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Dominic Cudmore,
Principal Lawyer

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Kathy Nguyen,
Senior Lawyer

Dominic Cudmore is a practising lawyer based in Sydney, having worked in the associations/charity,  Government and private sectors. 

He possesses extensive experience in the legal issues faced by associations, charities and other not-for-profit entitles including constitution writing, incorporation, charity registration, DGR and PBI endorsement, governance, disputes, mergers, transfers of incorporation status and winding-up. 

Dominic is keen to help strengthen the governance effectiveness, compliance and skills base of the associations and charities sectors to ensure that they are well-prepared to meet future challenges.

Kathy has extensive experience working with associations both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific, on association structure, operations and governance. She has reviewed hundreds of constitutions, and regularly presents to organisations on membership, governance and events.
 

Kathy has worked for Associations Forum, the Governance Institute of Australia, Ernst & Young, the Trade Association Forum in London and for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Kathy holds Bachelors of Laws & Business.

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Lara Garfinkel,
Senior Lawyer

Lara is a senior legal adviser with over 24 years of experience in not for profit, corporate and commercial law. She worked for many years managing the pro bono practice at global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, assisting hundreds of charities and not for profits to achieve their objectives. 

 

Lara has particular interest and expertise in risk management and good corporate governance in the for purpose sector, having co-founded a successful charity in 2013 as well as acting as a board member and company secretary of both a charity and a not for profit association.

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Srividhya Sita Rama,
Governance Advisor

Srividhya is an Associate Company Secretary of the Corporate Governance Institute UK and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

She has extensive experience in due diligence, secretarial audits, labour laws and secretarial compliance in manufacturing and real estate.Further, she has experience in drafting corporate legal agreements such as technical know-hows, joint venture and collaborations and advising companies on corporate governance. 

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John Peacock AM,
Non-Lawyer Director

John Peacock is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the associations sector.  Since 2000, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic planning, governance, Board effectiveness, operations, restructuring, financial issues and external reviews.

His particular areas of specialisation are governance, mergers of associations and developing association plans that can be translated into actions, budgets and job descriptions.

John’s work with associations was recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List with his appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to the associations and not-for-profit sectors through a range of initiatives.

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