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Aliesia Gartrell

Aliesia Gartrell photo Manager, supervisors oversight | Financial Markets Authority - New Zealand

‘Without a doubt, the thing I enjoy most in my role is working with my FMA colleagues, in the various wider teams’, Aliesia Gartrell says. ‘The FMA staff are here because they are committed to making positive change in New Zealand’s financial markets and are genuinely passionate about – and committed to – the work they …

Andrew Cordner

Andrew Cordner photo Group general counsel | Fonterra Group

With over 20 years of legal experience in New Zealand and the United States, Andrew Cordner currently acts as group general counsel for the Fonterra Group, New Zealand’s multinational co-operative which stands as the world’s largest exporter of dairy products. Since joining the Group in 2007, Cordner has consolidated his knowledge of both the dairy …

Anna Lenahan

Anna Lenahan photo Group general counsel and company secretary | Suncorp Group

Since June 2013, Anna Lenahan has acted as group executive group general counsel and company secretary of the Suncorp Group. After joining the company in March 2011 as group general counsel and company secretary, Lenahan is now responsible for legal and company secretariat services across the entire Group, leading the 140-strong legal and secretariat business …

Anne Lock

Anne Lock photo General counsel | Robert BOSCH (Australia) Pty Ltd

‘Each day brings an assortment of interesting tasks and concepts, with challenges and fun’, Anne Lock says, adding: ‘Sharing a tea room with brilliant inventors is awesome’. Heading legal support to the Australian operations of leading technology brand Robert BOSCH, sources praise Lock for her innovation and business-friendly approach. She has played a pivotal role …

Anton Shead

Anton Shead photo General counsel and company secretary | Goodman NZ

Home-grown kiwi lawyer Anton Shead led the nation’s first ever joint venture between an NZ-listed property vehicle and a sovereign wealth fund. ‘It was an absolute highlight’, Shead says of the $313m deal between Goodman NZ and Singaporean fund GIC. Formerly a Bell Gully senior associate, Shead became Goodman’s GC in 2010, and proceeded to …

Ari Bergman

Ari Bergman photo Chief operations officer - Property and Asset Finance | Wingate

Ari Bergman is the current chief operations officer for the property and asset finance division of Wingate, he took up the Melbourne-based post in October 2015 after 11 years role at Spotlight Group, where he acted as general counsel. ‘The law is only one – often limited – part of what an in-house lawyer needs …

Betty Ivanoff

Betty Ivanoff photo Group general counsel | GrainCorp

‘An outstanding lawyer with an excellent grasp of the issues which affect her industry’, Betty Ivanoff is ‘unfailingly commercial, insightful and frank’. As general counsel to ASX 100 agribusiness GrainCorp, she has supported the company’s growth from having a market capitalisation of less than $400 million in 2008 to more than $1.8bn today. She manages …

Brian Salter

Brian Salter photo Group general counsel | AMP

One of ACLA’s GC100 founding members and its deputy chair, Brian Salter is among Australia’s most known and respected in-house lawyers. Focused on thought leadership in Australian business law, the industry forum’s work ranges from active lobbying for reform to broader examination of current trends within Australia’s in-house legal market. A pre-eminent financial services expert, …

Brigid McDonald

Brigid McDonald photo Legal counsel - property and construction | Auckland Transport

‘A dynamic, customer-focused and people-focused manager’, Brigid McDonald impresses not only with her leadership and mentoring skills, but also with her technical understanding. Auckland Transport is responsible for all of the region’s transport, excluding state highways. Working within a growing legal team, McDonald has played a pivotal role in some of New Zealand’s most significant …

Bronwyn Arthur

Bronwyn Arthur photo Chief legal advisor | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)

When the 2011 earthquakes hit Christchurch, New Zealand faced a crisis of unseen proportions. As the legal head of the body responsible for dealing with its aftermath, Bronwyn Arthur, in the words of one source, ‘has one of the biggest, most complex roles in the country’. Established by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act, CERA is …

Carmel Mulhern

Carmel Mulhern photo Group general counsel | Telstra

Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company, Telstra, has undergone significant transformation in recent years. As its group GC, Carmel Mulhern has made her name both inside and outside the company through her role in some of the sector’s biggest strategic transactions. These have included the business’ $9bn National Broadband Network (NBN) joint venture in 2008 …

Caroline Beaumont

Caroline Beaumont photo General counsel | Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand

‘As in-house lawyers are often labelled as “handbreaks or naysayers”, it is critical that I have the trust and confidence of my colleagues so that they aren’t afraid to seek me out for advice’. Caroline Beaumont is the first female director in the 120-year history of the global brand’s New Zealand operations. ‘The culture of …

Carolyn Scobie

Carolyn Scobie photo Group general counsel and company secretary | QBE Insurance

Acting as group general counsel and company secretary of QBE Insurance Group Limited, Carolyn Scobie joined Australia’s leading global insurer in January 2016. Scobie assumed her position at QBE after nearly two decades at Goodman Group where she was group general counsel. Her role at Goodman Group entailed responsibility for a multi-disciplinary legal team working …

Cathy Manolios

Cathy Manolios photo General counsel and head of corporate governance | Zurich Financial Services Australia

Awarding-winning general counsel Cathy Manolios leads a highly regarded team, and is praised for her contribution to Zurich Financial Services’ national corporate governance program. A member of the senior management team, she has been central to the national business strategic direction. During 13 years in the role, she has led a number of significant transactions, …

Charles Bolt

Charles Bolt photo General counsel and company secretary | Fletcher Building

As general counsel and company secretary of one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies, Charles Bolt has made a substantial impact during his two years in the role. In 2013, he participated in the company’s five-year “FBUnite” project, which saw the centralisation of all business functions. In the case of legal, this entailed a dramatic …

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