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 & Principal Lawyer - Hannah Phillips
  • Operations Manager - Kellie Dean
  • Community Engagement & Program Manager - Lee-Anne Carter

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

  • Daniel Hall
  • Tracey Dance
  • Lisa Lydon
  • 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, Jessica Stewart, Tom Hallett, Evie Melrose, Katri Sallinen, Nathaniel Lau
  • Admin support: Jemma Goldsmith, Myra Mackey, Teegan Smith

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: Georgie McDermott, Nikki Smith

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

  • Indigenous Remand & Reintegration Officer - Amanda Ripper
  • Justice Policy Partnership Officer - Eva Davidson

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

  • Managing Lawyer - Emma
  • Lawyer (North and NW) - Carmen
  • Senior Case Manager - Kate
  • Client Coordinators - Sonia (North and NW)
  • Operations & Project Support - Cynthia

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

  • Michelle Roughley
  • Jackie Freeman and Wendy Thomas
Team Flinders Island
TALS team at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (July 2022)