Australia 2023 – GC Powerlist

Australia 2023

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Adam Cooper

Group executive governance and sustainability and general counsel | Flinders Port Holdings

Transport and infrastructure

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Adam Thatcher

General counsel | Collins Foods

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

Alexander Rowe

Director legal - trains, systems, operations and maintenance | Sydney Metro

Transport and infrastructure

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Amanda Devonish

Company secretary and senior corporate lawyer | Santos

Energy and utilities

Amber Beattie

Director - legal | Atlas Arteria

Transport and infrastructure

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Andrew Finch

General counsel and group executive OCEO | Qantas Airways

Transport and infrastructure

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Andrew Selim

Group general counsel and company secretary | HMC Capital

Commercial and professional services

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Anna Golovsky

Executive manager legal and company secretariat operations | IAG

Insurance

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Anna Hjelmström

General counsel and communications manager | KOOKAI Australia

Consumer products

Anne Lock

General counsel | Bosch Oceania

Industrials and real estate

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Anthony Marshall

General counsel and company secretary | Aurora Healthcare

Healthcare

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Ashley Kerr

Global general counsel | PlayUp

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Belinda O’Toole

Asia Pacific general counsel | Deloitte

Commercial and professional services

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Ben Farmer

Head of legal | Gallagher Australia

Insurance

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Bill Reid

Chief legal officer | Woolworths Group

Consumer products

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Brett Cameron

General counsel and company secretary | Dexus

Financials

Cameron Loughlin

Legal director - Australia and New Zealand | Uber

Information technology

Spotlight on Cameron Loughlin I lead the legal team for Uber’s mobility and delivery businesses in Australia and New Zealand and am a member of Uber’s ANZ leadership team. I...

Cameron Olsen

Chief operating officer and general counsel | Australian Fusion Corporation

Commercial and professional services

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Carissa Apps

Data privacy head, APAC | CSL

Healthcare

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Carmel Mulhern

Group general counsel, group executive legal and group secretariat | Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Financials

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Caroline Cox

Chief legal, governance and external affairs officer | BHP

Materials and mining

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Carolyn Lidgerwood

Head of privacy | Rio Tinto

Materials and mining

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Carolyn Scobie

Group general counsel and company secretary | QBE Insurance

Insurance

Spotlight on Carolyn Scobie Carolyn joined QBE in 2016 as group general counsel and company secretary. Carolyn has extensive experience in corporate law, compliance, regulatory matters, litigation and managing the...

Catriona McGregor

Chief legal and transformation officer, company secretary | Domain Group

Industrials and real estate

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Chris Govey

Senior counsel | Google Australia

Information technology

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Craig Cawood

Senior vice president, general counsel, franchise relationship officer | McDonald's

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

Craig Emery

Legal chapter area lead | Telstra

Telecommunication services

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Cvetanka Trpeski

General counsel | Frasers Property Australia

Industrials and real estate

Dan Cootes

Head of legal, Southeast Asia and Australasia | BT (British Telecom)

Telecommunication services

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Daniel Moran

Chief compliance officer | ASX

Financials

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Daniel O’Connor

General counsel APAC | Optiver

Financials

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Darren Mackenzie

General counsel Australia and New Zealand | BlueScope Steel

Materials and mining

David Cullen

Group general counsel | AMP

Financials

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Dawson Liu

Director and associate general counsel - strategy, capability and data | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Information technology

Denva Poyntz

Senior corporate counsel, global energy development projects | Rio Tinto

Materials and mining

Spotlight on Danva Poyntz I am an Australian qualified lawyer with more than 14 years of experience, specialising in the development, operation, acquisition and disposal of renewable energy projects. I...

