Meet our Summit Speakers

Layne Beachly

Layne Beachley is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998 to 2003), Layne went on to win a seventh in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour two years later. Having spent two decades breaking down the barriers in her chosen profession, Layne has committed herself to making it easier for young women to achieve their goals by establishing the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation. Celebrating achievement and supporting the journey of Australia’s young women, the foundation provides financial and moral support to encourage them to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve in all endeavours including academia, business, arts and sport.

Not one to rest on her laurels, for the last seven years Layne has also staged the richest stand alone ASP Women’s World Tour Event – The Beachley Classic – at Dee Why Beach. A huge success given the location, prize money and promotion, the Classic is considered the ultimate contest to win by the top 17 female surfers in the world. Due to a lack of sponsorship the event was cancelled for 2013, but is scheduled for a return in 2014. The 2004 Laureus Alternative Sports Person of the Year, 2006 Surfing Hall of Fame inductee, 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee, ISA World Masters Champion, and a 2012 Olympic Games Athlete Liaison Officer, in 2013 Layne was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential surfers in Australia (the only woman to grace the top 10) and named the third greatest Australian female athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Betty Cuthbert.

She was also listed among Australia’s Top 40 Women Over 40 for 2013.Layne currently serves on the board of Surfing Australia and the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame, and as ISA Vice President, Director of the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation and long time Ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. She also supports several other charities and organisations including the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Planet Ark, the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, PCYC, Sunnyfield and Tourism NSW.

Angela Smith

As a survivor and a ‘thriver’ of emotionally charged, high stakes and high-stress environments, I now support professionals to positively integrate being fully committed without becoming fully consumed, burned out and ineffectual. I believe that when we mindfully add a little recovery into the cracks and crevices of our day, we have a greater chance of avoiding burnout because, burnout isn’t necessarily about over-working, it’s about under-recovery.

The foundations of my work lie in the practices of Eastern contemplative traditions that I have practiced and studied for more than three decades, as well as the contemporary science that validates the benefits of these practices. In addition to being a Hatha Yoga teacher as recognised by Yoga Australia and a meditation teacher, I’m also a student, studying Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress in the Workplace through the University of California at Berkeley.

I share simple yet profound ancient techniques expressed in a modern way. In my work, I share decades of experience with these practices through public speaking events, retreats and corporate wellness programs – all of which are personally meaningful, practical and even a little bit of fun.
– Team Workshops
– On-demand learning
– Team off-sites / retreats
– Talks / Conferences / Keynotes

Grant Field

Grant has more than 25 years experience of working with SME’s and family owned businesses across a diverse range of sectors. An exceptional communicator who is able to convey complex financial concepts in an engaging, easy to understand manner, Grant develops great rapport with people from all walks of life. Strong interpersonal skills combined with extensive management and leadership experience, he is a highly driven solutions-focused, strategic thinker with a thoughtful and charismatic style who thrives on a challenge.

Kathryn Jackson

I am a strengths-based, solution focused Behavioral Coach who uses a blended approach of coaching and consulting to influence change. My former employers have included Andersen’s, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland, where I designed, delivered and led initiatives including performance management, succession planning and engagement. My New Zealand based coaching practice has been providing coaching, facilitation, career transition and outplacement services since 2006.

My clients find me from a variety of industries including most recently; Government Ministries, District Health Boards, Academic Institutions, major Construction Alliances and Agricultural Clients.  I always have at least one NGO (charity) in my workload. Sometimes, I work with organisations wanting to develop their leadership capability by designing and delivering learning events. At other times, I work one-to-one with professionals who want to explore new ways to succeed (and exceed) in their role.

Most of my work is long-term, where I’m engaged by a business to deliver significant and sustainable change. Occasionally I’m asked to support something more immediate like outplacement support, career transition or feedback conversations.

