bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment, adverse action and unfair or unlawful dismissals. Fay was a finalist for the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards – Private Practice Lawyer of the Year 2017; the Australian Lawyers Weekly Awards – Partner of the Year in Workplace Relations 2017 & Mentor of the Year 2016; and was recognised for Labour & Employment Law – Sydney in Best Lawyers in Australia 2019 edition.
Group Senior Manager – Insurance
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Group Senior Manager – Insurance, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Emma Curtis is Group Senior Manager - Insurance, in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's stakeholder team - Deposit Takers, Credit and Insurers (DCI), and manages a team of managers and specialists. Prior to joining ASIC in 2009, Emma held senior in-house legal roles in various financial services firms engaged in banking, life and general insurance, and funds management. Emma has practised as a lawyer for over 20 years, working in a prominent Sydney law firm, and then moving into senior in-house legal and compliance roles.
ASIC is Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator. A key strategic priority of ASIC is to promote investor and financial consumer trust and confidence.
The DCI team has primary responsibility for the conduct oversight of insurance companies (life and general), retail banks, credit unions, building societies, credit providers, mortgage brokers and other credit intermediaries in Australia. Emma has oversight of the life and general insurance work undertaken by the DCI team.
Emma has a Master of Law and Management from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary, Woolworths
Richard Dammery is the Chief Legal Officer and Senior Company Secretary of Woolworths Group Limited, a role he has held since 2014.
Together with his role in the Woolworths Group Boardroom, Richard is also a Director of ALH Group (Australia’s largest hospitality group) and Quantium (Australia’s leader in the application of analytics to help clients solve their most important problems).
Prior to this, Richard was a senior Partner of Minter Ellison in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Melbourne.
Richard has spent around one-third of his career in private legal practice, one-third in General Counsel roles, and one-third in commercial general management. As a result, he has the rare perspective of both an adviser and as a business leader and client.
He has degrees in Arts (English) and Law from Monash University, an MBA from the University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D in history from the University of Cambridge where he was a Senior Rouse Ball scholar at Trinity College.
Michelle Dixon is a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Maddocks, an Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Michelle was appointed as CEO of Maddocks in 2014 after 13 years as a partner and 8 years as leader of the firm’s disputes team.
Michelle’s leadership has seen the firm continue to grow and to lead the way on issues such as gender equality and diversity. During her time as CEO, Maddocks has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA). Her leadership led Michelle to be named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.
In 2016, Michelle was awarded the Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, an initiative by Women and Leadership Australia that recognises the contribution of a woman in elevating the visibility and importance of Australian women receiving equitable access to higher levels of leadership. She was also named Executive of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2016.
She is an ambassador for the WGEA ‘In Your Hands’ initiative for pay equity, a Patron of Professional Mums and is a champion of the Maddocks Women initiative, set up to help the firm’s female employees with their professional development and to promote the firm as an innovative and responsive employer for women.
Michelle is a director of Global Sisters Limited, a not for profit providing end to end business development support to women whose circumstances prevent them from accessing mainstream employment. She is also a member of The Nature Conservancy Australia&'s Advisory Board. She is married to Chris, a mum to two young children and foster mum to a 22 year old (which makes her feel old).
Managing Director – Asia Pacific
Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Baker McKenzie
Chris Freeland is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Baker McKenzie. Prior to taking on this role, Chris was for 7 years the National Managing Partner of the firm’s Australian offices.
Chris has had many years' experience as a lawyer, strategy consultant and professional services manager in leading global and domestic law and consulting firms. He has lived and worked in New York, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney. In his current role, Chris works across Baker McKenzie's 17 offices in Asia Pacific.
Chris was previously a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of a leading Australian law firm, Senior Adviser to the Leadership Team of one of the largest Chinese law firms and General Manager in Australia and New Zealand of global strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Prior to those roles, Chris was a strategy consultant with BCG (in the US and Australia) working on strategy projects for corporates in a range of industries. Chris commenced his career as a corporate lawyer for many years with an international law firm, assisting domestic and international clients.
Chris has been actively involved in the community sector, including as Chair of the Sydney Film Festival (one of the world's oldest continuously running film festivals), Chair of the Government of New South Wales’ Film and TV Advisory Committee and Chair of the Government's Arts and Cultural Policy Reference Group. He has also been a Director of various other not-for-profit organisations in the arts, social welfare and education sectors throughout his career.
Chris is passionate about gender diversity and helped to start the Managing Partners’
Diversity Forum, which involves the Managing Partners of the major Australian law firms
focusing on ways that those firms can collectively contribute to diversity in the legal
Deputy Chief Executive Partner
Deputy Chief Executive Partner, Clayton Utz
Kate Jordan is the Deputy Chief Executive Partner of Clayton Utz, one of Australia’s leading law firms.
Kate is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a Financial Services and Media, Telecommunications and Technology sector focus.
