Cindy Penrose

Deputy Executive Director

Cindy Penrose is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Bar Association.

Cindy has been a member of the Foundation since 2009 and is the current Deputy Executive Director & Chair of the National Committee. 

Cindy has extensive experience as a criminal defence lawyer and law lecturer. She holds a masters degree in law from the University of Sydney.

Thomas Spohr

Immediate Past President NSW Young Lawyers, Senior Solicitor NSW DPP


Thomas Gaffney

Senior Associate, Ashurst Australia

Thomas Gaffney is a Senior Associate (and Wellbeing Officer) in Ashurst Australia’s Canberra Disputes team.

Thomas has been a director of the Foundation since April 2010 and its Treasurer since October 2012 . He was a member of the Foundation’s Working Party (now National Committee) from April 2010 to March 2016 and its chair from July 2014 to March 2016.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Thomas was the co-founder and co-ordinator of the Macquarie Law School Peer Assisted Learning Program (LAW PAL), which established a supportive community of practice, including pastoral and educational assistance, to law students

Why committed to TJMF

In January 2009, the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Institute released the ‘Courting the Blues’ report based on a nationwide survey commissioned by TJMF. The report found that the prevalence of mental ill-health in the legal profession was disproportionate to other professions and the population as a whole.

Immediately after the report was released, fellow Macquarie Law School students and I committed ourselves to doing everything we could to ensure that our fellow students and friends would not be added to those statistics. From that commitment, we devised and implemented the LAW PAL program, inclusive mentoring programs, and a student group committed to resilience, diversity and pastoral care.

When I was asked by Marie to join the Foundation’s board, I was honoured and humbled. From that time, I re-committed myself to assisting my colleagues and working with the Foundation to further address the issue that so shocked my fellow students and I in 2009.

It is an honour and a privilege to work with the Foundation in such a worthwhile cause.

David Field

Chief Legal Counsel, Canon Australia

David is the Chief Legal Counsel at Canon Australia, after having worked in-house at Telstra for more than nineteen years. Prior to moving in-house, David worked in private practice for Mallesons Stephen Jaques, having started his legal career working for Mallesons in Taiwan. David and his wife, Candice, have two teenage children.

David believes that factors such as globalization, technology and artificial intelligence are presenting profound disruptive challenges to the legal profession, that the profession will only be able to meet these challenges by delivering increased value to our clients and businesses in the form of insight, empathy and commercial opportunities, and that we can only deliver this increased value if we foster working environments where we and our people are able to operate at our mental peak.

Professor Joellen Riley

Professor of Labour Law and Dean, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney

Professor Joellen Riley has held a chair in Labour Law at Sydney Law School since 2009, and currently serves as the faculty’s Dean. She holds degrees in Law from the universities of Sydney and Oxford, and has been teaching and researching in the field of employment and industrial law since 1998. Initially an English literature major, she studied law after a decade working in publishing and financial journalism. She joined academia after a short time in commercial legal practice, and has served as a consultant to specialist employment law firms, most recently People + Culture Strategies in Sydney. Her publications include Employee Protection at Common Law (Federation Press, 2005), which is a distillation of her doctoral thesis, and the The Law of Work (OUP, 2007 and 2011) (with Rosemary Owens and Jill Murray). She is also one of the authors on the most recent edition of Macken’s Law of Employment (Thomson 2011) and has written a number of books on federal workplace legislation.

Motivation for joining TJMF Board:

In my time as a lawyer (both practising and academic) I have become increasingly aware that this competitive and often stressful profession challenges the mental well-being of even the most able professionals. I have seen two of my former students take their own lives after going to the bar. As an employment lawyer, I have also seen the damage that toxic workplaces can do to the psychological well-being of staff. I believe that the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation’s approach in addressing this problem by encouraging psychologically healthy practices in legal workplaces has great potential to make a real difference in the profession. Maree Jepson is an inspiring woman, and I am very happy to assist her in her work.

Melinda Upton

Partner, DLA Piper

Melinda has years of experience acting for companies across a range of sectors including building materials, construction, fashion and retail, hospitality and leisure, real estate and technology.  Melinda is across all aspects of intellectual property asset protection, compliance, exploitation and enforcement and works with clients side by side with her corporate, financial services and insolvency colleagues on the acquisition, divestment, development and exploitation of intellectual property assets and has specific experience in restructuring intellectual property assets. Melinda regularly presents on protecting and maximising the value of intellectual property assets including on trade mark rights, design rights, advertising, passing off, corporate branding and rebranding strategies and dispute resolution procedures

Melinda is the Head of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice in Australia. Melinda is the Chair of our Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Committee in Australia and Co-Chair’s our global LAW. Melinda has played an active role in the mentoring and development of women over many years. She believes strongly in the female talent we have within corporate and government organisations across Australia and is passionate about the need to ensure that our leadership population better reflects the depth and breadth of this talent.

Melinda is listed as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property in the World Trade Mark Review since 2011. Commentators brand her as a ‘highly efficient and active partner with strong client skills and “maintaining a consistent standard of excellence”. The “fabulous” Melinda Upton has made impressive strides in developing the practice group during her two years at the helm; she shines as a “difference-maker” in the areas of brand strategy, portfolio management and enforcement. From 2009, Melinda has been listed as a “recommended lawyer” in the Intellectual Property category of Legal 500 Asia Pacific and described as delivering “a practical and complete answer which doesn’t require extensive research and unnecessary expense”. Melinda was recently recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers Global 2016.