Katherine Gilbey

Katherine has worked in the legal services industry for more than 20 years. She recently joined IP services company IPH as the Head of Business Development (Spruson & Ferguson), following more than eight years as the Head of Business Development & Marketing at Queensland law firm, Mullins. She is also an Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) Queensland Committee member. Katherine enjoys aligning business development strategy with people’s unique strengths to effect activities that help to help win, grow and retain valuable clients and referrers.

Eric Chin

Strategy Consultant with corporate strategy and M&A experience working with C-suite of professional service firms in the Asia-Pacific region. I’ve also had the opportunity to exercise my analytical and writing skills in publications like Australasian Law Management Journal, The Lawyer, Asia Law Portal, Financial Review and BRW on strategic issues facing the accounting and legal professions. Introduced ‘NewLaw’ neologism, the business model antithesis of traditional law firms, which has since entered the legal industry lexicon.

Over the course of my consulting career, I have also developed a fascination with the Asian Century as we assist our multinational clients with their Asia strategy. I have had the opportunity of working with a Big Four accounting firm, one of world’s largest law firms and an ASX listed consulting engineering firm on their Asia strategy. My work on this topic has culminated in my recent induction as one of 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 by Asia Law Portal.

Terri Mottershead

As Executive Director of the Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) at The College of Law (CLI), Terri works internationally with leaders of legal businesses supporting them in identifying trends, developing strategies, and transforming their capabilities and practices to deliver legal services/products in the new legal ecosystem. She is the instigator, designer, developer and collaborator-in-chief of CLI’s global initiatives, networks and programs including the Legalpreneurs Lab and the Innovation Incubator Program.

Prior to joining CLI, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and DLA Piper LLP (US). She has also led or taught on practical legal education initiatives in law schools in Asia, Australia and the US. In 2010, Terri founded Mottershead Consulting in the US, and later expanded it to Australasia, to focus on supporting lawyers, legal business specialists and law firms in identifying, developing and transforming their capabilities and practices to a new way of delivering legal services/products to the market.

Terri’s work in legal practice management globally was recognised with her appointment as a Fellow of the US College of Law Practice Management in 2018. Her work in legal innovation has likewise been recognised through invitations to judge legal industry awards including the Professional Development Consortium Innovation Award (US), The Legal Forecast/QUT Starters Queensland Disrupting Law Hackathon, the ALPMA/LexisNexis Innovation Thought Leadership Award, and the ACC Australia Corporate Lawyer Awards (Legal Innovator of the Year).

Future Crunch

The most important skill for the 21st century, and how to start cultivating it right now! Technological disruption requires us to learn faster than we ever had to before. Behaviours we’ve honed for decades are becoming obsolete in a few short years. Combined with a generational mindset shift in how we view the world, many are wondering how to remain relevant. What’s the key quality for success in this world of constant change?

Future Crunch might be able to help. With trademark humour, dynamism and gold-plated research, they explore what the Harvard Business Review calls, “the new competitive advantage.” You’ve heard of IQ and EQ; this century belongs to those that are quick to read and act on signals of change. People with a high Adaptability Quotient (AQ): the ability to thrive in unpredictable environments. Instead of being really good at doing one thing, adaptive people are really good at learning how to do new things.

Drawing on the latest insights from the worlds of technology, neuroscience and management, this talk reveals why the best predictor of success is how we embrace rapid experimentation. Audiences will walk away with an understanding of what it takes to foster AQ, how to identify it in others, and how it can be a superpower for anyone looking to maintain an advantage in the next economy.

Debra Filippin

Debra leads the business development activities in the Asia Pacific region for international law firm Pinsent Masons. She is also a Board Director of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA). Debra has spent her entire career leading high performing teams in the Asia Pacific region for global law firms. She is passionate about delivering true value and ensuring a firm’s business development efforts are meaningful and effective for its clients. 

 

 

Robyna May

Robyna May is a Power BI (reporting) consultant with Verlata Consulting. She has a wide breadth of experience in legal tech. Her varied roles have included project manager, IT manager, knowledge director, legal firm practice manager, technical consultant, and software developer. With degrees in both IT and Law, she has a thorough understanding of how law firms work and how technology can support them.  Her passion is simplifying the complicated which works brilliantly with complex data. In her current role she takes raw data and works with clients to create clear visual representations that can be used to inform strategic decisions.

