ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Speakers & Session Notes

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: 

  • Keynote: Dr Paul Wood, Doctor of Psychology, Speaker and Author
  • Keynote: Dame Sophie Pascoe DNZM, New Zealand para-swimmer and youngest NZ Dame. 

  • Keynote: Craig Hudson, Managing Director, Xero
  • Bronwyn Hudson, Founder, Fuel Your Wellbeing

  • Ethan Jerome-Leota, Tainui (Waikato Iwi)
  • Madeline Shaw, Executive Coach

    and more 

View the 2022 Conference Programme here



Day 1, Session 1 - Future focus for in-house lawyers
Keynote Presenter: Craig Hudson, Managing Director, Xero

Day 1, Session 2, A - Out of the Quicksand - Flourishing for In-house Lawyers
Presenter/s: Madeline Shaw, Executive Coach

Do you proof-read your sent emails?
It’s no secret that burnout, dissatisfaction and overwork are rife within legal practice. If it just took brains to solve that problem, you would have done that by now. Yet smart lawyers end up held back by many of the habits that, in some ways, are also what made them successful:

  • Perfectionism
  • Strong work ethic
  • People pleasing
  • Detail focus, micromanaging and difficulty delegating
  • Conflict avoidance, or frequent conflict
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Overwork and burnout

In this session, you will take a new perspective on this paradox and hear about practical action steps for getting back to solid ground while retaining the traits that make you a great lawyer.There’s no doubt that there are structural and systemic challenges in legal practice that are bigger than any one person. Add to the mix a heightened level of change and uncertainty (global pandemic, anyone?) and it’s no wonder people are finding it tough going. Struggling harder but sinking more, throwing good energy after bad - like being in quicksand.

In this powerful, practical session, you will take a new perspective on this paradox and create an action plan for getting back to solid ground.

Madeleine Shaw is an in-demand executive coach, speaker and facilitator with over two decades of experience working with lawyers: the first as one of them (including 5 years as corporate counsel) and the second as a coach, helping them work through difficult career questions and find progress and satisfaction again. For over 12 years now she has worked at the intersection of mindset and evidence-based resilience and wellbeing. She is interested in helping people be great leaders and leaders be great people. 

Madeleine’s clients include top tier legal, professional services and consulting firms, financial services organisations and a number of large listed companies and government departments and agencies. 

Madeleine is accredited with the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership. She is a professional credentialed coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), is an accredited Mental Health First Aider and has served as board director and secretary of the ICF’s Australasia Chapter. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons), and was admitted to practice in NSW and California. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Film & Video, but that’s another story! 

Day 1, Session 2, B

Day 1, Session 2, C - Delegate using Data not Drama
Presenter: Sian Wingate

Delivered in a workshop style Sian will share:

  • how a service line register for your legal function creates a valuable data set of exactly what you do and for who
  • how you can use this data to delegate legal tasks to the business units you service
  • why this delegation technique boosts your legal team profile, enhances your service delivery and frees up your bandwidth to deal with the high value, high-risk matters

After this workshop, you will walk away with practical, actionable steps that will enable you to: 

  • Boost your legal team’s capacity 
  • Enhance your team’s profile through a service delivery that focuses on how to best add-value to your organisation  
  • Free up your precious bandwidth to deal with the high value, high-risk matters that you both want and need to manage to best serve your organisation  

A workbook will be supplied with worked examples of how to create a service line register plus access to bonus resources on how to implement Sian’s tried and tested techniques and tips to delegate tasks.  


Sian Wingate, a seasoned in-house lawyer and former ILANZ president, shares her tried and tested methods of delegating legal tasks to enable busy in-house teams to maintain capacity to deal with their organisation's high-risk, high-value matters. 

Her specialism is in utilising the free resources already available to in-house functions to create a foundation for successful delivery of their legal services. 

From her decade of in-house experience in successfully implementing her tried and tested techniques ranging from using training, templates, intranets, playbooks and video-based resources, Sian uses a coaching approach to enable her in-house colleagues to learn how to implement her solutions to best guarantee success.  

