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Meet our team

Anna, Victoria Civil lawyer (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I am a legal practitioner from Sydney and came on board with Your Story Disability Legal Support in February 2020. I am based in Melbourne at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and will be travelling around Victoria to help people engage with the Royal Commission.

Before this, I spent 3 years living in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, about 500km north of Alice Springs, where I worked as a lawyer with victims of domestic violence at the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit. I am passionate about engaging with communities to improve outcomes for people experiencing hardship and adversity.

Before becoming a lawyer, I studied and worked on social impact documentaries in Sydney, which I see as another important tool for social change and challenging the status quo. I am looking forward to supporting people to share their stories with the Royal Commission, and for the Commission to lay down a pathway for change that will lead to a more inclusive society that is safe for all.

Brittany, Outreach coordinator (with National Legal Aid)

I have worked at Legal Aid NSW since early 2018, I was motivated to seek a job at Legal Aid as a result of my upbringing in South-Western Sydney where there is a high proportion of socially and economically disadvantaged people.

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in December 2019. Working with people with disability is a cause very dear to my heart as my brother has duchenne muscular dystrophy. I am proud to be part of a service that strives to give help to people with disability in a conscious and trauma informed way.

Most of my spare time is spent cooking, eating or planning my next travel destination!

Carla, SA Legal coordinator (with National Legal Aid)

I live in Adelaide, South Australia and started working for the Legal Services Commission in 2014 in an administrative role. But,I was also studying and in 2016 I was admitted as a lawyer. I currently hold a Bachelor of Laws degree and I am admitted as a practitioner in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

In 2016 I moved from my administrative duties to the role of a legal advisor for the Legal Services Commission. In this role I provided daily legal advice in civil, family and criminal law matters and developed many skills and experience in helping clients, many of who were people with disability or who were experiencing domestic and family violence and elder abuse. I regularly worked with interpreters and with people with complex and challenging personal circumstances.

I was also a member of the Legal Chat group which is an online platform allowing clients to communicate online and request information and/or legal help. I am passionate about facilitating access to justice.

I started my current role as the SA Your Story Disability Legal Support coordinator in the Legal Services Commission in April 2020, and look forward to being a part of Your Story Disability Legal Support team.

Danielle, Social worker (with National Legal Aid)

I have worked as a Social worker in 3 different NSW health services for over 15 years. My work has been in community and inpatient settings-medical, trauma, cardiac and mental health. But, my main specialty has largely been within Adult Mental Health services. One of my sub-specialties was teaching dialectical behavioral therapy skills to clients, who had borderline personality disorder.

Aside from my longstanding career as a social worker, I used to sing in a band and did my first triple pirouette at aged 21. But, those days are long gone, as most of my time is taken up with raising a young family and trying to escape to the country or seaside.

David, Tas Jurisdiction solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in July 2020. I have previously worked as a customer service officer at Centrelink, and as a duty solicitor at the Hobart Magistrates Court.

I come to this role from (an almost) 3 year stint as a mental health and disability solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania. This role involved representing people with mental illness, and cognitive disability in hearings about whether they would be permitted to make their own decisions. I was exposed to the systemic vulnerability and disadvantage experienced by people with psychosocial and cognitive disability, even when engaging with services set up for their benefit.

I pursued this position because I hope the Royal Commission can empower people with disability to control their own lives and inform the development of the law to better serve the interests of people with disability. The Royal Commission is the result of years of hard work and advocacy and could mark a turning point for disability rights in Australia. I am very proud to be part of that effort.

Dayle, Vic Jurisdiction solicitor (with National Legal Aid)—Tue and Wed

I was admitted to practice in 2016 and I have spent the last three years with Victoria Legal Aid as a Legal Help Lawyer. Before starting my career as a lawyer,  I worked as a restorative justice practitioner for the Department of Justice in Queensland (where I grew up), and for Corrective Services in Western Australia. I also worked for Tasmania prison service as a policy officer before leaving the workforce for several years to have my two children and to complete my law degree. We are now very much settled in Melbourne.

Before I joined Victoria Legal Aid, I spent a year as a volunteer at Flemington Kensington Community Legal Service where I worked with the police accountability project. I also volunteered at the Disability Discrimination Legal Service over that time.

I am so happy to have joined Your Story Disability Legal Support. I feel privileged to be part of a team that is committed to providing better access to justice for people with disability, particularly during the uncertain period we are living in now, in 2020. I know I will learn a lot from my new colleagues, including my job-share partner, Michelle Bowler.