Ray D'Cruz

I am the CEO of Performance Leader, a consulting and software business that helps professional services firms perform to harness the creativity and intelligence of their partners and employees. We help firms solve complex problems in areas such performance, collaboration and feedback through a flexible approach and deep sector knowledge. Specifically, our consulting services and software help professional services firms to:
– Support partners and employees to collaborate on plans and objectives
– Build a vibrant, relationship-centred feedback culture
– Make innovation and collaboration a routine activity
– Design partner compensation models that are strategically and culturally aligned with the firm

Working in leading professional services firms as both a lawyer and HR leader means I understand the nuances of professional services and partnership structures. I take the view that change can happen over time, and that constant evolution is usually more successful and sustainable than revolutions. Performance Leader has offices in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States and we work with leading firms in more than 30 countries.

Carl White

Carl entered the legal profession with Ashurst (UK) in 2002 and founded CXINLAW in 2012. Since that time he’s led a passionate team of legal people and experience makers who develop the service culture and client experience advantage of law firms. Carl has expertise in L&D and employee experience, OD and service design. He studied theatre arts and practice at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London before forging a unique career path in the services sector and law. In 2019 Carl became a faculty member and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Legal Innovation. Carl has authored market-leading research supported by the College of Law and ALPMA and is now a recognised expert in law for Client Experience.

 

Carl joined PwC NewLaw as a Director to scale CX and legal transformation on the global stage in 2021.

Kiarah Kelly

I’m Kiarah Grace Kelly, I’m a Collaborative Family Lawyer here at Brisbane Family Law Centre. Thanks for stopping by! If you’re someone facing separation, I just wanted to say a big ‘great work’ for getting so far as to be looking at your options for legal help, I know that’s a really big step.

Some more about me, I decided I might like to become a lawyer when I was about 11 years old, in Grade 6 at Burleigh Heads State School to be precise. My admission day was the greatest day ever, I’d been working toward that moment for a really long time. I hold a Master of Laws (Applied Law) (majoring in Family Law), a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Government and International Relations from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Fast forward to today, I help people be the best they can be following separation and divorce, I do that by helping people see their true worth and capabilities. I assist my client’s through their family law matters in a kind and calm manner and favour an out-of-Court approach always. My clients compliment me on my supportive nature and say that I make them feel heard and understood whilst maintaining a skilled, strategic approach at the same time.

When I grow up, I’d like to hold a PhD related to Family Law, continue to be contributing to the success of BFLC and am interested in holding additional positions in policy and non-for-profit surrounding Family Law issues.

Callum McKirdy

Callum McKirdy is a speaker, author, mentor and facilitator specialising in workplace dynamics and behaviour. Over a 22-year career in and around the HR profession across Australasia, he assists leaders and teams to develop radically authentic workplaces by leveraging their uniqueness.

Proudly dyslexic and ADHD-positive, Callum champions organisations to think differently about different thinking, and views the neurodivergent staff as the innovative super-workforce of the future.

Callum speaks at industry conferences, facilitates high-impact workshops, trains teams, and mentors professionals with ADHD via his ADHD+ online community, as well as hosts the ‘You, Me & ADHD’ podcast.

The author of The HR Catalyst: A Guide to the New Practice of Leading HR, published in 2019 and a contributing author to the 2020 Amazon Bestseller What The Hell Do We Do Now? – An Enterprise Guide to COVID-19 and Beyond, Callum is due to publish his second book TILT: Thinking Differently About Different Thinking in 2022.

Dion Cusack

A seasoned professional leader, Dion’s pragmatic and critical thinking skills enable him to achieve innovative, fresh, commercial outcomes that are well calculated, timely, appropriate and original.

Dion is the founder of a successful real estate investment, development and management firm, in addition to having held accountability for financial and operational management and performance across a variety of public and private sector organisations.