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Day 1, Session 3 - Raising visibility of the legal function within the business
Panel: Helen Wild (General Counsel, Auckland Council) Marise Winthrop (Livestock Improvement Corporation) & Melissa Soh-Newstead (SilverFern Farms) - Facilitated by Hiramai Rogers

Helen Wild is General Counsel at Te Kaunihera  o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Council. She leads Ngā Ratonga Ture / Legal Services - a team of over 60 lawyers, legal executives and support staff. The team delivers legal support to Auckland Council, its governing body, local boards and elected members and two of its CCOs (eke Panuku and Auckland Unlimited), working closely with a panel of external legal providers. Auckland Council is NZ’s largest unitary authority and one of NZ’s largest employers. It operates in a complex legislative framework with high political and public scrutiny. The team’s brief extends to all legal issues with the exception only of employment law.   

Helen’s background is in litigation, with over 30 years’ experience advising and representing clients in the public and private sectors on a wide range of issues, with a focus on media and medico-legal issues.  She spent over 15 years in senior roles in large firms, before joining TVNZ as Senior Counsel in 2007.  She joined Auckland Council in 2016, initially as Manager of Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She was appointed General Counsel in 2020. 

Helen is driven by a strong sense of service, a passion for the law, a real desire to make a difference for people and a commitment to nurture her team. She has two adult sons. When not at work you’ll find her hanging out with them, cooking up a storm and enjoying the great outdoors. 


Marise Winthrop is the General Counsel at Livestock Improvement Corporation an NZX listed co-operative with over 650 permanent staff in NZ and overseas, increasing to 2,000 staff in peak season.  Marise leads the Legal, Intellectual Property, Secretariat and Business Information Units at LIC.  She holds the company secretary function and is responsible for NZX listing rules, legislative and regulatory compliance.  Marise also works on strategic projects providing commercially sound, pragmatic and legally compliant support.  Marise adopts technology across her team to drive performance, deliver excellent solutions and create efficiencies.  She is a proud people leader and mentor and is in her second term as an elected Branch Council Member of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Law Society.  Marise was the recipient of the 2018 ILANZ Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year Award. 


Melissa Soh-Newstead is a UK-qualified, NZ-trained lawyer with over 25 years’ experience including over 10 years’ experience in senior in-house roles. She has significant experience in building and leading in-house legal teams using transformational strategy, innovation and continuous improvement to drive efficiency and embed a strong high-performance team culture. Melissa joined Silver Fern Farms (NZ’s biggest red meat producer, marketer and exporter with over 7000 employees worldwide) as its first full-time General Counsel and Company Secretary over three years ago and established the team from the ground up into a high performing team. The SFF legal team was one of the finalists in the 2021 ILANZ Innovation Award; a great achievement for a newly established team in its second year following inception. The team’s best-in-class privacy framework recently received the Privacy Trust Mark awarded by the NZ Privacy Commissioner. The award is a recognition for excellence in privacy. Melissa has been named one of the NZ Lawyer In-House Leaders for 2022. 


Day 1, Session 4, A - TBC

Day 1, Session 4, B
Presenter: Premier Sponsor, Dentons Kensington Swan


Day 1, Session 4, C - Climate Change disclosures - statutory requirements & role of in-house lawyers
Presenter: Dr Amelia Sharman, XRB

Amelia Sharman is Director Sustainability Reporting at the External Reporting Board (XRB), responsible for managing the execution and coordination of the climate-related disclosure framework for Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as the XRB’s wider sustainability reporting work programme. Dr Sharman has an extensive background in climate and sustainability policy areas, most recently as Head of Policy at Ara Ake, focused on supporting the transition to a low-emissions energy future. She has held a range of project and policy roles across the public and private sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, an MSc from the University of Oxford, and an MA(Hons) from the University of Auckland.


Day 1, Session 5 - Keynote: Mood & Motivation 
Presenter: Dr Paul Wood, Doctor of Psychology, Speaker and Author

Would you have a Doctor of Psychology present at your conference? What if he had spent almost 11 years behind bars? As an 18 year-old, Dr Paul Wood was completely off the rails. He wasn't coping with the impending death of his mother, he was dependent on drugs, and was an unemployed high-school dropout who was committing crimes to feed his habit.