Eleanor, NSW/ACT Civil lawyer (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I grew up in Sydney and studied Law and Art Theory at the University of New South Wales and College of Fine Arts. 

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in March 2020. Before this, I worked at a community legal centre as a generalist lawyer. I loved going to our outreach services and developing relationships with the clients and communities in our catchment. Before this, I worked in policy and human rights - mainly in the areas of disability discrimination, racial discrimination, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights. I strongly believe that everyone has the right to access quality legal services and hope that my work can play a role in achieving this.    

Fiona, Manager stakeholder relations (with National Legal Aid)

I feel very privileged to work for Your Story Disability Legal Support (Your Story) and have been in the role since January 2020. I'm committed to finding ways to encourage people to access our service and resources and to continuously improve how we deliver our service.

I have extensive international (including a short stint in Afghanistan) and local experience in the fields of government policy, stakeholder engagement and complaint management, primarily carried out in the criminal justice sector. I also have expertise in police misconduct and corruption.

I have a hearing loss and wear two hearing aids. I would love to get more experience in Auslan.

Hayley, WA Civil lawyer (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I was born in Melbourne, and grew up in Perth. I studied a Bachelor of Communications at ECU, where I developed a curiosity for the social sciences. I went on to do a Juris Doctor at Murdoch University, where I specialised in areas of law specific to vulnerable members of our community.

I completed my Practical Legal Training requirements at The Humanitarian Group. I then volunteered and was employed as a solicitor at Women's Legal Service WA, practicing in family law, family violence, criminal injuries compensation, and care and protection matters.

I am currently employed as a solicitor in the civil law and human rights unit at the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA and have now expanded my role to join Your Story Disability Legal Support.

I am looking forward to working together with the First Nations community to support and empower people to tell their stories.  I am also excited to meet new and like-minded people across the community and sector. 

Ingrid, Infoline team leader (with National Legal Aid)

I have worked in the Legal Aid Queensland contact centre since 1999 where I started as a client information officer, then moved into a peer coach role and for the last 15 years have been in a managerial role. The main reason I applied for the role back in 1999 was because I have always been a social justice advocate volunteering for Amnesty International and also previously working for the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.

I’m from a non-English speaking background, moving to Australia when I was 26.

My late husband had Motor-Neurone Disease, which meant we had to have dealings with numerous organisations and managing the emotional roller coaster we were experiencing. This is one of the reasons I’m passionate about working for the Your Story Disability legal support service.

I feel very fortunate to work with the Your Story Disability legal support client information officer's who are all very passionate and highly skilled and work extremely well together as a team.

Yoga and meditation are part of my life as part of my self-care.

Jacinta, Mobile solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I joined Your Story in August 2020 as a solicitor. I'm based in Sydney, where I completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Juris Doctor at Sydney University. I interned with the Federal Court's international law program, and after being admitted to practise in 2016, spent three years working with asylum seekers, refugees, and domestic violence victims, both in Australia and in Papua New Guinea. I also volunteered with child asylum seekers in Myanmar and Thailand. Most recently, I worked with a private company, running NDIS and character cancellation appeals in the AAT. I love doing anything active, and on the weekends you'll usually find me on a bushwalk, snorkelling, or falling over in yoga.

I'm passionate about ensuring that justice is accessible to people of all colours, backgrounds and abilities, and I'm grateful to be part of Your Story. It it is a privilege to be  learning more about the disability space from such incredible people.

Jack, Client information officer (with National Legal Aid)

I joined the Your Story Disability Legal Support Team in July 2020. Previous to this, I worked at Legal Aid Queensland as a client information officer and have been a national trainer in hospitality. I have always loved working with, and alongside people. I have completed a Bachelor of Laws and Creative Industries.

For the past 12 months, I have volunteered with an organisation working with children needing extra support outside of the classroom. I am extremely passionate about working with people and advocating for social justice. I am continuing my studies within sectors helping communities who may have limited access to justice and social services.

Jake, National coordinator Your Story Disability Legal Support (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I grew up in Melbourne and studied community development at Swinburne and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing, Economics & Finance) at RMIT.

I have been and continue to be a project coordinator, community development worker & disability advocate, with experience working in disability advocacy and support.

My more recent work has involved coordinating projects which aim to:

  • build the capacity of organisations to be more accessible and inclusive
  • empower individuals through self-advocacy, participation and co-design of resources
  • work with government and organisations towards increasing the participation of people with a disability in employment and volunteering.

