32nd Annual Industrial and Employment Relations Summit (IER)
Leading a modernised workforce in changing regulatory tides
Dundas Street Employment Lawyers
Susan is ranked as one of three leading Employment Lawyers in New Zealand by international ratings agency Chambers & Partners. Dundas Street was established in 2013 and has a team of 7 specialist lawyers. Susan is widely considered an expert on Industrial relations and is currently involved in several high profile bargaining situations. Susan is regarded to be the go to lawyer for complex, strategic legal issues and has a reputation for delivering strong practical results.
Director - Head of Practice
Jennifer Mills & Associates
Jennifer is one of New Zealand's leading employment and health and safety lawyers, with extensive experience in employment litigation, industrial relations, health and safety, complex restructures, large scale Holidays Act issues, executive remuneration and exits, and immigration. She has been listed as a 'leading individual' in the 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500 and is rated one of the leading employment lawyers in the world, by Chambers Global.
Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Steph Dyhrberg is one of the partners in Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law, a specialist employment law practice in Wellington. She works as a trusted advisor across a broad range of organisations and carries out independent investigations and reviews. Steph has a special interest in pay equity, and represented one of the supporting interveners in the Bartlett v Terranova litigation. Steph has a special interest in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. She was one of the presenters of a recent Law Society webinar on the topic.
Barrister and Employment Law Specialist
Graeme Colgan is an Auckland-based barrister and employment law specialist, practicing in the areas of employment mediation, arbitration (as both arbitrator/mediator and counsel), opinions and independent employment investigations. From 1989 until 2005 Graeme was a Judge of the NZ Labour and Employment Courts, and Chief Judge from 2005 until mid-2017. Graeme is an Associate Member of the Arbitrators and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand and a member of its Complaints Committee dealing with ethical issues affecting members. In 2018 Graeme was elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations to be a Judge of the UN Appeals Tribunal for a period of 7 years commencing mid-2019. This is a part-time appellate tribunal dealing with employment issues within the UN and other international organisations. Graeme is a member of the management committee of AAWI, chairs the Auckland Circle of AAWI and is a graduate of AWI’s training programme (Whistler, BC, Canada, July 2018).
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway
Minister for ACC, Immigration, Workplace Relations & Safety
Deputy Leader of the House
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway has been the Member of Parliament for Palmerston North since 2008, and in 2017 was appointed Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Minister of Immigration and Minister for ACC. Born in South Auckland, Iain grew up with a farming family near Waiuku and then Hawke's Bay. After moving to Palmerston North to study at Massey University, he decided to stay and make the city his permanent home. At university Iain became active in student politics, working to enhance services available to students. His advocacy and campaigning for change in his community led him to work for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and join the Labour Party. Iain held a variety of portfolios in Opposition and made a significant mark as spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety, successfully campaigning to end ‘zero hour’ contracts which led to New Zealand being one of the first countries to ban this type of exploitative employment arrangements. Iain’s priority as Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, is for all working New Zealanders to enjoy a fair share of New Zealand’s prosperity and participate in safe and constructive workplaces. In the Immigration portfolio, Iain is determined to achieve better economic growth by matching migrant skills to the regions and industries where they are needed most, and ending exploitation of migrant workers and students. Describing ACC as a national taonga, Iain aims to protect and enhance the scheme as New Zealand approaches the 50 th anniversary of the Corporation. Iain is married to Clare, an early childhood teacher, and they have three school-aged children