Carmel Mulhern commenced her role as Group General Counsel of Telstra in January 2012. Carmel is responsible for providing legal advice to Telstra’s Board, CEO and senior management. She manages one of the largest in-house corporate legal teams in Australia, with members also located in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, London and New York. Prior to this, Carmel was the Telstra Company Secretary, responsible for continuous disclosure, compliance, corporate governance and communication to Telstra’s 1.4 million shareholders. She has played a key role in the partial and full privatisation of Telstra (T2 and T3) and the two $11bn National Broadband Network (nbn) transactions signed with the Commonwealth Government and nbn co.
In 2015, Carmel was named General Counsel of the Year at both the Australian Law Awards, the Association of Corporate Counsel Awards and the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. In 2016 she was named in The UK Financial Times Global General Counsel 30.
Carmel joined the Telstra legal team in July 2000 after a successful career at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King Wood Mallesons). She has previously held the positions of Associate to Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia (the first female High Court judge) and Associate to Justice Philip Cummins of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has taught at Monash University on directors’ duties and advanced corporations law. Carmel is the author of two legal texts on criminal law and prosecution of corporations.
Carmel is a member of Telstra’s Ethics Committee, a member of the St James Ethics Advisory Council and a Director of Justice Connect. She is the founding Chair of the ACC Australia GC100, a member of Chief Executive Women in Australia and a member the General Counsel 50, part of World 50 Inc.
Carmel holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Laws from Monash University. She has three children and lives in Melbourne.