National Migration Conference Presenters


Andrew McKellar

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Andrew McKellar is the chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) – the nation’s largest business organisation, representing employers of every size and sector in Canberra, across the country, and around the globe.

Under Andrew’s leadership, ACCI champions policies that enable businesses to innovate, invest, and grow, promoting Australia’s economic strength and international competitiveness.
His current appointments include membership of the board of Australian Made Campaign, the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration, the Respect@Work Council, and the World Chambers Federation General Council.

Previously, Andrew served as secretary general for mobility at the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, based in Paris; chief executive of the Australian Trucking Association; chief executive of the Australian Automobile Association; and chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Earlier in his career, Andrew worked in government, serving as a senior adviser to successive federal industry ministers. He also worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Commonwealth and Queensland treasuries.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. 


Jenny Lambert

Policy and Research Advisor, Accommodation Australia 

Jenny Lambert has over four decades of experience in policy and advocacy, with a particular focus in the tourism and hospitality sectors.  She commenced her industry association career as the industrial and research officer at the national office of the AHA followed by project manager and deputy CEO for the tourism industry training advisory body.

Jenny took on her first CEO role as head of Restaurant & Catering NSW and then national R&CA.  Jenny then headed up three industry bodies, being Meetings & Events Australia, Nursery & Garden Industry and the National Tourism Alliance.  

For the last decade, Jenny served as a policy director with one of Australia’s peak business bodies, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, specialising in skills, migration and employment and served on the 457 visa review panel in 2015.  Jenny joined Accommodation Australia in July this year as their national policy and research advisor.   


Sarah Bevan 

Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers, Principal

Sarah Bevan was admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales in 1999 and obtained specialist accreditation.  She established Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers in 2002 and has always practised exclusively in all aspects of family law, including areas such as surrogacy, international cases and cases involving complex structures.

Sarah is also an Accredited Arbitrator, NMAS accredited Mediator, a Collaborative trained lawyer and on the panel of Independent Children's Lawyer. She is a regular presenter of continuing legal education in family law.



Steph Cousins

Talent Beyond Boundaries 
Steph Cousins is Global CEO of Talent Beyond Boundaries. Steph has over 15 years of experience in human rights, humanitarian and development advocacy and leadership. She has led advocacy and external affairs teams at a number of non-profit organizations, including Amnesty International Australia and Oxfam Australia. She has worked extensively on refugee policy issues and with refugee communities in Australia and globally. Steph is a Churchill Fellow and has a Masters of Public and International Law, a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. 


Dr Bridget Cullen

Administrative Appeals Tribunal 

Senior Member Dr Bridget Cullen was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 2017 and sits predominantly in the Migration and Refugee Division. She is the National Practice Leader, Procedure and Practice, for the MRD and is the Chair of the Migration and Refugee Division’s Professional Development Committee. Prior to her appointment to AAT, Dr Cullen spent 7 ½ years as a Legal Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Dr Cullen was admitted to the New York Bar in 1995 and the Queensland Bar in 2000. She is a Nationally Accredited Mediator, and registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, with law degrees from both the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She enjoys teaching, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith Law School, where she teaches evidence law.



Professor Joanna Howe

University of Adelaide 
Professor Joanna Howe is a Professor in Law at the University of Adelaide and a consultant with Harmers Workplace Lawyers.

Professor Howe holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2021, Dr Howe was appointed by the Minister for Immigration to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. In 2019, she was appointed as the Australian representative to an International Labour Organization (ILO) working group on temporary labour migration. Professor Howe is a leading expert on the legal regulation of temporary labour migration.


Cliff Bingham

Cliff Bingham is Assistant Secretary of the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch of the National Skills Commission. He leads the Commission’s work to advise on issues affecting the state of the Australian and international labour markets, and how these affect Australia’s current, emerging and future workforce skills needs. He has worked across a number of Australian Public sector agencies for more than 20 years, including on long-run demographic and labour productivity analysis for the Department of the Treasury and on outcomes-focused performance measurement for the Australian Taxation Office.


