The SIG members
|Chair: Theo Kapodistrias, Legal and Commercial Manager, Tourism Tasmania
Theo Kapodistrias is a multi-national award-winning lawyer and keynote speaker. Currently he is the General Counsel at UpGuard. He is the Tasmanian Divisional President and Director of ACC Australia. Theo is also the Chair of the Sole Legal Officer Special Interest Group. In addition, Theo has a strong involvement in the community as a Tasmanian Ambassador and Industry Champion with Business Events Tasmania and as the Director and Licensee of TEDxHobart. He recently launched his keynote speaker business helping individuals to be seen, be heard, and make an impact www.theokap.com.au.
|Vice Chair: Krystal Kovac, Head of Legal & Compliance, Oncore
Krystal is the Head of Legal & Compliance at Oncore, joining the company as a YOLO and spending the past 2.5 years building out the legal and compliance functions. Krystal’s role covers a broad range of areas including employment, commercial/contracts, IP, disputes, and privacy. In addition, Krystal is also a member of the Oncore Leadership Team, chairs the Risk and Compliance Committee, and has a keen interest in legal operations and technology.
|Secretary: Courtenay Zajicek, Legal Counsel, Nando's Australia
Courtenay is the Legal Counsel for Nando’s Australia, has worked as an in-house lawyer for over 8 years, and as a YOLO for at least 5 years in these roles. Courtenay practices predominantly in franchising, property, industrial, commercial and contract law, with a focus on contract negotiation and drafting, compliance matters and risk mitigation strategies with a key focus on providing commercial solutions to legal and risk mitigation strategies for the business.
|SIG member: Faten Awad, General Counsel, MacKillop Family Services
Faten joined MacKillop Family Services (MacKillop) as its first General Counsel, in 2017. Since this time, Faten’s role has evolved to establish and manage several functions: Legal Services, Procurement and Internal Audit. Faten was also appointed to the role of Secretary of the Board Audit and Risk Committee in 2018. Faten advises across a range of areas including corporate governance, commercial, IP, dispute resolution, property and privacy, is responsible for management of key policy frameworks and regularly delivers training to MacKillop’s staff.
|SIG member: Kate Sherburn, Legal Beagle (Senior Legal Counsel), Who Gives a Crap
Kate is the Legal Beagle at Who Gives A Crap, and has been the first and sole in-house lawyer in her two most recent roles. Kate’s experience is predominately in the corporate advisory space, compliance, commercial and contract law, IP and privacy, but as a YOLO she covers everything that gets thrown her way. In her current role, she is creating the legal function from the bottom up (pun intended!).
|SIG member: Steve Clayton, Senior Legal Counsel, HERE Technologies
Steve is an experienced corporate lawyer who has spent the majority of his career working in-house at multinational companies. He has broad experience advising on a variety of matters, including commercial transactions and contracting, intellectual property, employment, technology, privacy, disputes, governance, risk and regulatory compliance. In his current role, he works for a global technology company as the sole legal counsel supporting the Oceania-region. Steve partners closely with key stakeholders and routinely counsels senior managers on all things legal.
|SIG member: Dashani Siva, Legal Counsel, San Churro
Dashani is the Sole Legal Counsel at San Churro and has worked in the in-house legal space for over 7 years. As a YOLO Dashani is responsible for all aspects of the legal function including developing the legal function and providing advice across a range of areas. Dashani’s experience is predominantly in the franchising, compliance, property, commercial and contract law space. She works closely with the senior leadership team with a focus on risk mitigation in the operational and commercial elements of San Churro.