33rd Annual Industrial and Employment Relations Summit (IER)

Leading a modernised workforce in time of change and reform

5 - 6 Mar 2019Crowne Plaza, Auckland
Event Details

Jennifer Mills

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.

Steph Dyhrberg


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.

Amanda Douglas


Wynn Williams

Amanda Douglas leads the Employment and Health and Safety practice at Wynn Williams. She acts for employers and employees on a variety of Employment Law matters, with a particular focus in the dispute resolution area. This includes disciplinary steps, claims through the ERA and Employment Court, negotiations and mediation. Amanda also provides advice on employment agreements and organisational restructuring. Amanda has a good ability to obtain a pragmatic negotiated outcome to many disputes. Where resolution is not possible, she presents a well- considered case to the ERA or Court. Amanda also advises on health and safety matters, and regularly presents on employment and health and safety matters.

John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner

John was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014 for a term of five years. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department. For 15 years, he held a warrant as a district inspector for mental health and has also been a district inspector for intellectual disability services.

Her Honour Chief Judge Christina Inglis

Chief Judge

Employment Law Court

Judge Christina Inglis was sworn in as an Employment Court Judge in 2011 and appointed as the Chief Judge on 10 July 2017. She holds an LLM (Hons) from Victoria University and an MA (Hons) from Canterbury University. She was a Crown Counsel at Crown Law for many years, with a primary focus on civil litigation, public law and employment law. Most recently she led the Human Rights Team at Crown Law. While in practice she appeared in most Courts and Tribunals. Until recently she was on the Advisory Board of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice.

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
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