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Proximity’s advisors are strategic, commercial, pragmatic, innovative and approachable. We’re not just lawyers—we are a team of highly professional and skilful advisors that above all else, just want to help you achieve your goals.

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Zoe Lynam
Chief Operating Officer
Zoe Lynam
Chief Operating Officer

Zoe is Proximity’s Chief Operating Officer. She is a lawyer and highly experienced manager with over 10 years working in General Management and Legal Practice Management roles in private enterprise and government legal practice. Zoe has extensive experience managing corporate functions, large professional teams and promoting leadership within organisations. She is highly skilled in managing large budgets and is a specialist in managing change and developing workforce capability to improve business outcomes. Zoe is a critical thinker, excellent negotiator, with exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills. She is passionate about culture as an enabler of high performance, mentoring future leaders and empowering others to achieve and exceed goals. Zoe receives positive feedback for her combination of legal and management abilities and her unique aptitude to work collaboratively across levels and reporting lines to achieve results in large technical specialist teams.

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Bronwyn Fagan
Principal Advisor
Bronwyn Fagan
Principal Advisor

Bronwyn is a highly regarded commercial advisor, manager and lawyer with significant experience acting for Commonwealth and New South Wales government, private sector and not-for-profit clients. She is an experienced company director, general counsel and is often sought after by industry for her input to working groups, industry policy shifts and planning. She has published legal articles regularly presents at conferences and events, having won legal, government and academic alumni awards. As a general counsel, Bronwyn developed a passion for navigating a path through problematic situations and mentoring junior lawyers to provide practical, commercially focused advice. She has practiced across a broad range of legal fields but has a particular focus on contracting, privacy and information sharing and security, legislative interpretation, risk management, compliance and governance. She is sought after by her clients for her approachable, collegiate manner, and her pragmatic solutions-focused and highly commercial advice

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Len Withers
Consultant
Len Withers
Consultant

Len holds Bachelor degrees in both Engineering and Law and is a Barrister and Solicitor. He has worked as a professional Engineer in Australia and the UK and spent many years in the Australian health industry, most recently as CEO of a large, metropolitan teaching hospital. Following a 25-year career in the Commonwealth and ACT Administrations (14 years at the level of Senior or Chief Executive), Len moved into consultancy.  For the past 20 years, Len has been predominantly engaged by Commonwealth and NSW Government agencies in various roles of probity advising and tender management.

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Mike Agnew
Consultant
Mike Agnew
Consultant

Mike is a highly-experienced ICT procurement consultant with Proximity. He has undertaken major projects in both the public (State, Federal and International) and private sectors. The success of his projects is due to his highly-organised inclusive approach, to the analysis design and implementation of practical innovative solutions while successfully managing risk. Mike has an excellent ability to consult with stakeholders from the business to the CEO, Departmental Secretary or Minister. He will do everything  in his power to get the work completed and meet the strategic and business objectives set by management and build successful relationships while managing the portfolio of work. Mike has worked on, managed and facilitated major outsourcing and sourcing activity across many sectors and industries.

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John Jeston
Consultant
John Jeston
Consultant

John has over 30 years of experience in senior executive and consulting positions. He has extensive experience in working with senior executives to assist in business transformation and establish strategies for success. For over 30 years John has covered business transformation, Business Process Management (BPM), IT and business procurement, strategic procurement, business process re-engineering, project management, shared services creation, systems development, outsourcing, and general management. John has held the positions of Financial Controller, Divisional Manager, Company Director, Partner, HR Director and Chief Information Officer. 

John is a regular speaker at conferences, a Master Project Director and a Chartered Accountant. 

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Bruce Brown
Consultant
Bruce Brown
Consultant

Bruce is a highly regarded and experienced Australian Government lawyer with broad regulatory and enforcement, public law and procurement, asset sale and grants expertise gained over 25 years of practice. His wide experience in many areas of government practice has made him particularly valuable to client agencies as a strategic adviser, working on sensitive or risk laden projects.

