The Space Law Council of Australia and New Zealand is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of members, who manage the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the SLC-ANZ.
Directors are appointed for a term of one year by the membership of the SLC-ANZ.
Joann is a Senior Associate and corporate lawyer at Lander & Rogers, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. As a former medical radiation scientist treating cancer patients, she is passionate about creative problem solving, achieving collaborative solutions and continuous learning. A keen interest in space law led to the completion of the first Space Law and Policy course at Harvard University's Summer School, despite the time difference, and she is motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the Australian space community. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering at community legal centres, running and cooking for friends and family.
Daniel graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts in 2022. He is a Law Graduate at Macpherson Kelley Lawyers and has a keen interest in the areas of commercial, intellectual property and technology law.
Daniel began his involvement in the Space Industry as a founding member of the Australian Youth Aerospace Association’s Astra Program, an online transdisciplinary program developed for students and young professionals to engage with Australia’s space industry. He served as the inaugural Deputy Director of the program for 2 years. From there he joined the Melbourne Space Program’s Regulatory Team, focusing on launch regulations. Daniel previously assisted the Space Law Council of Australia and New Zealand as Communications Coordinator before joining the Board as Deputy Chair in 2022.
Dr Stacey Henderson
Dr Stacey Henderson is Senior Lecturer in Law, College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University. She has a keen interest in the protective capacity of law, including international law generally, responsibility of States, and governance of outer space and space technology. Her current research focusses on space law, particularly commercial space activities and sustained human presence in space, and on the secondary duty on the international community under the responsibility to protect (R2P) populations from atrocity crimes.
Alex is a passionate space engineer and leader, and has worked on and led a wide range of missions from Australia and New Zealand, including catching rockets out of the sky with helicopters, a mission to the Moon, developing a medium lift rocket, and setting up Australia’s first licensed commercial spaceport with the Koonibba community in South Australia. He currently operates TVD Industries, a space consultancy and engineering firm, and is the Space Industry Engagement and Program Manager for FrontierSI, a not-for-profit organisation providing government, research, and commercial partners with expert guidance and capabilities in the spatial and space sectors across Australia and New Zealand. As a Director of the SLC-ANZ, Alex hopes to highlight the impacts that laws and regulations have on engineering decisions, system design, and space operations, in order to bridge the gap of understanding that often divides lawmakers and technical people. Although originally from Melbourne, Alex currently resides in Auckland, and spends his free time exploring the latest restaurants, sailing, barbecuing, and reading.
Dr Rebecca Connolly
Dr Rebecca Connolly is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer and leads the Space Law program at the University of Sydney Law School. Rebecca holds an LLB, LLM and a PhD in Law. Her research focuses on the legal governance of outer space relating to militarization, commercialization and sustainability. Rebecca has also guest lectured at Harvard University. She has been published in international space law journals and is currently writing for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Planetary Science. Rebecca is the 2023 Thawley Scholar in International Security and will undertake research at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington DC) and the Lowy Institute on space policy and national security. Rebecca recently participated in the UNOOSA virtual project on ‘Awareness-raising and capacity-building related to the implementation of the Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities’. She has also volunteered for the Australian initiative ‘Women in Space Mentoring Network’.
Dr Annie Handmer
Annie is the Satellite Policy and Industry Engagement Manager at Optus Satellite and Space Systems. She is also an Honorary Affiliate at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science, in the School of History and Philosophy of Science. She researches and writes about space policy, space law, and space debris.In addition, Annie is currently serving as the International Astronautical Federation’s International Programming Committee Co-Chair for the International Astronautical Congress 2024, Milan, and 2025, Sydney. Annie has experience working in finance, central government, and the private sector. Prior to Optus, her most recent roles were as a product manager with a startup which used satellites to do in-space imaging, and contracting to NSW Government doing futures and foresight analysis for how technology will impact society in the next decade.
The Board is supported by the Company Secretary. The Company Secretary is appointed by the Board.
The current Company Secretary is Joel Lisk. Joel has been the SLC-ANZ's Company Secretary since the SLC-ANZ's establishment. Joel is responsible for maintaining the SLC-ANZ's membership records, providing support to the Board, and attending to corporate compliance and governance matters.
The SLC-ANZ is further supported by Charlie Howard, Communications Coordination. Charlie manages correspondence with members, including the preparation and release of the regular members' newsletter.
The SLC-ANZ thanks its former Directors for their contributions to the SLC-ANZ.
Previous Directors of the SLC-ANZ have been:
Scott Schneider (Director 201-2023)
Brette Schumann (Director 2021-2022)
Joel Lisk (Director 2020 - 2022)
Sasha Bellamy (Chairperson 2021 - 2022), (Director 2020 - 2021)
Professor Melissa de Zwart (Director 2021 - 2022)
Paul Monaghan (Chairperson 2020 - 2021)
Noelle Hurley (Director 2020 - 2021)