Emily Winch
Senior Director, Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
Department of Home Affairs
Emily Winch has over 16 years’ experience working in a regulatory, legal, compliance and law enforcement context in the Commonwealth Public Service. 

Emily was appointed as the Senior Director of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority in June 2022. In this role, Emily is responsible for delivering the Government’s priority to protect consumers of migration advice services. Emily has implemented core strategic initiatives and driven a change agenda to position the OMARA as an effective Commonwealth regulator. 

Prior to this, Emily managed the Department of Home Affairs’ integrity functions in order prevent, detect and respond to internal fraud and corruption risks. Emily has extensive experience in leading teams to conduct criminal and administrative investigations.   Emily has several years of practising experience as a senior legal advisor within the Commonwealth. Emily has a proven ability in researching, interpreting and implementing legislative frameworks and providing complex advice on various areas of law including criminal, employment, information and administrative law.  Emily has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Law and Legal Practice. 


Christian Bell 

Migration Manager
Christian Bell is an experienced sales manager with over 20 years of experience in commercial sales consultation. Now responsible for managing sales globally, he has been part of the Migration Manager team since 2015.Having introduced Migration Manager to more than 1000 businesses, Christian specialises in identifying client needs and creating tailored software presentations. Christian made it his goal to ensure that our client experience is informative and smooth during the transition from enquiry to implementation of our software. It’s his belief, that firms who understand the power of Migration Manager from the outset will become satisfied clients for life.


Ashwin Tyagi MMIA

Founder - Immigration Hotspot
Ashwin Tyagi is the Founder and Registered Migration Agent at Immigration Hotspot. Since 2021 he has been a Committee Member (Co-Opted) VIC/TAS – Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). Ashwin has co-hosted many critical member support sessions over the years such as Victoria & Tasmania Government Skilled Migration updates amongst others. Ashwin has also been the Finalist – Young Professional of the Year, India Australia Business & Community Alliance (IABCA) in 2016.

Ashwin is a Board member of the Ananda Sangha Australia, a spiritual not-for-profit organisation. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law & Practice, Australian National University (ANU) and a Bachelor of Business, jointly conferred by Cornell University, USA & RMIT, Australia. After more than 13 years of experience in the recruitment and luxury hospitality industries in Australia, Ashwin registered as a Migration Agent in 2015 and has been practicing since. Ashwin is well-regarded amongst migration professionals and is known to help others on professional forums and at support sessions. 


Associate Professor Laurie Berg 

Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Laurie Berg is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, and Co-Executive Director of Migrant Justice Institute, Australia’s first national research and policy organisation dedicated to addressing migrant worker exploitation. Laurie is one of Australia’s leading legal researchers on migrant workers’ rights. Over the past decade she has led numerous national and global research teams on migrant workers’ access to justice for wage theft, technology for migrant empowerment, migrants’ housing rights and the impact of COVID-19 on temporary migrants.


Helen Duncan LMMIA

Helen Duncan has been a registered migration agent since 2000 and most recently was Immigration Director at Newland Chase, based in Brisbane. Prior to becoming an agent Helen spent 10 years working in the Department of Immigration including three years as Senior Migration Officer in Los Angeles. Helen previously taught at ANU in the Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and is a Life Member of the MIA


Phillip Yip FMIA

Phillip Yip is an accredited specialist in Australian immigration law awarded by the Law Society of New South Wales with over 25 years of experience.

He is the principal director of Phillip Yip & Associates Pty Ltd and he leads an outstanding Australian based specialist immigration law team that assists local and overseas businesses seeking business and corporate immigration solutions for foreign nationals as well as private individuals with various visa and citizenship needs.



