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Thu, 23 May


Hall & Wilcox

Melbourne | Panel Event: The Elusive Social Licence

Join us for an interactive panel discussion on 'The Elusive Social Licence' in infrastructure projects, with particular reference to the energy sector. Our panel of industry leaders will unpack what it is, how you get it, how you keep it and what the future might look like.

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Melbourne | Panel Event: The Elusive Social Licence
Melbourne | Panel Event: The Elusive Social Licence

Time & Location

23 May 2024, 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Hall & Wilcox, Level 11, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

About the event


Meg Lee is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox specialising in planning and environment law. She has over 25 years’ experience advising clients in the government, retail, residential, health, industrial, water and energy sectors. She advises on environmental and planning approvals, liabilities, and statutory regulation for major infrastructure, property developments and commercial transactions. Meg brings a pragmatic perspective to legal problems and is as an organised problem-solver, able to explain complex legal issues in plain English. Meg is a Board Member and Vice-President (Legal) of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association. She is a recommended lawyer in Doyles Guide to the Legal Profession in Australia in their list of 'Leading Environment & Climate Change Lawyers (Victoria) 2020-2021' and 'Leading Town Planning & Development Lawyers (Victoria) 2019-2021'.



Sabiene Heindl is the CEO of the Energy Charter - a unique coalition of like-minded energy organisations with a shared purpose and passion for customers and communities. Previously in the CEO Office at Energy Consumers Australia, Sabiene has held a range of senior leadership roles across the energy, telecommunications, media and legal sectors focused on transformational change. With a background as a corporate lawyer, she holds an Executive MBA from Brown University (USA) and IE Business School (Spain), BA Laws (First Class Honours) and BA Int Business. She is passionate about inspiring human-centred decision making and outcomes in the energy transition. 

Bridget Ryan is the Director Policy and Industry Engagement at RE-Alliance and leads their work to raise the voices of communities to build stakeholder alliances and to influence governments, renewable energy and grid industries across eastern Australia. Bridget has two decades of stakeholder engagement and advocacy experience on renewable energy policy issues from roles in the private sector, government and peak bodies including ARENA, the Clean Energy Council, Pacific Hydro and GreenSync. Bridget is passionate about accelerating the renewable energy transition to address climate change and about the need for this to occur in partnership with people and communities. Bridget has a Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Utilities Management) from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Arts/Asian Studies from the ANU.

Chris Sounness is the CEO of Wimmera Southern Mallee Development . The organisation led by Chris supports and encourages the sustainable development of the Wimmera Southern Mallee region. He has a deep understanding of key issues facing both farmers and regional communities particularly in Western Victoria and utilises his strong network with farmers, agribusiness, rural communities and government to attract new investment, develop existing businesses and promote the Wimmera's sustainable development opportunities. In addition to a B.A.Sc. Hons, Biology, Chris holds Masters degrees in Arts - Organisational Communication and Marketing - Agribusiness. 


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