ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Meet the Committee

Sian Wingate May 2019 squareSian Wingate, President

Sian is a committed and proactive president of ILANZ. She has worked in-house for over 6 years with experience in private practice for a decade before that.

Sian’s focus for her presidency is to work with the committee and the members to improve the ways in which ILANZ connects with its members.

Some initiatives that Sian has implemented to facilitate this are:

  • A regular blog to keep members up to date with what Sian is learning from her in-house peers
  • Regular contributions to LawTalk on matters relevant to in-house
  • A dedicated committee stand (as from 2018) at the ILANZ Conference to give delegates and members a chance to meet and chat with the committee
  • A dedicated (as from 2018) set of sessions at the ILANZ Conference called ‘UnSessions’ which are on topics suggested by and voted on by the delegates
  • Initiating a skills development course for ILANZ members (aimed to commence late 2019) following feedback received from members at the 2018 conference

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

Outside of work and ILANZ, Sian loves mountain biking and hanging out with her two young kids.


Wilton Mark3Mark 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 AdamGrant 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 curtisBeverley Curtis

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.


Donna Llewell SmallDonna Lewell

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 Pritchard2Grant Pritchard

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.


H C Rogers squareHiramai Rogers

Hiramai is General Counsel for Ultrafast Fibre Limited (the ultra-fast broadband (fibre) network operator for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki regions). In this role, Hiramai has created the company’s first legal, regulatory and compliance functions. He provides legal services and advice to ensure the business’s long term commercial success and to steer Ultrafast Fibre through the regulatory review process.

In addition to working with a number of key partners, Hiramai oversees the company’s secretarial function and the key services contract with telecommunications retailers. Hiramai is also involved in representing Ultrafast Fibre via the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum and for other industry-related matters. Prior this, Hiramai gained extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, working in both private practice and in-house roles in New Zealand and Dubai.

Hiramai is a graduate of The University of Auckland and holds a current New Zealand practising certificate. Originally from Auckland, Hiramai is now settled in with his family in Hamilton and outside of work he enjoys travelling and keeping fit so that he can keep up with his son.


 Caroline Sigley photo2Caroline Sigley

Caroline leads the legal and compliance function for Bayer’s Animal Health business across Australia and New Zealand.

She has 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 her current role, Caroline is the key legal adviser and legal business partner to Bayer’s animal health business across Australia and New Zealand.

Caroline is 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”. She is a strong believer in the contribution in-house lawyers can make in partnering with business and providing innovative, business enabling legal solutions.

Caroline lives in Auckland (but proudly originates from Hawkes Bay) with her husband and two children.


Jeremy Valentine SmallJeremy Valentine

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 Visagie2Herman Visagie

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.