John Corcoran AM


John Corcoran AM is Principal at the law practice of Russell Kennedy and was Chair of that firm for 10 years until 30 June 2017. He is a member of the board of Mercy Health.

He has been a board member of the Legal Services Board as well as the International Bar Association. He is also a past President of the Law Institute of Victoria and was President of the Law Council of Australia in 2009.

His experience as a commercial lawyer is in the areas of commercial property, retirement and aged care, as well as sale and purchase of business, and securities

Patricia Kelly

Committee Member

Tricia has extensive experience in the financial services industry. She worked for Suncorp/AAMI where her roles included Executive General Manager Strategy & Business Development Personal Insurance and General Manager AAMI New South Wales. Prior to that she was a Director and Executive General Manager Life & Superannuation of Norwich Union Life Australia.

Tricia is a past president and honorary life member of the Insurance Institute of Victoria and a former Director of the Australian Insurance Institute. She is currently a non-executive Director of ANSVAR Ltd and of RACV Limited and subsidiary companies.

Adrian Finanzio SC

Committee Member

Adrian signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1998, was appointed Silk in 2012 and is a leading Victorian barrister practising in the areas of planning and environment, local government, and major projects. He brings to LPLC a broad range of skills arising from the various committees on which he serves, including Barristers Chambers Limited, the Bar Readers Course Committee (as Vice Chair) and the Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association (as Vice President) and as a past member of the Victorian Bar Council.

Helen Thornton

BEc, CA, GAICD - Committee Member

Helen, a chartered accountant for over 30 years, has extensive experience in governance, audit and risk management. She held senior leadership roles at Deloittes, KPMG and BHP Ltd as well as BlueScope Steel Ltd where she was responsible for the global risk management and insurance program. Helen has been a non-executive director for over 18 years and is an experienced Chair of Audit and Risk Committees. She is currently on the boards of ISPT Pty Ltd, Treasury Corporation of Victoria, Yarra Valley Water, Ansvar Insurance, Austin Health and is retiring from Zoos Victoria 30 June 2018.

Danny Barlow

Committee Member

Danny has practiced as a solicitor in Victoria since being admitted to practice in 1996. He is currently a director of Dawes & Vary Riordan, a large regional law firm with multiple offices in various regional towns including Shepparton, Kyabram, Echuca, Cobram and Tatura.

Danny practices primarily in agribusiness, commercial litigation and employment law. In addition to his legal practice, Danny is a former executive member of the Law Institute of Victoria, including serving as President in 2009. He has also served as a director of the Law Council of Australia. He remains a member of the Ethics Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Nicole Rich

Committee Member

Nicole is the Executive Director, Regulatory Services and Director, Consumer Affairs at the Victorian Department of Justice & Community Safety, and was formerly the Executive Director Family, Youth and Children’s Law and for the Gippsland region at Victoria Legal Aid.

Experienced as a consumer advocate and in the development of legal research and policy, including as a former Director Policy and Campaigns at the Consumer Action Law Centre, Nicole has also worked as a lawyer across private practice and within the community legal sector. She was admitted to practice in 2001. Nicole has also served on a number of public interest boards and committees including as Chairperson of CHOICE (2013–2017).

Michelle Dixon

Committee Member

Michelle is the CEO and a Board member of Maddocks, an Australian law firm with 82 partners across Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. She was appointed as CEO in January 2014 after 17 years with the firm including 12 years as a partner, and seven years as the leader of the firm’s national commercial disputes’ practice.
Michelle is a member of a number of advisory and fiduciary boards including The Nature Conservancy, Women and Leadership Australia and a Director at Global Sisters Limited.
A strong advocate for women in leadership, in 2016 Michelle’s contribution was recognised when she received both the Victorian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership and Executive of the year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.