ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


The ILANZ conference is well-known for its mix of inspirational speakers, great topics and its focus on in-house legal best practice. This year’s speaker line-up includes:


atawhai 500x500Atawhai Tibble, Principal Advisor, Treasury

Atawhai’s main role is to help improve the Crown Māori Relationship, through building stronger networks, greater understanding, a more open dialogue, and more effective working relationships. Within the Social Investment Unit, his key focus is enabling Māori providers to tell their stories with data as evidence.

Atawhai describes himself as a connector, translator, and bridge builder. He helps broker partnerships to solve problems. He wrote " The 5 Wai's of Māori engagement" as a bridge builder, to explain engagement to Treasury staff.

Atawhai has managed people and public sector funds. A key project was Te Mana - a multimillion dollar social advertising campaign. He also led Māori statistics via the world's first survey of indigenous wellbeing and measures of Whānau wellbeing, and was invited by the OECD to speak in Mexico in October 2015.

Atawhai utilises his extensive contacts within the Māori community and across the public and private sector to help make a difference. He has dedicated his life to understanding the intricacies of the public sector. This is because government is a major partner, and often an obstacle to Maori development.


bruce sheppardBruce Sheppard, Partner, Gilligan Sheppard Public Accountants

Bruce Sheppard co founded Gilligan Sheppard in 1985. Bruce prides himself on telling clients what he honestly thinks, rather than what he thinks they want to hear (this doesn’t necessarily mean that what he thinks is relevant or useful.)

Bruce also likes to cut to the solution quickly and tends to find simple solutions to problems by demonstrating that all complex issues can be made quite simple with a little thought.
As a result of his now past hobby, (the New Zealand Shareholders Association) and his exposure to the regulatory process of government, he has become exposed to all aspects of the capital markets in NZ including the inner functioning of regulators, major listed companies and market intermediaries.

He regularly speaks at public forums on investing principles, governance and economic issues, as well as participating both publicly and privately in significant policy settings.
Despite his public persona, he also finds solutions to problems and is an effective negotiator and mediator in resolving disputes and effecting transactions.


Caroline Beaumont Small3Caroline Beaumont, General Counsel and Executive Director, Coca-Cola Amatil (N.Z.)

Caroline Beaumont was born and educated in London and graduated from Queen Mary College, London University with a Masters in Commercial and Corporate Law in 1990. Caroline is qualified to practise as a solicitor in England & Wales and NZ. Caroline practised in London for 3 years (at Nabarros) before moving to New Zealand.

Caroline emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1994, although Caroline considers this move to be a homecoming as she is a 5th generation New Zealander. Her great great great grandfather was one of the 92 convicts deported to New Zealand in 1842.
During her career, she has worked in New Zealand’s preeminent law firms, Russell McVeagh and Bell Gully, as well as holding in-house roles at Vodafone New Zealand and Transfield Services.
Caroline joined Coca-Cola Amatil (N.Z.) Ltd in April 2007 and was appointed to the boards of CCANZ and its parent company, Coca-Cola Holdings NZ Limited, in March 2009.

She is the General Counsel for Amatil’s New Zealand and Fiji business units – responsible for each company’s legal affairs. She is also the Manager of the Incident Management and Crisis Response Team.

Caroline serves her community as a member of New Zealand Football’s ExCo and the In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand, and is a volunteer coach for New Zealand Special Olympics athletes.


Catherine Fleming2Catherine Fleming, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan

Catherine is a senior associate in Kensington Swan’s litigation and public law team. Before joining the firm in 2016, she was Crown Counsel in the Crown Legal Risk group at Crown Law, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge that covers all areas of public law, including review of public decision-making, discrimination and human rights issues, regulation, public inquiries, immigration, health law and tax.

Catherine understands the challenges and pressures faced by public clients and works with them to provide practical advice. Her understanding of the sector, ability to build strong relationships and excellent legal knowledge, helps her to enable her clients to make the right decisions for them and those they represent.

Catherine takes a pragmatic, results-focused approach to legal advice and dispute resolution. She works closely with her clients to understand their goals and works collaboratively to manage legal risk and develop creative solutions to legal problems.


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Chaman Sidhu is General Counsel & Company Secretary at Xero Ltd. Xero is an easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 1,000,000 subscribers in 80+ countries, and was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company.