Kate has been with Clayton Utz for 21 years. In 2012, Kate was appointed as Partner in Charge of the Sydney Office and then to Deputy Chief Executive Partner in 2014. In 2014 she also joined the board of the Clayton Utz Foundation. Kate is responsible for Clayton Utz’s social responsibility programs, which include the firm’s pro bono program.
Kate is also a member of Chief Executive Women, a board member of the Committee for Sydney, the Chair of Good Return and on the Board Governors of the ANU Endowment for Excellence.
Vice President and General Counsel Asia Pacific
Vice President and General Counsel Asia Pacific, Resmed
Vered is Vice President and General Counsel at ResMed for Asia Pacific and Middle East.
Vered’s team won Legal Team of the Year in 2016 by the Association of Corporate Counsel (previously ACLA).
ResMed is a tech medical device manufacturer and a global leader in connected care, with more than 4 million patients remotely monitored every day. ResMed’s key products include portable life support ventilators and devices for the treatment of sleep disorders. ResMed is an ASX top 30 company and is also listed on the New York stock exchange.
Prior to joining ResMed, Vered worked in top tier law firms in Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel and Japan.
Vered is qualified to practice law in Australia, England & Wales and Israel and holds a Master of Business Administration.
Vered is an elected member of the executive committee of the ACC NSW division and heads the Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee.
Vered is an ambassador and regular speaker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery
Ruveni is an employment lawyer specialising in all areas of workplace relations, including industrial relations, anti-discrimination and work health and safety laws.
Ruveni has specialised in employment law for over 20 years Ruveni. She is recognised as a leading or recommended lawyer in employment law in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018, Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018 and, Doyles Guide and Best Lawyers.
Ruveni has acted in some of the most significant and sensitive high profile employment cases over the last ten years and achieved successful outcomes for her clients, including in Seven Network v Amber Harrison, Seven Network v Warburton and Network Ten v Seven Network and John Stephens, acting for the Daily Mail in News Ltd v Luke McIllveen and acting for Yahoo!7 in Fairfax v Ed Harrison. Ruveni also acted in Australia’s largest sexual harassment case to date, Fraser-Kirk v David Jones.
She is recognised as a strategic litigator and trusted adviser to leading corporates and institutions, (including top 100 ASX listed and multi-national clients) such as Seven West Media, Yahoo!7, Pacific Magazines, Dun & Bradstreet, Bionomics Ltd, Macquarie University, OneVentures Pty Ltd, Merivale Group, Ralph Lauren, BSA Limited, a2 Milk Company, the Star Entertainment Group and the Mark Moran Group.
Ruveni advises on all aspects of workplace relations, including employment and related legislation, employee disputes, restructuring and outsourcing, industrial disputes, redundancies, enterprise bargaining, awards, workplace investigations, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws, employment contracts and policies, incentive arrangements, superannuation, independent contractors, restraints of trade, work health and safety, disciplinary issues and managing ill or injured workers.
Ruveni is a founding member and former director of the International Women’s Forum Australia, which is part of IWF, the global networking forum for female leaders. Ruveni also acts for a range of pro bono clients including the Australian Chamber orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Ruveni also mentors young and upcoming female internal and external lawyers including for the Law Society of NSW.
Ourania is highly experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including: litigation, arbitration, expert determination and mediation.
Her litigation experience encompasses construction and real estate disputes, intellectual property disputes, trade practices disputes, administrative law, retail and commercial leasing disputes and general commercial litigation.
Ourania provides high quality advice for an impressive number of high profile clients
including: AMP, Harvey Norman, DPT Operator (Darling Park), Coffey Ltd, Mulpha
Norwest, Mirvac Group , Blackstone Metcash, Nokia, GPT, Westpac, CBA, CSR, Optus,
Sakkara Investments and Crown Group.
She is a member of The National Association of Women in Construction and a regular presenter at key industry events, including presentations for the expert course at the Institute of Arbitrator’s and Mediators Association.
Partner and Global Head of Diversity
Norton Rose Fulbright
Partner and Global Head of Diversity, Norton Rose Fulbright
Sally Macindoe is a partner and Head of Diversity & Inclusion of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia as well as Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Together with the firm’s Managing Partner she is responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s Australian and Global Diversity & Inclusion strategies. She is also the National Leader of the Environment and Planning Group and Chair of the firm’s Promotions Committee.
As a partner and diversity and inclusion leader Sally has been an advocate for the business case for the advancement of women and has played a key role in the development and execution of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for 11 years. As a result of her leadership, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia has been certified as an “Employer of Choice for Gender Equality” each year since 2011 by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and its predecessor. Sally has also been named Diversity Leader for the Advancement of Women at the 2011 EOWA Business Achievement Awards, Female Partner of the Year at the 2012 Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Awards, awarded the National Australia Bank Women’s Agenda Change Champion Award in 2013, named as one of Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2013 and the winner of the Lawyers Weekly Women in the Legal Mentor Award in 2014.
From 2005-2015 Sally was a member of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia’s National Partnership Council and Chairman of that Council from 2010-2012. She was a Director of the Melbourne Recital Centre Limited from 2005–2009 and since 2014 has been a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club Committee/Director of the Melbourne Cricket Club Foundation.
