Amanda Baker

Most people in the conveyancing industry, know Amanda Baker in her former role as Head of Government and Industry relations at SAI Global Property. In fact many of you have probably heard or read her articles in the past on the electronic conveyancing regulatory changes and their impact on our industry. She has long been a source of insight and knowledge in this area for the conveyancing world.  13 years of experience in the settlements business has given Amanda depth of understanding on the responsibilities and importance of quality management systems in the land registry industry. The integrity of the land registries is key, and for the gate keepers of this important facet of conveyancing, such as subscribers, conveyancers, lawyers and bank staff; a highly innovative yet practical solution is key.

Danusia Cameron

Danusia is currently acting Registrar General for NSW. In her role as Director, Regulation and Compliance in NSW's Office of the Registrar General, she manages the NSW land titles concession on behalf of the State, oversees regulation of Electronic Lodgement Network Operators (ELNOs) and has primary carriage of the reform for interoperability among ELNOs. She has also held an executive position in the Office of Secretary, NSW Treasury. Before joining the public service, Danusia was a finance lawyer, working in top tier firms in Sydney, New York and Tokyo. She is admitted to practice in NSW and New York and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Danusia is Chair of the School Council for St Catherine's School, Waverley and a member of the Council's Governance Committee; and a lay member on the Disciplinary Tribunal for Chartered Accountants ANZ. 

Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr has emerged from Australia's COVID-19 (in Melbourne lockdown nonetheless) with a drive to help Australia thrive and prosper and most importantly, be inspired and entertained! 

Previous Experience: Broadcasting throughout 2020 from ABC Southbank whilst preparing remotely from home, Libbi experienced firsthand the escalating fortunes of our community through her engagement with Victoria as a talkback radio host; keeping the community connected with the frontline workers, whilst navigating the pain of pandemic induced paralysis in our shared creative Community. We have all learned so much about ourselves and each other during this time - yet we are still discovering exactly what world we are left with to rebuild. With her trademark insight & heart and incisive sense of humor, Libbi is ready to play her part in leading the conversations that will take us forward to better days. 

Current Work: Libbi Gorr lives in Melbourne with her family, whilst juggling her ABC Radio Weekend Breakfast program and a broad and eclectic creative portfolio. Libbi features as a columnist for Selector magazine on food, family, and life for the last 15 years and now appears as an Australian contributor on culture and society on the BBC Breakfast show plus numerous BBC radio shows including Good Morning Scotland and BBC News Hour. After a stellar first showbiz career in comedy as Elle McFeast for a decade on ABC TV and creator of numerous iconic tv shows, Libbi is now happily ensconced at ABC Radio Melbourne & Victoria where she's played an integral part in the radio line up for the last 8 years. 

Shakila Maclean

Approachable and a delight to deal with, Shakila Maclean has a simple, straightforward and ‘plain English’ approach to Conveyancing.  With over 15 years of practical industry and business experience to her name (including founding her own business All Hours Conveyancing), this fun & friendly mother of one and Seinfeld enthusiast is on a mission to dispel the complicated industry jargon typically associated with Conveyancing  ensuring that a stress-free transfer of property is within everyone’s reach.  Shakila is also an active Committee Member for Australian Institute of Conveyancers (Vic Division).  It’s no coincidence that Shakila landed on the title of ‘Relationship Manager’ when deciding how to position herself in her business; demonstrating her innate understanding that effective staff management is equally as important as strong client relationships when building a successful Conveyancing Practice.    Shakila is looking forward to sharing with you her experience and insights about staff management best practices - from interviewing and recruiting the right talent for your company, to effectively addressing staff performance and the best way to go about managing it.  With plenty of practical tips to take away with and implement in your own business. 

Christine Nixon

Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Ms Christine Nixon was appointed in February 2009 to chair the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and tasked with the oversight and coordination of the largest recovery and rebuilding program Victoria has ever faced.

In August 2010 – 2011, Christine was the Victorian Government’s Advisor on Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery, a voluntary role. She remains a member of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund panel. Christine was the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia. She led 14,000 staff, operating across more than 500 locations and oversaw an annual budget of $1.7 billion. Her rise to the top and her unique view on women in law enforcement and the workplace makes Christine one of the most informational and inspirational public speakers in the country. 

Peter Waters

Peter is a leading advisor on competition and telco/utility regulation globally, including Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Asia. Peter joined Gilbert + Tobin as a partner in 1989 and is now a consultant.   Peter was the principal external adviser to the Hong Kong Government in the development of its competition law.  Peter was part of the Gilbert+Tobin team that supported the NSW Government’s concession agreement for the land registry services in NSW and in the establishment  of the Office of Registrar General.  Peter is the principal external regulatory adviser to the NSW ORG in its work on interoperability between ELNOs.  Peter is named 'Lawyer of the Year' for Regulatory Practice in the Best Lawyers List 2017. Chambers Asia Pacific acknowledge Peter as "one of the best telco regulatory lawyers in the world - extraordinary". He has a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in NSW.  Peter is chair of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and a director of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins is the General Counsel, Australia, for Stewart Title Limited. In that role, Paul is responsible for commercial and residential policy development, risk management, regulatory compliance, claims and underwriting supervision and general corporate legal matters. Paul has been a contributor to a number of Australian legal industry publications and regularly presents to lawyers, conveyancers and lenders on a variety of real estate related issues, including title insurance, title claims, risk management and real estate fraud. Paul is a solicitor and was admitted to legal practice in 2001. Paul holds degrees in Law (Hons) and Social Sciences from the University of Canberra and is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and the High Court of Australia.