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Meet the Club Faculty Experts...

Here you will find each of our faculty member’s biography, their area of expertise, associated resources and direct contact details.

Clarissa Rayward

Clarissa Rayward

Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and Happy Lawyer Happy Life

Accredited Family Law Specialist | Mediator | Collaborative Family Lawyer | Podcaster | Author | Speaker

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
Team Culture & Growth | Legal ExpertiseMarketing

Jacob Aldridge

International Business Coach at Jacob Aldridge

Coach and Trainer | Speaker and Author | Deep Business Generalist

An international business advisor, Jacob works with energetic young companies, primarily professional services firms with 12 – 96 staff per location. His career has seen him work with growing companies around Australia and the world, both in person and leveraging technology for consistent support and guidance despite his family’s nomadic lifestyle.

Alumni clients and colleagues describe Jacob as the smart and quirky business guy who makes things happen, bringing a unique energy borne from the belief that business is best when it’s fun.

Relevant speaking engagements include the Family Law Practitioners Association Conference, FCB HR Forum, Dent’s Key Person of Influence, and our own Happy Lawyer Happy Life Retreat. 

Since a fear of working for his father prevented Jacob from earning a law degree, his most impressive qualification is the Guinness World Record for non-stop movie-watching – a sleep-deprivation marathon that prepared him for his most recent role as a new dad.

 

Expertise & Related Resources

Team Culture & GrowthTechnologyBusiness Growth

Jon Hollenberg

Director of Five by Five

Author | Public Speaker | Web Designer | Building Beautiful Websites 

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
Web DesignTechnology

 

Ann Maree David

Ann- Maree David

Executive Director of The College of Law.

Legal Educator & Trainer | Supporting the Next Generation of Australian Lawyers | Champion of Equity & Diversity. 

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
Legal ExpertisePractice Management

Mel Telecican ​

Mel Telecican

Host of Monetising Knowledge | Director of Loyalist | Founder of course9

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
MarketingProductising IPBusiness Growth

 

Dave Eddy

Dave Eddy

Director at Vicinity Marketing and Redback Solutions | Chief Marketing Officer at Camplify

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
MarketingTechnologyTeam Culture & Growth

Demetrio Zema

Founder, Director and Problem Solver at Law Squared 

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. 

Expertise & Related Resources

Marketing | Business Growth

Claudia King

CEO and Founder at Automio

As a recovering lawyer and law firm owner, Claudia understands the highs and lows of running an SME law firm. During Claudia’s life as a lawyer, she saw the need to help clients with accessible, online legal solutions. She was also tired of the constant pressure of the billable hour- she wanted to find a way to use her legal expertise without trading hours for dollars. This drove Claudia to develop an automation technology, known as Automio, to power New Zealand’s first online legal service, Legal Beagle. Through her work with Legal Beagle she spent 7+ years designing, marketing and selling online legal solutions. 

Claudia is now the CEO and Founder of legal tech company Automio. Automio helps entrepreneurial law firm owners design and sell online legal solutions, so they can earn revenue in their sleep and get freedom from the billable hour. 

As a wife, mama, feminist and entrepreneur, Claudia believes in having a growth mindset and loves talking and learning about stuff outside of the legal world too like parenting, work-life balance, biz, tech, marketing and entrepreneurship. Oh, and she loves orange (feel free to ask her to see a pic of her orange wedding dress). 

Expertise & Related Resources

Technology | Business Growth|Practice Management

John Knight

John Knight

Director at Business DEPOT

Accountant | Speaker | SME Advocate | Real Estate Industry Specialist 

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
Financial & AccountingBusiness GrowthTechnology

 

Katherine Maslen

Founding Director at Brisbane Natural Health

Naturopath | Nutritionist | Author | Speaker

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.

Expertise & Related Resources

Health & Wellness|Practice Management

 

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
Business GrowthLegal Expertise

Fiona Caulley 

Director and Partner at Phillips Family Law Fiona Caulley | Family Lawyer

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
Health & WellnessTeam Culture & GrowthBusiness Growth

 

Jason Malouin​

Jason Malouin

Founder and Director at Portrait Store

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. 

