A recognised figure in the privacy industry and current President of iappANZ, Melanie has established and run privacy governance programs for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the National eHealth Transition Authority (now the Australian Digital Health Agency). She is also an Advisory Board member of Information Governance ANZ and an Expert Advisor to LexisNexis on privacy and data protection. Her career spans 15 years in privacy compliance, risk management and strategy and related legal fields. Melanie is a thought leader on the importance of trust as a brand differentiator.
Veronica is Special Counsel at Minter Ellison Lawyers (Melbourne) specialising in data protection and privacy, breach of confidence, defamation and copyright, online content and social media, contempt, risk and crisis management and freedom of information. Veronica is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia and has local and international experience advising on media and privacy related legal issues. Her clients include local and international media companies such as Fairfax Media, Fairfax Digital and The Age Company Ltd, the Guardian, the Nine Network, and the ABC, as well as private companies and government.
While working in the UK, Veronica acted for a number of high profile individuals in reputation management. She was part of the legal team that obtained the first anti-stalking injunction on behalf of Diana, Princes of Wales (which led to the introduction of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997) and which successfully defended Professor Deborah Lipstadt in defamation proceedings brought by David Irving over her book on Holocaust denial published by Penguin.
Veronica regularly appears in court in applications for suppression (non-publication) orders and for access to court documents, in contempt proceedings, applications for injunctions for breach of confidence and to help journalists protect their sources.
She has also appeared in the Federal Court and in VCAT to defend complaints against clients for breaches of the Privacy Act and the Information Privacy Act (Vic) and advised the ABC in relation to the breach of privacy claims brought by Jane Doe in Victoria.
Veronica regularly contributes to the media, in trade and industry publications, legal publications and newsletters on privacy and media law issues and also runs privacy training sessions for clients and give presentations on privacy, media, social media and contempt laws and crisis and reputation management.
Veronica is on the committee of the Melbourne Press Club and the Media and Communications Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
Veronica is the co-editor of the monthly Journal Privacy Unbound.
Jacqueline leads the global privacy function for Air New Zealand and is based in Auckland. She has advised on privacy and data protection matters and implemented global privacy programmes for over ten years. Previous roles have included Head of Information Governance, GE Capital (covering the EMEA region) and independent privacy advisor for BP Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank, all based in in London. When she returned to New Zealand in 2014 she provided independent consulting services covering biometric and immigration related privacy matters and conducted high risk privacy impact assessments for government agencies.
With a background in management and systems implementation consulting for a global consultancy, Jacqueline has moved comfortably from systems implementation into identifying and addressing the impacts of privacy within digital environments. She has an understanding of the technical, legal and social complexities that arise when keeping stakeholders focussed on the customer – the person at the core of the personal information being handled. She works closely with senior leaders to ensure the value of privacy is realised when emerging initiatives are being considered. Her role at Air New Zealand allows her to focus on a customer centric view of personal information and takes advantage of her knowledge and experience of the complexities of running a global privacy programme. She serves on several Advisory Committees for iappANZ, in addition to her Board Director role, including iappANZ NZ Events Advisory Committee and the iappANZ Certification Advisory Committee. She has been a global member of IAPP since 2010.
Katherine is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer and founder of Sainty Law, a progressive commercial law firm specialising in digital, technology and data protection law.
A partner at Allens for 10 years, Katherine gained significant experience advising clients from major technology, internet and media companies as well as Government departments and agencies. One of Katherine’s key strengths and areas of focus, in the highly regulated and fast changing technology and media industries, is her knowledge and ability to interpret legislation and its interaction with other laws and policies. Katherine has been recognised in Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers, as pre-eminent in her field.
Katherine holds a Master of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance. She is a member of the Law Society of NSW Privacy and Communications Committee, the Chair of the Law Council of Australia Media and Communications Committee, Chair of the Film Exhibition and Distribution Code Administration Committee and Treasurer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ.
Katherine is a frequent commentator on current commercial and regulatory issues, most recently relating to the digital industries, complex data, IP, technology, privacy and cyber resilience solutions.
Carolyn Lidgerwood is Rio Tinto’s global privacy counsel, based in Melbourne. Carolyn manages Rio Tinto’s global privacy and data protection (data privacy) compliance program and advises on data privacy issues across Rio Tinto’s global operations (which include more than 60,000 staff working across six continents).
Carolyn has more than 20 years’ experience as a regulatory lawyer, specialising in privacy and broadcasting law, and in developing and implementing compliance programs.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2011, Carolyn worked in both the private and public sectors, including as General Counsel & Company Secretary for Southern Cross Media in Melbourne and as Special Counsel at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers in Sydney. In private legal practice, Carolyn advised privacy clients across many different industries and was also a founding member of the Law Council of Australia’s Privacy Law Working Party (now the Privacy Law Committee).
Carolyn has honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne.
Carolyn is the co-editor of the monthly Journal Privacy Unbound.
Chris has been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW for 25 years and has gained broad experience across a number of other practice areas of law, including litigation and dispute resolution, commercial law, risk management, practice protection, insolvency, intellectual property, information technology, due diligence, initial public offerings and capital raisings.
