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2018 COAT National Conference
7 - 8 June, 2018I QT Canberra, ACT

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Mr Richard Bruxner
President, Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Mr Bruxner was first admitted as a lawyer in 1990 and practised as a litigation solicitor until moving to the private bar in 1997.  In 2008 he joined the Solicitor for the Northern Territory.  Mr Bruxner was appointed Crown Counsel in October 2011 and worked in the Solicitor‑General's Chambers until September 2014 when he was appointed as the inaugural President of the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  In 2015 he was also made a Judge of the Northern Territory Local Court

Justice Judy Hughes
President, South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Justice Hughes has undertaken policy development roles within Government and worked in the Attorney-General's Office.  Between 2000 and 2006, she was Deputy Commissioner for Consumer and Business Affairs and in that role was closely involved in real estate reforms, industry regulation, incorporated associations and consumer law.

Justice Hughes returned to work with the Crown Solicitor's Office in 2006 as an Executive Solicitor. She was appointed Crown Solicitor in April 2017, overseeing an office of 280 staff, before being appointed to the Supreme Court and as President of SACAT.
Mr Malcolm Schyvens
New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

Malcolm Schyvens was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1997. Malcolm holds degrees in law and commerce from the University of Tasmania.

Malcolm is a past president of the Law Society of Tasmania (2007– 2008), having been in private practice in Hobart for 11 years. He was also a part-time member of the Guardianship and Administration Board (Tas), the Forensic Tribunal (Tas) and a Director of the Centre for Legal Studies in Hobart. He also held the position of President of the Board of Cosmos Inc (2003–2008), Tasmania’s largest provider of day services for persons with an intellectual disability.

Malcolm was appointed as the Deputy President of the Guardianship Tribunal of New South Wales in October 2008 and was subsequently appointed as President of the Tribunal in September 2011. Upon the establishment of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on 1 Jan 2014 he was appointed as a Deputy President of NCAT and the Division Head for Guardianship.

He is a member of the NSW Law Society’s Elder Law and Succession Committee and is currently the Convenor of the Council of Australian Tribunals, NSW Chapter and Chair of the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council.

Ms Vicki Campbell
Employment Relations Authority, NZ

Vicki was first appointed to the Employment Relations Authority in 2002.  This appointment recognised Vicki’s extensive knowledge and experience in all forms of employment and industrial relations matters including resolving employment relationship problems and negotiating collective agreements and resolving disputes on behalf of clients. 

In 2011 Vicki resigned her Warrant to practice as a Solicitor for a private firm where she specialised in resolving employment relationship and industrial relations issues for clients.   She was reappointed to the Authority in 2014 and was appointed as the Chief’s delegate in 2016.

The Hon. Philip Rudduck
Former Commonwealth Attorney-General

Philip Maxwell Ruddock was elected Mayor of Hornsby on 9 September 2017, after serving as Australia’s Special Envoy for Human Rights February 2016 – October 2017 and a Member of the Australian Parliament September 1973 – May 2016.

Philip Ruddock served continuously in the federal ministry and cabinet during the Howard Government, as Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs March 1996 – October
2003, and then Attorney‐General October 2003 – November 2007. He also served as Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation.

Philip Ruddock was a foundation member (formerly Chair) of the Parliamentary Amnesty Group 1974 – 2016 and a foundation member (formerly Chair) of Australian Parliamentarians Against the Death Penalty. He was also a member of the Parliamentary
UNICEF Association, the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, the Australia – China Parliamentary Friendship Group (formerly Chair) and multiple other Parliamentary Friendship Groups until May 2016. In February 2016 Philip Ruddock announced his retirement from politics and was appointed Australia’s Special Envoy for Human Rights, a position he held until October 2017 when Australia successfully nominated for the first time for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council.


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