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2018 COAT NSW Conference
7 September, 2018 I Pullman Sydney, Hyde Park

Conference Presenters

Opening Address

Minister Mark Speakman
NSW Attorney General

Mark Speakman was born in Sydney and grew up in the Cronulla area in Sydney’s south, where he still lives today.

He attended Caringbah High School before graduating in law and economics from the University of Sydney. Mark then gained his Master of Law from the University of Cambridge.

Mark was a solicitor and subsequently a partner at law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) between 1983 and 1991.He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1991 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.

Mark was elected as the Member for Cronulla at the March 2011 state election.In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, before becoming Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury in 2014.

After his re-election at the 2015 state election, Mark was appointed Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage. In January 2017, Mark was appointed NSW Attorney General.

Keynote Presenter

Chief Justice The Hon. Tom Bathurst AC
Chief Justice of New South Wales

Thomas Frederick Bathurst was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales on 1 June 2011.

Graduating with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney in 1971, he went on to practise as a solicitor in 1972. He was admitted as a barrister in 1977, specialising in corporate law and litigation and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. His considerable experience in corporate law saw his appointment as a member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel (2006-2011).

Prior to his appointment to the bench, the Chief Justice served as President of both the Australian Bar Association (2008-2010) and the New South Wales Bar Association (2009-2011) and the Executive Committee of which he was a member from 2002.

The Chief Justice was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.

Keynote Presenter

Leanne Warner
Langley Group

A former CEO and Board Chair, Leanne Warner has founded and led some of Australia's leading charities, non-profit networks and leadership forums. She enjoys the challenge of working in complex environments and brings great energy, commerciality and a growth-mindset approach to developing teams and coaching people to be the best they can be.

Leanne has held positions as CEO of Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, CEO of Cure Cancer Australia and Deputy CEO of Camp Quality. She has also worked in corporate sales environments and in quality systems and training manager roles, responsible for developing and accrediting leadership programs in the UK.

Leanne has served on the judging panel for Telstra Business Woman of the Year in the government and non-profit sector category. She has founded a number of leadership forums, research alliances and working committees, and is currently a Hub Chair with the Non-profit Alliance.


Matthew Carroll
President, Mental Health Review Board

Matthew was appointed President of the Victorian Mental Health Review Board and Chairperson of the Psychosurgery Review Board in 2010.  Immediately prior to taking up these appointments he was manager of the Human Rights Unit at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.  Upon commencement of Victoria’s current Mental Health Act on 1 July 2014 Matthew became President of the Mental Health Tribunal.

Matthew has previously held appointments as a community member of the Intellectual Disability Review Panel, and Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority.  He was also an honorary legal member on the appeals committees of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.


Dr Michael Giuffrida MB., BS., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P
Mental Health Review Tribunal

Dr Michael Giuffrida is a Forensic Psychiatrist, Accredited Foundation Member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the RANZCP.  Michael is retained for assessments and reports in relation to clinical practice standards in public and private psychiatric hospitals and practices. This currently involves reporting in relation to allegations and claims concerning medical negligence and Coroner’s Inquests in various state jurisdictions. Michael’s practice includes reports to Local, District and Supreme Courts in relation to criminal matters including Insanity Defence, Substantial Impairment, Fitness to Plead and sentencing matters.  Michael has provided reports concerning practitioners, to the Medical and Dental Councils of NSW.  Michael has been retained by the Crown Solicitor's Office, Probation and Parole Board and Serious Offenders Review Council for risk assessments.

Dr Giuffrida has been the chair or member of Professional Standards Committees, Impaired Registrants Panels and Section 150 (urgent hearings) since 1987 and a Member of the Medical Tribunal (previously in the District Court of NSW) and currently NCAT. He has been a Psychiatrist Member of the Forensic Division of NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal since 2007.

Dr Giuffrida has worked as Clinical Director of public mental health psychiatric services for 40 years and was formerly Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Westmead and Cumberland Hospitals and Clinical Director of the Bunya Forensic Inpatient Facility and community forensic service.  Michael has worked as Visiting Psychiatrist to Justice Health providing clinical services for mentally ill women in custody and developed the first inpatient psychiatric facility for women at Long Bay Correctional Centre together with his appointment to the Justice Health Community Forensic Mental Health Service reviewing   all forensic and high risk civil patients. Michael was also previously Acting Chief psychiatrist for NSW Health and Deputy Director of the NSW Institute Of Psychiatry. Michael has been a member of two major enquiries into public psychiatric services including the Richmond Report and the Barclay reports. Michael has held appointments as Clinical or Conjoint Lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and NSW. He has been extensively involved in the supervision and training of psychiatric registrars throughout his career. 


Jane Anderson, LLB (Hons), LLM (Cambridge)
Principal Member, Veterans' Review Board

Jane Anderson was appointed by the Governor General as Principal Member of the Veterans’ Review Board in December 2017.  She commenced the role in late January 2018. For two years prior to her appointment, Jane served as a general member of the Veterans’ Review Board.

Previously, Jane was a senior legal member of the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and a former Deputy President of the SA Guardianship Board.  Jane was also a Board member of the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia, overseeing the management of a not-for-profit organisation providing advocacy and support for people with mental illness.

As well as her expertise in administrative law, Jane enjoyed a previous career as a senior lawyer with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, during which she appeared as prosecuting counsel in criminal courts and provided legal advice to government departments and agencies.

Jane has a strong interest in human rights and international law, and in 1999 she completed a Master of Law degree in international law at Cambridge University, UK.   As well, Jane has a keen interest in access to justice, and has developed a number of pilot programs aimed at delivering swift, accessible and affordable services to users and stakeholders of boards and tribunals


Stephen Free
Brrister, Eleven Wentworth

Stephen Free is a barrister at Eleven Wentworth Chambers and a member of the Football Federation of Australia Appeals and Disciplinary Committees.  Stephen has been at the bar since 2006, practising primarily in public law, regulatory and general commercial matters. From 2015-2017 he acted as counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Before coming to the bar Stephen practised as a solicitor and solicitor advocate in the Crown Solicitor’s Office. He appears regularly in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court as well as in a variety of disciplinary and administrative tribunals. Stephen studied at the Australian National University and at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship.

Plenary Presenter

Hugh Dillon BA, LL.B, LL.M
Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales Law School

Hugh Dillon is an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW Law School.  He retired as a Deputy State Coroner and magistrate at the end of 2016. He was appointed a magistrate in 1996 and Deputy State Coroner in 2008 and conducted a number of high profile inquests and fire inquiries. Before his appointment as a magistrate, he practised law with the New South Wales Council of Social Service, the New South Wales Ombudsman’s Office and the Commonwealth DPP. He was a member of the National Judicial College of Australia’s Programmes Advisory Committee 2007-2017.  He was a 2014 Churchill Fellow – his project being to develop ideas for raising coronial performance standards. He is co-author of Waller’s Coronial Law and Practice in New South Wales (4th ed, 2010), The Australasian Coroner’s Manual (2015) and editor of Advocacy and Judging: Selected Papers of Murray Gleeson (2017). He is a community representative on the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and has now joined Maurice Byers Chambers as a barrister.

Further information about the 2018 COAT NSW Conference presenters will be available shortly.

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