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Joanna leads our injury claims team. She also has a growing corporate governance practice and works closely with organisations to minimise and manage their risk in this area.


Joanna joined Mellor Olsson in 2003 and became a Partner in 2008. She started her career practicing predominantly in negligence claims.

Joanna frequently conducts internal investigations on behalf of employers, a practice which combines her skills and experience in both corporate governance and employment law. This work involves identifying and managing risks, the development of policies, procedures and structures, reporting findings and recommendations to stakeholders and liaising with external third parties, such as government agencies, on behalf of clients.

She consults to businesses and industry bodies on corporate governance and Directors' duties and provides training in these areas at both Board and individual level. Joanna regularly undertakes Board and Director performance evaluations and structure reviews.

She is a Facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Company Directors Course for Day two "The Board's Legal Environment" together with day five “Achieving Board Effectiveness”.

Joanna’s current board positions include Chairman of South Australian Produce Markets Limited where she also serves on the Finance, Audit and Governance Committee, Non-Executive Director of the Beston Global Food Company where she also is appointed Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, and Non-Executive Director of the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. She is also a sitting member of the National Sports Tribunal and the SANFL Player Payment Investigation Committee.

Her previous board experience includes Chair positions for Australian Vignerons (formerly Wine Grape Growers Australia and now Australian Grape & Wine Inc), Brain Injury South Australia and the Julia Farr Housing Association. Her previous Non-Executive Director roles were with Adelaide University Business School Advisory Board, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Uniting Communities and Crime Stoppers SA.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance


  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Course
  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health Science