In-House Leaders 2020

Twenty-four outstanding counsels made the rank this year

In-House Leaders 2020

Welcome to NZ Lawyer’s In-house Leaders report. Now in its second year, the list celebrates in-house counsels who have demonstrated efficient, innovative, and creative leadership in responding to various challenges and in meeting the needs of their organisations.

These outstanding legal leaders have at least five years of experience in an in-house legal role for a company in New Zealand and were able to demonstrate a solid track record of achievement in their careers to date. They came from a number of industries, including media, construction, finance and insurance, sports, telecommunications, and more.

Many of this year’s winners have actively responded to the challenges of COVID-19. There were also those who successfully strengthened their legal team, dealt with major litigations, embraced innovations, and drove the growth of their business, clinching mega deals and building partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

Without further ado, meet the 2020 In-house Leaders.

Alex Nicholson, MediaWorks

Alex Nicholson, MediaWorks

Amanda Greenwood, The Fletcher Construction Company

Amanda Greenwood, The Fletcher Construction Company

Andrew Cordner, Fonterra Co-operative Group

Andrew Cordner, Fonterra Co-operative Group

Blair Williams, IAG

Blair Williams, IAG

Brendan Wright, Mitre 10 (New Zealand)

Brendan Wright, Mitre 10 (New Zealand)

Chris Smith, New Zealand Cricket

Chris Smith, New Zealand Cricket

Cristina Billett, Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Cristina Billett, Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Emily Acland, Vocus

Emily Acland, Vocus

Grant Pritchard, Spark New Zealand

Grant Pritchard, Spark New Zealand

Hayley Cassidy, Bank of New Zealand

Hayley Cassidy, Bank of New Zealand

Henry Stokes, Perpetual Guardian

Henry Stokes, Perpetual Guardian

Jo Wong, SkyCity Entertainment Group

Jo Wong, SkyCity Entertainment Group

Julian Benefield, Foodstuffs North Island

Julian Benefield, Foodstuffs North Island

Juliet Jones, Vodafone New Zealand

Juliet Jones, Vodafone New Zealand

Katie Bhreatnach, Airways New Zealand

Katie Bhreatnach, Airways New Zealand

Louise Hill, Stride Investment Management

Louise Hill, Stride Investment Management

Malcolm Shaw, New Zealand Post

Malcolm Shaw, New Zealand Post

Malcolm Swan, McDonalds

Malcolm Swan, McDonalds

Megan Potter, CooperAitken

Megan Potter, CooperAitken

Melissa Anastasiou, Spark New Zealand

Melissa Anastasiou, Spark New Zealand

Paris Bree, New Zealand Oil & Gas

Paris Bree, New Zealand Oil & Gas

Stephanie Manning, Canterbury District Health Board

Stephanie Manning, Canterbury District Health Board

Tim Peacocke, Samsung Electronics

Tim Peacocke, Samsung Electronics

Vanessa Simons, Kiwi Wealth

Vanessa Simons, Kiwi Wealth

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