Inter-Profession Networking – Jump on Board

Thursday 25th May, 2017 5:30 pm – Thursday 25th May, 2017 7:30 pm
The Western Australian Club
Level 11, 12 St Georges Terrace PERTH


The Inter-Profession Networking Series is back with a panel discussion focused on the opportunities and challenges associated with board roles.

Join us for an evening of canapés and refreshments including an engaging discussion from an accomplished group of board members and the opportunity to network with professionals from a range of industries including law and finance.

Our panellists are:

  • Chair: Dr Andrew Lu OAM, Manager Professional Development, The Law Society of Western Australia
  • Chris Bates, Managing Director, KBE Human Capital
  • Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes, Principal, Board Connexions
  • Paula Rogers, WA State Director, Committee for Economic Development of Australia

The panel members will discuss:

  • their challenges and successes in board roles
  • how to achieve your first directorship
  • the skills and experience you need for board roles
  • how you find out about board roles and ways to get involved
  • different types of board roles, from small not-for-profits to ASX listed companies
  • board member or board legal advisor? – managing liability and legal risk
  • whether it is worth completing an additional qualification
  • diversity and women on boards making the headlines

Brought to you by the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee.


Dr Andrew Lu OAM

Andrew is a senior insurance solicitor with an interest in tertiary and clinical legal education. His experience includes serving as an assistant general counsel, private practice with Freehills and Minter Ellison, and guest lecturing to law and medical students and health practitioners. He joined Jarman McKenna in 2012, and was a partner of that firm until it merged with a mid-tier firm in March 2017. Andrew holds the degrees LLB, LLM, SJD and a Graduate Diploma in Law. He completed his doctoral research at the ANU Law School.

He is a Fellow of ANZIIF and Finsia, and a Chartered Tax Adviser. As a researcher, he is the author of 70 book chapters, case notes and journal articles, and is a medical and health law editor for Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. Dr Lu is the newly appointed Manager Professional Development at the Law Society of Western Australia.

Dr Andrew Lu OAM


Chris Bates

Chris is the Managing Director of KBE Human Capital where he heads up the Legal Recruitment team. He is a Director of KBI and KBI Woonta, a former Director of Parkerville Children & Youth Care, was the Founding Chairman of The Piddington Society, and has acted as Chairman to a number of boutique commercial law firms. Prior to establishing KBE Human Capital, Chris was a Director of specialist recruitment companies Interpeople and Rigforce. He commenced his career as a tax and commercial lawyer, having completed his studies at the University of Western Australia, and is now a guest lecturer at several of Western Australia’s law schools.

Beyond business in Western Australia, Chris and a team of Australian/Brazilian business associates were involved with the successful acquisition and vend of a Brazilian Iron Ore Project.

Chris accepted his first Board role at the age of 26 and was appointed Chairman of the Board shortly afterwards. In 2011, Chris became one of the youngest people in Western Australia to be recognised in the 40Under40 awards, and was awarded as the top performer across Western Australia for combining business and charitable initiatives.

Chris Bates

Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes

Lianne is a well-connected leader and strategic thinker, known for her ability to realise potential in both people and organisations. She has had senior executive roles in diverse industry sectors including finance, education, training and retail. Lianne recently became the first female chair of the Integrity Assurance Committee for Racing and Wagering Western Australia. She is also deputy chair of ChemCentre (WA) and the WA Partner for Women on Boards.

Lianne has been recognised for her business development skills and commercial acumen, with awards for enterprise and market development including the Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Enterprise in 2003.

An experienced coach and mentor at executive and Board level, Lianne is also accredited in the use of Governance Evaluator and is a Lumina Learning psychometric practitioner.

Lianne has a professional doctorate in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Marketing Institute.

Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes

Paula Rogers

State Director of CEDA Western Australia, Paula Rogers, has over 20 years experience in management, sales, marketing and business development in roles such as General Manager,  Professional Services BD, Communications and Marketing Manager, Advertising Director, GM Sales and Marketing, Publisher and CEO. Paula also has developed outstanding expertise in stakeholder engagement, communications both traditional and digital, events development and management and sales and marketing initiatives.

Paula enjoys the State Director role connecting with the almost 200 members in Western Australia and developing a program that supports and promotes the economic development of Western Australia.  She has completed the AICD Company Director course and was selected to be a part of the 2017 Director Pipeline Program.

Paula Rogers


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