Jane, SA Community Legal Educator(with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I am a descendant from the Njaki Njaki / Willman Aboriginal clans from Western Australia. I married a Ngarrindjeri Man from Raukkan Aboriginal community South-East of Adelaide, South Australia.

I have been involved in Education and Health in South Australia for over 30 years. As an Aboriginal Elder I bring with me cultural knowledge, skills and experience of diversity within South Australia Aboriginal communities.

I have worked with Nunkuwarrin Yunti through the R.T.O. People Development nit delivering their national accredited courses as well as delivering all short courses to Government and non-government organisation. I am now working with the Aboriginal legal rights movement as part of Your Story Disability Legal Support.

Jo, Client information officer (with National Legal Aid)

I joined the Your Story Disability Legal Support in March 2020.

For the last 6 years, I have worked across Legal Aid Queensland in various teams including the Family Dispute Resolution team, and Litigation support to lawyers and frontline services.

I have worked closely with police, social workers, community organisations and other stakeholders to give information and support to vulnerable people.

I have worked in frontline services for over 12 years and am passionate about helping to build the bridge in connecting people most in need. I’ve worked in various locations including remote and rural. I’m excited to continue this journey with Your Story Disability Legal Support."

Jo, NT Legal coordinator (with National Legal Aid)

I grew up in Sydney and studied Arts/Law at UNSW. I then worked in commercial litigation at Minter Ellison and completed a clerkship with the Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum at the Supreme Court of NSW.

In 2015, I moved to Darwin and worked as a civil lawyer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency for 3 years. Most recently, I worked in the Louisiana Access to Justice Department in the United States, working with stakeholders to support children, persons with a disability, and self-represented litigants across Louisiana.

I returned to Australia, and the NT, in early 2020 to join the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission as part of Your Story Disability Legal Support.

Joanna, Qld Civil lawyer (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I grew up on the South Coast of New South Wales, near Jervis Bay, and worked in personal injury law at Slater + Gordon Lawyers for eight years.  During this time, I completed a Master of Health Law at the University of Sydney.

I then moved to Cairns and worked as a core member to the multi-disciplinary high-risk domestic violence response team.  In this role I gained wide-ranging knowledge and experience in recognising and responding to domestic violence, which developed into a passion for advocating for victims.

In 2018 I started working as a solicitor for the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS), practicing in the areas of domestic violence, family law and child protection.  As part of this role I had the opportunity to travel throughout the Cape providing legal advocacy and community legal education to Indigenous communities throughout Far North Queensland. I remain employed by QIFVLS and am now part of the Your Story Disability Legal Support team.

Josie, Tasmania, Civil lawyer (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I am a Northern Territorian. I grew up in rural Darwin and completed my Law degree in Darwin. I started working as a lawyer at a Territory firm and worked mainly in employment and workers compensation law, acting for severely injured people suffering great hardship and consequential mental health problems. Before that I had worked in the Supreme Court as a Judge's Associate and as a law clerk for a prominent Aboriginal andin         human rights barrister and advocate. Through this I was involved in helping people in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the early stages of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support when I moved to Hobart in February this year. I am very excited about the role and the opportunity to help empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with a disability.

Kate, Mobile solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I studied Law at the University of Sydney. Following graduation, I worked for a Judge at the Supreme Court of NSW and went on to work as a lawyer for the Commonwealth public service for a number of years. Since 2015 I have worked at a community legal centre and in various roles within Legal Aid NSW. I have volunteered in Australia and overseas on a number of social justice projects.

Katrina, Infoline director Your Story Disability Legal Support (with National Legal Aid)

I started with Your Story Disability Legal Support as part of the original project team in September 2019. I joined the Your Story project team from my role at Legal Aid Queensland where I look after the legal information and advice services including our client contact (call) centre.  I have been working at Legal Aid Queensland for over 15 years now representing parents, children and young people in the area of child protection. Before joining Legal Aid I was the principal lawyer at the Women's Legal Service Queensland and I also worked at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service for a number of years.  

I became a lawyer because I passionately believe that everyone should have access to the legal help they need. At Your Story we have been looking at ways to reduce bureaucracy and paperwork, increase accessibility and incorporate trauma informed processes into our service delivery. I love working at Your Story and I'm looking forward to working with the national team to keep on improving and expanding our services.

