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.


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.


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!


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.


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.



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