Dominic Flannery

Senior legal counsel and co-chair of the junior board | Chubb Insurance Australia

Insurance

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Dominic Goosem

Manager, legal support – Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia; executive director — Australia | Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

Materials and mining

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Effie Markopoulos

Group general counsel and company secretary | Asahi Beverages

Food, beverages and tobacco

Elizabeth Briggs

Director of legal, Australia | PayPal

Information technology

Emily Madder

General counsel and company secretary | Siemens Energy

Energy and utilities

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Evie Bruce

Group general counsel and head of legal and governance group | Macquarie Group

Financials

Faith Taylor

Executive general manager, group general counsel, regulation and CoSec | Ampol Australia

Energy and utilities

Francesca Rush

Chief counsel – commercial and first assistant secretary Australian industry capability | Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence

Public sector

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Frank Lavorato

General counsel | Perich Family Office

Industrials and real estate

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Gavin Carney

General counsel and company secretary | Australian Rail Track Corporation

Transport and infrastructure

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George Papanikitas

General counsel and company secretary | Kimberly-Clark Australia

Consumer products

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George Roins

General counsel and company secretary   | Transport Asset Holding Entity of New South Wales

Transport and infrastructure

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Georgina Koch

General counsel, company secretary and executive for people and culture | Plenti Group

Financials

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Hilary Macdonald

General counsel and company secretary | Northern Star Resources

Materials and mining

Hilary Thorpe

Head of legal – corporate | AGL Energy

Energy and utilities

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Ida Lawrance

Group executive, legal and governance | Washington H. Soul Pattinson

Financials

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Ilona Meyer

General counsel and company secretary | Nuix

Information technology

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Isaac Gibbs

General counsel and company secretary | Volkswagen Group Australia

Consumer products

Ivana Kovacevic

General counsel | Aristocrat

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Jacquie Mangan

Chief legal officer | Tennis Australia

Sports and media

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James Le Cornu-Brown

Senior legal counsel, marketing and trading | Woodside Energy

Energy and utilities

James Wyatt

General counsel and company secretary | 7-Eleven

Consumer products

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Janelle Cain

General counsel | EBOS Group

Healthcare

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Jaron McVicar

Chief legal and sustainability officer and company secretary | The a2 Milk Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

Jaydon Burke-Douglas

Head of operations and general counsel | ProRisk

Financials

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Jennifer Thomas

National legal manager - commercial | Ramsay Health Care

Healthcare

Jeremy Child

Chief legal officer and company secretary | Australian Radio Network (ARN)

Sports and media

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Jodi Palmer

Vice president, legal and compliance | Volvo Group Australia

Consumer products

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Jodie Hatherly

General counsel and company secretary | Santos

Energy and utilities

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Jodie Tattersall

General counsel | Woolworths Group

Consumer products

Johanna O’Rourke

Group general counsel and company secretary | ASX

Financials

Spotlight on: Johanna O’Rourke As the group general counsel and company secretary of ASX Limited, I am a valued member of the ASX executive team, responsible for ASX’s legal, company...

John Fitzgerald

Chief legal and risk officer | Tabcorp

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

John White

Head of legal, Australia | Standard Chartered Bank

Financials

Jonathan Halliwell

Managing director | Blackstone

Financials

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Julian Bechini

Regional general counsel, Asia Pacific | ABB

Industrials and real estate

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Julian Sefton

General counsel | NSW Ports

Transport and infrastructure

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Kara McGowan

General counsel and company secretary | Sigma Healthcare

Healthcare

Spotlight on Kara McGowan Kara McGowan was appointed Sigma Healthcare’s general counsel and company secretary in October 2021. Sigma Healthcare is an ASX listed pharmacy wholesale and distribution business. The...

Karen Brown

General counsel and company secretary | Wagners Holding Company

Industrials and real estate

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Karen Tompkins

Chief risk officer | Sydney Airport

Transport and infrastructure

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Kate Bowman

General counsel and executive director – legal, risk and compliance | Indara

Transport and infrastructure

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Kate Cook

General manager - legal and company secretarial | Harvey Norman (Yoogalu)

Consumer products

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Kate Watts

Executive director legal, government regulatory and prosecutions | Transport for NSW

Transport and infrastructure

Katrina Johnson

Group general counsel | WiseTech Global

Information technology

Spotlight on Katrina Johnson Katrina is the group general counsel of WiseTech Global. WiseTech is a leading developer and provider of software solutions to the global logistics execution industry. Its...