Julie Williams FMIA

National President, MIA
Julie Williams, is a Fellow and the current National President of the MIA, and has been a member of our organisation for the past 24 years. Julie has been on the MIA Board of Directors since the end of 2018 and a member of the NSW State Committee for the past 8 years.

Julie is a Registered Migration Agent and Founder and Owner of Migration Downunder operating out of both NSW and Victoria. Whilst Julie is a current Sydney resident she prefers not to be considered a Sydney-sider having been raised in country NSW and born in Adelaide, Julie has a passion for the regions and has been seen to be migrating further south seeking to take up permanent residence on the Mornington Peninsula.


Reuben Saul

WA State President, MIA
Reuben Saul is a Partner at Estrin Saul Migration Specialists, Western Australia's largest immigration law firm. With an impressive track record in Australian immigration law, Reuben brings substantial expertise across a diverse range of migration matters from securing work visas and labour agreements for businesses, to assisting individuals with family reunion and refugee applications.

He regularly represents clients in review tribunals and the Federal Courts and has an exceptional understanding of government processes and document procurement. Reuben currently serves as the WA President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and often delivers training sessions on complex migration matters to Registered Migration Agents and lawyers.


Sally Baker

Associate Professor of Migration and Education, Australian National University
Sally Baker is an Associate Professor of Migration and Education at the Australian National University. Sally’s teaching and research interests centre on equity in higher education, particularly the educational access, pathways, and experiences of students with forced migration backgrounds. Sally is the founder of the Refugee Education Special Interest Group for/with students from refugee backgrounds  


Leanne Stevens ASM, FMIA
The founder of Emergico, Leanne Stevens  is a leading migration agent in Australia.  Her knowledge and understanding of this intricate subject is extensive. She has helped thousands of people successfully navigate the complicated migration waters since 2007.  Leanne specialises in Business visas, including the new Global Talent and Entrepreneur visa streams.

With an extensive background in healthcare including over 25 years as an Intensive Care Paramedic and Senior Manager with Queensland Ambulance Service, Leanne brings a wealth of life experience to her practice that she says has shaped the emotionally sensitive, situation specific and client-focused style Emergico is known for throughout the industry.


Ahmad Shady

Senior Practitioner/Manager (Immigration)
Ahmad Shady is a Senior Practitioner and Manager for Immigration matters at Longton Legal. 

Ahmad is a highly regarded migration agent in Australia, and is often consulted by peers about complex or difficult cases. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law from Australian National University.


Jason Stott

First Assistant Secretary
Pacific Labour Operations (DEWR)
 Jason is the First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Labour Operations in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR). He is responsible for domestic operations for the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme. 

Prior to this appointment, Jason was the inaugural Chief Operating Officer at NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. A Member of Executive Leadership Team, Jason led the development of a sustainable, nationally consistent enterprise, assisting to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services, promoting safety and quality services, resolving problems, and identifying improvements. 

Jason is an experienced Senior Executive having led major commonwealth programs, policy development and implementation, portfolio coordination, service delivery and corporate strategy in departments of state and commonwealth agencies. His experience spans portfolios as diverse as Foreign Affairs, Employment and Social Services. Jason always leads with a positive impact on culture and the workforce. 

Jason led teams deployed to scrutinised international disasters including the Bali tragedy, the Middle East evacuation, and the Christchurch Earthquake. During this time, he won a national award for excellence for Indigenous Youth Servicing. He is currently the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Indigenous co-champion. He is an active reservist who has deployed on domestic and international operations. In 2012, he was awarded a commendation for outstanding professionalism, dedication to duty and commitment. 

Jason has a long-standing commitment to supporting Indigenous staff. He is a Jawun Program alumnus and previously worked with Indigenous communities in Cape York and Southeast QLD.  Jason holds a Bachelor of Social Work and completed the ANZSOG Executive Masters’ program. He also completed Australian Defence Force Command and Staff College (regional) and the Souder School of Business’s flagship leadership course at the University of British Columbia. 


