Melinda Upton - Chair

Melinda Upton - Chair

Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property & Technology, DLA Piper

 Melinda Upton is a leading intellectual property lawyer and Global Co-Chair of Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) at global law firm DLA Piper. The firm’s IPT practice group comprises over 500 lawyers across 25 countries.

Prior to this role, Melinda led the Australian business of DLA Piper as Co-Managing Partner, and also held the role of Head of Intellectual Property and Technology in Australia.

Melinda has extensive experience across all aspects of brand protection, exploitation and enforcement, both in Australia and globally. She has acted for domestic and global companies across a range of sectors including construction, retail, hospitality, real estate and technology. She has worked side by side with corporate, financial services and insolvency colleagues on transactions involving significant IP assets in the Asia, North American and European regions. Melinda regularly presents on protecting and maximising the value of brands, addressing issues such as trademark protection and enforcement, IP policy, corporate branding and rebranding strategies, marketing and advertising, social media, green marketing and other intellectual property issues. She has also acted extensively for a number of pro bono clients.

Melinda is a passionate advocate for workplace health and wellbeing in the legal profession. She established DLA Piper’s first bespoke mental health and wellbeing program called SPEAK, is a founding member of DLA Piper’s International Health & Wellbeing Steering Committee, and works tirelessly to raise awareness about mental ill health, and help drive positive change across our industry.

Melinda is also a strong advocate for the advancement of women to leadership positions. She is a champion of DLA Piper’s global Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) initiative – a program designed to foster an environment of support, encouragement and shared insight for women, and to inspire our future leaders. Melinda served as Chair of LAW in Australia for a number of years.

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

David Field

David Field

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, Paul Ramsay Foundation

Cindy Penrose is the Chief Executive Officer of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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.

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

 

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

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is a former lawyer, having left legal practice after stints in commercial firms, academia and research, and a major federal government inquiry, to publish his first book, The Wellness Doctrines for Law Students and Young Lawyers, in October 2015. It peaked at #2 on iTunes and has been sold, in both paperback and eBook form, on all six continents. In May 2018, he published his second book, The Wellness Doctrines for High School Students, following which he spoke at the Melbourne Writers Festival and Somerset Storyfest.

He currently works as a senior writer for Lawyers Weekly and Wellness Daily, and is also an adjunct law lecturer at The University of Western Australia.

In his spare time, Jerome is an active blogger, reader, podcast listener and cake baker, and also plays multiple team sports every week, including indoor soccer, touch football and mixed netball.