Invited Speakers

The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO
Federal Court of Australia

From 1981 to 2001 Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, Chief Justice Allsop was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.

From 1981 to 2014 Chief Justice Allsop taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency, corporate finance and maritime law. From 2015 to 2018 he taught maritime law part-time at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 19 March 2013 he was elected a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He is President of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. From 2018 he was appointed Inaugural Patron of the Australian Insurance Law Association.


Joshua Aylward

Special Counsel | Shine Lawyers

Joshua Aylward is a Special Counsel in the Shine Lawyers Class Action team, where he specialises in environmental, financial and competition litigation.

Joshua is recognised at the forefront of class action litigation with over 15 years’ experience advising a diverse mix of clients. Joshua has an aptitude for handling complex and nuanced cases having worked with domestic and international litigation funders in a wide variety of litigation and dispute resolution matters.

Joshua has worked with some of the world’s leading technical, scientific and economic experts on highly complicated and emerging scientific issues and is considered a trusted adviser and relentless litigator in the highly technical class actions area.

During his time at Shine, Joshua has brought proceedings against large corporations as well as federal, state and local governments. He is most widely known for the Hudson and Bartlett cases, which involves thousands of residents of the Oakey and Katherine communities who are bringing claims against the Department of Defence for wide-spread contamination.


David Barclay

President Tasmanian Industrial Commission and Deputy President Fair Work Australia

David was appointed President of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission on 19 December 2016. In early 2017 I was appointed a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission.

Prior to his appointment David practiced law for 30 years.

He appeared in the Supreme Court in both civil and criminal matters, the Federal Court, Tribunals including the Workers Compensation Tribunal, the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, commercial arbitrations, Disciplinary Tribunals and Industrial Health and Safety matters.

He provided advice in relation to complex commercial matters and had extensive experience in mediations both facilitated by courts and tribunals and in respect of disputes which had not come to court.

He also appeared regularly in committal proceedings both as counsel assisting and for interested parties.

He was President of the Tasmanian Bar Association and a long-time member of the Committee. He was also Secretary and Vice President of the Law Society of Tasmania.


Fergus Brooks

With more than 25 years commercial and consulting experience in the information, communications and technology security sectors, I have a deep understanding of how cyber risk issues arise, and how best to mitigate them.

My background includes consulting, solution architecture and sales with organisations whose clients have included some of the world’s largest customers of high-end network and computing solutions.

While I am known for my ability to apply complex technical solutions to commercial realities, I believe that with cyber risk being an enterprise-wide concern — and one that has significant impacts at the board level — it’s important to be able to communicate the core issues with clarity. For this reason my approach is to use ‘normal’ language rather than tech jargon, so that both my clients and my colleagues are able to understand the rationale and total impacts of a proposed solution.
I have attended the AICD Company Director‘s Course, and am currently applying what I have learnt with regards to organisational risk governance in order to facilitate productive discussions with senior executives and boards. My experience as an advisor includes evaluating system adequacy and organisation risk culture along with privacy and supply chain cyber risks.

I am a cyber security ‘evangelist’. My goal is to demystify technology ensuring that both the magnitude of a problem, and the effectiveness of a solution, are articulated clearly.


Dr John Church

John Church is a Professor in the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales. He has published across a broad range of topics in oceanography. His area of expertise is the role of the ocean in climate, particularly anthropogenic climate change, and in understanding global and regional sea-level rise. He is the author of over 160 refereed publications, over 100 other reports and co-edited three books. He was co-convening lead author for the Chapter on Sea Level in the IPCC Third and Fifth Assessment Reports.

He was awarded the 2006 Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2006, the 2007 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2008 AMOS R.H. Clarke Lecture, the AMOS Morton Medal in 2017 and was a joint winner of the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Climate Change Category Prize in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the American Meteorological Society and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.


