Meet our team

Our team is a mix of employees and volunteers united by a vision of a world where everyone can access justice.

Our leaders are a group of ambitious and dedicated individuals, passionate about providing access to justice through Anika Legal’s innovative service model.

Anika Legal’s Board

Denis Nelthorpe AM


Denis joined the Board of Anika Legal in June 2021 and is the organisation’s Chair. He brings a wealth of experience from over 40 years in the legal assistance sector including as the CEO of WEstjustice and other leadership roles. He is currently also the Chair of Southside Justice and the Deputy Chair of the National Consumer Advisory Committee at the Insurance Council of Australia.

Kim Shaw

Board Member

Kim is an experienced Board Director and Committee member who brings strong governance, legal, risk and strategic capabilities to these environments. She is an Executive Director and the Division Head of Personal Legal Services at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, as well as a member of the RMIT Law Advisory Board. She is also a Director of an NGO that supports sustained economic development in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the Asia Pacific including through financial literacy in schools and supporting micro enterprises particularly for women.

David Mandel

Board Member

David is a non-executive director for both ASX listed and not-for-profit organisations with a portfolio across the healthcare, technology, e-commerce and sport sectors. With a total of 15 years NED experience, David makes valuable contributions to Anika both in terms of commercial acumen, vision and to the cultural aspirations of the organisation.

Jacinta Lewin

Board Member

Jacinta brings experience in governance, business, human rights and administrative law. She is a Principal Lawyer in Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' Social Justice Practice, a board member of the Victoria Legal Services Board + Commissioner, and has Board director and Committee member experience in Social Security Rights Victoria and the Law Institute of Victoria respectively.

Michael Choong

Board Member

Michael has over seven years of experience across the technology, retail, and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently a Senior Strategy Manager at SEEK, responsible for supporting their Latin American businesses. He joined Anika Legal’s leadership team in January 2020.

Maggie Hill

Board Member

Maggie has fifteen years of specialist communications, marketing, and media experience, across varied sectors and issue complexity. She has led the corporate affairs function at a national not-for-profit organisation, worked as an executive within the Victorian Government, and as a ministerial media advisor.

Noel Lim

Board Member & CEO

Noel is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Anika Legal, and has led the founding team to become an organisation of 62 volunteers, and to receive successive AFR Client Choice Awards for Startup of the Year (2019, 2020). Noel was a finalist for the Victorian Young Australian of the Year (2023) and NFP Emerging Leader award (2023).

Our Team

Noel Lim

Chief Executive Officer

Noel drives the direction of our organisation and ensures that each portfolio is successfully managed.

Noel is the full-time CEO and co-founder of Anika Legal.

Zoe Chan

Principal Lawyer

Zoe is our Principal lawyer, and is responsible for developing and delivering the legal service we provide.

Zoe was previously a lawyer at Justice Connect, where she gained experience in civil litigation, pro bono projects, and designing user centred service improvements.

Jacqui Siebel

Head of Operations

Jacqui leads Anika’s operations portfolio, keeping the engine of our legal practice running.

Jacqui was previously a Project, Data & Engagement Lead at Justice Connect and has considerable community legal sector experience in project management, innovation, monitoring and evaluation.

Dale Walker

Head of Partnerships & Fundraising

Dale leads our Partnerships & Fundraising function, ensuring that Anika can continue to grow sustainably.

Dale has over eight years of experience in leading large, highly engaged teams and managing strategic partnerships across the private and not-for-profit sectors. Dale has a Masters of Business Administration, and a strong understanding of the donor development cycle and solicitation process, as well as how to use data to increase fundraising effectiveness.

Kawshalya Manisegaran

Lawyer and Clinical Programs Lead

Kawshalya is a lawyer, supporting our paralegals to deliver much needed legal services to Victorian renters.

Kawshalya has considerable experience as a lawyer, specialising in transport infrastructure projects. She previously worked at PwC in their Infrastructure team, and at MinterEllison in their Projects, Infrastructure and Construction team.

Luca Vari

Lead Software Developer

Luca leads the development and implementation of our tech strategy with responsibility for our tech portfolio, including websites, cloud infrastructure, data storage and security posture.

Luca is a software developer with extensive experience working with large national institutions in the cultural and heritage sector.

Lucy Majstorovic

Partnerships & Fundraising Lead

Lucy supports our Partnership and Fundraising team, working with our trusted partners to maximise Anika’s impact.

Lucy previously worked in consumer goods, where she gained experience in relationship management, marketing and analytics

Our Advisory Panel

Brendan Lacota

Lead Social Impact Programs at ANZ and Independent Consultant

Brendan is a leader in designing innovative ways to provide community services. With over a decade's experience in both the community and private sectors, Brendan advises on the intersection of service design, evaluation, project governance, stakeholder engagement, and technology.

Brendan currently leads ANZ's flagship social impact programs throughout Australia, Pacific, and New Zealand as well as providing independent consulting services for not-for-profit and for-purpose entities.

Alan Peckham

Consultant, Former Chief Administrative Officer at Herbert Smith Freehills

Alan has spent over 25 years working in the legal sector as a practitioner and in a range of executive roles, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer at Herbert Smith Freehills. Alan has been sharing his operations experience and expertise with our team.

Alan is also a senior advisor to TILT Legal, a legal tech consultancy that helps legal teams reinvent themselves by using cutting edge technology / AI, and sits on the Advisory Board of Pickering Pearce, a strategy consulting firm that provides innovative and independent advice to law firms around the world.

Gary Adler

Chief Digital Officer at MinterEllison

Gary is an experienced Chief Information and Digital Officer skilled in digital transformation, leveraging generative AI and automation platforms to create new operational efficiencies inside various business structures, IT strategy, and cyber risk strategy. He was named 10th in Australia's top digital & tech chiefs in the leading CIO50 Index.

Gary has sat on the advisory panel for software companies, start-ups, and editorials. Gary is also a Non-executive Director at AccessEAP, where he is a member of the Board and the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Matthew Segal

Technical Advisor and full-stack software developer

Matt previously led our Technology portfolio, which improved our technical infrastructure. He now provides strategic advice and shares his extensive expertise with our team.

Matt is a full-stack software developer with experience in eCommerce, disease modelling, fintech and online media.

Our volunteers

Anika’s volunteers comprise 90% of our team. They assist with cases, build our partnerships, design our services, and do our marketing.

The dedication of our exceptional volunteers make Anika’s impact possible.