Kelly, Client information officer (with National Legal Aid)

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in November 2019 after completing a Bachelor of Laws. As well as a legal qualification, I also hold a Bachelors’ in Education and Human Services and have carried out both paid and volunteer roles within these fields.

Over the past year, I have worked and volunteered with Basic Rights Queensland—who give advice and advocacy for social security and disability discrimination matters. I have also volunteered with LawRight, a community-based legal service helping clients with referrals to specialist pro-bono legal advice and representation.

I worked in education for many years, as a teacher and in other roles. I also worked with the Department of Child Safety. My passion is to collaborate with, and advocate for, the people I work with.

Lachlan, Client information officer (with National Legal Aid)

I joined the Your Story Disability Legal Support team in March 2020 after working at Legal Aid Queensland in the Contact Centre starting in 2019. Before being in these roles, I worked in hospitality and retail and have always loved talking with, and creating positive experiences for each person I help. I am currently studying a dual degree of a Bachelor of Justice and a Bachelor of Laws. The aspect of my job I enjoy the most is having meaningful interactions with people and doing all I can to help everyone to the best of my ability. I am passionate about social justice and am hoping to work in areas of law that help those who are most vulnerable in our community. 

Mark, Mobile solicitor (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I am a proud descendant of the Yawuru peoples from Broome Western Australia and the Gunggandji peoples from Yarrabah in Cairns of Far North Queensland, though I was born and raised on Larrakia country in Darwin, Northern Territory.

I currently hold a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Accounting, and in 2018, I was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. Before joining the ALS NSW/ACT as part of Your Story Disability Legal Support, I worked within the legal sector within the ALS and Government in the Northern Territory and more recently with the Healing Foundation.

I look forward to working everyone in the team and getting out into communities (when COVID19 is over) to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities have the opportunity to share their story and experiences with this Royal Commission.  

Megan, WA Jurisdiction solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I grew up in West Gippsland, Victoria and worked in child protection in both frontline and policy, and with vulnerable young people in refuges. I moved to Kalgoorlie, WA more than 20 years ago and worked as local area coordinator in the Goldfields region for the Disability Services Commission.

I took a break from paid work to have my family.

After moving to Perth more than 10 years ago and following the kids all being full time in school, I returned to study law, graduating in 2012.

I have since worked in both private practice and in community legal centres across the areas of employment, civil, migration (women experiencing family and domestic violence on temporary visas) and crime (people experiencing or at risk of homelessness; women experiencing family and domestic violence at risk of homelessness). I am passionate about vulnerable people being seen, heard, supported and included in our community.

Working at Legal Aid Western Australia as part of Your Story Disability Legal Support, I look forward to being part of the wider network helping people to engage with the Disability Royal Commission.

Michelle Bowler, Vic Jurisdiction solicitor (with National Legal Aid)—Mon, Thurs, Fri

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in July 2020, in a job share capacity with my colleague Dayle. We are based at Victoria Legal Aid. I have worked at Legal Help, Victoria Legal Aid, for many years, giving information and advice to callers including callers to prisoner legal help and disaster legal help. before joining Victoria Legal Aid I worked in several community legal centres. I also worked for One Parent Families, a charity in the UK helping single parents. I live in Ballarat, Victoria. I have 4 young children including a child with a disability. In my spare time I teach yoga and I am particularly interested in making yoga accessible and teaching trauma sensitive yoga. I am currently enjoying working from home, especially when my kids are at school, and am excited to be a part of Your Story Disability Legal Support.

Oliver, Mobile solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Service in July 2020.

I studied Arts/Law at UNSW and then worked as a policy graduate at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's department, including promoting law and justice in the Pacific. After stints as a university tutor and at the Public Defenders office NSW, my most recent role was as a project officer and advocate at People With Disability Australia. I help people with disability with issues like health, housing and safely giving evidence to the Disability Royal Commission.

I am a proud person with disability, and I am passionate about disability rights. In my career I have strived to work toward social justice. Working at Your Story Disability Legal Service enables me to use my legal skills for a cause I care deeply about.

Rachael, Infoline project officer (with National Legal Aid)

While I was born in central Queensland, I have spent the majority of my life living and working in Brisbane. Being Queensland born and bred, I am a staunch Maroons supporter!

I have been working with Your Story Disability Legal Support since it started operation in September 2019.  Before this, I worked mainly in client service roles with Legal Aid Queensland and have done so for the past 25 years.  A strong social conscious and desire to support vulnerable people in need has always been, and remains, my motivation.