Michael Evans

Training & Assessment Manager | Loss Adjusting, Government Fraud Control | Integrated Risk and Investigations | Australian Security Academy

Michael Evans has led an impressive career as a Loss Adjusting & Licensed Investigation Professional in his 27 years working in the Insurance industry. He established the Australian Security Academy in 2001. A Registered Training Organisation dedicated to professional development of Claims Investigation Professionals. The Academy is one of only two RTO’s approved to deliver the Diploma of Loss Adjusting and most likely the one you have never heard of. Quietly and covertly in the background Mike’s Company fills an Investigation training niche that is 100% industry adopted, has 20 Nationally Recognised Qualifications relevant to your work, and receives zilch Government funding.

Passionate about Animal Welfare and the Environment. The outstanding Pro Bono achievement of Mike’s visionary concept of 18 years ago has allowed over 380 RSPCA Inspectors in every state and territory to receive cost free formalisation / study of Compliance Enforcement Qualifications through the Academy from Certificate IV to Diploma level.

With a total of over 11,000 graduates and 510 face to face investigation training events behind him, Mike has interacted with, and learned from successful Factual Investigators in Government, Insurance and Corporations on a global scale. Today emerging and established industry professionals are watching on average 169 hours of free Westminster System contemporary investigation and enforcement information on his Youtube Channel each month.

Now based on the Gold Coast at Sanctuary Cove, where he "is living the dream", originally from Tasmania, Mike has wealth of practical knowledge to share on his favourite Advisory success subject. Do not expect more of the same old, same old! Expect to take away from his presentation inexpensive low or no cost, easy to implement tools and strategies that will accelerate your Advisory success, and stamp your authority in the industry, regardless of your location or size of your competition. Bring your hardest questions, difficulties, problems and greatest challenges to this presentation. Be prepared to watch those melt away to insignificance before your eyes!


Bernd G. Heinze, Esquire

President and CEO of The Heinze Group

Bernd G. Heinze, Esquire is president and CEO of The Heinze Group (an international insurance and legal consulting enterprise), Accolade Management Services (an association management company representing non-profit, international professional trade associations), and is Executive Director of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). He testifies as an insurance expert before US federal and state courts, Congressional and state legislators and regulators, and is requested to speak before international and domestic industry organizations, insurance professionals, rating agencies, colleges and universities on a regular basis.

Mr. Heinze’s professional experience includes: Vice-President and Chief Litigation Counsel for Reliance Insurance Company; an attorney and equity trial partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker; legislative assistant to Congressman Jack Kemp; executive assistant and deputy press secretary to Erie County (NY) Executive Edward J. Rutkowski; Executive Director of the American Association of Managing General Agents; and weekend anchor for WAVA NewsRadio in Washington, DC.

Mr. Heinze graduated with a BA in International Relations and Economics from the Canisius College (1978) in Buffalo, NY, was selected to and attended the Foreign Policy School at American University in Washington, DC and obtained his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Temple University School of Law (1983) in Philadelphia. He is licensed to practice before the United States and Pennsylvania Supreme Courts, and the federal courts of Pennsylvania. He is also certified by all state insurance departments and the Chartered Insurance Institute in the United Kingdom, and regularly teaches continuing education courses pertaining to insurance and legal related matters across the US, London and Cambridge, UK.

He holds the highest possible peer reviewed “AV Pre-eminent Rating” for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Lexis Nexis/Martindale Hubbell, has been named annually as one of the “Top 100 Insurance Professionals in North America” by the Insurance Distribution Letter since 2001; is the 2012 Honoree of the Year of the NJ Surplus Lines Association, and 2018 recipient of the Freedom of London. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Risk and Insurance Management at the St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA; the Brantley Risk Insurance Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC; and the Maguire Risk and Insurance Management Center at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

He serves pro bono as General Counsel for the “Whydah Expedition,” the project to recover and conserve the remains of the only documented pirate ship to sink off the coast of the eastern US in 1717.

