Our Team

TALS employs a group of skilled, experienced and passionate staff who are dedicated to supporting local Aboriginal communities.

Executive team

  • Acting State Manager- Hannah Phillips
  • Acting Principal Lawyer - Alan Hensley
  • Operations Manager - Kellie Dean
  • Community Engagement and Program Manager - Lee-Anne Carter

Aboriginal Liaison Officers facilitate the intake and eligibility process and provide non-legal support to clients. Our team includes:

  • Team Leader - Lisa Lydon
  • Daniel Hall
  • Tracey Dance
  • Carolyn Wright
  • Jasmine Thomas

Criminal Law team represent and support clients in a range of summary and indictable criminal matters. Our team includes:

  • Senior Lawyer Hobart - Alan Hensley
  • Senior Lawyer Launceston - Ben Ashman
  • Senior Lawyer Burnie - Julia Ker
  • Lawyers: Rosie Battaglene, April Vandermeer, Katri Sallinen, Jessica Stewart, Tom Hallett, Nathaniel Lau
  • Admin support: Jemma, Myra, Teegan, Georgie, Coorinna

Family/Child Safety/Civil team represent and support clients in a range of parenting, child safety and civil matters. Our team includes:

  • Senior Lawyer & Your Story Lawyer - Josie Short
  • Lawyers: Inga Eskirtas, Jordan Shakespear, Danielle Price
  • Admin support: Molly, Nikki

Community Engagement program team is responsible for facilitating a range of funded programs. Our team includes:

  • Indigenous Remand & Reintegration Officer - Amanda Ripper
  • Community Legal Education - Dani
  • Bail Support Program Manager - Lucas Tolputt

SiS is our dedicated Family Violence Prevention Legal Service. Our team includes:

  • Managing Lawyer - Emma
  • Lawyer (North and NW) - Carmen
  • Lawyer (South) - Jade
  • Senior Case Manager - Kate
  • Aboriginal Education and Community Coordinator - Sonia
  • Admin Support - Jaymie

Corporate Support team provide finance, human resources and office management support. Our team includes:

  • Michelle
  • Jackie
Team Flinders Island
TALS team at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (July 2022)