Kimberley Cravo

Risk and legal services director | Specsavers

Healthcare

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Kirsty Cargill

General counsel, technology and commercial | QBE Insurance

Insurance

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Kristy Redfern

General counsel and company secretary | AIA Australia

Insurance

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Kylie Barrie

Chief legal officer and company secretary | Loyalty Pacific (Flybuys)

Commercial and professional services

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Lauren Rose

Head of legal and company secretary | Secure Electronic Registries Victoria

Information technology

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Lawrence Kim

General counsel and executive general manager, external relations | ENGIE ANZ

Energy and utilities

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Leah Boyd

General counsel, Pacific | CBRE Asia Pacific

Industrials and real estate

Lena Chapple

Regional legal counsel and executive, Australia and New Zealand | Cognizant

Information technology

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Livia Bartoletti

General counsel | Healthdirect Australia

Healthcare

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Lorenzo Crepaldi

Head of legal and governance | Football NSW

Sports and media

Lorraine Parrott

General counsel and company secretary | Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Australia and New Zealand

Financials

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Lyndall Stoyles

Group general counsel and group executive - sustainability, external affairs and legal | Telstra

Telecommunication services

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Lynette Ireland

Chief general counsel and company secretary | The Foxtel Group

Sports and media

Spotlight on Lynette Ireland My team and I provide legal support to constantly evolving Foxtel Group. This involves providing services to the different businesses within the group, including Foxtel, Foxtel...

Madeleine Kearney

Head of legal, Australia and New Zealand, and company secretary | Demant

Healthcare

Malcolm Haack

Group general counsel and chief compliance officer | Orica

Materials and mining

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Marc Scardilli

General counsel Australia and New Zealand | Worley Group of Companies

Energy and utilities

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Marcus Clayton

General counsel and company secretary | Adbri

Materials and mining

Maria Marinelli

General counsel | Bupa APAC

Healthcare

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Maria Venetoulis

Director - legal, compliance, regulatory and corporate affairs, Oceania | Danone

Food, beverages and tobacco

Marisa Muchow

Chief legal officer and company secretary | Metricon Homes

Industrials and real estate

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Mark Anning

Head of legal, Australia, and company secretary | Lake Resources NL

Materials and mining

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Mark Bryant

General counsel and company secretary | Charter Hall

Industrials and real estate

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Mark D’Arcangelo

General counsel ANZ / Asia (Acting) | Computershare

Information technology

Since 2011, Mark has worked as an in-house counsel at Computershare Limited, which is a global market leader in share registration, transfer agency, employee equity plans, stakeholder communications and related...

Mark Hourigan

Head of legal | Transurban

Transport and infrastructure

Marnie Manning

Executive general counsel | Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Healthcare

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Matt Sinnamon

General counsel and company secretary | OneVentures

Commercial and professional services

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Matthew Paterson

General counsel and company secretary | Fletcher Building

Materials and mining

Spotlight on Matthew Paterson In March 2020, Matthew joined Fletcher Building, overseeing the legal affairs of all Australian Fletcher Building businesses. As General counsel, Matthew leads a legal team of...

Matthew Thompson

Group general counsel | TechnologyOne

Information technology

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Melanie Williams

Vice president legal | South32

Materials and mining

Michael Antaw

General counsel and company secretary | Nestlé Australia

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Michael Donnan

Group head corporate legal | Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ)

Insurance

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Michael Guilday

General counsel and head of property | Sydney Fish Market

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Michael Zissis

General counsel | Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Transport and infrastructure

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Michelle Monteleone

General counsel, Australia and Papua New Guinea | Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Food, beverages and tobacco

Navaneetha Dilipumakanth

Head of legal and company secretary, Australia and New Zealand | Haleon

Healthcare

Spotlight on Navaneetha Dilipumakanth   Navaneetha (Neetha) is head of legal for Haleon in Australia and New Zealand and achieves success by partnering broadly across the business, collaborating with the...

Neil Sher

General counsel | JD Sports Fashion Australia

Consumer products

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Neil Smyth

General counsel | Queensland Treasury

Public sector

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Nicholas Allton

Group general counsel and company secretary | Bank of Queensland

Financials

Nicola Seaton

Chief legal officer and company secretary | CANSTAR

Financials

Nicole Birman

General counsel and company secretary | carsales.com

Information technology

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Nigel Lowry

General counsel and company secretary | Ausgrid

Energy and utilities

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Olivia Perks

General counsel | University of Sydney

Education

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Patrick McGlinchey

Chief legal and risk officer | The Lottery Corporation

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Paul Cantale

General counsel, corporate | ANZ

Financials

Paul Giugni

General counsel | Scentre Group

Industrials and real estate

Spotlight on Paul Giugni Paul Giugni is general counsel at Scentre Group. Paul was appointed general counsel of the group in June 2014. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group,...