He and his wife Martha live in suburban Philadelphia and have two daughters, Kelsey (31) and Sara (29). Mr. Heinze was the founder, president and an active firefighter with the Fire Department of Montgomery Township, PA, and is a member and Chair of the Stewardship Committee and the Outreach Team at the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Wales, PA.


Bill Madden

Special Counsel | Carrol & O’Dea Lawyers

Bill Madden is a lawyer specialising in medical litigation and intentional torts with Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and holds accreditation as a Mediator through the Law Society of New South Wales.

In addition to his private practice, Bill has adjunct roles at Western Sydney University (Law + Medical schools), Queensland University of Technology (Australian Centre for Health Law Research) and the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Law Masters).

Bill writes a blog on health and medical law issues at Bill Maddens Website and by the time of this conference should have released a new book on child abuse litigation, published by Lexis Nexis.


Dr David Newth

Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader of Global and National Carbon Assessments in the CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre

His research focuses on exploring pathways to manage global environmental challenges, including the transition to a low carbon economy.

David’s team focuses on the development of integrated assessment models to study the complex interactions between drivers of global environmental, economic and social change.

He has worked with various Australian, New Zealand and US government departments, national laboratories, the World Bank and OECD.


Kristi Riedel

Barrister | Level Twenty Seven Chambers

Since beginning her practice as a general commercial barrister, Kristi has accrued a portfolio of high calibre work acting for local and international insurers and their insureds. She also has extensive experience acting for both plaintiffs and institutions in historical child abuse claims. Kristi has appeared led and unled in state and federal courts, tribunals and coronial inquests.

Prior to joining the Bar, Kristi practiced as a Senior Associate at a national law firm in the area of insurance law, meaning that she has full appreciation of the complexities associated with matter management. Clients appreciate her ability to draw from her commercial law experience to strategically guide matters as well as her diligence and approachability.


Chris Rodd

Professional Mediator

Chris spent nearly 28 years with CU, CGU and IAG before retiring in 2016. His many rolls included national Claims Manager, Technical Counsel, Head of CGU Dispute Resolution Department while teaching part time at Monash Uni Law Faculty for a numbers of years concurrently with his IAG position.

He now works as a professional mediator focussing on insurance related disputes.

Chris is Australia’s representative on the AIDA Presidential Council, A Vice President of AIDA and member of the Executive, Chair of the AIDA Dispute Resolution Working Party and a regular and active contributor on the AIDA Climate Change and Catastrophe Working Party.

He is also the Deputy Chair of the international section of the US based organisation, the FDCC (Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel) Awardee of the AILA Insurance Law Prize in 2013 , in 2018 he was awarded an OAM for his contribution to Insurance and insurance law.


Henry Silvester

Principal | Barry.Nilsson

Henry Silvester has more than 25 years’ experience in the legal and insurance industries, including 13 years as a barrister acting in both plaintiff and defendant cases.

You’d think he’d be too old for driverless vehicles but he has a significant interest so they can take him to bingo when he can no longer drive! He has helped insurers and government with the best approach to the challenges of driverless vehicles.

Henry specialises in complex CTP claims. His expertise include cases where the liability, medical and economic loss evidence is complicated, including catastrophic claims. Of particular interest are low impact collisions and causation of injury.


Hubert Wajszel

Principal | Barry.Nilsson

HHubert is a principal in Barry.Nilsson.’s national Insurance and Health group and is based in the Melbourne office.

With over 18 years worth of legal experience, Hubert specialises in professional indemnity insurance with a particular focus on construction professionals. He regularly acts for construction professionals and their insurers, in litigated and unlitigated claims of varying size and complexity, including claims against building surveyors, architects, and fire engineers.

Hubert regularly provides risk management advice, including undertaking reviews of contract documents and policy wordings.

Hubert is a regular commentator and thought leader on the cladding crises and its affect on the construction and insurance industries. Hubert was recently interviewed by ABC and SBS Radio and has commented on this topic in a number of leading Australian newspapers.



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