He also loves to share more pragmatic tips about things like:  

  • What does my current image say about me?
  • Finding the right photographer (NOT the ‘best’ photographer)
  • Making sure you know what to ask for
  • Preparing for a shoot
  • Understanding body language for camera/ Positive tension/ Micro expressions
  • What to wear
  • Hair/ Makeup recommendations
  • Using your images out in the world and maximising their impact

Expertise & Related Resources

Marketing | Business Growth

Dyan Burgess

The Story Curator at Dyan Burgess

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.

Expertise & Related Resources

Marketing | Business Growth | Design 

Stevie Dillon

Director at Stevie Says Social

Social Media Strategist | Trainer | Educator 

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. 

Expertise & Related Resources

Marketing | Business Growth

Ronsley Vaz

Director of Amplify Agency

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.

Expertise & Related Resources
MarketingTeam Culture & GrowthBusiness Growth

Louise Sparks Howarth 

Director of Pineapple Marketing and Promotions  (AKA your favourite pineapple)

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. 

Expertise & Related Resources

Marketing | Business Growth

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Lynda Mckie

Senior Wealth Adviser at Elston

Lynda McKie is the founder of Family Law Specialist Services at Elston Private Wealth.  Working alongside leading Accredited Family Law Specialists, Lynda and her team offer expert financial planning advice on matters involving family businesses, corporate structures and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. This advice is designed to empower clients to negotiate with confidence, and become financially savvy and independent, post-divorce.  Elston specialist advisers also deliver neutral advice to parties resolving their family law dispute via Collaborative Practice, Lynda and her team often appearing as guest contributors to Clarissa’s Introductory and Advanced Collaborative Practice training sessions. 

Through their work, Lynda and her team, have assisted business owners operating SME legal practices with their personal wealth planning. It’s not uncommon for busy professionals to put their own needs last. Elston provides advice on transforming cash flow into productive wealth to realise a prosperous and secure future.  

Expertise & Related Resources
Financial & Accounting | Business Growth 

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Jane Fitzgerld 

Barrister at Alfred Lutwyche ChambersFrench Quarter Chambers & Hemmant’s List and Consultant at Advocacy Consulting Solutions

Jane’s practice is based on her 20 year history as a commercial litigator.  This foundation has seen her act in matters involving a range of commercial disputes, construction and major resource projects, professional negligence (including the legal, medical and accounting professions), personal injuries, estate and family law property disputes in both state and federal jurisdictions.  She has chambers in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.   

Before being called to the Bar, Jane trained and worked as a professional actor.  Whilst living in New York, she discovered a way to intertwine her love of ‘performance’ with the cut and thrust of law.  She began teaching with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in the US, and has been part of its faculty for almost a decade.  In Australia, Jane provides lectures, workshops and individual coaching sessions specialising in helping lawyers effectively and persuasively deliver their message.  

Part of good advocacy is confidence.  Jane has a passion for encouraging people to identify aspects of their career or their life from which they can take confidence, and then to use this confidence to take the leap.

Expertise & Related Resources 

Legal Expertise | Business Growth

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Cullen Haynes

Finance Specialist at Legal Home Loans

Cullen has a burning passion for finance. Having completed his MBA and rising quickly through the ranks at Macquarie Group to become one of its leading sales executives, this former banker is well versed in catering to the high expectation and time sensitive needs of the professionals he serves. He has now transitioned to his current role at Legal Home Loans as a Finance Specialist for partners and barristers. 

Legal Home Loans is the only finance and mortgage broking firm in Australia that specialises in financing legal professionals. LHL’s vision is to empower all lawyers, allowing them to fully focus on the law and their career whilst knowing their financial house is in order. Cullen’s high energy reflected in his recent win at the MFAA awards (2019) receiving the Newcomer Award for NSW. Cullen is someone you’d want to have in your financial corner.

Expertise & Related Resources
Financial & Accounting | Business Growth 

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