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Peter Huston

Director corporate | Fortescue Metals Group

Materials and mining

Peter Lorbeer

Associate counsel, acquisitions and divestments and new business development | Shell Australia

Energy and utilities

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Phil McKeiver

Chief general counsel | Fortescue Metals Group

Energy and utilities

Rachel Launders

General counsel and company secretary | Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings

Sports and media

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Rama Lingard

Head of legal, Australasia | Mastercard

Financials

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Ray Jarman

Group general counsel | Cochlear

Healthcare

Rebecca Hayward

Global head - contracts, procurement and supply chain | Fortescue Future Industries

Energy and utilities

Ria Sanz

Chief legal, risk and compliance officer | Newcrest Mining

Materials and mining

Richard Bell

Chief legal and risk officer | AUB Group

Financials

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Rob Brown

Legal counsel | Apple

Information technology

Robert Gerrard

Chief legal officer and company secretary | Brambles

Transport and infrastructure

Robert John Regan

Group general counsel and company secretary | Downer EDI

Transport and infrastructure

Robert Tran

Senior director, general counsel | Nearmap

Information technology

Rory Kilpatrick

Head of legal Australia and New Zealand | Hitachi Energy Australia and New Zealand

Energy and utilities

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Rosanna Biggs

Vice president of legal, general counsel | Linktree

Information technology

Rukshi Jayawardena

Head of legal, business and private bank transactions | National Australia Bank

Financials

Sally Webb

Chief legal officer | Transport for NSW

Transport and infrastructure

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Samantha Barrett

General counsel | L'Oréal

Consumer products

Samantha Evans

General counsel | Goodman Group

Industrials and real estate

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Samantha Hine

Head of legal - technology and property | Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Sports and media

Samuel Thomas Knowles

General counsel and company secretary | Clough

Industrials and real estate

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Sarah Lattimer

General counsel and company secretary | I-MED Radiology Network

Healthcare

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Sarah Turner

General counsel and company secretary | Link Administration Holdings

Commercial and professional services

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Sashi Fernando

Head of legal Australia | Philips Electronics Australia

Consumer products

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Scott Mortimer

Vice president legal and compliance ANZ | Fujitsu Australia

Information technology

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Sean Greenland

General counsel and co-company secretary | NTT

Telecommunication services

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Shannon Finch

Group general counsel | Westpac Banking Corporation

Financials

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Sharon Cook

Group executive, legal and commercial services | National Australia Bank

Financials

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Shelley Golden

General counsel and company secretary Australia and New Zealand | IBM

Information technology

Simon Lewin

Group general counsel and company secretary | Vocus Group

Telecommunication services

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Simone Zerial

General counsel and company secretary | Toyota Motor Corporation Australia

Consumer products

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SooJin Yoon

Managing director, head of legal and compliance, general counsel | Jarden

Financials

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Sophie Malloch

Director and associate general counsel, ANZ and Pacific Islands | Meta Platforms

Information technology

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Stacey Pettit

General counsel | Essendon Fields

Transport and infrastructure

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Stephanie Pickett

General counsel and company secretary | GeelongPort

Transport and infrastructure

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Stephen Barrett-White

General counsel | UGL

Industrials and real estate

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Stuart Nicol

Head of legal and internal audit | Viva Energy Australia

Energy and utilities

Spotlight on Stuart Nicol Stuart is head of legal and internal audit at Viva Energy Australia, one of Australia’s leading energy companies that supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s...

