Here you will find each of faculty member’s biography, their area of expertise, associated resources and direct contact details.
Clarissa is a family lawyer, wife and mum who is passionate about relationships, people and family. Clarissa is the Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre, a boutique Family Law practice.
Clarissa uses her industry knowledge and skill to change the way Australian families experience divorce and separation. She is known as ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’ as she believes that your divorce can be a part of your marriage you can look back on with pride. She is the author of the successful ‘Happy Family Lawyer’ blog, providing weekly commentary and tips on issues relating to divorce and the book ‘Splitsville- How to separate stay out of Court and stay friends’.
During 2016 Clarissa has published her second book- ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life- How to be happy in law and in life’ for lawyers looking for better ways to practice law after launching a successful podcast by the same name. Clarissa has now turned her attention to addressing the high rates of depression and anxiety amongst lawyers by opening a positive dialogue on how lawyers can find happiness in their careers.
Jon runs a web design business called Five by Five. He is the author of “Love at First Site – How to build the website of your dreams”. Jon started out doing web design but now leads a team of talented designers, developers and content marketers delivering powerful web solutions.
Everyday he meets business owners who are continually frustrated by their website – ultimately they just want a return on their investment. Jon works with small to medium business owners to make them a rock star online. The ultimate result is a website that gets the phone ringing and your inbox full of enquiries.
Mel is a client experience and marketing automation advocate. Having built a customer list of 10,000 in her first business, she created Loyalest which specialises in helping professional services increase their conversion rates by maximising existing web traffic with personalised sales and marketing automations. Mel is also an educator who founded course9.com, a service designed for both turnkey and DIY online course and training development.
In August 2017, Mel launched her second podcast, ‘Productising Knowledge’. Mel looks forward to learning the challenges that individuals and businesses are experiencing within their practice and sharing her views on the untapped marketing opportunities that currently exist in the legal space.
A kid from the bush who grew up in tiny mining towns, Dave is now a digital marketer based in Newcastle, NSW. He has an infectious passion for marketing, search engines, social media, technology and people. After graduating with a degree in Business Marketing & Psychology, Dave spent 7 years working with over 500 clients in big marketing & advertising firms. He then decided to start digital marketing agency Vicinity Marketing from his bedroom. Vicinity specialises in location-based SEO, digital advertising and content marketing.
Dave loves to play guitar, travel and tell awful, childish, irreverent Dad jokes. He is the co-founding CMO of Australia’s largest caravan hire and RV sharing community Camplify (The “Airbnb” of caravans) and he also hosts The Location Station Local Marketing Podcast where he interviews clever marketers and business owners about all the latest marketing technologies, local marketing tactics and success stories.
Jess worked in big city law for many years before starting her own practice. She helps small business owners keep their businesses legally healthy and does a broad range of legal work including business structuring, employment, property, IP and litigation. Jess has found a way of practicing law that works perfectly for her and her family. She is passionate about supporting other lawyers to achieve happiness in their lives, and the legal industry.
Terri is the Director for the Centre of Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia) at the College of Law. She works internationally with leaders of law firms, legal associations, law schools, and lawyers, supporting their transition to, and building a pipeline of exceptional talent for, new law. Or, what that really means is she likes to connect those who, like her, may feel they are square pegs in round holes but who she knows can to find a work home where they can be happy and productive. She likes to think about law and innovation- this involves lots of chatting, coffee and meeting amazing people- Terri loves her job!
Prior to joining the Centre, Terri was a practising lawyer and subsequently led the in-house talent management departments in Asia and the US for firms and associations including Lex Mundi, IPBA and DLA Piper LLP (US). She has also led or taught on practical legal education initiatives in law schools in Asia, Australia and the US. In 2010, Terri founded Mottershead Consulting in the US, and later expanded it to Australia, to focus on supporting lawyers, legal specialists and law firms in identifying, developing and transitioning their capabilities and practices to the “new normal” legal services market. Terri holds Master Degrees in Law and Business but would rather chat about becoming a talk show host, rock star or crime fiction writer and how she is working on that as her next career.