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Edwina Morris
Senior Advisor
Edwina Morris
Senior Advisor

Edwina has extensive corporate and commercial legal experience, with particular expertise in IT contracting, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud and Digital Media, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Prior to joining Proximity, Edwina held senior legal positions with Accenture (UK & Australia), Melbourne IT Limited, and BHP Billiton. Edwina is valued for her pragmatic approach and for developing long term relationships.  She has responded to numerous tenders and has assisted with issuing tenders for telco and hardware requirements. She believes in a balanced approach to risk and enjoys the technical side of solutioning.

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Colin Wakefield
Senior Advisor
Colin Wakefield
Senior Advisor

Colin is an experienced commercial and procurement consultant with expertise in high technology acquisition and sustainment programs, including multibillion-dollar hardware and software procurement programs such as the Astute Class Submarines (UK) and Wedgetail Aircraft (Australia). Following a successful career with the UK Ministry of Defence, Colin has held senior leadership roles with both BAE Systems and Raytheon, the two largest defence contractors in Australia. Colin has led or supported multi-disciplined teams on bids and programs ranging from lower risk ongoing sustainment business to a higher risk Private Finance Initiative program.  He has a full understanding of Commonwealth procurement rules and strategies, and is fully versed in ASDEFCON contracting templates, including Strategic Materiel, Complex, Support (Performance Based Contracting), and the lower risk templates such as the “Short-form” series and Purchase Order terms and conditions.

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Simon Taylor
Senior Advisor
Simon Taylor
Senior Advisor

Simon is an experienced lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the government and the private sector. His main focus has been on government law, legislation development and financial sector regulatory law. Simon has managed teams, including the Public Law Branch (over 25 lawyers) at FaHCSIA and APRA and has advised on administrative law, information law (secrecy, FOI and privacy) and transfers of staff, assets and liabilities between agencies. He also has extensive experience in drafting administrative and legislative instruments and working with policy teams and OPC on the development of complex legislative reforms. Simon’s experience also includes advising on corporate and procurement matters and the regulation of authorised deposit-taking institutions, superannuation funds, general, life and private health insurers.

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Jonathan Medwin
Senior Advisor
Jonathan Medwin
Senior Advisor

Jonathan specialises in procurement, contracting and strategic project management, and has extensive experience working with governments and private sector corporations since 2003. Jonathan has diverse experience in industry, and Australian and Territory Governments include Defence, ActewAGL, Department of Social Services, Environment, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate and Community Services Directorate.

Jonathan applies skills acquired in industry, the military, legal practice and government to provide keen problem analysis and insightful solutions in policy development, project management, procurement, contract management and business strategy.

 

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Michael Chilcott
Senior Advisor
Michael Chilcott
Senior Advisor

Michael is an experienced lawyer with a broad background in government work, primarily for the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.

Michael has significant experience in administrative law, employment law, investigations, the criminal law, regulatory law, governance and management.

Michael is based in Canberra and has a current NV1 security clearance.

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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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Declan Norrie
Graduate
Declan Norrie
Graduate

Declan is a hard-working graduate lawyer whose professional focus is on value-adding. He has a highly developed ability to efficiently manage competing priorities while delivering high quality products. Declan uses creative solutions drawing on his background in systems thinking from his undergraduate studies in sustainability and environmental science, contributing to demonstrated excellence in problem solving and analytical tasks. This diverse skill set, coupled with highly developed legal research skills, give Declan an ability to digest and synthesise swathes of information with clarity and succinctness in work he produces for our clients. Declan has completed secondments as a Ministerial Writer and a Parliamentary Officer within the Department of Human Services and previously worked within the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, and Geoscience Australia.

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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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Charlie King
Paralegal
Charlie King
Paralegal

Charlie is motivated, reliable and a fast learner. She enjoys the challenge of working in new environments, and developing her professional skills. Charlie currently works as a paralegal in the Proximity offices, and is expecting to receive Bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Law from the ANU by the end of 2018.  Charlie has also worked in a number of Federal government agencies, including the Department of Human Services and the National Capital Authority, as well as the High Court of Australia. Her skills and experience include Ministerial drafting, education and museum curatorship, and legal research. Outside of work Charlie is involved in the Canberra arts community, and can often be found performing stand-up comedy or competing in local Latin dance competitions.