Chaman is well-versed in a range of global and cross-border legal matters including general commercial transactions, M&A, cloud and technology, governance, intellectual property, and complex regulatory areas. She’s an executive leader with extensive experience in Australia and the US, and a passion for people, culture, and innovation in in-house legal services. She has previously led an in-house legal team that won a LexisNexis® Legal Innovation Index award for its innovative use of ‘agile’ workflow management, ‘MVP’ approach to legal services and ‘natural language’ online-user terms and conditions.

Charles BoltCharles Bolt, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Fletcher Building

Charles was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary in October 2013, having joined Fletcher Building as Corporate Legal Counsel in 2002. Prior to joining Fletcher Building he spent eight years at the New Zealand law firm Bell Gully where he had a broad commercial law practice in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and managed funds. Before that, Charles spent three years working as a lawyer at the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2009 completed the Senior Executive Programme at Columbia University in New York.



Grice Christine 6 SmallChristine Grice, Executive Director, New Zealand Law Society

Christine is Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has held directorships and chaired boards in a variety of sectors including the Perry Group, a diversified group of commercial companies operating nationally, in the state sector Radio New Zealand Ltd and in the not for profit sector chaired Te Pou, the National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development as well as sitting as an advisory board member on the Wise Group, one of the largest providers of mental health and wellbeing services in New Zealand as well holding the position of President of the New Zealand law Society. She has undertaken a number of “trouble shooting” roles assisting boards and directors in their corporate governance as well as in director and board training for the Institute of Directors. She sits as Justice Grice in the High Court of the Cook Islands.

Christine is Executive Director of the New Zealand Law Society, lectures in law at post-graduate level and sits as Justice Grice in the High Court of the Cook Islands.


Dan Fitz Small2Dan Fitz, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, BT Group Plc (via videolink)

Dan is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Dan joined BT Group plc in April 2010. Dan is also Executive Sponsor of BT’s LGBT Network.

Prior to joining BT, Dan was Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary of Misys plc and Group General Counsel at Cable & Wireless plc

Dan studied Economics and Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA 1981, JD 1985) and international relations at the London School of Economics (Dipl. 1982).

Dan is on the Executive Committee of the GC100 and is a member of the European General Counsel Association and the Association of General Counsel. In 2009 Dan was Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). He is an attorney (New York) and a solicitor (England & Wales).


Dan Jones RFP ProfileDan Jones, Partner, Russell McVeagh

Dan is a Partner in, and Chairs, Russell McVeagh's Corporate Advisory Practice Group, with extensive experience advising clients on complex corporate and commercial legal issues. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, securities law, commercial contracts and financial services advice.



Gaye Searancke GW Aug Colour GlGaye Searancke, Chief Governance and Strategy Officer, ACC

As the Chief Governance and Strategy Officer at ACC, Gaye is responsible for governance and Board support; legal; strategy, policy, and research; privacy; Ministerial support and Enterprise Portfolio Management.

Before joining ACC Gaye was a Deputy Chief Executive with a policy and regulatory role at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. And before that, a Deputy Secretary at the Ministry for Economic Development. She started her career in law and had legal roles over 18 years at the Ministry of Economic Development; the Ministry of Social Development, the Commerce Commission and private law firms.


Greg CainGreg Cain, Partner, Kensington Swan

Greg is an experienced employment and health and safety lawyer who has represented clients in cases ranging from dismissals and discrimination claims to enforcement of restraints of trade and prosecutions arising out of serious harm incidents.

Greg has practised employment law in both New Zealand and the UK. He has extensive experience in employment law and health and safety. He advises clients on the full range of employment issues, including restructurings, investigations, dismissals and disciplinary issues, personal grievances, and contractual and collective issues. He represents clients in serious harm investigations, and in both employment and health and safety litigation.

Greg is recommended by Legal 500. He has published widely and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and seminars. He committed to delivering results and is pragmatic and adept at finding cost effective solutions to difficult problems.


JamesElliott2James Elliott, Legal Advisor,

James is a media lawyer, comedian/MC and commentator. He is currently legal counsel for and provides commentary to RNZ’s The Panel and The Week That Was.









Karen Scott Howman NZBA CEO high res SmallKaren Scott-Howman, Chief Executive, New Zealand Bankers’ Association

The New Zealand Bankers' Association (NZBA) is the voice of the banking industry and advocates for policy outcomes that contribute to a strong and stable banking system.

Before heading NZBA, Karen was Chief Executive at the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She has extensive experience in legal, regulatory and policy issues affecting the banking industry from her previous position as Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Advocacy at NZBA.

Karen started her career as a commercial lawyer at Chapman Tripp in Wellington, and has worked in leading law firms in Australia and Canada. Karen holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Victoria University of Wellington.


