Senior executives

Senior executives

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Louise Glanville

Chief Executive Officer

Louise commenced as Managing Director in October 2018. She has extensive experience across the justice, social services, and government sectors. Prior to her appointment at Victoria Legal Aid, Louise was the chief executive officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Before this, she spent three years as deputy chief executive officer at the National Disability Insurance Agency. She was the inaugural Director of Victoria’s Neighbourhood Justice Centre, and has worked for the Victorian Public Advocate, the Victorian Department of Justice, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, as well as local government, academia, the private sector, and ministerial offices. Louise holds qualifications in law and social work.

Associate Director, Aboriginal Services, Alan Dewis

Alan Dewis

Associate DIrector, Aboriginal Services

Alan commenced as Associate Director, Aboriginal Service in November 2019. He is a proud A Malu Ki ai and Samsep man from the Torres Strait who is a lawyer with over 20 years' experience in the justice system, in a variety of roles including policy design and delivery, community engagement, legal advocacy and policing. Prior to his appointment at Victoria Legal Aid, Alan was the Manager of Aboriginal Policy and Engagement at Family Safety Victoria where he led the development of the Dhelk Dja: Aboriginal 10 Year Family Violence Agreement, an Aboriginal-led strategy built on the foundation of Aboriginal self-determination that is designed to ensure Aboriginal families and communities are strong, safe, thriving and living free from family violence.  

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Cameron Hume

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs
Executive Director for Wimmera region

Cameron was appointed Director Research and Communications in October 2013. In December 2014 he became Victoria Legal Aid's first Director Corporate Affairs. He has worked at the Department of Justice, Victoria, in project, policy and operations management roles relating to law reform and administration of the justice system. He also spent several years as a management consultant working across research and evaluation, strategic planning, and organisational and operational reviews. This work spanned a range of social policy and operational portfolios including justice, human services and the community sector. Cameron holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management.

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Dan Nicholson

Executive Director, Criminal Law
Executive Director for Western suburbs region

Dan Nicholson commenced as Executive Director, Criminal Law in January 2018 and was formerly our Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity. He joined Victoria Legal Aid as the Associate Director of Access and Equity in May 2012. Prior to joining Victoria Legal Aid he managed the Human Rights Unit at the Victorian Department of Justice, was Associate to Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal, and worked at Fitzroy Legal Service. He has also worked on a range of human rights issues in Cambodia and Timor-Leste. He has been a commissioner with the Victorian Law Reform Commission since 2018.

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Dianna Gleeson

Executive Director, Legal Practice

Dianna commenced as Executive Director, Legal Practice, in June 2019.  Prior to joining VLA, Dianna was a managing principal solicitor of the Constitutional and Advice team at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO). Dianna’s experience also includes managing various litigation teams at VGSO and the legal team at the Office of Chief Examiner, working in commercial private practice and at a community legal centre.  

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Nicole Rich

Executive Director Family, Youth and Children’s Law
​Executive Director for Gippsland region

Nicole commenced as Director Family, Youth and Children's Law in August 2013 and was formerly our Director Research and Communications. She is experienced in developing legal research and policy, including as the former Director Policy and Campaigns at the Consumer Action Law Centre, and has practised in the private profession and community legal centres. Nicole has also served on a number of public interest Boards including as Chairperson of CHOICE (the Australian Consumers’ Association) from 2013–2017.

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Peter Noble

Executive Director, Services and Innovation

Peter was appointed Executive Director, Services and Innovation in August 2016 and is based in Bendigo. While commencing in private legal practice Peter’s career has been predominantly in the community legal sector, establishing Bendigo’s Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, and championing Australia’s Health Justice Partnership movement. Peter now manages Victoria’s $31 million Community Legal Services Program and line manages VLA’s Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Frankston, Mildura, Ringwood and Warrnambool offices. Peter sponsors our Aboriginal Services program and leads a service design team focused on data-driven planning, user experience and addressing postcode disadvantage. Peter joined the Board of the Victoria Law Foundation in 2018.

Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity, Rowan McRae

Rowan McRae

Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity
Executive Director for the Goulburn region

Rowan joined the Equality Law Program at Victoria Legal Aid in 2016. Prior to joining Victoria Legal Aid she worked at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, in the Offices of International Law and Constitutional Law at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and as Associate to Justice Hayne of the High Court. She has also practised in the private profession and on legal development projects in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She holds a Masters of Law.

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Stephen Kendall

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Stephen joined Victoria Legal Aid as Acting Chief Financial Officer in December 2018. He was previously the manager of Budget Development and Strategy for the Department of Justice and Community Safety in Victoria and has held senior financial roles in government and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked broadly within the department and has been involved in major reform projects, particularly within the Emergency Management sector. Stephen holds a degree in Business (Accounting) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Matthew Dale will commence as Chief Financial Officer on 9 July 2019.

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Tim Marsh

Chief Counsel

Tim joined Victoria Legal Aid as a Senior Public Defender in 2011, after eight years at the Criminal Bar and commenced as Chief Counsel, VLA Chambers in August 2013. Tim was formerly a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions. Tim appears regularly in Supreme Court and County Court trials and appeals and has developed an extensive practice in mental impairment and unfitness matters and homicide work. Tim was a member of the Victorian Law Reform Steering Committee for the VLRC reference into mental impairment and is a past legal member of the Mental Health Review Board. Tim has appeared as counsel in a number of significant Court of Appeal matters clarifying the law and procedure relating to mental impairment and unfitness to be tried matters, and was lead counsel in the decision that overturned the controversial ‘baseline sentencing’ provisions. Tim has a keen interest in workplace health, safety and wellbeing and is the Chairperson of VLA’s HSW Committee.

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