Two days after his mother died he lost control when his then drug dealer attempted to sexually assault him. Paul was convicted of murder for this offence and then spent more than a decade in some of New Zealand's toughest prisons. During this period Paul became the first person in New Zealand’s history to progress through undergraduate and Masters degrees while in prison. He was also the first person to begin a Doctorate while incarcerated. Paul's educational pursuits dovetailed with a journey of personal exploration and change, both of which gave him a profound understanding of the ingredients required to successfully strive towards our potential, deal with the challenges of change, and build the mental toughness and resilience necessary to flourish in adversity.

On his release, Paul was able to translate this knowledge into strategies for improving leadership effectiveness and organisational culture.  As a result, Paul rose rapidly through the ranks to become the senior manager responsible for Training and Development within the multinational professional services firm OPRA Consulting Group. Paul now runs his own practice and has served as a committee member and advisor to a number of boards.

Paul spends most of his time facilitating leadership and emotional intelligence focused programmes across the private and public sectors. He works with everyone from the Hurricanes to Central Agencies of government. His charitable interests see him visit prisons and act as patron for START Taranaki, which helps at risk young men turn their lives around. Paul is also a regular contributor to the media. For more on Paul’s thinking visit his Huffington Post blog or watch his viral interview on the AM Show.

Paul's presentation style is dynamic, humorous, and deeply authentic. He speaks to the human experience and provides practical insight on topics such as our capacity for change, how to cope with uncertainty, how to build mental toughness and resilience, the importance of self-reflection and personal accountability in growth, how to identify and maximize our potential, and how to turn adversity to your advantage.




Day 2, Session 6 (Rakaia Room) - NZLS offering in-house lawyers support over the next year
Presenter: Jacque Lethbridge, Partner, Martelli McKegg & NZLS President-Elect


Day 2, Session 7 - A forward-looking lense: preparing for Modern Slavery laws
Presenters: Jo Appleyard (Partner, Chapman Tripp) & Nicola Swan (Partner, Chapman Tripp) & Sarah Retter (Head of Legal at Fujitsu) 

  • Overview of MBIE’s proposal to introduce modern slavery legislation in New Zealand, and the differences to the UK and Australian regimes 
  • Proposed extension from modern slavery to incorporate worker exploitation and alignment with existing NZ employment standards
  • Practical examples of modern slavery risk management 
  • How modern slavery due diligence actually works in practice 

Jo Appleyard is a partner in Chapman Tripp’s Christchurch office specialising in civil litigation, employment matters and in providing strategic advice on the full range of environmental and resource management issues. With over 30 years’ experience, Jo is an extremely well regarded senior practitioner with a diverse practice that includes Canterbury’s key infrastructure providers (Christchurch International Airport, Lyttelton Port Company and Orion New Zealand), along with various RMA clients in areas that include natural resources, infrastructure, urban development, marine and iwi. As a part of the team that led the Lyttelton Port recovery project, she was awarded the Resource Management Law Awards Project Award in 2019. Her experience in civil disputes is wide and varied, acting on all manners of commercial issues including employment matters. 

Jo joined the Ryman Healthcare Board 10 years ago. Her experience as a Director results in her having a strong understanding of both governance and management responsibilities, and the holistic needs of wider stakeholders. Jo is currently a member of several Ryman committees, including the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee, Clinical Governance Committee, Development and Construction Committee.  


Nicola Swan is a partner in Chapman Tripp’s Wellington Litigation & Dispute Resolution team and leads the firm's international law practice. She has particular expertise in international arbitration, commercial dispute resolution, ESG (environmental, social and governance) risk management, and business and human rights. Nicola works with a number of clients subject to the UK and Australian modern slavery legislation, having spent seven years practising in the UK when this regime was introduced. 

Nicola is a member of Chapman Tripp’s Consulting advisory team and regularly advises boards and executive teams on ESG risk management in business. She has helped develop ESG, human rights and responsible investing policies, including on modern slavery risk management. Partnering with boards and executive teams, she helps manage non-financial risks, including risk identification, assessment and disclosure, with particular expertise in climate risk management.  

