Committee 2012

Rebecca Barry

President

Rebecca Barry

Rebecca Barry practices as Legal Counsel for BT Financial Group which is the wealth arm of the Westpac Banking Corporation. Previously Rebecca practised as a solicitor in the corporate division of TressCox Lawyers. Rebecca was elected to the Executive Council of NSW Young Lawyers in November 2009 and at the most recent Annual Assembly in November 2010 she was elected Secretary. Rebecca is also Vice Chair of the Business Law Committee and an editor on the Editorial Committee of the Clarion publication for the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. Rebecca is passionate about women’s history (having completed her honours thesis in this area at the University of Sydney) and upholding the rule of law. Rebecca is a member of Women in Insurance, Women on Boards and ALFA International.

Mary Snell

WLA NSW Immediate Past President

Mary Snell

Mary is our Immediate Past President having served as President from 2008-2010. Mary has an extensive history of involvement in lobbying and advocating on behalf of the legal profession. Mary was a Councillor of the Law Society of NSW from 2004-2008 and is also a Past President of both NSW Young Lawyers (2004) and the Mid North Coast Regional Law Society (2003-2005). Mary is currently employed as a Principal Lawyer in the Legal and Governance Division of the City of Sydney Council where she provides advice and representation on a diverse range of commercial and litigation matters.

Supriya Eliezer

Treasurer

Supriya Eliezer

Supriya has a double MBA and Masters in Taxation Law in addition to a law degree. She has been teaching in the area of ethics, business law and tax law. She has been involved with WLANSW since 2011 and has served as Treasurer in 2011 and is also involved in the Research Sub-Committee. Supriya’s research areas include legal education and governance. Supriya has keen interest in gender equality and advancement of opportunities for women, such as, through flexible work arrangements.

Natasha Walls

Secretary

Natasha Walls

Natasha is a lawyer in the Corporate and Commercial Law division of Tresscox Lawyers, specialising in employment law. In this role, Natasha advises a diverse range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, local government councils, medical associations and executive employees across a broad range of employment law and industrial relations matters. Natasha is the Secretary of NSW Women Lawyers Association and Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Employment and Industrial Law Committee. Natasha coordinates a number of subcommittees within the NSW Young Lawyers concerned with publication of resources relating to employment law, including the Unfair Dismissal Guide and the Practitioners Guide to Employment Law.

Natasha is a passionate advocate of gender equality and social justice with a particular focus on achieving women’s equality in the workplace. Natasha has been involved in a number of community and pro-bono legal activities, including recently attending a women empowerment volunteer program in Faridabad, India. In addition to her L.LB Natasha holds a degree in Communications and Marketing.

Amanda Alford

Policy Officer

Amanda Alford

Amanda is a legal officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission. Since 2010 Amanda has taken several short periods of leave from the ALRC to work with the Australian Public Service Commission and AusAID on the Public Sector Workforce Development Program in Papua New Guinea. Prior to joining the ALRC, Amanda was a lawyer in the litigation practice group at the Australian Government Solicitor (Canberra) practising largely in employment law and administrative law. Amanda has been involved in numerous pro bono and community activities, both in Australia and overseas and is currently a member of the Management Committee of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. Amanda is committed to achieving equality for all women and using the law as a means by which to achieve that equality- she believes WLANSW has an important role to play in representing, and advocating on behalf of, women lawyers and in ensuring that the legal system is responsive to women’s needs.

Janet Coombs

Committee / NCWNSW Representative

Janet Coombs

Janet came to the Bar in 1959 and practised for 38 years. Joining WLANSW as a law student, Janet has maintained an active interest, serving on various committees, and is a Life Member. She has a continuing and proactive interest in Law Reform.

Margaret Holz

Research Officer & WBF Liaison

Margaret Holz

Margaret first joined WLA when she was a student in the mid-70’s. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and practised at Hunt & Hunt, rising from articled clerk to partner, until 1991. She then left to establish the firm Ferguson Holz where she was managing partner until being called to the Bar in 2003. Her work has always been in personal injuries litigation, specialising in motor accidents. She was a Supreme and District Court Arbitrator and a Costs Assessor for many years and is presently both an assessor for the Motor Accidents Authority and a District Court mediator. Margaret has been a member of the Costs, ADR and Common Law Committees of the Law Society. She later spent three years as a Bar Councillor and has chaired the New Barristers Committee. She is presently a committee member of the Women Barristers Forum and the Bar’s Professional Conduct Committee.