Chris holds a membership with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in the United States and regularly attends the Global Privacy Summit in Washington. With a global practice focused on compliance with strict European privacy laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Chris has obtained certification from IAPP as Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe (CIPP-E) in January 2016 as well as Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) in January 2017.
Chris is the co-chair of the iappANZ events advisory committee.
David Templeton is a financial services lawyer, having worked at Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and now at Latitude Financial where his focus is on retail financial services, particularly insurance and credit.
David developed his interest in privacy and information law while working in ANZ’s Group Regulatory Compliance team where he led ANZ’s responses to the ALRC’s review of privacy regulation, and as ANZ’s Privacy Compliance Manager was responsible for ensuring that privacy was effectively integrated into ANZ’s compliance framework. Privacy remains a high priority in his current role.
Lyn is General Counsel in the Corporate Group of Holding Redlich in Sydney.
Her practice encompasses a broad range of privacy and data issues for local, multinational and government clients, where she has over 20 years’ experience, including the 2014 reforms. She has significant experience in the regulation of credit information. She also has extensive experience advising on directors’ duties and practical governance issues.
Her transactional work generally has a privacy element, focussing on the information services industry, advising on various forms of technology, intellectual property and a range of legally ambiguous issues that are often at the cutting edge of regulation.
Lyn holds a Bachelor of Economics/Law from Macquarie University and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a fellow of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lyn regularly publishes and presents on privacy and governance issues.
Daimhin Warner is Auckland Director of Simply Privacy, a consultancy providing privacy advice, strategy and training to business and government. He’s a privacy professional with 15 years’ privacy and related experience in both the public and private sector. Daimhin worked with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for 7 years, between 2007 and 2014, most recently managing the Commissioner’s Auckland Investigations Team. Daimhin then moved to Sovereign Assurance, as their Privacy Officer. In this role, Daimhin provided operational and strategic privacy advice to all parts of the business, and developed and executed a privacy strategy and programme of work for the company. Daimhin holds an LLB from Edinburgh University and an LLM (Hons) in Public Law from the University of Auckland. Daimhin is Co-Chair of the International Association of Privacy Professional’s ANZ Certification Advisory Board and a member the NZ Subcommittee for iappANZ.
Marina is an experience legal and compliance professional with extensive private and senior in-house practice experience, her employers and clients have included Philips Electronics and Healthcare (ANZ), Lafarge Holcim, CSC (now DXC Technology), Luxottica, Ernst & Young, and BlueScope Steel, as well as private companies and government.
She is currently contracting as Senior Legal Counsel at Steinhoff Asia Pacific where she is responsible for legal and compliance issues across the corporate group, including data protection, privacy, AML/KYC/KYTP, sustainability, franchising, cross border financing, IT contracts and dispute resolution.
She is passionate about technology, its development and application, especially the areas of intellectual property, big data analytics, block chain, quantum computing and the human genome.
Marina is admitted as a solicitor in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and is also a Certified Practising Project Manager, registered trade marks attorney and notary public. In the broader community, she is a member of the University of Wollongong Faculty of Business Advisory Board, a committee member of the NSW Society for Computers and the Law and co-founder of InspireArt.Foundation – a community based initiative that donates art to brighten up hospitals.
Tim De Sousa
Tim De Sousa is a privacy and information governance legal and policy specialist, with a focus on emerging technologies. Tim has held senior roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s industry-leading Digital Trust and Privacy team, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). While at the OAIC, Tim led the OAIC’s Open Government, Technology and Regulation team, including redeveloping and implementing the OAIC’s methodology for data breach enquiries and Commissioner-initiated investigations. Tim also maintains a keen interest in open government and open data, including participating in and serving as an advisor for GovHack Sydney.
Tim now holds a senior advisory role with elevenM, working with some of Australia’s leading brands to build privacy capability and manage risk.
Bronwyn is a partner with Thomson Geer. She is a specialist intellectual property and competition and consumer lawyer, with extensive experience in privacy, data protection and commercialisation.
Bronwyn is the trusted advisor on privacy issues to many large national and multi-national groups spanning a range
of industries including financial services, health and medical, ICT, business intelligence, energy and resources,
manufacturing, airport and automotive, as well as to Government. Many of her clients operate in regulated
industries, and she is adept at providing targeted privacy advice to her clients having regard to those frameworks
and industry practice.
Her privacy practice includes drafting privacy documentation, advising clients on compliance issues, privacy law
reform, offshore data disclosure, cloud services and data protection and assisting clients to handle data breaches
and privacy access requests and complaints. In addition, Bronwyn has a depth of expertise in advising on, and
drafting documentation to implement, complex data licensing arrangements involving personal information,
including cross-jurisdictional arrangements and arrangements involving public and private sector parties.
Bronwyn is often instructed to assist clients to manage their privacy compliance at an organisational level, including
identification of privacy risks associated with new projects and procurement activities, and assisting in the design
and implementation of those projects and procurement activities to minimise the associated privacy risks. She is
also routinely called upon to design and conduct privacy audits and compliance programs for clients, and to
present on privacy law reform.
Bronwyn is actively involved in various professional licensing and intellectual property organisations, and was
recognised by Australasian Lawyers ‘Rising Star’ awards as having an “outstanding reputation as an IP lawyer”.