Angela Lynch AM is CEO of Women’s Legal Service Queensland. As a lawyer and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Angela leads the specialist community legal centre to build safer futures for Queensland women and their children—championing frontline services, external advocacy, client services and fundraising.
On Australia Day this year, Angela was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to victims of domestic and family violence. She was also appointed to the Queensland Round Table on Sexual Violence Prevention and is a member of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Board.
Bill is the President of Queensland Law Society and a criminal law Director of Potts Lawyers.
Bill is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor who provides confidential guidance on professional and ethical problems. He previously served as president of the Society in 2016 and is currently a Director of the Law Council of Australia. Through these roles, as a leader of the profession, he has worked to support the rule of law in a time of significant change and has advocated for better resourcing of the courts to improve efficiencies in the management of matters.
Bill is passionate about promoting Queensland Law Society as a dynamic and respected membership organisation. As a member and leader of Council, he has achieved successes in advocacy, reductions in insurance premiums and invigorated our engagement with government.
Deborah is an accredited family law specialist, nationally accredited mediator, arbitrator and family dispute resolution provider. She is the principal of D A Family Lawyers and Deborah Awyzio Mediation. She has been practising in family law for over 20 years. Deborah was the chair of the domestic violence working group in implementing best practice guidelines for the Queensland Law Society and the Deputy Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee. Deborah has previously served as Vice President of the Queensland Law Society and is currently chair of the Society’s Domestic and Family Violence Committee.
Kay is an award winning journalist and presenter, and passionate social justice advocate. She has presented prime time news bulletins in Queensland for 40 years.
Kay also Chairs the Qld State Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council established following the landmark ‘Not Now Not Ever’ taskforce headed by Dame Quentin Bryce.
Kay is Patron of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Patron and co-founder of Protect all Children Today, an Ambassador for Act for Kids and Vice Patron of the Queensland Breast and Prostate Cancer Association. She is also a founding member of Women in Media Qld and sits on the committee.
Margaret McMurdo AC served as President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland, July 1998–March 2017. Ms McMurdo was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and the Queensland Law Society’s Agnes McWhinney Award in 2006. She was also awarded the degrees of Doctor of the University by Griffith University (2000) and by the Queensland University of Technology (2009) and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Queensland (2012). She is a founding fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and is a member of the American Law Institute. She has served as a trustee of Brisbane Girls Grammar School (1994–1998) and as a member of the council of Griffith University (2003–2013). She has been patron of Women’s Legal Service since 2014, the LawRight Civil Justice Fund since 2015 and Caxton Community Legal Centre since 2017. Ms McMurdo is currently Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland; Chair of the Board of Governors of the Queensland Community Foundation; and Adjunct Professor at both the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, and the Southern Cross University Law School. Since December 2018, she has been Commissioner and Chair of the Victorian Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.
Ms Davies is currently Acting Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid Queensland. Ms Davies has been the Director, Family Law and Civil Justice Services, Legal Aid Queensland since 2001. Ms Davies has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and has been admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Ms Davies has over 30 years’ experience in practising family law, in both Queensland and England. She is currently a member of the Domestic and Family Violence Committee and Children’s Law Committee, both through the Queensland Law Society, a member of the Child Death Case Review Panel and a member of the Independent Children’s Lawyer and Separate Representative Panel of Legal Aid Queensland.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from QUT, which she attained in 1989.
Rebecca worked as a solicitor for 5 years before being called to the Bar in 1996. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
In 2017 she was elected Vice President of the Bar Association of Queensland and in November 2018 became the first female President of the Bar Association of Queensland.