Melinda has also been an NSW MS Angels Committee member since 2012 .and has also been a Director of the Arts Health Institute Board Committee since June 2016.

When Melinda isn’t working, you’ll find her enjoying backyard cricket with her family, on the tennis court or doing “the bay” with one of her running friends.

Mary Digiglio

Managing Partner, Swaab Attorneys

Mary Digiglio is the Managing Partner of Swaab Attorneys, a mid tier commercial law firm.  In this role Mary leads by example, with an authentic leadership style and a focus on promoting and protecting the well-being of people in the legal profession, diversity in the workpace, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

Mary is also the practice group leader of a dynamic team of property lawyers at Swaab, and a New South Wales Law Society accredited specialist in property law.

Her community work includes sitting on the Board of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation and the Australian Legal Sector Alliance.

Why I am committed to TJMF

I understand that to keep our talented people happy we must work hard to ensure they are being challenged but, more importantly, that they are healthy – physically and mentally. Keeping well means our talented people can be fit to do more than just interesting work, they will be energetic and enthusiastic about doing a good job and achieving great outcomes for clients.

Wellness in the workplace is the key and I am committed to being a leader in wellness in the law. It is such a big issue in our profession and one about which not much was said for a long time.

I am very proud of my involvement in the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. I consider how lucky I am to have a great support network around me – from my family through to my colleagues and to networks beyond. What I want to do is ensure I give strength to others, to help them build the same support networks, remembering that support does not always come from above.

Kylie Nomchong SC

Senior Counsel, Denman Chambers

KYLIE NOMCHONG SC graduated with an LL.B and B.Econ (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She worked as a tutor and part-time lecturer in the Department of Industrial Relations at that University before commencing employment as a solicitor practicing in industrial law and personal injury.

In 1991, Kylie was appointed as in-house solicitor for Actors’ Equity of Australia which later became the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). During that time she established her practice in industrial law and employment law.

Kylie has been President of NSW Young Lawyers and an elected member of the Council of the Law Society of NSW (during which time she was Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee). Kylie has also held positions on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the College of Law, the Equal Opportunity Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the NSW Community Justices Centre, the Common Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association, Women Barristers Forum, NSW Labor Lawyers and a Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Association. In 2010, Kylie was elected to the Bar Council of NSW, an appointment she held for two years. Kylie is currently the Chair of the NSW Bar Health & Wellbeing Committee.

Kylie took silk in 2012 and since then has practices in the area of employment law, industrial law, occupational health and safety, medical negligence and malicious prosecution.

Kylie has a long held belief in social justice and human rights. She has represented individuals, contractors, corporations, government departments, and unions. She has presented numerous seminars, written articles and monographs and continues to present CPD and CLE papers on a range of issues.


Greg de Moore

Greg de Moore is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry based at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital. Greg works as a clinician, teacher and researcher in the fields of neuropsychiatry, general hospital psychiatry, deliberate self-harm and the history of medicine. As a recent Director of Psychiatry Training he oversaw the psychiatric education of young doctors as they worked towards becoming psychiatrists. He is affiliated with Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney.

Born in Melbourne of parents who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka, Greg has lived in Sydney for over 20 years. Outside of the hospital he has combined his medical interests with Australian history to write and co-write three books –

  • Tom Wills
  • A National Game
  • Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder

The book Tom Wills sprang from Greg’s study of suicide and was based on ten years of research unearthing original medical records, letters, text books and notes previously believed to have been lost or destroyed. This book won numerous awards and was short-listed for the National Biography Award. Greg has also written on the need to preserve psychiatric records as a precious storehouse of clinical and social history. Finding Sanity is the story of Australia’s greatest mental health achievement: the discovery of lithium for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Why Committed to the Foundation

My role with the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation offers me a great opportunity to educate and work with the legal profession to promote mental health issues within their profession and, more broadly, the general community

The Hon Anna Judith Katzmann

Anna Judith Katzmann was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in October 2009 with effect from 1 February 2010. She is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. At the time of her appointment to the Federal Court she was a practising Senior Counsel at the Sydney Bar and the President of the NSW Bar Association. Justice Katzmann was admitted to the Bar in NSW in December 1979 and practised as a barrister from July 1980 until her appointment, taking silk in 1997. Between 1980 and 1983 Justice Katzmann was also employed as an Associate Lecturer, then Lecturer, at the NSW Institute of Technology, Sydney (now UTS). In 2002 she was named by the Women Lawyers Association as a ‘woman lawyer of achievement’ and in 2012 was the Patron of the NSW Young Lawyers.

Justice Katzmann is an inaugural member of the TJMF Board. She is also a director of Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Justice Katzmann has had a longstanding concern for the welfare of others and has a particular interest in mental health. She was an official visitor at Gladesville Hospital in the 1980s and later a member of the Mental Health Tribunal at Cumberland Hospital. As a member of the Council of the NSW Bar and as President she played a leading role in promoting good mental health at the Bar and “Bar Care” was established under her stewardship.

In a desperate attempt to safeguard her own sanity, Justice Katzmann likes to sing, exercise, and travel, and enjoys concerts, theatre, cinema, and opera.