Jo is the General Counsel and Company Secretary at Copyright Agency. She is also responsible for the International Team. Jo works closely with all aspects of the business in this role, including the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors.
Jo is a commercial lawyer with many years’ experience in top tier law firms, senior in-house positions and advising the Crown. Jo has extensive experience in media and content-rich businesses. Jo has been senior legal counsel at Foxtel and Fox Sports, where her responsibilities included directly advising executive teams and directors. In addition to negotiating a large range of commercial and licensing arrangements, Jo had primary responsibility for the conduct of major litigation in the Copyright Tribunal, enforcement of numerous IP-related claims (including patent and copyright claims), policy work, and negotiating Codes of Conduct with the regulators. Jo also has a depth of experience in corporate transactions, including negotiating joint venture arrangements and corporate restructures. She has also acted as a barrister and solicitor for the Crown in New Zealand, representing Ministers in a range of administrative and constitutional law cases.
Elizabeth (Liz) Molyneux – General Manager of Energy Markets Regulation. Liz has 20 years in the energy sector, managing retail, wholesale, network, pricing and non-pricing consumer protection regulation, wholesale risk management experience and major project acquisition and integration.
In addition to energy experience, Liz has obtained Bachelor of Science, (Mathematics and Physics), and Graduate Diplomas in Applied Economics (Econometrics) and Finance and Investments, and has worked in risk management at NAB, and as an economic consultant at NIEIR.
AGL is the largest retailer in Victoria serving over half a million electricity and half a million gas customers, and has been an incumbent supplier of electricity in Victoria since 2002. AGL also operates in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
AGL is a customer-focussed business and we endeavour to provide customers with products and services that best meet their diverse wants and needs. AGL has a Customer Service Centre in Victoria and is a Member on the Energy Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV) Board. AGL is actively involved in regulatory discussions, attending external forums and providing detailed, evidence-based submissions to inform regulatory decisions.
First State Super
Ian is responsible for the delivery of legal and company secretariat services to the First State Super Board, its committees and management.
Ian joined First State Super in 2012 having previously held a number of senior management roles at Perpetual Limited.
Prior to his time with Perpetual Ian worked with the Australian Government’s Insurance and Superannuation Commission.
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Michael Cosgrave is Executive General Manager of the Infrastructure Regulation Division. Michael has been the most senior official within the ACCC on telecommunications and more recently across all its infrastructure responsibilities for the past 20 years.
The ACCC is the economy wide competition regulator that has specific responsibilities in the economic and completion regulation of telecommunications and some other key infrastructure sectors.
Michael’s current position involves the overall management of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Infrastructure Regulation Division. The Infrastructure Regulation Division is responsible for fostering competitive, efficient and informed markets in critical sectors and industries. This includes the economic regulation of certain communications, water and transport markets and the monitoring of industries where there is lack of competition such as fuel and airports.
He is a lawyer who has worked both as a barrister and as a solicitor across a range of areas in both the private and public sectors.
Henrietta is the General Counsel, Regulatory Strategy and Financial Crime at Tabcorp. As a member of the Group General Counsel leadership team, she is responsible for all of Tabcorp’s key regulatory relationships and delivering an effective regulatory stakeholder engagement framework. Henrietta has market leading commercial and regulatory experience. Henrietta started her career at Australia’s corporate regulator, following which she was part of leading practices at King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills.
Henrietta’s core specialties include Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing law, Financial Crime Regulation, Financial Services Regulation, Gambling Regulation, Personal Property Securities legislation, Consumer and Retail Banking Law and Payments Systems Regulation. Henrietta also chairs the Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Iain Little is the Deputy Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and the Director of Equivalence at Telstra, having been with Telstra for over 10 years. As Deputy Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs Iain leads the Competition and Economic Analysis teams that are responsible for competition policy and regulation, third party access regulation and policy and regulatory reform.
National Australia Bank
Melanie has worked across a number of financial services regulatory roles within both Legal and Risk, after spending the first part of her career as an M&A lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons and then in-house at NAB. Up until the end of February 2019, Melanie was leading the team responsible for providing dedicated legal support for regulatory change and other strategic regulatory initiatives; and before that was Head of Regulatory Change within Risk, where she led the team accountable for identifying and managing regulatory change (including advocacy) at NAB. Melanie also has experience leading the regulatory engagement teams which own both the ASIC and AUSTRAC regulatory relationships.
