David Field - Acting Chair

David Field - Acting Chair

Chief Legal Counsel, Canon Australia

David is the Chief Legal Counsel at Canon Australia, after having worked in-house at Telstra for more than nineteen years. Prior to moving in-house, David worked in private practice for Mallesons Stephen Jaques, having started his legal career working for Mallesons in Taiwan. David and his wife, Candice, have two teenage children.

David believes that factors such as globalization, technology and artificial intelligence are presenting profound disruptive challenges to the legal profession, that the profession will only be able to meet these challenges by delivering increased value to our clients and businesses in the form of insight, empathy and commercial opportunities, and that we can only deliver this increased value if we foster working environments where we and our people are able to operate at our mental peak.

Cindy Penrose

Cindy Penrose

CEO, Australian Bar Association

Cindy Penrose is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Bar Association.

Cindy has been a member of the Foundation since 2009 and is the current Deputy Executive Director & Chair of the National Committee.

Cindy has extensive experience as a criminal defence lawyer and law lecturer. She holds a masters degree in law from the University of Sydney.

Kylie Nomchong SC

Kylie Nomchong SC

Kylie Nomchong SC graduated with an LL.B and B.Econ (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She worked as a tutor and part-time lecturer in the Department of Industrial Relations at that University before commencing employment as a solicitor practicing in industrial law and personal injury. In 1991, Kylie was appointed as in-house solicitor for Actors’ Equity of Australia which later became the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). During that time she established her practice in industrial law and employment law.

Kylie has been President of NSW Young Lawyers and an elected member of the Council of the Law Society of NSW (during which time she was Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee). Kylie has also held positions on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the College of Law, the Equal Opportunity Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the NSW Community Justices Centre, the Common Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association, Women Barristers Forum, NSW Labor Lawyers and a Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Association. Kylie was elected to the Bar Council of NSW in 2010 for two years and again from 2017 to date and is Chair of the NSW Bar Wellbeing Committee. In 2019, Kylie was appointed to the Australian Bar Association Council in 2019 as the NSW Bar Association delegate.

Kylie took silk in 2012 and since then has practices in the area of employment law, industrial law, occupational health and safety, medical negligence and malicious prosecution. Kylie has a long held belief in social justice and human rights. She has represented individuals, contractors, corporations, government departments, and unions. She has presented numerous seminars, written articles and monographs and continues to present CPD and CLE papers on a range of issues.

Greg de Moore

Greg de Moore

Board Member

 Greg de Moore is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry based at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital. Greg works as a clinician, teacher and researcher in the fields of neuropsychiatry, general hospital psychiatry, deliberate self-harm and the history of medicine. As a Director of Psychiatry Training he oversees the psychiatric education of young doctors as they work towards becoming psychiatrists. He is affiliated with Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney.

Born in Melbourne of parents who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka, Greg has lived in Sydney for over 20 years. Outside of the hospital he has combined his medical interests with Australian history to write and co-write three books –

  • Tom Wills
  • A National Game
  • Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder

The book Tom Wills sprang from Greg’s study of suicide and was based on ten years of research unearthing original medical records, letters, text books and notes previously believed to have been lost or destroyed. This book won numerous awards and was short-listed for the National Biography Award. Greg has also written on the need to preserve psychiatric records as a precious storehouse of clinical and social history. Finding Sanity is the story of Australia’s greatest mental health achievement: the discovery of lithium for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Why Committed to the Foundation

My role with the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation offers me a great opportunity to educate and work with the legal profession to promote mental health issues within their profession and, more broadly, the general community

Greg de Moore publications:

Wellness Daily podcast – Episode #50 Psychiatrists need mental health support too – 4 March 2020
Bench TV- Improving Mental Health and Resilience in Legal Practice – A personal reflection – Part 2 – April 2019

Mary Digiglio

Mary Digiglio

Managing Partner, Swaab

Mary Digiglio is the Managing Partner of Swaab, a mid-tier commercial law firm. In this role Mary leads by example, with an authentic leadership style and a focus on promoting and protecting the well-being of people in the legal profession, diversity in the workplace, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.  In 2019, Mary was recognized by Lawyers Weekly as the law firm partner Wellness Advocate of the Year.