Alison Jones

Fundraising & Sponsorship Officer

Alison Jones

Alison is a Senior Associate in the Sydney intellectual property, competition and technology group of Corrs Chambers Westgarth and has close to ten years experience specialising in intellectual property, brands and trade marks, marketing and advertising, trade practices and litigation. Alison does both contentious and non contentious work in this area for clients in a diverse range of industries and her experience also includes a secondment with a major global interactive marketing services company and project managing a major Competition and Consumer Act damages claim in the transport and infrastructure sectors.

Alison has a particular interest in diversity issues, having managed career breaks and consulting work while raising three children and recently participating in a Law Society thought leadership event hosted by Corrs and the Fair Work Ombudsman on diversity issues.

Felicity Lee

Media Officer

Felicity Lee

Felicity is a graduate at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. She has been involved with the WLA NSW Committee since 2009, and served as Education Officer in 2010. She has also served as the Women’s Officer of the UNSW Law Society and Ethnic Affairs Co-Officer of the UNSW Student Representative Council. Through volunteering at the Women’s Legal Services, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre, and Kingsford Legal Centre, Felicity has developed a strong interest in advocating for social justice and gender equality.

Heidi Menkes

Functions Officer 

Heidi Menkes

Heidi holds the position of associate director at Moylan Family Lawyers and practices solely in the area of Family Law. Heidi has a particular interest in parenting matters specifically providing assistance to people who have experienced family violence throughout relationships and as a result of relationship breakdowns. Heidi is also up to date with changes to legislation, in particular in relation to de facto and same sex couples.

Heidi is a keen advocate who is experienced in appearing not only in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Magistrates Court of Australia but other jurisdictions and regularly appears as agent for suburban and country firms.

Heidi has recently completed her training to become an Independent Children’s Lawyer and looks forward to shortly being appointed to panel of New South Wales Independent Children’s Lawyers.

For the past 2 years Heidi has been actively involved as a volunteer solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre providing free legal advice to those with lower socio-economic backgrounds. Heidi is also a member of the NSW Law Society, Young Lawyers Family Law Committee and Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Maria Newport

Professional Issues Officer

Maria Newport

Maria Newport is a solicitor admitted to practice in NSW, ACT, Qld, England & Wales . Maria previously worked for Australian law firms (DLA Piper/Phillips Fox and Clayton Utz) and in the UK (Beale & Company) . For the past 12 years Maria has worked with some of the world’s largest professional service firms and their employees as an executive coach, mentor, human resource and executive search consultant in the US (New York City) and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), as the principal of Newport O’Connor. Maria has an MSc in Human Resource Management (Organisational Psychology) from the University of London , has completed all levels of the Institute of Executive Coaching ’s course and has the Company Directors Course Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also has a young family who has taught her more about mentoring and coaching than any professional study to date! She is passionate about lawyers (and people in general) attaining goals and reaching their potential in all aspects of their lives.

Susan Price

Committee

Susan Price

Susan Price is an Executive Lawyer at Bartier Perry, Workplace Relations. Susan regularly advises employers on employment and industrial relations issues and OH&S. She has a particular interest in diversity, assisting clients to implement flexible work practices in order to attract and retain staff.  Susan also has expertise in discrimination law, having acted in a number of major cases, including the first case in NSW on carer’s responsibilities and the Anti-Discrimination Act, and one of the first Federal Court cases on sex and pregnancy discrimination.

Susan is a member and Co-chair of the Workplace Practice Sub-committee of WLA NSW; and a member of the Australian Labour Law Association; and the Australian Human Resources Institute. Susan was recently appointed to the Premier’s Expert Advisory Council on Women.

Kathryn McKenzie

Executive Officer

Kathryn McKenzie

Kathryn has extensive experience in administration, association and event management. She has worked with small business to large corporates, non-profit organisations and many committees. With senior management experience in a diversity of business sectors, successfully organising numerous events, sponsorships, government and media liaison, she has qualifications in business management and counselling, franchising, mediation, journalism and public relations. Kathryn is also the Public Officer for WLANSW.

Kathryn McKenzie, Principal of Business Angel Services Pty. Ltd., officially took over the responsibility as at 12 August 2003.

The Hon Margaret Renaud 

Committee

The Hon Margaret Renaud 

Margaret came to the NSW Bar at the end of 1974, having previously been a tutor in Philosophy in various universities in Australia and the UK. She practised mainly in family law and criminal law and became a Crown Prosecutor in February 1983 before her appointment to the Family Court in September of that year. She sat firstly in Parramatta, then Canberra and finally in Newcastle. Following her retirement in 1998, Margaret was a Visiting Professor for several years in the CLE programme at the University of Newcastle Law School, and a Mediator with the Community Justice Centres.