Carmel Mulhern is Telstra's Group General Counsel. Carmel is responsible for providing legal advice to Telstra's Board, CEO and senior management. Carmel manages one of Australia’s largest in-house legal teams, with lawyers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, London and New York. Prior to this, Carmel was the Telstra Company Secretary reporting to the Board and responsible for continuous disclosure compliance, corporate governance and communication to Telstra’s 1.4 million shareholders. Carmel joined Telstra in July 2000 as Corporate Counsel and soon became General Counsel within the Finance and Administration business unit. Carmel played a key role in the T2 and T3 transactions, Telstra's first share buyback and, more recently, the NBN transaction. Prior to joining Telstra Carmel was a senior associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne. Carmel has also held the position of associate to Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia and associate to Justice Philip Cummins of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has lectured at Monash University on director’s duties and advanced corporations law and is the author of two legal text books. Carmel holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from Monash University. Carmel is a member of Telstra's Ethics Committee, a member of the St James Ethics Advisory Council and a Director of Justice Connects (formerly PILCH VIC).