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Bronwyn
Fagan

Special Counsel
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  • Diploma – Company Directors’ Course – Australian Institute of Company Directors, Master of Laws – University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) from University of Canberra, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science, History) from Australian National University, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from University of Wollongong, Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from University of Canberra, Company Director’s Course (GAICD) Accredited Multi-Disciplinary Mediator (Australian Disputes Centre)

Bronwyn was the Director of Legal Services at Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). Prior to that role Bronwyn was on secondment to Austrade amongst other things after serving as Corporate Counsel at Essential Energy for over a decade. Whilst at ASADA, Bronwyn was instrumental in drafting legislative amendments, giving evidence in Senate inquiries and attending Estimates; representing the agency in government and industry groups; and managing the provision of legal services and associated reporting for the agency (including litigation, investigations, complaints, debt recovery, FOI, privacy, contracting, procurement, policy drafting and negotiation, media, regulatory compliance and so on). While Bronwyn was at Essential Energy she dealt with NSW and Commonwealth legislation extensively, for while it was a NSW Statutory State Owned Corporation it was bound (by agreement) to comply with various Commonwealth legislation, such as that relating to privacy. The organisation also owned and dealt with Corporations Law entities. Bronwyn’s role included the provision of legal services, privacy and FOI duties, as well as document management. Bronwyn’s time at Essential Energy gave her extensive experience in the utility industry, including responsibility for Essential Water in Broken Hill, and in the related environmental duties and obligations that arise from having the second biggest electricity network in the world spread across regional NSW. Bronwyn is also a former elite athlete, having represented Australia in two sports. She has been a co-host of ABC Local Grandstand with Tim Gavel for over a decade, and is a board member of the Canberra Raiders NRL Club. She has served on several other boards and board committees, and enjoys continued involvement in charity and volunteer work.

Experience

  • Commonwealth and NSW legislative drafting (including the NSW Electricity Supply Act and the Commonwealth ASADA Regulations – National Anti-Doping Scheme)
  • Drafting submissions and appearing to give evidence in public and private Commonwealth Senate Inquiries and Estimates
  • Responsibility for provision of legal services at Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), member of working groups for strategy, policy and corporate planning
  • Drafted, negotiated and finalised World Anti-Doping Authority compliant anti-doping policies for the 85 Australian Sports Commission recognised sports and additional 30+ unrecognised sports
  • Privacy officer for NSW Statutory State Owned Corporation in relation to State and Commonwealth legislation; privacy responsibility for Commonwealth government agency
  • Responsibility for FOI for Commonwealth and NSW government entities
  • Creation and implementation of full suite of procurement documents for Essential Energy’s corporate, electricity, gas and water businesses (including $6.2bn upgrade of NSW electricity network)
  • Responsibility for document management system in Corporate Counsel role at Essential Energy
  • Creation, ongoing management and subsequent refreshment of Legal Services Panel at Essential Energy 

Leadership

  • Director, Canberra Raiders Board
  • Director, Menslink
  • Executive Board Committee Member – ‘Send Hope Not Flowers’
  • Member, Carbine Club of ACT
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, Law Council of Australia – Business Section
  • Member, Australian Corporate Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association
  • Member, Women on Boards
  • Volunteer, Red Cross Telechat and Telecross programs
  • Mentor, University of Melbourne Law School
  • ACT Office for Women - Government Women’s Director Scholarship 2010
  • University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni Award 2008
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers’ Association Young Achiever Award 2006
  • ACT Attorney-General’s Advocacy Prize 1997