Meet the Committee
Erin Judge, President
Erin is a Senior Advisor in the Government Legal Network (GLN) team at Crown Law. This role enables her to apply her technical knowledge in creative ways and she enjoys designing, developing and implementing initiatives which promote and enhance the work of a government lawyer. Erin oversees the creation of CPD-compliant learning opportunities and the exploration of smart technologies to enable greater collaboration. She also manages the Legal Risk Reporting System which assists in the early identification and management of Crown Legal Risk. Previously, Erin has worked as the National Legal Advisor for the Police Prosecution Service, as a Senior Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitors' Office and as a Prosecutor.
In her first year on the ILANZ Committee, Erin took up the opportunity to direct the 2015 ILANZ Conference. She found designing a conference of relevance and interest to the diverse range of in-house lawyers to be a great way to broaden her knowledge of their work and aspirations. Erin would like to enable career development and networking opportunities for in-house lawyers, particularly for women and those working outside of the main centres. She would also like to continue in the ‘Shared Services working group’ to see this long-standing issue resolved.
Erin’s previous voluntary roles include providing legal advice at the Wellington Community Law Centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Calgary Legal Guidance Centre in Canada. Erin has a passion for child welfare and crime prevention (in particular domestic violence) which she considers two parts of the same spectrum. Erin lives in Wellington with her husband, their 4 year old daughter, 2 year old twin sons and her 18 year old sister who is studying law at Victoria.
Herman Visagie, Vice-President
Herman is currently based in sunny Taranaki, working as General Counsel for TSB Bank. In his role he acts as chief internal legal, board and executive secretary, and head of compliance. He has had a varied career to date having worked in policy for central government as well as for a leading industry association.
In addition to his day-job he works in a number of not-for-profit capacities, including work with the Taranaki Restorative Justice Trust and the Asia:New Zealand Foundation Leaders Network. He is also a registered marriage celebrant, and an enthusiastic member of the New Plymouth Operatic Society. He also has a love of travel and the outdoors. His key current focusses are formalising his research topic for his MA and dreaming about building a tiny house.
As a relative new-comer to the in-house role he is excited about the opportunity to engage with the wider profession, and to maybe bring a different perspective (and hopefully a few laughs) to the Committee.
Grant Adam, Treasurer
Grant is the Chief Legal Advisor at the NZ Qualifications authority. He was President of ILANZ from May 2012 to May 2014, and Vice President (Wellington) prior to that.
He has worked on a diverse range of legal subjects aside from the public law norms - competition, trade, energy, mining, telecoms, health and education - and presented at a number of conferences including the World Conference on Medical Law in Toulouse (with his paper being published in the International Journal of Medicine and Law).
Grant has observed the growth in numbers and the large increase in reputational standing of in-house lawyers over the years. ILANZ plays a very important part in looking after the wider interests of members and sustaining the reputation and standing of in-house lawyers. He very much enjoys being part of, and contributing to, the work of ILANZ and the interests of the in-house profession.
Grant has three wonderful daughters, and keeps his fitness up by regular running, mountain biking, body surfing and home maintenance, while throwing in some golf here and there. He enjoys cooking, along with good wine and craft beer.
Christopher Guy, Secretary
Christopher Guy is secretary of the ILANZ Committee. He was conference programme director for the ILANZ Conference in Queenstown and conference director for the 2011 ILANZ Conference in Napier. Christopher has worked as an in-house counsel for Housing New Zealand Corporation in Wellington for the last nine years. Before that, he was in private practice in Wellington and London. Outside of work, he follows his children’s sporting and cultural activities and chairs the Board of Trustees of their school.
Beverley is currently employed as an in-house lawyer with NZ Police in Christchurch.
Her early career involved roles in the Departments of Trade & Industry and Education. Subsequent roles included in-house lawyer positions in the Ministries of Transport, and Works & Development. She has also taught law and business at tertiary institutions in the Arabian Gulf.
Beverley is currently serving her third term on the ILANZ committee, based in Christchurch. Her work portfolios with the committee include focussing on regional events to facilitate networking for the approximately 140 in-house lawyers based in Canterbury, and raising the profile of in-house lawyers and ILANZ through engagement with the universities.
Beverley holds a BA, LLB, and Master of Strategic Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.
