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Peter DeGraaff
Senior Advisor
Peter DeGraaff
Senior Advisor

Peter is a very well regarded procurement and contracting advisor with significant experience in government and the private sector.

He has significant experience as a commercial, procurement and contracting advisor on strategic and operational information and communication technology procurement projects, covering business systems, IT professional services, hardware procurement, software licensing (including for SaaS and AaaS) and fixed and mobile communications.

He also has considerable experience as an advisor and practitioner in general goods and services procurement projects and whole-of-government procurement and performance-based contract development and management. This experience includes establishing, implementing and managing whole-of-government professional services’ panels and similar arrangements.

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Emily Hill
Paralegal
Emily Hill
Paralegal

Emily has experience in legal drafting and research, statutory interpretation, precedent development, and document and matter management. She undertook a secondment to the Department of Human Services Freedom of Information and Litigation teams, where she reviewed, determined and responded to Freedom of Information requests, analysed and advised on Administrative Appeals Tribunal appeals and assessed records to be included in documents to go before the Tribunal.

Previously, Emily was seconded to the Department of Defence Royal Commission Support Team, where she sorted, analysed and evaluated records to facilitate subpoena responses and case studies. Emily has also worked for over two years as a paralegal at a busy property law firm providing conveyancing, probate and estate planning assistance to individuals and small businesses.

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Hannah Cameron
Paralegal
Hannah Cameron
Paralegal

Hannah is a hardworking and efficient paralegal with strong problem solving skills that allow her to complete tasks quickly and effectively as part of a team or independently. Hannah approaches tasks with determination and enthusiasm that allows her to meet deadlines, and demonstrates strong initiative while still being an effective team player.

Hannah has worked as a paralegal and office coordinator in the Office of Legal Counsel for Intellectual Property Australia. Her work there involved implementing and coordinating procurement and Legal Services Multi Use List policies, as well as assisting and drafting pieces of advice, preparing briefs and performing a variety of other administrative tasks.

In 2016 Hannah undertook an internship in the Office of the Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services. During this time she completed a major research project on the merits review of social security appeals.

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Jason Riley
Paralegal
Jason Riley
Paralegal

Jason is a hard-working and motivated paralegal with demonstrated excellence in problem solving, research and analytical tasks. He has undertaken secondments at the Department of Human Services and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, performing contract and data analysis in relation to software asset management.

These roles required Jason to maintain a strong attention to detail while approaching high volume, complex work. His duties involved identifying value-relevant assets, provisions and data, extracting and advising on efficient capture methods and presentation. These roles have been an excellent opportunity for him to demonstrate administrative and accounting capabilities while working in a legal environment.

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Jennifer McRae
Paralegal
Jennifer McRae
Paralegal

Jennifer is an effective and driven paralegal with strong analytical, research and organisational skills. Seconded to the Department of Human Services performing contract and data analysis for the Software Asset Management team, she systematically reviewed and analysed a large number of high-value contracts.

Her duties included identifying relevant assets, provisions and data, extracting and advising on efficient capture methods and presentation. This required strong attention to detail and throughout the role she maintained efficiency in approaching high volume, complex work in a time sensitive project.

Jennifer has also worked as a paralegal at ACT Legal Aid and in this role carried out client interviews, summarised and prepared legal briefs, drafted letters of advice and conducted legal research.

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Tom Underwood
Paralegal
Tom Underwood
Paralegal

Tom is a hard-working and driven paralegal with strong skills in legal research and analysis, as well as demonstrated success working both as part of a team and individually. Tom completed degrees in Law and Arts at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2016 and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. With a positive work ethic and a talent for identifying and addressing complex problems, Tom has achieved strong results across both degrees. He received first class honours in Law as well as academic prizes from the German and Swiss Embassies as a component of his German Studies major.

In addition to his degrees, Tom has undertaken intensive foreign language courses in both Belgium and Germany, developing his ability to communicate and work effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. He has also successfully trained, lead and navigated teams in the ANU’s ‘Inward Bound’ distance-running competition.

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Declan Norrie
Paralegal
Declan Norrie
Paralegal

Declan is a hard-working and driven paralegal with demonstrated excellence in problem solving and analytical tasks as well as highly developed organisation skills. Whilst undertaking a double degree in Law (Honours) and Science (Resource and Environmental Management) at the Australian National University (ANU), Declan has explored the depth and breadth of environmental management and associated law as an informal specialisation in his generalist degrees.

Declan pro-actively sought out professional experience through internships at both the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, where his work culminated in Declan being awarded co-authorship of two publications in relation to legal frameworks which agricultural industries work and constraints on individual farming enterprises, and Geoscience Australia, where his work on the cleaning and streamlining of data management of flood studies undertaken at a council-level across Australia led to a self-formulated, independently developed application utilising computer programming to explore emergency services response in flood-prone landscapes that is highly valued by the agency.

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Melissa Black
Finance & Office Manager
Melissa Black
Finance & Office Manager

Melissa looks after all of our financials from ensuring our clients are correctly invoiced to making sure our staff get paid. She also manages the higher level budgeting and monthly reporting and liases with our Accountants to ensure compliance. Recently Mel has also taken on the role of Office Manager. She assists Proximity with marketing, event coordination, staff onboarding, administration and general assistance to our Directors & Business Manager. Mel has quickly become a key member in the Proximity team.