Mary is also the practice group leader of a dynamic team of property lawyers at Swaab, is a New South Wales Law Society accredited specialist in property law and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary’s Board and advisory roles include:

  • being a director of the Minds Count (formerly Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation);
  • being a member of the Advisory Board of Iggy Gets Out (a not for profit working to solve the mystery of neurodegenerative diseases); and
  • being a director of the Cameron Brae Group, a family owned and operated property development business in Sydney’s south west and New South Wales’ south coast.

Mary Digiglio publications:

Bench TV- Improving Mental Health and Resilience in Legal Practice – A personal reflection – Part 2 – April 2019


Melinda Upton

Melinda Upton

Partner, DLA Piper

Melinda has years of experience acting for companies across a range of sectors including building materials, construction, fashion and retail, hospitality and leisure, real estate and technology.  Melinda is across all aspects of intellectual property asset protection, compliance, exploitation and enforcement and works with clients side by side with her corporate, financial services and insolvency colleagues on the acquisition, divestment, development and exploitation of intellectual property assets and has specific experience in restructuring intellectual property assets. Melinda regularly presents on protecting and maximising the value of intellectual property assets including on trade mark rights, design rights, advertising, passing off, corporate branding and rebranding strategies and dispute resolution procedures

Melinda is the Head of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice in Australia. Melinda is the Chair of our Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Committee in Australia and Co-Chair’s our global LAW. Melinda has played an active role in the mentoring and development of women over many years. She believes strongly in the female talent we have within corporate and government organisations across Australia and is passionate about the need to ensure that our leadership population better reflects the depth and breadth of this talent.

Melinda is listed as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property in the World Trade Mark Review since 2011. Commentators brand her as a ‘highly efficient and active partner with strong client skills and “maintaining a consistent standard of excellence”. The “fabulous” Melinda Upton has made impressive strides in developing the practice group during her two years at the helm; she shines as a “difference-maker” in the areas of brand strategy, portfolio management and enforcement. From 2009, Melinda has been listed as a “recommended lawyer” in the Intellectual Property category of Legal 500 Asia Pacific and described as delivering “a practical and complete answer which doesn’t require extensive research and unnecessary expense”. Melinda was recently recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers Global 2016.

Melinda has also been an NSW MS Angels Committee member since 2012 .and has also been a Director of the Arts Health Institute Board Committee since June 2016.

When Melinda isn’t working, you’ll find her enjoying backyard cricket with her family, on the tennis court or doing “the bay” with one of her running friends.

Thomas Gaffney

Thomas Gaffney

Senior Associate, Ashurst Australia

Thomas Gaffney is a Senior Associate (and Wellbeing Officer) in Ashurst Australia’s Canberra Disputes team.

Thomas has been a director of the Foundation since April 2010 and its Treasurer since October 2012 . He was a member of the Foundation’s Working Party (now National Committee) from April 2010 to March 2016 and its chair from July 2014 to March 2016.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Thomas was the co-founder and co-ordinator of the Macquarie Law School Peer Assisted Learning Program (LAW PAL), which established a supportive community of practice, including pastoral and educational assistance, to law students

Why committed to TJMF

In January 2009, the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Institute released the ‘Courting the Blues’ report based on a nationwide survey commissioned by TJMF. The report found that the prevalence of mental ill-health in the legal profession was disproportionate to other professions and the population as a whole.

Immediately after the report was released, fellow Macquarie Law School students and I committed ourselves to doing everything we could to ensure that our fellow students and friends would not be added to those statistics. From that commitment, we devised and implemented the LAW PAL program, inclusive mentoring programs, and a student group committed to resilience, diversity and pastoral care.

When I was asked by Marie to join the Foundation’s board, I was honoured and humbled. From that time, I re-committed myself to assisting my colleagues and working with the Foundation to further address the issue that so shocked my fellow students and I in 2009.

It is an honour and a privilege to work with the Foundation in such a worthwhile cause.

Thomas Spohr

Thomas Spohr

Immediate Past President NSW Young Lawyers, Senior Solicitor NSW DPP