Partner in Charge
King & Wood Mallesons
Partner in Charge, King & Wood Mallesons
Katrina Rathie is the Partner-in-Charge, Sydney of King & Wood Mallesons where she leads the Sydney office. Katrina is an Australian with a Chinese cultural background. Katrina is a member of the Managing Partners’ Diversity & Inclusion Forum, a member of Chief Executive Women and has been named NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year, Private Practice by the NSW Women Lawyer’s Association. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has responsibility for KWM’s Juggler’s Network, gender equality and cultural diversity programs. Katrina is a non-executive director and serves on the boards of the Starlight Children's Foundation Australia, Cranbrook Foundation and Osteoporosis Australia.
General Counsel, Telstra
Justine Rowe is General Counsel for Telstra Enterprise. Telstra Enterprise provides innovative network and application services to Telstra's largest enterprise and government customers domestically and globally. Justine manages a large global in-house legal team, with lawyers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York. Justine is a leader with a personal passion to inspire and develop diverse teams to make a difference to the business and each other. Justine and her husband Mark are blessed with two school aged children.
Frederick Jordan Chambers
Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
As a solicitor Lee-May specialised in Family Law and Child Protection Law. Since coming to the Bar she has continued to focus on complex Family Law and Child Protection matters but has expanded her practice to include negligence claims against public authorities as well as Planning & Environmental Law, Wills and Probate.
Consultant Counsel – Privacy and Regulatory
Counsel – Privacy and Regulatory. Moulis Legal
A Consultant Counsel with Moulis Legal, Jeannette was originally admitted as a barrister in 1996. Her experience includes over 15 years in the regulatory environment with a focus on privacy, marketing, consumer law and financial services. She is a member of various professional bodies including iappANZ (International Association of Privacy Professional Australia New Zealand), ACLA (Australian Corporate Lawyers Association), GRCI (Governance Risk & Compliance Institute), and AICD (the Australian Institute of Company Directors).
In private practice since the end of 2016 Jeannette was previously with the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) as Director - Legal & Regulatory Affairs. Prior to that in Jeannette was with the Heart Foundation for over five years, most recently as National Manager – Legal, Compliance & Risk. Her background spans the travel, hospitality and financial services sectors, focusing on regulatory compliance, governance, and risk management. During her time at Accor Première Vacation Club, she received a national recognition award from the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council as a result of her work briefing the sector on the implementation of the Do Not Call Register.
Jeannette was one of the inaugural recipients of the designation CCP (Certified Compliance Professional) from the Australasian Compliance Institute (as it then was) in 2006 and currently chairs the GRCI Awards Committee.
Jeannette has dealt with all aspects of privacy, consumer law and consumer communications, including marketing and advertising compliance and related advocacy issues. With significant commercial, legal and regulatory knowledge as well as practical commercial and not-for-profit experience, Jeannette is in a unique position to understand current and changing regulatory needs from a commercial perspective.
Director, Nomos Legal
Kathryn Viegas is a Director of Nomos, a law firm specialising in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programs. She has practised immigration law since 2003 and is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law.
Kathryn graduated with degrees in Psychology and Law from The University of New South Wales. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. In 2006, she was awarded a Master of Laws degree from The University of Sydney.
A migrant herself, Kathryn started her career at the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre before moving into private practice. She has founded two boutique law firms, including Nomos. Throughout her career, Kathryn has advocated for the rights of the most marginalised, including asylum seekers and people living with HIV.
Since 2007, Kathryn has been involved in continuing legal education through her preparation and presentation of CPD programs for Nomos, the Immigration Advice & Rights Centre, the College of Law and other community organisations. Since 2016, she has been a contributing author for the LexisNexis online and looseleaf Australian Immigration Law publication.
Kathryn is the President of the Management Committee of the Immigration and Advice Rights Centre. She is also a Founding Director of The TLR Foundation which has established in memory of a former client to promote bone marrow donation and support postgraduate education for haematology oncology nurses in Australia. Through Kathryn’s leadership, Nomos is now a corporate sponsor of the St Vincent Curran Foundation’s HIV Future Fund.
Fair Work Ombudsman
Chief Counsel, Fair Work Ombudsman
Janine Webster is the Executive Director of the Legal Branch and the Chief Counsel for the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Based in Sydney, Janine has extensive knowledge of the Australian workplace relations, with over 15 years’ experience in the area.
She currently leads a team of approximately 55 lawyers, who provide legal advice and engage in litigations seeking the imposition of civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009. Since the establishment of the Fair Work Ombudsman on 1 July 2009 civil litigation has resulted in over $20 million in penalties being imposed on non-compliant employers.
Janine has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Industrial Relations. She commenced her career at Australian Business Lawyers as an advocate, before joining the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (as it was) as an Associate to a presidential member. From here, Janine practiced at the Bar in Sydney for over three years, mostly in the areas of employment and industrial relations law prior to commencing with the Fair Work Ombudsman.