Program Board Chair
Dr George Beaton is renowned for his insights on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders and their organisations – particularly in legal services.
A trusted advisor and consultant for over 30 years, Dr George works closely with business schools, law schools, professional services firms, universities and government organisations.
He has made impact around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA, Canada and the UK.
Your learning is delivered and enriched by the following industry experts.
Sharing their unique insights, these high-calibre professionals will inspire you to become a capable leader in legal business.
Joel 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.
Joel is internationally recognised as an outstanding advisor, facilitator and educator to professional service firms. He is a noted expert in the fields of business strategy, client relationship strategy, marketing, business development and pricing.
Renowned for big-picture thinking and creative problem solving, Joel has advised over a hundred of Australia’s leading professional service organisations and has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences.
Richard is a former New Zealand practising lawyer and managing partner with over 35 years’ experience. Following postgraduate study in pricing-related disciplines, Richard has been based in London since 2012 as the Managing Director of Validatum®. He is also the founder and Managing Director of leading legal pricing software platform, Virtual Pricing Director®.
Legal commentators regularly describe Richard as the world’s leading law firm pricing consultant. He consults and presents across the UK, Asia, India, Europe, Australasia and North America, and has worked with a broad cross-section of law firms in 22 countries with turnovers of £10 million to £900 million.
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.
Mark pivoted from the representation of clients to ‘the business of law’ some 15 years ago. Mark founded Qualitas, an early legal process outsourcing company (LPO), and then co-founded and managed Clearspire, a groundbreaking ‘two-company model’ law firm and service company. Currently, Mark consults with legal service providers on new delivery models and legal business solutions.
Nigel spent nine years as the Managing Partner of a medium sized regional law firm in the UK and had 30+ years’ experience as a practicing solicitor. He is a former chair of the Law Society’s Law Management Section. He is now the Managing Director of his own consultancy, Nigel Haddon Consulting Ltd.
Nigel has worked with the UK’s leading pricing consultancy, Burcher Jennings, since 2014 and has now trained almost 100 law firms in the UK and Europe in pricing. Nigel’s experience in private practice is seen by his client firms as a significant asset in his training role. Nigel has presented on pricing, often as key note speaker, at conferences throughout the UK and Europe.
Nigel also works with law firm leaders as a critical friend and advises law firms on mergers and acquisitions.
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.
With 15+ years’ industry experience in Beirut, Dubai and London, Alison is 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 Innovation at King & Wood Mallesons, Michelle is a legal technologist who creates innovation strategies. This 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 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 Masons.
Steven is the Managing Director of Elevate Service's law department and contracts consulting business in APAC – a top global legal services provider 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 law 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.