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Claire Naidu is a senior associate at law firm elringtons
where she manages the family law practice.
"It is the most satisfying thing to see my clients, who have
been through troubling times, smiling and happy with
how the legal process has delivered a new way of life for
them," she said.
"Practicing in family law means that you are constantly
exposed to highly emotional and stressful situations.
"There is not the mutual respect between parties for
individual goals that we see in other areas of the law.
"Yet this is part of the attraction for me as I have to be at
my very best for my clients at all times, remaining calm
and measured while others may become less reasonable.
"Also the development of new areas under family law,
such as surrogacy, are both exciting and challenging as
new precedents are set."
Outside of the practice of law, Claire enjoys many outdoor
activities including having recently qualified as a soccer
P: 6206 1309
As Kate's business name suggests, face2face
Recruitment is about retaining the human side of
recruitment in an industry that is becoming increasingly
It's a philosophy that has already won recognition in the
form of the Australian Small Business Champion Award --
Recruitment Services 2010.
For Kate, the most satisfying part of her role is identifying
a candidate's personal attributes, regardless of what they
look like on paper, and placing them in a rewarding role.
As Kate says to clients looking for staff, "you can teach
someone the right skills, but finding someone with the
right attitude should be the ultimate goal.
In a candidate short market, we need to think laterally
and be innovative when attracting and hiring employees.
Organisations also need to have an excellent retention
P: 6163 7500
Claire is the Principal Urban Planner with ACT Planners
Pty Ltd -- a wholly owned and operated Canberra based
company. Claire is a leading urban planner in the ACT,
with more than 30 years experience and has a deep
understanding of the region's planning frameworks. Her
particular expertise and interests are concerned with
integrated urban management, with a focus on population
health and an inter-sectoral approach to achieving
sustainable developments. In particular, the known
potential for places and spaces to have both positive and
negative impacts on the health outcomes of people, as
evidenced by worldwide research, informs and influences
all planning endeavours undertaken by ACT Planners.
Claire is currently part of the multidisciplinary team
providing input and advice on 'Loop', a sustainable
development project with the Belconnen Fresh Food
Markets at its heart. 'Loop' was conceived by Canberra
based family business, Rock Development Group and
will combine residential, commercial and retail spaces in
an innovative and sustainable way.
Principal Urban Planner
ACT PLANNERS PTY LTD
PO Box 4317 MANUKA ACT 2603
M: 0416 258184
Former HIA Business Partner of the Year and second-
degree black belt in Taekwondo, Bronwen has combined
her flair for business and love of martial arts into a career
that is almost certainly one-of-a-kind.
Working with her black belt husband Craig, Bronnie visits
schools and workplaces, running self-defence seminars
and team building sessions for people of all ages and
Bronwen said that martial arts was a necessary life skill.
"People need self-defence skills for the same reason that
they need fire extinguishers in their kitchen, or first aid
certificates," Bronwen said.
"It's unlikely you'll ever need it, but if you do you'll really
Synergy works with secondary schools, colleges,
businesses and government departments throughout
P: 0402 221 015
Director of team building
and training solutions,
corporate and education
SYNERGY SELF DEFENCE
Your first impression of Christine will be that she is
different to other real estate agents -- no prepared scripts
or pressure sales tactics. Colleagues that have worked
with Christine the past 30 plus years will tell you she is
genuine, trustworthy, loyal, enthusiastic and ethical, as
well as a natural organiser. Nine years at Brisbane City
Council, five years in the private sector, and 16 years in the
Commonwealth Government working variously in human
resources, overseas aid and multi-faith community harmony
initiatives has given Christine a distinctive skills set.
Within the first two years in real estate, Christine became
a member of the Top Ten Agents of Luton and has received
a number of acknowledgements. These awards include
the Luton Sales Achievement / Newcomer Award, the
winner of two government tenders to sell surplus housing
stock, writing the Luton Green Policy that resulted in Luton
winning the 2009 and 2010 REI ACT Innovation Award,
and writing the winning REI ACT Training and Development
Award. Christine is now a Licensed Agent, and together with
her assistant Laura Newbery, ensures clients realise they
can expect more from their agent.
P: 0405 135 009
Melissa Abberton has been the CEO of law firm elringtons
since 2008. Prior to this, Melissa worked in merchant
and retail banking in one of the world's largest accounting
practices in both Australia and London, and in the IT
"I really enjoy the different challenges the legal profession
presents, especially in a unique market like Canberra,"
"I believe that the legal profession presents many
opportunities for women as there seems to be less
gender bias than we may see in other fields of work.
After all, we see women occupying senior judicial roles
as well as management roles in law firms such as
"As a firm we are particularly proud that elringtons has a
strong female presence among both our senior legal staff
as well as in a number of management roles."
As well as being a busy CEO, Melissa is a wife and
mother with two school aged children, and her family
keeps her happy, amused and active.
CML Building, 17-21 University Avenue, Canberra
P: 6206 1347
Chief Executive Officer
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