Dion engages with staff and peers to lead and create high performing teams and organisations by fostering a positive, flexible, and results driven culture.

Complemented by skills in human resources, technology, client, brand, strategic development, governance, business improvement and change management, Dion has also acquired specialist skills in audit, compliance, insurance, risk and business continuity management, corporate and commercial law.

Alison Warbuton

For 18 years, I was a partner with Minter Ellison, a Big 6 Australian law firm, where I led the firm’s national Climate Change practice and served in various management roles including the firm’s Innovation Council and Partner Selection Committee. As a senior partner in a large law firm, I saw firsthand how challenging it had become for lawyers to successfully manage their legal careers.

The commitments in their working lives made it very difficult for lawyers to be involved with their families and to participate in their broader communities. It seemed to me that this was taking a toll on their health and their happiness. We established Lacuna Legal Providers to provide lawyers with another option – a way for lawyers to continue a rewarding and satisfying legal career as well as enjoying their lives outside of the law.

In addition to co-founding Lacuna Legal, I am a Commissioner at the Australian Energy Market Commission, the rulemaking and advisory body for the Australian national energy markets. In 2016, I was one of five independent expert panel members appointed by the Queensland Government to conduct an inquiry to guide the development of a renewable energy strategy for Queensland. I also served as a non-executive director for energy company Stanwell Corporation Limited, from 2016 to 2018.

David Goener

David advises beaton’s clients on the application of strategic insights that professional services firms derive from our suite of information and research products. Having been a former client of beaton, he is well placed to assist clients identify where evidence can inform and enhance strategic decisions. Drawing on extensive senior leadership experience in Queensland’s largest professional services firms, BDO and McCullough Robertson, David also advises clients on business strategy, partner performance management, pricing and regularly facilitates strategic planning conferences.

A Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, David holds a BCom from Griffith University and a Certificate in Financial Markets from FINSIA.

Lee James

Having spent 25 years in the legal profession, with around 15 of those managing legal practices, I have a good understanding of the importance to clients of receiving a high level of legal service. My passion lies in people leadership and building high performing teams to support the strategic objectives of the firm. I also see innovation as integral to the development of organisational capability. Prioritising these objectives enables me to provide support to staff, and to develop systems, that ensure the firm is in the best position to provide excellent service to our clients.

I am a Board Member and New Zealand Representative of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) and a Committee Member on the New Zealand Branch of ALPMA.

Bronwyn Eynon-Lewis

Since finishing her law degree, Bronwyn has worked in a number of roles both within Australia and abroad. Shortly after being admitted in Queensland, Bronwyn took a six-month secondment to Hong Kong which ended up lasting 13 years. Whilst overseas, Bronwyn worked for international law firms, held an in-house role and was admitted to practice law in New York. During her time in Hong Kong, Bronwyn developed an understanding of how she could apply her skills and knowledge to different roles within the legal industry.

When she returned to Australia, Bronwyn could see the challenges faced by lawyers and others working in large law firms if they had family and other commitments outside of work. As a mother to three children herself, Bronwyn wanted more control and flexibility around her work schedule and calendar.

Alena Bennett

Alena is a CFO mentor and high-performance leadership expert. As a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant with international public practice and corporate experience, a trained educator and published author, Alena is the go to for Chief Financial Officers and their teams looking to lead with impact and create value.

Obsessed with delivering results beyond the numbers, Alena is a speaker, author, mentor, team facilitator and leadership coach who loves to get in front of people and provoke the right conversation to create energy, excitement and action about issues that matter. She works with CFOs and their teams to elevate their leadership by helping them strategically navigate their commercial and compliance responsibilities using the right combination of technical and non-technical skills.

Passionate about connecting finance professionals Alena runs the CFO Boardroom and CFOs Connect Communities, and Leading Women in Finance Network and is the author of the leadership books, “CFO of the Future: The trusted guide for CFOs to lead with impact and create value” written for Chief Financial Officers which was recently released in September 2021 and “Meaning Matters: Results Beyond the Numbers”, for women in finance.