Since starting with Your Story Disability Legal Support, I have been involved in establishing the information line and overseeing the client information officers who work on that line.  As a team, we continue to strive to ensure the information line operates in a trauma informed and culturally safe way and that we provide quality information and advice services to people wishing to share their experiences with the Royal Commission.  I am acutely aware of the importance of this Royal Commission for people with disability, their supporters and carers and I am proud to be part of a service which supports them to share their story.

Rachael, Mobile solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in November 2019. For the 3 years before that, I worked across Legal Aid NSW in various other teams. In the domestic violence unit I worked closely with police, social workers, community organisations and other stakeholders to provide a trauma informed service to people experiencing domestic and family violence. As a relief lawyer, I travelled to remote and regional locations across NSW, meeting people from all walks of life, giving them advice, minor assistance, legal information and casework.

I have Law and Psychology degrees from Macquarie University and in 2018 graduated with a Master of Laws. I continue to have a keen interest in psychology and am continuing studies in this area.

Sara, NT Civil lawyer (with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services)

I grew up Darwin and have lived in the NT ever since bar a brief sojourn to the Gold Coast for University. Before joining the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) as part of the Your Story Team, I worked in various roles for the Northern Territory Government. Most recently, I managed a team that collated and reported against my former agency's progress on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

My job is to give legal advice, information and community legal education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people and children in the Northern Territory who may have information and wish to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. I moved to NAAJA to take up this role and am very excited to progress the important work of elevating the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability.

Shelley, Administrative support (with National Legal Aid)

I have been with Your Story Disability Legal Support since its inception in September 2019. My working background includes client focused service and legal resource and executive support roles within Legal Aid Queensland over the last 13 years.Currently, I provide administrative support to the team, which includes collecting data, analysing and producing statistical reports (you can find me in any remote corner of the office pouring over excel spreadsheets) and contributing to operational solutions that meet both client needs and the service's strategic objectives to ensure the delivery of an effective, trauma informed legal service.

Sifa, Senior mobile solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I moved to Australia in 2003 to study Law in Perth. I came to Sydney after I graduated and now proudly call it home.

My career has broadly focused on dispute resolution, initially working in private firms. In 2015 I started my first role in the public service, as a senior lawyer in the Office of solicitor assisting in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I have worked in the public sector ever since, including at the Disability Royal Commission before I joined Legal Aid NSW and Your Story Disability Legal Support.

I am passionate about access to justice for vulnerable people in our society. I also volunteer in my community, including working with young African-Australian women to ensure that their lived experiences are recognised and represented in key national conversations.

Silva, Project officer (with National Legal Aid)

I have a history of frontline service delivery experience and leading teams across the NSW Justice department with previous experience in Corrective Services, Juvenile Justice, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal & NSW Trustee and Guardian. I am now on secondment to Legal Aid for the Royal Commission period as the Your Story project officer.

A proud advocate of women in martial arts. I also worked and lived in Japan for a number of years, working with and training the Tokyo riot police at the World Headquarters of Yoshinkan Aikido. There I lobbied for and was one of the first women worldwide to be allowed & accepted into an elite international 1 year, full time instructor training program run, by the International Yoshinkan Aikido Association in conjunction with the Japanese riot police organisation.

Will, Mobile solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I joined Your Story Disability Legal Support in February 2020. Before this, I worked in other areas of Legal Aid NSW, working with vulnerable clients across NSW, and before that, I worked for courts, community legal centres, universities, and private law firms.

I have law, arts and international relations qualifications and I am admitted as a solicitor in NSW.

Throughout my working life I have always focussed my energies on improving access to justice for those who need it most. I have worked closely with people with disability, newly arrived migrants and refugees, prisoners, and vulnerable workers. I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to access and enforce their rights, and it is this fight for equity that motivates me to get the best outcome for my clients.

Zara, ACT Jurisdiction solicitor (with National Legal Aid)

I grew up on the Gold Coast, then moved to Canberra for university, where I studied Law/Science at the ANU. After graduating, I returned to the Gold Coast to start working in a small criminal law firm. I moved back to Canberra in 2018 and started working at Legal Aid ACT in the general practice. I mainly worked in National Disability Insurance Scheme matters, family violence, victims of crime, and mental health and guardianship. I started in my role as the Legal Aid ACT Jurisdiction solicitor for Your Story Disability Legal Support at the start of 2020. I am looking forward to this role in supporting access to justice for people with disability, particularly for those in the local Canberra region community.