Nick Poynder

Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Consistently recognised in the Immigration Category of the Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers in Australia from 2012 to 2017, Nick maintains a solid migration law practice. He also practises in the areas of anti-discrimination law and family law. Nick has appeared as junior counsel in notable decisions in the High Court of Australia and provides high quality advice and representation as sole counsel in other courts and tribunals, including the Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court of Australia, and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (General Division and Migration & Refugee Division).

The nature of these matters ranges from legal issues which might arise during the processing or cancellation of visas, to applications for the review of decisions to refuse or cancel a visa. Prior to being called the Bar, Nick practised as a legal adviser to asylum-seekers in Port Hedland (Western Australia), locum practitioner with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Alice Springs (Northern Territory) and later co-ordinator of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Sydney. He was also a Senior Legal Officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney. Nick is the current author of the Judicial Review commentary in the LexisNexis Australian Immigration Law Service. Admitted to the Bar in both Victoria and New South Wales (and maintaining a practice in both jurisdictions), Nick holds a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania. He was one of the first migration agents to be registered in Australia.


David Prince

Principal Solicitor, Kinslor Prince Lawyers
David Prince graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws.  Since 1995, David has practiced extensively in all areas of primary visa application, merits review and judicial review and has established a reputation for successfully solving difficult immigration cases. He is regularly consulted by barristers, solicitors and migration agents on complex issues of immigration law. Since 2010 David has been a Principal Solicitor with Kinslor Prince Lawyers in the Sydney CBD (

David is also a Member of the Immigration Lawyers Committee of the Law Council of Australia.  Through the Law Council, he participates in national debate on immigration law and policy and contributes to Parliamentary submissions and he was the Chair of the body between 2017 - 2019.
Between 2007 and 2017 David was a lecturer with the Australian National University Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and Practice course. He has been writing and presenting seminars on all aspects of Australian migration and citizenship law for many years for the universities, legal bodies and many other CPD and entry level course providers. 

In 2003 and 2006 David edited the Immigration, Citizenship, and Passports Chapters of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and has also authored the Citizenship and Migration sections of Australian Encyclopaedia for Forms and Precedents.   David has been voted as amongst Australia’s finest specialist immigrations lawyers in the Australian Financial Review in all years between 2008 and 2023.


Katie Malyon

Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal 
Katie is a Member of the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division, having transitioned to the AAT on 1 July 2015 following her appointment to the MRD/RRT in Sept 2014.  Prior to this, Katie was an Executive Director for 2 years of EY’s Global Immigration team.  This followed successful establishment of her own multi-award winning corporate immigration law firm in 2005 which was recognised in the BRW's Fast 100 in 2010.  Katie was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Award NSW in 2012.  

After initially working as a geography and PE teacher in Brisbane and Jakarta, Katie commenced her legal career with Clayton Utz following her admission to the Supreme Court NSW in 1986.  Fifteen years (and 3 children) later, she became a Partner at boutique employment law firm Australian Business Lawyers.    

Katie is currently on the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.  She served as an Advisor to the College of Law’s Migration Agents Capstone course from 2017 – 2022 and has been a member of multiple professional committees.  She was Vice-Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Immigration Law Committee 2013 - 2014 and was a Director of the Migration Institute of Australia from 2011 - 2013 and 1996 - 2000.  The latter included 2 years when the MIA was appointed to regulate the migration advice profession.  Katie was also the NSW Law Society’s representative on the Department of Immigration’s Client Reference Group 2006 – 2014 and was the legal representative on the Government’s 2014 Azarius Review into the 457 visa program.  Katie is proactively engaged in formal mentoring programs facilitated by the AAT, NSW Law Society though its Women’s Mentoring Program and Young Lawyers Mentoring Program as well as UNSW’s Women’s Mentoring Program.  She is passionate about passing the baton to those who have a professional growth mindset.      



