The Law Advisory Board provides high level strategic advice to the Faculty of Law on directions, development and opportunities in the legal and business environments. It provides a strategic overview, advice and industry input regarding: course development and accreditation, links to the external stakeholders, promotion of the Faculty to enhance its reputation, development of the alumni community and advancement of the Faculty’s priorities through fundraising activities.
The Law Advisory Board members include representatives from the legal, government and business communities, as well as faculty management.
Chief Executive Officer, MLC Wealth
Geoff serves as Chair of the Law Advisory Board. He has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. In his current role as CEO of MLC Wealth, Geoff is responsible for over 1,200 financial advisors, Australia's largest retail super fund and Asset Management, and will lead MLC Wealth towards separation from the National Australia Bank (NAB). Prior to joing MLC Wealth, he was CEO and Managing Director of Perpetual Limited for six years, where his senior leadership team successfully delivered Perpetual's strategy designed to simplify, refocus and grow the company.
Geoff has held a number of senior roles at BT Financial Group and St George's Wealth Management business including Group Executive, Wealth, General Manager, Advice and Private Banking and Chief Legal Counsel.
He is Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Council, an Advisory Board member of The Big Issue, and a Patron of both the Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP) and the Emerge Foundation.
Geoff has a Masters of Law (Distinction) from the University of Technology, Sydney and has completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.
Non-Executive Director, Speaker & Mediator
Claire is a non-executive director of Marist180 (one of the largest organisations committed to empowering at-risk youth in Australia) and Australian Property Circles (a property platform that matches like-minded, financially suitable people), an executive member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an Entrepreneur Ambassador for Opportunity International, and a committee member of Soroptimist International, the NSW Law Society Futures Committee and the Resolution Institute. Claire is also a Foundation Speaker with The Prominenti Society Speakers Agency.
Claire has been recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers and female executives, including having been awarded the “Excellence Award for Women in Law”, “General Counsel of the Year”, “Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia & New Zealand”, “Mentor of the Year” and most recently she was featured in SmartCompany's 2018 International Women's Day Showcase. Claire is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and SmartCompany reader panel.
Part and parcel with her passion for the law, Claire is an active philanthropist and public speaker on issues of innovation, diversity and inclusion, psychological wellness, developing high performing teams and women’s leadership. Claire is also a mentor for Layne Beachley's "Aim for the Stars" Foundation.
Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
In May 2013, Cristina was appointed as a Commissioner of the ACCC and a full-time Commonwealth member of the AER Board. Cristina serves as an AER Board member concurrently with her ACCC appointment. Her membership of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal between 1997 and 2006 gives her a breadth of experience in energy networks and market regulation. Cristina has also held a number of directorships including with the Hunter Water Corporation and First State Super Trustee Corporation.
Cristina is an alumnus of UTS:Law having graduated in 1995 with First Class Honours and the University Medal. In 2016, she was awarded the UTS Alumni Award for Excellence - Faculty of Law in recognition of her distinguished career and community service in the public and private sectors.
Barrister, 5 Selborne
Greg is an alumnus of UTS:Law having graduated in 1991 with First Class Honours and the University Medal. He was called to the Bar in 2005 and is a member of Fifth Floor Selborne Chambers. Greg’s areas of practise include corporate & commercial; equity & trusts; and intellectual property law. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP) and is also a member of the editorial board of LexisNexis Butterworths (FSN).
Greg is a specialist reserve officer (Legal Officer) with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Consultant, Herbert Smith Freehills
Greg is a consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills. He is highly experienced in acquisitions and disposals of real estate in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors; property development; landlord and tenant leasing; and corporate relocation strategies. Greg's clients include Lendl, Goodman Group, Mirvac Group and Colonial First State Global Asset Management.
Professor Lesley Hitchens
Information Commissioner/CEO, Information and Privacy Commission NSW
Elizabeth Tydd was appointed as the NSW Information Commissioner and CEO of the Information and Privacy Commission NSW in December 2013. A highlight of her first six months in office saw Ms Tydd deliver the first S37 Report on the operation of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (2010 – 2013) to parliament.
Ms Tydd brings extensive regulatory, legal, commercial and management skills to the position which she developed through working in a range of service delivery settings, most recently as the Executive Director Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing. She has held a number of board and committee appointments including Trustee of the Responsible Gambling Fund, Wentworth Park Trust and chairing the intergovernmental committee to develop and deliver the grant of an exclusive wagering license for NSW.
Ms Tydd also occupied the position of Assistant Commissioner of the Compliance and Legal Group at the Office of Fair Trading in this role she contributed to the development and implementation of the Australian consumer law. Ms Tydd has occupied a number of key independent statutory appointments including Deputy President Workers Compensation Commission (formerly Arbitrator), and Deputy Chairperson of the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. These positions have required a demonstrated commitment to fair, transparent and effective statutory decision making together with executive leadership and strategic policy skills.
Ms Tydd has a Bachelor of Law; Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, a Master of Laws; a Certificate of Governance and has completed post-graduate studies in management.
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in financial services. Michael’s primary area of focus and expertise is on the regulation of retail financial services, insurance, superannuation, platforms and products and, in particular, strategic regulatory advice and investigations. He is a recognised expert in the area of non-contentious regulation and is regularly nominated a leading practitioner in this space and quoted in the financial press.
Michael was most recently named as a leading practitioner in the area of regulation in Best Lawyers 2015 and Best Superannuation Lawyer in 2014, as well as being awarded Industry Excellence Awards by the Financial Services Council in 2014 and 2016 for outstanding contributions to the financial services industry in Australia. Michael was also a finalist for the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year awards in 2016. In 2017, Acritas Stars - an independent report commissioned by a global panel of General Counsels – listed Michael as one of 23 ‘stand-out’ lawyers globally.
Michael is widely recognised as a leader in his field and is regularly at the forefront of debating and developing new law. His advice is routinely sought in relation to strategic management of regulatory matters, including liaising with the lead Australian financial services regulators APRA and ASIC.
Lawyer, Gilbert + Tobin
Lloyd serves the Board on a two-year term as the Graduate Member. He graduated from UTS in June 2016 with First Class Honours in Law and Distinction in Business (majoring in Finance). During his time at UTS, he was actively involved in student activities such as the UTS Business Society and several positions in the UTS Law Students’ Society, including President in 2014. He also served as Director and Vice-President on the Board of the UTS Union Ltd (known as ActivateUTS), which advises on all aspects of student programs and retail operations at UTS. In 2015, Lloyd was awarded the City of Sydney Law Society Student Prize in recognition of his academic achievements, community work and potential to be a well-rounded lawyer.
Lloyd is currently a Lawyer in the Banking & Infrastructure team of Gilbert + Tobin.