John Connolly & Partners
John is one of the world’s most experienced corporate relations professionals with over 40 years consulting to and working for some of the largest global companies and organisations. Prior to establishing John Connolly & Partners in June 1992, John was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific operations of the world’s largest public relations firm. He was a member of the board of directors and the five-person executive committee of the New York based company. He was a member of an internal committee of the New York Stock Exchange advising the Exchange Committee on corporate branding and implementation for 10 years. He then became a member of the global branding committee of one of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies in New York.
His work in public affairs and investor relations is recognised internationally. He was the first non-US citizen to address the National Investor Relations Institute of the United States and he has worked on some of the most difficult issues in public affairs and financial and public relations for a range of US, UK and Australian corporations. John has led major crisis management and corporate communication assignments, often working on-site with clients on difficult and sensitive issues that include government and regulator inquiries, mergers and acquisitions, major litigation, union campaigns, legislative changes, executive and board upheaval; across the resources, financial services, media, sport, retail, luxury and consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.
He has advised on:
• The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
• The Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry
• The Royal Commission into the Australian Government Home Insulation Program
• The HIH Royal Commission
• The Longford Royal Commission
• The Royal Commission into the State Bank of South Australia
• ACCC issues
Jakob Vujcic is Deputy General Counsel – Corporate at Optus, responsible for its compliance, corporate, commercial and legal outsourcing functions.
Jakob over 20 years of experience in market-leading companies in the financial services, energy and telecommunications industries as a senior advisor on legal, risk, compliance, regulatory and governance matters. He routinely advises boards and senior management teams and is a regulatory and governance expert, with extensive experience dealing with wide range of regulators and resolving regulatory issues.
Jakob is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Gilbert + Tobin
Geoff is a special counsel in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition and Regulation group. Geoff specialises in advising businesses in heavily regulated industries such as energy, telecommunications and transport. He frequently acts for businesses that are the subject of investigations and inquiries by the ACCC and other regulators. He also regularly advises owners of network infrastructure through periodic regulatory review processes relating to pricing and other terms and conditions of access. Most recently, Geoff has been acting for a business that is the subject of a major ACCC investigation into alleged cartel conduct.
John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with more than 25 years of experience, who joined Communications Alliance as CEO in early 2010. John is also Chairman of the Executive Council of the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) – a collaboration of more than 150 companies and stakeholders from academia, Government and the consumer sector, dedicated to harnessing the opportunities of the Internet of Things for the Australian economy.
From 2006-2009 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007. In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.
Prior to that Mr Stanton was a senior executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. Based in the UK from 2001-2005, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit. Mr Stanton also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999-2001.
Mr Stanton joined Telstra in 1992 following the merger with OTC, where he was Manager of Public Affairs. From 1992-1999 Mr Stanton held a number of roles with Telstra, including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services and General Manager, Americas & Satellite Arrangements. From 1996-1997 he was Chairman of the Intelsat Board.
In his early career, Mr Stanton worked as a political journalist for The Australian newspaper and as a press secretary and adviser to the Australian Minister for Telecommunications and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Olga Ganopolsky is the General Counsel – Privacy and Data at Macquarie Group Limited. In her role, Olga looks after data and privacy in the 28 jurisdictions that Macquarie operates in.
Olga is a seasoned privacy and regulatory lawyer and has had extensive experience in most things data and privacy, ranging from building privacy facing compliance frameworks and functions, defending class actions and other litigation, conducting privacy audits, advising on data breaches, credit reporting matters and on complex data related commercial arrangements where data is a vital and valuable asset.
In the last few years, much of Olga’s work has involved the privacy law reform process, most recently in implementing the mandatory data breach legislation in Australia, which came into effect in February 2018 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which came into effect in May this year, and the implementation of these new requirements in a global commercial setting. As part of working in the financial services industry Olga has worked closely on numerous credit reporting related matters, advising on issues as they pertain to credit providers and in her former role, as the General Counsel of the Veda Group as it was then, a credit reporting business.
Olga is also the Chairperson of the Law Councils’, Business Law Privacy Committee and a member of the NSW Law Society Privacy and Data Committee. Olga is a key contributor to seminars and publications on this subject.
Judilyn is a senior Financial Services lawyer and Executive leader nearing 20 years experience across the financial services industry. Her career spans private legal practice, in house legal, and regulator experience, having commenced her financial services career with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, in both the Enforcement and Financial Services Directorates.
Judilyn’s experience covers a broad range of financial services including life and general insurance, superannuation, financial advice and intermediary distribution, managed investments including IDPS, wrap platforms and unit trusts. Judilyn has had significant engagement and experience in dealing with regulators in relation to each of these fields. This includes ASIC, ACCC, APRA and state regulators.
Judilyn holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, and is a practising member of the NSW Law Society.