Caroline qualified as a solicitor in London, before moving (returning home) to New Zealand where she served time with Russell McVeagh, Bell Gully and Rudd Watts & Stone, back in the day.
Whilst Caroline greatly enjoyed her roles and experiences in private practice, life as an in-house lawyer enables Caroline to make a broader business contribution and flex her commercial nouse. She has been general counsel at the Fizz Factory, Coca-Cola Amatil, for the past 9 years and, being a small legal department of one, Caroline gets exposure to almost every kind of legal issue the business faces. Specialisation isn’t an option - you have no choice but to become a very general counsel.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being in-house is working closely with ‘clients’, coaching them in issue-spotting and problem avoidance, and participating as a valued partner in their strategy sessions, negotiations and transactions. It’s incredibly satisfying knowing that you have really helped someone and made their job a little bit easier.
Caroline is looking forward to contributing to the ILANZ committee. We have literally hundreds of in house lawyers in New Zealand doing great work to improve organisations’ competitive advantage and public bodies' service. Our role as independent solicitors merits specific attention within the profession. We are all very well served by those in ILANZ who give their time tirelessly to promoting their interests and it is an honour to have the opportunity to help the collective cause.
Grant is a passionate communicator, technology enthusiast and in-house lawyer at Spark New Zealand. In his current role, Grant supports Spark's product development, operations, wholesale and international divisions. Before returning to New Zealand, he spent several years practising in Australia - first at King & Wood Mallesons, then in-house at a leading Australian telco.
Originally, Grant studied law, commerce and computer science at the University of Waikato and practised at Kensington Swan in Wellington. He is particularly interested in topics like legal technology and process innovation.
Jeremy is a former ILANZ President and has been committee member since 2008. He is also currently on the Executive Committee of In-House Counsel Worldwide, a collection of international in-house counsel associations (including ILANZ) representing the interests of in-house lawyers. Jeremy has a deep understanding of ILANZ, its membership and goals and is committed to ensuring the status of in-house lawyers is recognised and needs met, in what is an ever changing profession.
Jeremy is General Manager – Risk, Legal and Governance at The Co-operative Bank. He lives in Wellington and is married with children. Outside of work and family his passions are wine appreciation, mountain biking and golf.
Katie is the immediate past President of ILANZ. She is the Chief Legal Adviser at the Department of Corrections, one of New Zealand's largest government departments. Prior to this, she was the Associate Commissioner, Legal and Strategic Relations, at the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner. In that role she led the organisation’s legal team plus the education, research and policy functions of the Office. Katie's move in-house followed a number of years in private practice advising government and statutory entities, as well as some of Australasia's leading companies. Immediately before joining HDC, she was a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. She has degrees in law and in neuroscience from the University of Otago, and a PhD in law and public health from the University of Melbourne.
Katie's other professional activities include membership of the NZLS Service Delivery Group, time on the Wellington Branch Council, and two years as the founding co-convenor of the Wellington Branch Health Law Committee. As ILANZ President, she also serves on the NZLS Council.
She is a proud Wellingtonian (despite the weather) and loves exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two sons, aged 11 and 14.
Mark has 14 years’ experience working as an in-house lawyer and is currently the Principal Prosecutor for the Police Prosecution Service, based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.
Mark is an immediate past NZLS Vice President and Board member, as well as a past President of the Wellington Branch of the NZLS, and is a current Branch Vice President. He contributes as a presenter and author for NZLS CLE Ltd, including being a member of the litigation skills faculty.
Mark is honoured to be elected to contribute to the profession as an ILANZ committee member. He actively supports the three key areas of focus for the profession set out by the NZLS President, specifically Access to Justice, the promotion and retention of Women in the Law, and Practising Well.
Sian is part of a small but dynamic legal team at Powerco Limited, a major electricity and gas distribution company in New Zealand. She welcomes the diversity of the role crossing Construction, IT, Property and Commercial law among others.
A strong focus for Sian is partnering with internal business clients to work up simpler and more efficient legal processes that can be used day to day by non-lawyers in the company. Reducing jargon and layers of legal complexity whilst still managing legal risk is where Sian considers in house lawyers are a great asset.
Sian has been practising in house in New Zealand for the past 5 years. Prior to this, she worked in her native UK as a banking, financing and M&A lawyer.
Sian is keen to be a proactive member of the ILANZ committee to exchange learnings within the in-house legal profession and to promote the regional in-house community.