Program Board Chair
Dr George Beaton is renowned for his research and insights on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders and their organisations – particularly in the legal services sector.
A trusted advisor and consultant for over 30 years, Dr George continues to work closely with business schools, law schools, professional services firms, universities, the government and the public and private sectors.
He has made impact in countries around the world, including Australia, Asia, USA, Canada and the UK.
Your learning is delivered and enriched by the following industry experts.
Sharing their unique insights and experiences, these high-calibre professionals will equip you to reach your potential – and become a capable leader in legal business.
Joel Barolsky is the Managing Director of Barolsky Advisors. He is also a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Advisory Board member of the Centre for Legal Innovation.
Specialising in client relationships, marketing, business development and pricing strategies, Joel is globally recognised as a top advisor, facilitator and educator.
Blending big-picture thinking and creative problem solving, Joel has supported more than 100 top Australian professional services firms – and presents regularly at leading industry conferences.
Dr George Beaton has guided clients through a wide variety of strategic decisions in his 30+ years as an advisor and consultant. George leads the client research that gives rise to the beatonbenchmarks and the Client Choice Awards each year since 2005 and, for smaller firms, the Professional Services Awards and FirmChecker.
George is widely regarded as a leading independent authority on professional services industries and their firms. His work covers Australia, Asia, USA, Canada, and UK with a particular focus on the imperative for law firms to remake their business models. George wrote the best-selling e-book NewLaw New Rules and co-authored with Dr Imme Kaschner Remaking Law Firms – Why and How published by the American Bar Association.
For many years, George was a senior member of the business and law schools of the University of Melbourne.
Mark is the CEO of Legal Mosaic, a legal business consultancy.
He is also a speaker, author, Distinguished Fellow at the Northwestern University Pritzker School – and the inaugural LIFTED Catalyst-in-Residence of the Singapore Academy of Law.
Anna Hinder is the Principal of Searl Street Consulting. With over twenty years’ experience in human resources, Anna has held a range of senior HR generalist roles in financial services, global consulting and investment banking. Anna has worked with partner leadership teams across Australia, Asia and Europe and has a deep understanding of professional services firms. Anna started consulting to law firms in 2003 and has extensive experience in the design and implementation of people strategies for legal teams of all shapes and sizes.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Queensland and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. Anna has been an adjunct faculty member with the Australian Graduate School of Management and The University of Sydney. Anna completed the Oxford Scenario Planning Approach and is currently enrolled in a Master of Research at Macquarie University.
Anna enjoys the intersection of evidence based research and practical challenges of managing professionals in firms and partnership structures. Anna continues to be interested in the commercial applications of research into what makes organizations and people more effective in their work.
With 15+ years’ industry experience in Beirut, Dubai and London, Alison is now Head of Innovation and Project Delivery Asia Pacific at Pinsent Masons.
She is also Chair of the Chief Innovation Officers Forum (CIOF) – a collaboration of like-minded changemakers who have created a platform to exchange resources, experiences and opportunities.
As a legal intrapreneur, Alison combines people, processes and technologies to deliver bespoke, creative solutions.
Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Director of Legal Finance Professionals Limited.
He holds extensive expertise in delivering public CPD, in-house, financial awareness and student training programs for medium to large legal practices.
Richard also represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and is a regular speaker at major conferences and training events throughout the UK. What’s more, he was a guest speaker for the Institute of Chartered Accountants at its Solicitors’ Special Interest Group national conference – and has presented at events for many top organisations.
Michelle is an intrapreneur with a robust global network – and a track record for business transformation, first-to-market initiatives, technology optimisation and innovation.
As the Executive Director of King & Wood Mallesons, Michelle is a legal technologist who creates innovation strategies.
This often incorporates legal design, digital strategy, thought leadership and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Michelle holds many qualifications and accreditations, including Associate Fellow of AIM and Six Sigma black belt. She was also one of the first Australians inducted internationally as a Fellow of The College of Law and Practice Management – and has received the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award.
Katherine intimately understands the challenges of developing and managing a legal services business. As a business development advisor and former ‘fee-earner’ herself, Katherine is known for her strategic and practical thinking.
Katherine’s consultancy – Katherine Thomas Consulting Pty Ltd – exists to help law firms grow through strong client relationships and unique service offerings.
In less than three years, Katherine developed the flexible resourcing service Vario from an idea into an award winner. Before this, she spent 15 years in senior business development, communications and knowledge – leading major change projects across multiple locations.
Katherine also established the firmwide client development program for Pinsent Mason.
Steven is Managing Director of Elevate's law department and contracts consulting business in APAC – a top global law firm for four consecutive years.
During his 20+ years in the industry, Steven was a long-term leader at Hewlett-Packard, responsible for operations in several countries. He also practised law at Norton Rose and Baker McKenzie, specialising in IT, IP and technology M&A.
Today Steven helps legal departments, law firms and legal services providers innovate in their offerings. He has pioneered multiple global and regional transformations – and implemented complex solutions that blend technology, processes, people strategies and sourcing models.
The College draws on the Program Board for thought leadership and strategic guidance.
With their input and expertise, we’re able to transform practice and the business of law – and ensure our program continually meets the needs of today’s legal services professionals.