Our board

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Patrick Lunn | Chairperson


On 6 November 2014, Patrick was first appointed Chairperson of the Legal Aid Commission for a term of three years. The Minister for Justice re-appointed Patrick for a further three year term commencing on 6 November 2017.

Patrick graduated from the University of Tasmania with the combined degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in 1995.
Patrick has practiced in commercial litigation since 1995 where his practice has included debt recovery, estate disputes, partnership, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, professional negligence claims and residential and commercial tenancy disputes.

Patrick became a member of the board of management of Plane Tree Studio Inc. in 1997 and has been a Chair of its Board of Management since 1998.

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Vincenzo Caltabiano | Director


On 13 May 2019, Vincenzo commenced as Director of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania for a term of five years.

He was admitted to practise law in 1992 after graduating with a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

Vincenzo spent 17 years in private practice, including seven years in his own firm, focusing on family law and criminal law.

Vincenzo joined Legal Aid Tasmania after almost 11 years at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) where he undertook a range of roles including seven years in the criminal law program, as a duty lawyer, Manager of the Advocacy Team and as the inaugural Summary Crime Program Manager. Vincenzo has experience in conducting complex indictable and summary crime matters and Detention and Supervision Order cases.

In more recent years Vincenzo conducted the Review of Legal Aid Child Protection Legal Services at VLA and was then appointed Associate Director, Child Protection Transformation at VLA.
He holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management (2017 University of Melbourne), served on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law from 2011 to 2019 including three years as President.

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Julia Higgins


On 2 May 2017, the Minister for Justice appointed Julia Higgins to the Board for a term of three years.

Julia graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined degree of Bachelor Commerce and Bachelor of Laws in 2001. Julia has practiced family law at the Launceston law firm of Bishops since August 2002. Julia specialises in all the areas of family law (Children and Financial matters) as well as appearing in the child protection jurisdiction.

Julia is a committee member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Launceston Women’s Shelter. In the past, she has been the Northern Representative on the Law Council of Tasmania, and was for many years President of the Northern Young Lawyers Committee.

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Naomi Walsh


On 27 July 2017, the Minister for Justice appointed Naomi Walsh to the Board for a term of three years.

Naomi has a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Business from the University of Tasmania. Naomi is currently the Executive Manager of Virieux Group and Rosevears Developments and brings business, managements, risk management, corporate governance and financial expertise to the Board.

Naomi has been an Executive Manager of a hospitality group and also a finance manager for a road construction company. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Gavin Wailes


On 15 January 2018, the Minister for Justice appointed Gavin Wailes to the Board.

Gavin graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2001, has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and is a member of CPA Australia.

Gavin is currently the Acting Director of Finance with the Department of Justice and has previously worked for the Departments of Treasury and Finance, Police, Fire and Emergency Management and for the Tasmania Prison Service in a variety of accounting and management roles.

Last updated: 26/06/2019