Dr Anne Webster 

Federal Member for Mallee, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health 
Dr Anne Webster is the Federal Member for Mallee and Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health. Dr Webster studied a BA, majoring in Sociology and History, concurrently studying a Bachelor of Social Work, with Honours (La Trobe). In 2018, she completed a Ph.D at the Australian National University in Sociology.

Before entering politics, Dr Webster was a social worker and a non-profit executive with a special focus on working with vulnerable families.
In her first of term of parliament from 2019, Dr Webster’s first focus was to hold stakeholder meetings across the electorate to develop a regional healthcare policy – something she is continuing to work on to this day under her portfolio.

During her first term in Parliament, Dr Webster achieved $2 billion of funding for Mallee, including highway upgrades, sporting infrastructure, health infrastructure, education infrastructure and water management funding among many other priority areas. Prior to holding the Regional Health portfolio Dr Webster was also the Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Development.


Chris Johnston MMIA

Immigration Lawyer, Work Visa Lawyers
Chris Johnston is an Immigration Lawyer and has been involved with migration work since 2006. From 2006 he worked for a specialist migration business and then a migration law firm up until 2011. In June 2011 Chris founded Work Visa Lawyers®.


Associate Professor Anna Boucher

Chair of Discipline, Government and International Relations
Associate Professor Anna Boucher is a global migration expert as it intersects with public policy and comparative politics. She is the Chair of the Discipline of Government and International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences.  Her research covers immigration, gender and racial diversity, inequality and labour market and regulatory change as well as skill selection of migrants. She has written three books on migration that cover skilled immigration, gender diversity and workplace exploitation.  


Mark McCrindle

Social Analyst and Demographer 
Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is a recognised thought leader in tracking emerging trends influencing society. As Principal of McCrindle, a renown demographer and futurist, he has developed his reputation across two decades as an award winning
social researcher, best-selling author and social commentator. Mark has appeared across all major television networks, radio and print media, and has twice been invited to speak at TEDx events. He has presented thousands of keynotes and workshops in all major industries including, finance, technology, health, mining, energy and education for Australia’s top brands and organisations. Mark speaks with expert authority on topics such as future trends, leadership, customer engagement, generational change and business insights. Mark brings a fresh approach to his research-based boardroom briefings, executive workshops, strategy sessions and keynotes.


Jordan Nguyen

Founder and CEO, Psykinetic
An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordan Nguyen designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change. He also shares his adventures through documentaries across the world. Inspired by human endeavour, Jordan has big ambitions to see our world step consciously and creatively into a better future.

Jordan is Founder and CEO of Psykinetic, a social business creating futuristic, inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life for disability, aged care and beyond. Dr Jordan and his team have successfully created a mind-controlled wheelchair, numerous Virtual and Augmented reality applications, inclusive gaming, an instrument that enabled a friend with cerebral palsy to perform live music with her eye movements and blinks, and devices that make it possible to control household appliances or even drive cars using only the tiny electrical signals created from eye movements.


Anke Nagel 

Registered Migration Agent and Migration Law Specialist, Ward Keller
Anke Nagel ran her own migration agency in Alice Springs for 10 years before joining the Ward Keller team in July 2019.
‘As the business owner, I found I was spending more time managing the business than on what I love to do, which is the actual migration work.
‘Now, with Ward Keller, I have a competent and professional support team and get to do more of the work I love’, she said.
Anke is originally from Germany and moved to northern Belgium as a child. She came to Alice Springs in 1990.
‘I travelled to Alice as a tourist on a ‘bucket list’ trip, and I met my future husband here so stayed’, she said.

After 10 years with the NT Tourist Commission, Anke took maternity leave then decided to study migration law. She now helps clients with skilled worker applications, employers sponsoring people to come to Alice and even with similar love stories to her own.

Servet Brennan  

Business, Industry and Regional Outreach and Engagement, Department of Home Affairs 
Servet Brennan