Her clients include individual CFOs, senior finance executives and their teams within corporate organisations, professional services practices, government services organisations and professional membership associations of varying sizes.

Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney is the President of Dye & Durham Australia.  Peter was the CEO of leading Australian technology company GlobalX prior to the acquisition by Dye & Durham in 2021. Holding senior leadership positions at GlobalX and other prominent Australian technology businesses, Peter brings more than three decades of business acumen to his role with Dye & Durham.  Peter is committed to leading Dye & Durham’s Australian operations through significant growth by transforming the way professionals use information and workflow solutions to empower productivity.

In 2017, Peter was recognized as one of Australia’s leading executives being announced as a finalist in the CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards.

Peter holds an MBA from University of Melbourne and an Executive Education Certificate in Global Management from INSEAD.

Kim Wiegand

I aim to impact the success and sustainability of professional service firms, including their current and future leaders, through purposeful strategy and key person skill-development. I drive growth within professional services firms of all sizes advising on and managing projects covering; firm structure, CX, client pursuits, marketing, business development and targeted skill development. I work directly with firm leadership teams to assess and advise on future-focused growth.

Through industry research, I have designed a next-generation partnership readiness course: The Foundation Pathways to Partnership Program. This program supports new and aspiring partners to lead profitable, high performing and sustainable careers specifically in the legal industry. I am also a strong advocate for equality for women, aimed at recognising the value of diversity of thought that women and other minority groups can bring, particularly to the corporate sphere.

Equality in the workplace is significantly impacted by acceptance and appreciation of the value a diverse group of people bring to business success. I am proud of the part that I play in normalising this for the next generation.

Tessa Van Duyn

Tessa is a leading human rights and public law expert with over 15 years’ experience providing expert legal and strategic solutions. Previously head of the legal team at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission, Tessa joined Moores to continue her commitment to social justice, equality and inclusion. Tessa brings to Moores a strong record in governance support, developing collaborative partners and leading innovative projects to be impactful and effect social change.

As a skilled litigator Tessa enjoys advocating for her clients in a variety of tribunal and court settings. She helps resolve complex discrimination and administrative law disputes – but she adds the most value by helping her clients to avoid litigation in the first place. Tessa van Duyn thrives on building successful relationships. She is known for being a talented leader and people manager, with a focus on enabling people to bring their best to work.

Mark Wiggins

• 25 years’ experience in Finance Industry working for both major & large regional banks
• Finance Industry experience across Rural (located in Far Western & Central Queensland) and SME sectors
• 10 years’ experience with direct Business Ownership and Management experience
• International experience in North America
• High performance team development, encompassing selection, capability coaching, performance management and succession planning
• Finance, strategy and investment management including implementation of best practice financial and governance frameworks
• Design and implementation of business improvement and organisational transformation programs
• 2013 Regional Finalist in AIM Sunshine Coast “Business Excellence” Awards – Owner Manager category
• Appointed as a “Mentor” under Queensland State Government Mentoring for Growth (M4G) program for over ten years
• 2016 Regional Finalist in AIM Leadership Excellence Awards – Entrepreneur category
. Awarded “Fellow” status with Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders

Zoe Lynam

Zoe is Proximity’s Co-CEO and a member of the Proximity Advisory Council. She is a lawyer and highly experienced leader, with over 15 years working in Executive and General Management roles. Zoe leads Proximity’s core business functions across finance, operations, governance, risk management, technology, and marketing and communications. She is highly skilled in leading teams with large budgets and is a specialist in leading change and developing workforce capability to improve business outcomes.

Zoe is a critical thinker and excellent negotiator. She is passionate about culture as an enabler of high performance, mentoring future leaders and empowering others to achieve and exceed goals. When not at work, Zoe enjoys keeping fit. As a former elite athlete, Zoe plays an active role in supporting Rowing and Netball at the local and national level.