Ann-Maree is the Executive Director of The College of Law Queensland. She has worked in law for more than 30 years, in public and corporate sector roles and in private practice as a solicitor. She led the Queensland Law Society’s professional development program prior to establishing the Queensland campus of the College of Law in 2003. Under her stewardship, the College has grown from greenfield status to being the largest provider of Practical Legal Training in Queensland. Ann-Maree has pursued diverse professional interests including fostering of new lawyers; overcoming barriers to career progression in law; and contributing to programs to build resilience.
Ann-Maree is currently researching the future of work and its impact on legal practice. She is President of Australian Women Lawyers, Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and chairs the Queensland Law Society’s Equalising Opportunities in the Law Committee. She holds Masters Degrees in Law and Education.
Ronsley Vaz is a speaker, author and marketer. He is the author of the book AMPLIFY – How to raise your voice, boost your brand and grow your business. His podcast, ‘Bond Appetit’, is Australia’s #1 food podcast on iTunes and receives between eight and twelve thousand listeners a day. Ronsley sits on the board for freetoshine.org, an organisation that prevents sex trafficking. He is a advocate and ambassador for the work that Free to Shine do, and believes that girls should be in schools rather than brothels.
Ronsley is also the founder of digital content marketing agency Amplify, which has grown from zero to twelve staff in just ten months. His newest venture, Amplify, is all about converting audio into a content-marketing echo chamber. He and his team help clients create content and turn it into genuine assets that allow their businesses to grow.
Fiona is a specialist divorce and family lawyer and Director of Phillips Family Law, based in Brisbane. In 2017 she was acknowledged as a Leading Family Lawyer in Brisbane by Doyle’s Guide, following being named as a Rising Star in 2016. Fiona has become known by her colleagues for taking an empathetic and mindful approach to law and life. She has cultivated a culture of optimism and kindness where her team love what they do and who they do it with. She is passionate about wellness in the legal profession and increasing awareness about the need for lawyers to learn skills to thrive – rather than just survive – legal practice through wellness, mindfulness and other contemplative practices.
Fiona regularly presents to her colleagues and is developing training for lawyers on effective lawyering, resiliency and enhanced performance through mindfulness. Fiona is the President of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland.
As Managing Director and Founder of businessDEPOT John is setting out to change how businesses (and the people behind them) access the advice they need to make their ideas a reality. The foundational layer of businessDEPOT is essentially an accounting and advisory business. Wrapped around this layer is a marketplace full of all the adviser’s business needs from marketing to HR, Legal, IT and so much more. To help make the model work, businessDEPOT also operate a coworking space and host a series of events to share expertise and insights.
John has over 20 years of experience of providing business and accounting advice to SMEs and family businesses (including business valuations). From a delivery perspective, these days John focuses on the business advisory side of things with an expertise in the real estate industry and passion for helping business challenge the norm.
As an international business coach, partner and advisor Jacob works with energetic young companies seeking growth. In the past 12 years, Jacob has worked with more than 300 companies in Australia, the UK, North America and across Asia-Pacific. As a portfolio entrepreneur, he founded and invested in enterprises that can leverage his 3 core assets: crafting powerful B2B intellectual property; monetizing this through sound strategic planning; and scaling it through one-to-many communication channels.
Jacob joined businessDEPOT to help expand their strategic advisory solutions, pushing the boundaries of the accounting profession beyond ‘trusted advisor’ into genuine understanding and guidance for their clients. Jacob’s alumni clients and colleagues describe him as the smart and quirky business guy who makes things happen. He brings business experience that impacts both profit and valuation- plus a unique energy borne form the belief that business is best when it’s fun.
Katherine Maslen is a naturopath, nutritionist and the founding director of Australia’s leading wellness centre, Brisbane Natural Health. Katherine is a leader in the field of natural health care, the author of Get Well, Stay Well, a media commentator and a renegade for health. It is her mission to help people live a life that they love through amazing health. Katherine speaks nationally about all things health and wellness.
Katherine is a regular media commentator, having appeared on Channel 9, Channel 10, ABC radio, Fairfax radio and also in Wellbeing, Good Health and Nature and Health Magazines.
