Meet the Committee
Sian Wingate, President
Sian has been an enthusiastic and committed member of the ILANZ committee for the past year. As president from May 2018, she will work with her fellow committee members to realise the strategic goals set by ILANZ. These are to connect, support and lead our in-house community in New Zealand.
Sian is an in-house lawyer for Powerco Limited, a gas and electricity distribution company that services customers across the north island. She works from New Plymouth in Taranaki and supports Powerco’s staff across their Wellington, Tauranga and Palmerston North offices.
Sian enjoys the diversity of the in-house profession. Her primary legal areas of focus are construction, commercial and technology law. She also actively seeks out opportunities to build relationships with internal colleagues. She also loves to develop improved processes between legal and other parts of the business to work better together, reduce risk and improve legal compliance.
Working in a regional centre from New Plymouth enables Sian to consider the different ways in which members need to connect and support each other. Use of social media, regional catch-ups and accessible CPD events are some of the methods Sian champions to connect our in-house community across NZ. She is an active contributor to the development of the annual conference programme to deliver an event that bridges all the various areas of in-house legal challenges and development.
Outside of work Sian is a keen mountain biker. She lives in a beach town just outside of New Plymouth with her husband and two children aged 5 and 3.
Mark Wilton, Vice President
Mark has 15 years’ experience working as an in-house lawyer and is currently the Principal Prosecutor and acting national Legal Advisor 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. He contributes as a presenter and author for NZLS CLE Ltd, including being a member of the litigation skills faculty. He is also the new convenor of the NZLS Courthouse Committee.
Mark is honoured to be elected to contribute to the profession as the ILANZ Vice President for the 2018-2020 term. 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.
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 is the General Counsel for City Rail Link Limited, which she joined in September last year after over a decade at Coca-Cola Amatil. She holds a Masters Degree (LLM) from Queen Mary College, London, and has over 25 years of professional experience, with a career that started at Nabarro Nathanson in London.
Caroline, a native of England as well as a 5th generation New Zealander, qualified as a solicitor in England (and Wales) and later in NZ some time ago. Caroline is proud to claim her great, great, great grandfather, George Edge, as one of NZ’s very few convicts repatriated here in 1842.
Caroline is a current serving member of the ILANZ committee. Caroline was first appointed to the committee in 2016 and is honoured to contribute to the wider membership.
In her spare time, Caroline is a member of the New Zealand Football board, and accompanies her youngest daughter around the world pursuing her athletics dreams.
Donna is a foundation graduate of the University of Waikato and was admitted to the Bar in 1996. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Māori) (1995) and Master of Laws from the University of South Pacific (2006).
Donna is currently employed as In-House Legal Counsel for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council / Toi Moana based in Tauranga. Her legal career includes now 20 years spanning both the public and private sectors and advising NZ and South Pacific governments. Donna was appointed Crown Counsel in the Treaty Issues & International Law Team in 2009. She has been a volunteer legal advisor in Vanuatu and Bougainville and has also taught International Environmental Law in the Pacific.
Donna specialises in Resource Management and Planning Law, Public Administrative Law, Environmental, Litigation, Māori Land, Customary Law and Treaty of Waitangi issues. She also has vast experience with negotiations and mediation of complex issues and has attended on a vast number of Treaty settlements in Aotearoa.
An important value that Donna aspires to is providing her clients with practical, fit for purpose legal advice and solutions. In her career move to the Bay of Plenty, she has transitioned to being sole legal counsel and from being a specialist to a general practitioner across a diversity of local government business and legal issues.
Donna works in cross-cultural contexts and brings the benefit of competently speaking Te Reo Māori and French. Outside of work, Donna’s interests include ocean swimming, scuba diving and dancing. She has been a strong supporter of ILANZ for many years, including leading the charge for theme dressing at ILANZ conferences!
Grant is a “recovering lawyer”, currently a strategic sourcing manager and workplace mental health advocate at Spark – New Zealand’s leading telecommunications and digital services company.
Before moving into a strategic commercial role at Spark, he spent over a decade in senior legal roles in Australia and New Zealand, winning Australian Young In-house Lawyer of the Year before returning to Auckland in 2015. Grant has spoken at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and India about topics like legal innovation, emerging technology and workplace mental health. Experiencing the heartbreak of losing a close workmate to depression and suicide led him to become a staunch advocate for workplace mental health and a champion for change in this area. In 2017, Grant took up an informal role spearheading Spark’s vision and strategy for workplace mental health – developing a grassroots mental health movement which has evolved into a company-wide mental health initiative, aimed at delivering better mental health outcomes for Spark people.
I am the New Zealand legal counsel for Bayer, an international life science group.
I have worked both in private practice (in both New Zealand and London) and also held in-house roles across a number of industries (dairy, telecommunications and, with Bayer, pharmaceutical, consumer health, crop science and animal health). In my current role I am the key legal adviser to our animal health businesses in both Australia and New Zealand. I believe I am well placed to bring a variety of experiences and different perspectives to an issue or initiative.
I am passionate about the value effective in-house lawyers bring to the organisation they support beyond their strict legal role - including leadership, contribution towards strategy, general guidance and a "level head”. I am also a strong believer in the contribution we can all make in partnering with business and providing innovative, business enabling legal solutions. As a community if we connect, support and learn from each other we can all develop in these areas. ILANZ, and its various initiatives, play an important role in enabling us to do this.
I am honoured to represent New Zealand’s in-house legal community as a member of the ILANZ committee.
Jeremy is a former ILANZ President and has been a committee member since 2008. He is also currently Vice President 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 two teenage children. Outside of work and family his passions are wine appreciation, mountain biking and golf.
Herman is currently based in sunny Taranaki, working as General Counsel for TSB Bank. In his role he acts as chief internal legal, board secretary, and head of regulatory affairs. 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 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.
As a relative new-comer to the inhouse 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.