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Damon Taylor
Paralegal
Damon Taylor
Paralegal

Damon is an efficient and driven paralegal with strong analytical, legal research and drafting skills. With excellent communication skills, demonstrated initiative and a keen eye for detail, Damon achieves results in an effective manner.  

Damon has experience in legal drafting and research, statutory interpretation, precedent development, and document and matter management. He is currently on secondment to the Department of Human Services Ministerial Coordination and Parliamentary team. Damon is also undertaking a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at The Australian National University (ANU).

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Tayla Ayers
Paralegal
Tayla Ayers
Paralegal

Tayla is a motivated, efficient and adaptable paralegal with strong communication and legal drafting skills.  She prides herself on her interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.  In doing so, Tayla is able to consistently meet her deadlines whilst producing high-quality work.  In addition to her employment within Proximity, Tayla also volunteers her time at the University of Canberra’s Health and Justice clinic.  Here Tayla assists the on-site legal team in meeting with clients by drafting reports as well as conducting relevant legal research on a wide variety of matters.  Currently, Tayla is completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canberra and has a passion for employment law.

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Simin Sadrzadeh Jolgeh
Paralegal
Simin Sadrzadeh Jolgeh
Paralegal

Simin is a hard-working and driven student and paralegal with strong analytical, communication, and legal research skills.  Simin is in her final year, undertaking a double degree in Law and Psychology with a diploma in Spanish languages at the Australian National University.  Simin has completed several law courses such as Litigation and Dispute Management, Property Law, Corporations Law, Administrative law, and Employment law, as well as graduate law courses on her exchange semester, such as Financial Skills for Lawyers.  This year, Simin will be attending London School of Economics to complete an intensive law course, to further advance her academic and professional skills. 

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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.

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Kerrie-Anne Luscombe
Advisory Board
Kerrie-Anne Luscombe
Advisory Board

Kerrie-Anne’s professional experience spans ASX100 and Australian Public Service executive boards and she has over 20 years experience in legal and corporate governance advisory roles.  Kerrie-Anne is an experienced Commonwealth General Counsel and has previously been the General Counsel at three large Commonwealth Departments: Health, Agriculture and Water Resources, and Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Before joining the public service Kerrie-Anne was a senior executive at Coles Group Ltd, where she had a broad range of business and M&A experience as Corporate Counsel for Officeworks. Kerrie-Anne began her career as a Technology Lawyer at a large law firm and as a management consultant advising in Telecommunications, Financial Services and Aviation industries.

 

Mike Watson
Advisory Board
Mike Watson
Advisory Board

Mike advises boards and business leaders on achieving strategic and cultural alignment to create competitive advantage and to build sustainable organisations. Mike was previously a global Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers based in London acting as principal for their mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances. As a PwC consultant he advised government and large corporations in the UK and USA on governance and strategy, revenue generation, cost management, and operational outsourcing. In Australia Mike has held senior executive positions with listed corporations in financial and operational roles. Mike has led a number of prominent national legal firms as their CEO during periods of significant growth and fundamental change of strategic direction.

Lorin Joyce
Advisory Board
Lorin Joyce
Advisory Board

Lorin is a chartered accountant and the Founding Partner of MGI Joyce Dickson. He commenced the practice in 2003 and the business has grown to 45 staff and offers a full range of accounting and financial services. Lorin is a Board Member of MGI Australasia (one of the largest alliances of independent audit, tax, accounting and consulting firms in the world), President of the Eastlake Football Club, a former Chairman of the ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and a former Board member for ClubsACT and Canberra PCYC.

Angus Conolly
Advisory Board
Angus Conolly
Advisory Board

Angus runs Rawson House, a legal industry executive search and selection firm based in Melbourne. Angus’s experience covers establishing new law firm offices across Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart; the facilitation of law firm mergers and acquisitions; and the hiring of key partners for clients. Angus’s expertise covers several aspects of the legal market including government and regulation, procurement, infrastructure and construction and corporate and commercial law. Angus regularly provides counsel for clients on a range of matters from firm growth opportunities, to firm strategy and people management. He has developed a reputation for his lateral thinking and his honest and candid approach to his work.