Nicola is recognised as a rising star by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, an Up and Coming lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 and as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2022. In 2021, she was also named as a Young Influencer as one of New Zealand’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers. 


Sarah Retter is a Senior Legal Practitioner with 12+ years of experience providing strategic legal and business advice to Senior Executives. Her expertise includes designing and providing creative business solutions to resolve legal and business challenges, managing litigation, drafting, negotiating and reviewing a wide range of IT agreements and advising on legal risk. 

Currently, Sarah is the General Counsel & Head of Compliance at Fujitsu New Zealand, where she manages a full-service team. Sarah designs legal risk and mitigation strategies, delivers bespoke training to the business and was instrumental in drafting and launching the Māori and Pacific Peoples Inclusion Plan, which sets out Fujitsu’s goals for Māori and Pacific People over the next five years. 

Sarah is also a remarkable mentor. She has mentored young people via various programs such as the Young Enterprise Trust – Enterprise in Action Weekend program, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment R9 Accelerator weekend program and continues to mentor colleagues both in the Legal profession and at Fujitsu. Continue reading Sarah's bio here.


Day 2, Session 8, A - Mood for Food
Presenter: Bronwyn Hudson

As the Founder of Fuel Your Wellbeing, Bronwyn Hudson brings her authentic, inspirational, relatable, evidence-based approach to your organisation. She has a wide breadth of academic knowledge (including a Master of Science in Personalised Nutrition and coaching modalities including advanced NLP certification). Importantly, Bronwyn also draws on her various lived experiences, being vulnerable in sharing these when it matters. Being a busy mum of four children, she also knows the importance of keeping things simple and achievable. Bronwyn will leave you impacted and energised, ready to implement practical tools to support your own wellbeing and that of those around you. Visit Bronwyn Hudson's website - Fuel Your Wellbeing 




Day 2, Session 8, B - A forward-looking lense: preparing for LGOIMA reforms


Day 2, UnSession 8, C
Facilitated by ILANZ Committee Member/s

The Unsessions provide the opportunity for conference delegates to discuss ideas, issues and topics relating to the in-house community. We highly encourage you to send us your ideas and topics you think would be useful and relevant to discuss between peers at conference. Get in touch with us at [email protected].  Delegates will have a chance to vote on their preferred topic with the most popular being chosen.


Day 2, Session 9, A - How to get time back to focus on the high-value work we come in-house to do
Presenters: Shaun Plant, Chief Legal Evangelist, LawVu - Premier Partner

In this fireside chat, we sit down with legal leaders to discuss ways to get time back in your day so you can focus on connecting with and impacting your business. In-house lawyers constantly handle large workloads and resourcing pressures, with an expectation on them to deliver law firm outputs and mitigation of risks ranging from financial, governance, health & safety, consumer and regulatory compliance. In addition to these pressures, recent research shows that some legal tech solutions are causing inefficiencies for in-house legal teams, especially when new high-level matters demand a shuffling of the decks to re-prioritise their workload, and this is ultimately contributing to a disconnect from high-value work and the wider business. This session will discuss ways the in-house legal team cannot just get time back in their day but also become a multifaceted, proactive function that is truly connected to the business and its outcomes.

Shaun Plant is the Chief Legal Evangelist at LawVu. He also provides project management and legal technology services to legal teams worldwide. Shaun has woven innovation and project management into all stages of his legal career, both in private and in-house legal practice. Starting his career in contracts engineering, Shaun moved into the legal profession, with his focus on project and change management. His legal background spans public, and private enterprises in environmental and project law, where he has delivered large capital construction.

Day 2, Session 9, B - Governance, Risk and Compliance
Presenter: Louise Unger, Commerce Commission

Risk & Compliance for in-house lawyers

  • The role of the in-house lawyer in managing your organisation’s risks and regulatory and compliance requirements, including meeting the needs of your Executive Team and Board
  • How the role of the in-house team intersects with regulatory and compliance functions
  • Useful tips for in-house lawyers on what effective risk, regulatory and compliance frameworks look like


Louise Unger is the Commerce Commission’s General Manager, Credit.  She has over 20 years’ experience providing legal, risk and compliance services to a range of New Zealand and international organisations, including banks, telecommunications and electricity companies.

