28 November 2017

Alumni Event - Speed Mentoring

Published on 28 November 2017

Alumni of The College of Law are invited to join us for drinks, nibbles and valuable insights from some inspiring men and women who have made it to the top and are ready to share their experiences with you.

Our brilliant mentors are incredibly knowledgeable and successful in their area. This is your big chance to ask them questions, network, and learn from the best!

Here's how our event will work: the evening will start with networking, followed by lightning talks by each mentor. Mentees and mentors will then meet in small groups, asking and answering questions. When the bell sounds, it’s time to move on and connect with the next mentor.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The College of Law
Level 9, Wesley House
140 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

This is a free event for College of Law Alumni

Registrations for this event have now closed. For late registrations, please email qldadmin@collaw.edu.au 






Dean Jones

Principal Lawyer and President of Pride in Law

Dean Jones is a Principal Lawyer for the government and inaugural President of Pride in Law, Australia. In 2008, Mr Jones graduated from university with a dual degree in a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government. These undergraduate degrees were completed as a George Alexander Foundation Scholar. With a desire to serve the community, Mr Jones followed his time as a Judge’s Associate to a career at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Qld). Working throughout Queensland, Mr Jones was appointed as a Crown Prosecutor appearing as leading counsel on behalf of the Director and the State of Queensland. After six years prosecuting, Mr Jones found his passion in the child protection arena at the Office of the Director of Child Protection Litigation. As a Principal Lawyer, Mr Jones currently appears as a senior advocate in child protection hearings and other proceedings in Queensland.





Rebecca Freath

Executive General Counsel, Gold Coast Health

Rebecca started her career in administration roles in the energy and resources sector while at university, and within 18 months of qualifying, Rebecca was appointed Senior Legal Counsel of CS Energy Ltd. In 2012, Rebecca was named one of Australia’s Top 20 in-house Energy and Resources Lawyers in the Doyle’s Guide to Australian Lawyers.

After leaving the energy sector at the end of 2012, and following a secondment to Gold Coast Health in 2013 as a Senior Lawyer with a ‘NewLaw’ firm, Rebecca joined the Executive of Gold Coast Health in 2014. Moving into public health care delivery has been a huge professional challenge both in terms of the breadth of practice areas and the opportunity to be part of the pursuit of healthcare improvement for patients and their families and carers.

Since 2014, Rebecca has volunteered as the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Queensland’s only children’s hospice, Hummingbird House Foundation leading to the construction and opening of the House in 2016. Rebecca has recently joined the Board of breast cancer awareness and research fundraising charity, So Brave.

Rebecca’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Business (International Business), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, and Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.





Anthony Schiavo

Partner and Queensland State Manager, Mercer

Anthony is a Partner of Mercer and state manager for Mercer in Queensland. In this role he develops and executes a market plan for Mercer to grow revenues and profitability in Queensland and manages a number of blue-chip clients for the firm nationally.

He has over 30 years of experience in consulting – in particular in the areas of human resources and financial services both in Australia and overseas and has won a number of industry awards. Prior to joining Mercer, Anthony spent 12 years with Towers Perrin as Practice Leader, Communication Consulting, Asia Pacific (1993-2002) then as Practice Leader in Milan, Italy (2002-2005). He joined Mercer in 2005.

His early career was in legal and para-legal roles culminating in the role of Assistant Director, Insurance and Superannuation Commission, Melbourne. Anthony has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees (both from the University of Queensland) and is a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.





Jayne Staddon

Manager - Legal & Governance and Executive Officer, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Jayne completed degrees in Business (Accounting) and Laws and began her career working in personal injuries litigation with a private law firm in Brisbane, before moving to London where she worked as a corporate investigator with the Companies Investigation Branch of the Department of Trade and Industry and as Investigative Lawyer with the Serious Fraud Office. Returning to Brisbane, Jayne worked as a Senior Lawyer with the Enforcement Directorate of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission during which time she completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.

Jayne then worked as Manager – Legal and Governance with Arts Queensland (the Queensland government agency with responsibility for the arts portfolio) and later as Governance Consultant, Lawyer and Manager – Company Secretarial Support Services with private governance consultancy Board Matters.

Jayne has been Manager – Legal and Governance with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for four years and is currently Acting Executive Officer.

Jayne has also worked with the Governance Institute of Australia over recent years, as course director, short course presenter or guest lecturer for a variety of the Institute’s corporate governance and corporate law subjects.





Anand Shah

Barrister, Bar Association of Queensland

Anand joined the Bar over 17 years ago after practising as a solicitor for eleven years. Anand’s practice areas include commercial litigation, administrative law, succession, defamation, personal injuries and human rights. Anand has appeared as counsel in the High Court, Queensland Court of Appeal, Federal Court and as trial counsel in all State Courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Brisbane Coroners Court and many Tribunals. Anand has acted as a mediator in a variety of disputes including commercial, professional negligence, personal injuries and succession. Anand has been elected by the Queensland Bar, on many occasions, to serve on its Bar Council (the Bar’s peak executive body). Anand has presented at legal conferences for over 20 years and written publications for LexisNexis over a similar period.

Anand’s spare time is made up of reading as much non-law literature as possible, listening to the radio (ABC Radio National and Classic FM) and vinyl records, watching classic movies particularly European, not carrying a mobile phone and hanging out with his wife (Kris) and their pooch, Jasper.