Dyan is passionate about helping entrepreneurs select, organise and take care of their diverse, accomplished and valuable experiences into a compelling, multi-platform, independently published book. In her work as Creative Director for ‘Words From Daddy’s Mouth’, she knows first-hand what it is like to pull the best bits of many and varied experiences into unique and passionate stories. As a country girl beginning life in rural Victoria and NSW, you can probably imagine the gorgeous surrounds, quirky people and outdoor adventures that dotted the landscape of her early years. A fascination with people and their vast potential followed her through a science degree in Brisbane, Australia, extending into two decades of banking and finance, travel adventures, family creation and business development.
Beginning in the independent publishing industry can be daunting. Coming to understand the multiple facets of the publishing industry has been incredibly fascinating to Dyan. However, as a writer (and entrepreneur), these aspects can seem redundant (and boring) – and this can stop writers from achieving publication of a book. Dyan has always enjoyed collaborating to realise writer’s (and entrepreneur’s) dreams. So whether you are interested in the technical aspects of publishing, or you simply want to write a book on your expertise, she can point you in the correct direction. Simply put – Getting it Done.
Kim Skubris is a broadcast journalist with 25 years experience in News, mostly with the Seven Network in Australia and overseas. For 20 years Kim has also been a media trainer, emcee and keynote speaker, and now works as a freelance reporter while running her own consulting business.
Kim is passionate about helping people through message mastery, storytelling and presenting to become powerful communicators.
Stevie is the owner of Stevie Says Social, a social media business which coaches, educates, strategises and manages all things social media marketing for service-based businesses. In particular, she helps professional services and others that sell their expertise use social media to build irresistible businesses with pipelines of clients dying to work with them.
Stevie has always been a closet geek, and after graduating from high school at the top of her grade she undertook a Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Laws on full scholarship. She spent the first ten years of her career studying law and practicing as a solicitor in both Australia and the UK, and understands professional services industries and environments well.
In 2008, Stevie returned to Australia and combined her passion for marketing with her background in law, spending the next ten years as a marketer working in and with a range of high profile service-based businesses (law, real estate, creative industries and sports management).
Noticing a gap in knowledge when it came to how to make social media work for these types of businesses, she opened Stevie Says Social in 2017.
Jason is a world-renowned portrait photographer working exclusively with professionals who are actively crafting their impact and influence in the world.
Jason’s superpower is helping people visually communicate trust and connect with intention, integrity and authenticity. His work can be seen on the pages of Entrepreneur, GQ, Forbes, Financial Review, Men’s Fitness, The Huffington Post and loads of book covers, billboards and bus stops everywhere.
These days, if you’re trying to build a significant brand and profile, you have to embrace the fact that we are all a m’media company’ on some scale. There’s a lot of body language and psychology at play and Jason is great at helping people navigate that stuff to become more effective visual communicators.
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Demetrio is the founder and director of Law Squared, a specialised commercial law and litigation firm focussed on working with entrepreneurs and start ups. An accomplished entrepreneur and lawyer having worked with many corporates, SME’s, entrepreneurs and ASX listed companies, Demetrio is focused on achieving outcomes and success for his clients. Named Australia’s most innovative law firm”, Law Squared takes an entrepreneurial approach to the provision of legal services, by offering a model of partnering with its clients as risk advisers to protect them against future risk and to partner them to advanced their business.
Louise launched Pineapple Marketing and Promotions to share her passion to help business to: Stand Tall & Stand Out Like a Pineapple in the ‘fruit bowl’ of life. This is delivered through social media, strategy, local area marketing, networking and engagement. Louise has a super power of being a ‘cheer leader’ for those within her tribe. She firmly believes ‘your vibe attracts your tribe’ and
With a background in Sales & Marketing in a variety of roles, Louise worked for 10years with an award winning International Sales and Marketing agency in Sydney CBD, and decided it was time to fulfil her passion. Louise has a real love for connecting with people both in life, for a walk and talk, over a coffee as well as on social media and has a deep love for her community.
Louise went to school in Ingleburn, has lived most of her life in and around the Macarthur, and currently resides in Spring Farm with her Husband, son and 3 pet chickens and loves when her grown step daughters pop over to visit.