Immediately prior to joining the Commission Louise was Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance at Lawyers on Demand NZ, an international law firm, where she was responsible for creating, building and leading a legal, risk and compliance consultancy practice.  Her background also includes working at Bank of New Zealand, where she led legal and risk & compliance teams, and several major NZ law firms.  

Louise has a law degree (Hons) and a commerce degree from Canterbury University.


Day 2, UnSession 9, C
Facilitated by ILANZ Committee Member/s

The Unsessions provide the opportunity for conference delegates to discuss ideas, issues and topics relating to the in-house community. We highly encourage you to send us your ideas and topics you think would be useful and relevant to discuss between peers at conference. Get in touch with us at [email protected].  Delegates will have a chance to vote on their preferred topic with the most popular being chosen.


Day 2, Session 10 - The role tikanga plays in the way lawyers interpret/apply law
Presenter: Ethan Jerome-Leota, Tainui (Waikato Iwi)

Ethan Jerome-Leota graduated from the University of Waikato in 2017 with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted to the Bar in 2018. Ethan has been working for his own iwi post-settlement governance entity Waikato-Tainui since 2018, where he spent the first three years of his legal career specialising in Treaty Settlement law and policy. He is currently on an internal secondment in the role of Legal Advisor within the Governance and Legal team at Waikato-Tainui. Outside of mahi, Ethan serves on governance boards at a national and local level including Community Law Waikato and previously Te Hunga Roia Maaori o Aotearoa (Maaori Law Society). Ethan is passionate about achieving the aspirations of his people, building their capability, challenging the status quo and creating opportunities for his people to succeed. He lives by this whakatauaaki of Princess Te Puea Herangi – “Mahia te mahi, hei painga moo te iwi. Work for the betterment of the people”  


Day 2, Session 11 - Keynote: Q & A
Presenter: Dame Sophie Pascoe DNZM, New Zealand para-swimmer and youngest NZ Dame. 

Sophie Pascoe is the most successful Paralympic athlete New Zealand has ever produced.

A below the knee amputee following a lawnmower accident at two years of age, Sophie first revealed her future ability competing at the CCS Independence Games when Paralympians Roly Crichton and Graham Condon were impressed by Sophie's potential and asked her to join the QEII Swim Club. At the age of 15 she became the youngest medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics - winning an amazing three gold medals and a silver.

Sophie made New Zealand history at the London 2012 Paralympics Games claiming an incredible six medals from six events (three gold and three silver) and at the Rio 2016 Paralympics claimed three gold and two silver, earning her the title of New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian of all time. Sophie continues to go from strength to strength and at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics she came away with two gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.

For her outstanding achievements in the pool, Sophie has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, the 2016 Halberg Sport New Zealand Leadership Award and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015.

Sophie was acknowledged for her elite performances and inspiration as a multi-Commonwealth, Paralympic and World Championship medal winning athlete, being named flag bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Her autobiography "Stroke of Fate" which speaks of great determination, courage and commitment was launched in 2013.

2020: Silver 100m Breastroke, Bronze 100m Backstroke, Gold 100m Freestyle and Gold 200m Individual Medley at the Tokyo Paralympics
2018: Two gold medals, Commonwealth Games, Australia
2017: Sport New Zealand Leadership Award; Sport Canterbury Supreme Award 2016: Three gold medals, two silver – Paralympic Games, Rio de Janiero
2015: Three gold medals – IPC World Championships
2014: Two gold medals - Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, UK
2013: Five gold medals - IPC World Championships; Halberg Award for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
2012: Three gold medals; three silver – Paralympic Games, London, United Kingdom; Halberg Award for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
2011: Halberg Award for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
2010: Gold medal, three silver medals, bronze medal - IPC World Championships, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2009: Four gold medals, three bronze medals – IPC World Championships – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2008: Three gold medals, one silver– Paralympic Games, Beijing, China