Stuart Thomas

Vice president of legal and corporate affairs | Paramount

Sports and media

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Susan Leppinus

General counsel and company secretary | Brickworks Building Products

Materials and mining

Susan Schneider

Chief legal and risk officer and company secretary | Virgin Australia

Transport and infrastructure

Tamara Kayser

General counsel and company secretary | REA Group

Commercial and professional services

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Teresa Allan

Vice president, general counsel and ethics and compliance officer | Capgemini

Information technology

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Theo Dorizac

General counsel | SBS (Special Broadcasting Service Corporation)

Sports and media

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Thomas Daemen

Director - corporate, external and legal affairs | Microsoft

Information technology

Timothy Williams

General counsel | Mineral Resources

Materials and mining

Troy Swan

Group general counsel and board member | Winc Australia 

Consumer products

Vanessa Chapman

Group executive, general counsel and corporate assurance | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Commercial and professional services

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Virna Trout

Head of legal - ASEC | FLSmidth

Materials and mining

Vivienne Webster

Regional head of legal and treaty, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa | Munich Reinsurance

Insurance

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It was a great pleasure to lead the research for The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Australia 2023, which encapsulates a range of the most elite lawyers, who are all doing groundbreaking work in their field. Interviews in this edition have touched upon the challenges that have impacted in-house teams in the past year, future technological advancements, and the unique qualities required to be successful in a variety of industries.  

 

Although the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be in the past, the difficulties imposed by it are still very much present; adapting to a hybrid working environment, economic instability and increasing use of technology have all been serious challenges to in-house lawyers in the past year. Despite this, esteemed in-house counsel in this publication were delighted to share their success in aiding their organisations to continue to thrive and grow. Matt Sinnamon, general counsel at OneVentures, claimed that ‘These added difficulties have made it necessary for me to be agile and quick to adjust to the continuously shifting business environment.’ In-house counsel emphasised that the fast-paced current economic environment requires the ability to adjust to any situation, as highlighted by Anne Lock general counsel at BOSCH Australia, ‘It is a fascinating time to be working in a large global group, and a lesson in patience and adaptability. 

 

With regards to technological advancements, there seems to be a lot of hope for the future of IT, especially regarding artificial intelligence (AI), and the benefits of what has already been implemented. Hilary Thorpe, head of legal – corporate at AGL Energy, claimed that ‘whilst ChatGPT currently has limitations and could be seen as having a negative impact on the legal profession (for example, replacing skills and detracting from the value of personal interactions) it could make simple tasks easier and free up more junior members of the profession to take on more high value, challenging and interesting work at an earlier stage of their careers. It could also increase accessibility to legal services.’ Caroline Cox, chief legal, governance and external affairs officer at BHP, went on to say that ‘artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the legal profession. Within the next few years, AI will be able to perform the routine transactional and administrative aspects of legal advice and allow lawyers to focus on the areas they can add the most value. 

 

In-house counsel also highlighted the unique qualities needed to be successful in their industry, and the responses were truly insightful. Industry-specific qualities, as well as more general qualities, were shared; by far the most highlighted point was the need to be an expert in your field, and adaptability, on top of having excellent legal knowledge. Chris Govey, senior counsel at Google Australia, claimed that ‘the most important quality for in-house lawyers in the technology industry is adaptability. Technology is constantly changing. The business is constantly changing. The laws are constantly changing. We need to be able to change too.’ Sally Webb, chief legal officer at Transport for NSW, went on to say that ‘The successful in-house lawyer in this industry must have good judgment. It is important to have the ability to discern the best course of action and make judgment calls when the situation calls for it.’ The in-house lawyers in this publication provide excellent advice on succeeding, so I encourage you to read on and study the expertise on display on this list.  

 

We would like to congratulate and thank all the in-house counsel featured in this edition on their incredible achievements in the legal industry, and on joining the list of hundreds of the most trusted, effective and innovative in-house lawyers across the globe. It was a pleasure to speak to all included and gain insight into the Australian legal market. 

 

Elena Lewis | Lead researcher: GC Powerlist Australia 2023  

 

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GC Powerlist: Australia 2023

The Legal 500 was delighted to be in Sydney on 16th May, to celebrate the launch of the 2023 edition of the GC Powerlist Australia. Our research editor Allan Cohen and global business development manager David Freeman were joined by leading GCs from the country for a magnificent reception.

A huge thank you to McCullough Robertson and Taylor Root for sponsoring the publication and partnering with us to celebrate the most influential in-house legal lawyers in Australia.