The Board

Alex
Grell
President Alex has been involved with ICON for almost four years serving on both the Hong Kong Committee and the Board of Directors. He was elected Association President in October 2015. As President, Alex chairs a Board of Directors dedicated to the provision of a professional development and engagement network for sales, marketing and communications practitioners working for the leading professional services firms in Asia Pacific.

Alex is the Asia Pacific Pursuits Leader for EY based in Hong Kong and has been with EY for nearly six years. He has over 18 years professional services sales and major pursuits campaign management experience and has forged a career spanning private companies, public companies, a private company through IPO, a partnership and not-for-profit organisation across Europe, Asia and Australia.

Alex is a keen sportsman and fanatical follower of football, rugby and cricket.
Fraser
McNaughton
Vice President Fraser McNaughton has been a member of ICON for five years having initially joined the NSW Committee before his Board appointment in 2013. In his current role as Director, Fraser is responsible for securing sponsorship for ICON’s varied regional programs.

Fraser is the Director of Business Development at Grant Thornton Australia having joined Grant Thornton after his arrival in Australia. Fraser is an experienced and passionate business development and sales professional who has also worked across financial markets, digital media and insurance industries in the United Kingdom.

Outside of work Fraser enjoys quality time with his family, travel, playing football and watching every sport going.
Phoebe
Guo
TreasurerPhoebe joined the ICON board in 2016. Based in Melbourne, Phoebe is a China (CICPA) and Australia certified public accountant and works as a director in KPMG Australia's practice focused on capital markets, audits and financial reporting and M&A transactions.
Jason
McKenzie
Secretary Jason has been a member of ICON since 2000 and served on the Queensland committee for several years before joining the Board of Directors in 2013. Jason is one of two Board sponsors for the Regional Committee Succession Planning Project.

Jason is a partner at Katanya, an international consultancy, specialising in digital strategy and branding. Starting in advertising and publishing and moving into digital marketing and brand management, he has over 15 years’ experience in professional services marketing and prior to joining Katanya, was director of online marketing for PwC's global brand and communications.

Jason is based in Brisbane where he also serves on the committee of Alliance Française de Brisbane and is proud of being part of the re-establishment of the Queensland Literary Awards.
Lucia
Halliburton
Director Lucia is an experienced services marketer whose skills in sales, marketing and client management and strong stomach were established in the medical and not-for-profit sectors prior to joining the professional services sector a decade ago. At the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office Lucia is responsible for driving a business development culture and innovation in a public sector legal office of approximately 130 lawyers in a competitive legal market. Prior to joining the VGSO, Lucia was responsible for managing key clients, running client pursuits and tenders across the government, pharmaceutical, financial services, insurance and retail sectors in both large national and mid sized commercial law firms. Lucia continues to develop her knowledge of the sector through active involvement in the professional services marketing community and spent seven years as and active member of the ICON Melbourne committee.
Katrina
Lamaro
Director Katrina has been involved in ICON for the last seven years, having served on the NSW Committee for much of this time. In her more recent role as a Board member, she has been actively engaged in providing support to ICON’s headquarters.

With more than 20 years’ professional experience (much of this gained through the professional services and media sectors), Katrina is currently responsible for marketing and brand globally for GHD, working closely with the regional teams and General Manager, Strategy. She also leads the Corporate Marketing and Communications team. Katrina joined GHD in 2011 and prior to this, had senior roles with both Thomson Geer Lawyers and Ashurst (Blake Dawson).

Katrina has a strong appreciation for good red wine and enjoys spending the small amount of free time she has with friends and family.
Kristian
Joyce
Director Kristian has been a member of ICON's board since 2013. Based in Singapore, Kristian currently leads Allen & Overy's business development and marketing team across the ASEAN region. Prior to joining Allen & Overy in 2011, Kristian enjoyed several business development roles at Freehills, spanning over a decade.

With over 15 years’ experience working in the professional services industry and having sat on ICON's NSW committee from 2010 to 2011, Kristian enjoys good relationships with many professional services marketers and has a solid understanding of the professional development and peer liaison needs of ICON's membership base.
Lisa
Nixon
Director Lisa joined the ICON Board in 2014 after serving on the Queensland Committee for six years. This year she is Co-Chair of the ICON Australia and New Zealand Conference Planning Group and is one of two Board sponsors for the Regional Committee Succession Planning Project.

Lisa is a Director of BBS Communications Group which is a multi-disciplinary consultancy working across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region. A former journalist, she has 25 years’ experience in media and communications and advises organisations on reputation management, brand marketing, stakeholder engagement and change management. She’s an animal lover who has served on the Board of the RSCPA in Queensland, a classical ballet devotee and an avid cricket watcher.
Nick
Moore
DirectorNick was elected to the Board in 2016. He has been involved with ICON since 2014, initially serving as Chair of the Hong Kong Committee where he also presides over the association's flagship annual Asia Conference. Part of Nick's Board role involves providing support for ICON's latest chapter in Shanghai.
Nick has over 15 years’ experience working in professional services. Based in Hong Kong, he leads business development in North Asia for Clyde & Co, a rapidly expanding global law firm. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2013, Nick was based in London.
In addition to being a music aficionado, Nick is a keen footballer and cyclist.
Sunil
Patel
Director As the National Business Development Manager, Russell McVeagh in New Zealand Sunil is responsible for progressing firm-wide business development initiatives and advises on key areas of strategic importance relating to the operation and management of growth to the firm. He became a member of the firm's senior management team in 2009, after joining the firm in 2005.

Prior to working in the professional services sector, Sunil held positions in both New Zealand and the UK, including a national role with a financial services company and Sky Television.

Outside of work his passions include fine wine, travel, skiing and when time allows, cycling.
Richard
Scott
Director Richard has served on the ICON Board for four years, having previously been involved with the ICON Victorian Committee and the ICON Australia Conference Planning Group. He has held the role of Secretary for the past 2 years and in 2012 and 2013 was the Chair of the Australia Conference Planning Group.

After eight years leading the business development and marketing teams at mid-tier law firms, Richard joined Deloitte in 2015 as Business Development Director in the Deloitte Private business with a strong focus on the sales process and exceptional client relationship management.

Prior to working in professional services sector, Richard held marketing and business development roles at a retail cooperative and a large member association.Outside of Deloitte, Richard spends time with his young family, at the Box Hill Tennis Club, is a self-confessed bad surfer and enjoys attending the odd music gig.
Penelope
Thomas
Director Penny has been involved in ICON for over 3 years, starting as a Committee Member in the Victorian Chapter, before moving to Singapore and joining the committee there. Penny then led the Singapore Chapter as the Singapore Chair for over 18 months, bringing the chapter from the post start-up phase to one of ICON's most successful new chapters, before joining the ICON Board of Directors in 2016.

Penny has over 10 years' experience in business development, client engagement, marketing and communications in the professional services sector and has worked for large professional services firms in Australia and Singapore.

Currently based in Singapore, Penny is the Head of Business Development, Asia at Ashurst, a leading international law firm. At Ashurst, Penny is responsible for driving the business development and client engagement strategy for Ashurst's regional offering, across 6 offices in Asia.

Outside of Ashurst and ICON, Penny is a keen traveller and loves good food, yoga and the occasional triathlon.
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