Mel Maddox.jpegMel Maddox, Associate Director of Forensics, Deloitte

Mel is an Associate Director at Deloitte Forensic and she leads the discovery offering for Wellington and the South Island. Mel also specialises in fraud investigation, fraud prevention, asset tracing and insolvency. Before joining Deloitte, Mel worked in London for 9 years, specialising in investgating misconduct within insolvency cases, asset tracing and recovering assets under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

As an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, Mel understands the challenges that lawyers face within the discovery process. Mel works collaboratively with her clients to assist them with their discovery challenges and she enjoys utilising electronic discovery technology to assist her clients to conduct their reviews as efficiently and effectively as possible.

In her part time, Mel also enjoys practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga, spending time at the beach and getting out in nature.


Michael SingletonMichael Singleton, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Christchurch International Airport

As General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Michael sits on the CIAL Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for regulatory strategy and compliance, government relations and insurance. He also fulfils the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary with oversight of CIAL's legal team and all legal aspects of CIAL's activities, as well as advising on governance matters and wider industry issues.

An experienced in-house Counsel, Michael has spent over half his career in senior in-house roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where he headed up a specialist legal team within a major global bank.

Michael recently assumed responsibility for CIAL's Digital Development and IT team with a focus on how emerging technologies can drive commercial outcomes and expose CIAL's own business to digital disruption.


 Michael Taylor RFP ProfileMichael Taylor, Senior Solicitor, Russell McVeagh

Michael is a Senior Solicitor at Russell McVeagh and a specialist in Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) litigation, having appeared in a number of leading cases at the UK Bar. He has represented and advised IT contractors, software and hardware developers, government departments and businesses in disputes arising out of ICT contracts including licensing, copyright and related areas.


Miranda Harcourt3Miranda Harcourt, Acting Coach

Miranda works as an independent acting-coach, working with actors and directors on film and TV, in rehearsal and on set, via Skype and in person, in NZ and all over the world. Directors include Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Morten Tyldum, Master Yuen Woo Ping, Garth Davies, Alison Maclean, Vincent Ward, Gaylene Preston and Gabor Csupo.

Institutions and organisations she has worked with include AFTRS, The Hub Actors' Studio, Toi Whakaari, Equity, The Actors’ Program, Victoria University and The NZ Directors’ Guild. Now she has been invited to teach at The London Film School and The Actors Centre.

Her work is renowned as being engaging, inspirational, swift and intensely practical. Miranda also works as a performance coach in the corporate world, bringing many of the same techniques to bear with individual corporate performers and with teams to enhance group dynamics.

Miranda aims to bring her diverse experience to each of the actors and directors she works with. Her methodology is based on 5 simple craft-tools: Connection — White Space — Journey — Internal Landscape — Vista and Objects. Read endorsements and further information at

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Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is “The Face of New Zealand” and is an award winning International Leadership Speaker, author, businessman, leader, husband and father. He has presented throughout the world including the New York office of Google.

Ngahi is a recipient of the National Professional Speakers Association New Zealand Speaker of the Year, Inspirational Speaker of the Year and Master of Ceremonies of the Year Awards.

He also has a Marketing Business degree, a post graduate teaching diploma, a tourism qualification, a Certificate in Company Direction and a Masters in Education with honours. Ngahi has many years of Leadership experience which he brings to his presentations. His presentation is entitled “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Solutions” and he will outline wisdom from his Maori culture and others as Modern day solutions to help you.


Peter Connor2Peter Connor, Founder & CEO, AlternativelyLegal

Peter Connor is the Founder & CEO of AlternativelyLegal which he formed to share his unique experience and knowledge with in-house counsel around the world to help them innovate and change the way they work to add more value for clients and have more fulfilling careers. He does that through his Everything But The Law™ training and consulting offerings which focus on ‘non-traditional’ skills. He also uses those skills to develop innovative products such as the revolutionary Trouble Traps® compliance videos.

Prior to starting AlternativelyLegal, he worked in a business role, as VP Tech Products, managing software development for compliance firm The Red Flag. He has lived and worked in Switzerland, England, Hong Kong, Sydney and Silicon Valley; as European General Counsel and Head of Global Compliance for Citrix Systems and as APAC General Counsel, Head of Legal Shared Services, European General Counsel and Head of European Government Affairs for Sun Microsystems. He also worked for Baker McKenzie in Sydney and Hong Kong.  Peter is the recipient of the Citrix Design Thinking Hero Award and the Sun Microsystems CEO Leadership

Rabia High Res 3Rabia Siddique, humanitarian, author, former in-house lawyer

Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author.

Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence.

In March 2015, Rabia was nominated for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and cited as a case study at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Rabia’s best-selling memoir, “Equal Justice’ was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2013. Her book will soon be published in North America and Europe and an Australian/British feature film based on it is currently being developed.


Sarah Taylor2 Small2Sarah Taylor, In-house lawyer, Tasman District Council, 2016 ILANZ scholarship winner

Sarah Taylor was awarded the 2016 ILANZ scholarship to undertake research into flexible working in the legal profession in New Zealand.  Sarah has worked as a lawyer since 1998 in various organisations in Wellington, London, and Singapore.  She worked for nearly a decade in London on commercial law and major infrastructure projects and since returning to New Zealand has worked in legal teams in various public sector agencies.

In 2016, in a bid for a lifestyle change and more sun, Sarah and her family moved from Wellington to Mapua, a coastal village at the top of the South Island.  At the end of 2016, Sarah started working in a newly-created role at the Tasman District Council setting up a new in-house legal function.  She is adjusting to life in a small village and learning how to raise chickens and grow hops.


silas dichSilas Dich, Associate Director of Forensics, Deloitte

Silas is the project team manager and specialist in cyber forensics and electronic discovery services at Deloitte. He specialises in data collection and preservation, cyber incident response, computer forensic analysis and electronic discovery.

Before moving to New Zealand Silas worked for Deloitte in Denmark (Enterprise Risk Services) for four years. More recently, he worked for three years in Deloitte UK (Forensic) where he was a manager in the technology team. He has a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Sweden and had a short spell of working with web programming and design before joining Deloitte.

Silas has a technical, problem-solving mind and experience working efficiently in large teams and responding to cyber security incidents.

simonSimon Tupman, mentor, author, former lawyer

Simon has been helping lawyers build better futures since 1992. A former practising lawyer, he has devoted his career to helping lawyers thrive in changing times. Lawyers, law firms, and practice groups face a number of challenges that threaten to undermine the very foundations upon which their reputations were built.
Conversely, they also have considerable opportunities to re-invent themselves. At the ILANZ conference Simon will examine the future role of General Counsel and how they can move from being effective lawyers to influential leaders.

Simon has written two best-selling books, Why Lawyers Should Eat Bananas which has been translated into Russian and Why Entrepreneurs Should Eat Bananas which has been translated into Portuguese and Spanish. His third book, Legal Eagles features lawyers who are making a difference in the world.

He is a founding member of the Law Management Group and a member of the UK-based Law Consultancy Network.


SusanFreemanGreene 2015 1963 SmallSusan Freeman-Greene, Chief Executive, IPENZ

Susan has been CEO of IPENZ since 2015. She has worked in senior leadership and management for the last 15 years. Her most recent position was as the Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. This stage of her career, as a leader, is heavily influenced by earlier periods of her career as a lawyer and mediator. She practised law for over a decade. On a career break with young children she spent time at a community law centre. There, on a one day mediation and negotiation course, she had her 'aha' moment and reforged the next stage of her career as a mediator.
Her legal and mediation experience gave her a robust foundation in both the harder-edged legal/compliance/analytic skills and the softer-edged, but critical, relationship/influencing/advocacy skills. Everyday she calls on both sides of that spectrum to do her job. She says her current role at IPENZ - the Law Society for engineers - with its vision of 'engineering a better life for New Zealanders', is a privilege, a challenge and a fantastic opportunity.



Una Jagose Final SG pic Feb 2016 SmallUna Jagose, Solicitor General, Crown Law

Una Jagose has an extensive career as a public-sector lawyer having worked in four major government agencies. These included legal and policy development roles with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs – which was part of the then Ministry of Commerce, Chief Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Fisheries, Crown Counsel and Deputy Solicitor-General at Crown Law, as well as Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau for a year in 2015. Prior to this, in February 2016, she was appointed as Solicitor-General (the Crown’s junior law officer) and Chief Executive of the Crown Law Office.  Appointed Queen’s Counsel in June 2016. 

Una’s career as a public-sector lawyer has given her a wealth of experience in providing focused and practical advice to assist Ministers and senior decision-makers achieve their strategic goals. She has advised Ministers and public sector organisations on a broad range of public law and constitutional matters.  From 2011-2014 Una taught the public law module for Masters in Public Policy at Victoria University’s School of Government.  She has represented the Crown in courts at all levels, and, along with an extensive litigation history, she has a breadth of experience that gives a broad perspective on legal issues and leadership.  


The conference programme is now available, click here to view.