ACNC Advisory Board

From left to right; Prof Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Gina Anderson, Prof David Gilchrist, Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM, Assistant Commissioner David Locke, Tony Stuart (Advisory Board Chair), Martin Laverty, Dini Soulio. Not pictured; Fiona McLeay (Advisory Board Deputy Chair), Linda Mallet, Cindy Bravos, Dale Webster, and Assistant Commissioner Murray Baird.


The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board supports and advises the Commissioner. The Board is appointed by the Minister and consists of up to eight 'general members' with expertise in the not-for-profit sector, law, taxation or accounting, and office holders. The Board also currently consists of four ‘ex-officio members’ who are appointed to the Board because they are the holder of a specified office.

The Board's functions and powers are set out in the ACNC Act.

The Advisory Board is established by section 135-5 of the ACNC Act. General members are appointed for a term of up to three years under section 140-10. Ex-officio members remain on the Board as long as they hold the specified office.

Meeting dates

The Advisory Board will meet in each jurisdiction over a two year period and hold community forums associated with each meeting. Meetings will be held quarterly.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 11 - Friday 12 May 2017 – Perth
  • Thursday 20 - Friday 21 July 2017 – Cairns
  • Thursday 2 - Friday 3 November 2017 – Geelong

Appointment of the Board

On Thursday 5 May 2016, the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, confirmed the appointment of a new ACNC Advisory Board.

Advisory board members

  • Mr Tony Stuart (Chair/new member)
  • Ms Fiona McLeay (Deputy Chair/continuing member)
  • Ms Gina Anderson (continuing member)
  • Professor David Gilchrist (new member)
  • Mr Martin Laverty (new member)
  • Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM (continuing member)

The continuing board members have been reappointed for a period of 18 months, while the new members have been appointed for a three year period.

Ex-officio members

  • Ms Cindy Bravos
  • Ms Linda Mallet
  • Mr Dini Soulio
  • Mr Dale Webster

Information about the Board members is provided below.

Meeting summaries

After each Advisory Board meeting a summary of key matters raised is published here to provide insight into the operation of the Advisory Board.

Advisory Board members

Tony Stuart (Chair)
Tony Stuart was announced as the Chair of the ACNC Advisory Board in May 2016. Mr Stuart is the former Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA). Mr Stuart started with the NRMA in 2003 and was there until 2015, expanding it from a motoring provider into a successful mutual with a strong social purpose. In his former role as CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited, Mr Stuart’s mandate was to corporatise and privatise the airport while overseeing a major infrastructure redevelopment programme in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He has extensive experience in corporate, government, not-for-profits and charities.

Mr Stuart is involved in a broad range of community activities, including Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, Director of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout, the Executive of the Committee for Sydney, and the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.

2016, he was appointed to the ACNC Advisory Board as Chair, and also became the CEO of UNICEF Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Other general members

Fiona McLeay (Deputy Chair)
Fiona McLeay is the CEO of Justice Connect. She has degrees in psychology, criminology and law. In 2000, Fiona became the Pro Bono Coordinator as part of the Clayton Utz National Pro Bono Scheme.

She became General Counsel at World Vision Australia in 2006 and later worked in their Policy and Programs Group and Engagement Group. Fiona has served on the Boards of a range of NFP organisations, including the Human Rights Law Centre and Urban Seed. She is also currently a member of the Commonwealth Attorney General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group.

Gina Anderson
Gina Anderson is a Philanthropy Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact. She has a depth of experience as a Board Director in both executive and non executive director capacities. Gina has experience in both the private and NFP sectors. She spent 5 years between 2005 and 2010 as the Executive Director and CEO of Philanthropy Australia. Gina is also a Director of the George Institute for Global Health and Chair of Women’s Community Shelters Ltd.

Professor David Gilchrist
Professor David Gilchrist has held senior positions in the charitable and not-for-profit sector, government and commerce. He is currently Director of Curtin University’s Not-forprofit Initiative, a research group focused on industry-ready research supporting the sector. He also holds a number of roles within the sector including as a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Boards Academic  Advisory Panel, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s Not-for-profit Industry Segment Advisory Panel, chairman of Nulsen Disability Services and chairman of the Kimberley Individual and Family Support Association.

Martin Laverty
Martin Laverty is CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. A Director of the National Disability Insurance Agency, he also serves on the Board of the NSW Public Service Commission. He was formerly CEO of the national Catholic hospital and aged care network, CEO of the NSW Muscular Dystrophy Association, and head of government at The Smith Family. Martin formerly chaired the NSW Heart Foundation and two NSW disability charities. A lawyer by training, he will complete a PhD in 2016 on not-for-profit governance. He has edited two books on health, and founded the Social Determinants of Health Alliance.

Professor Myles McGregor Lowndes OAM
Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM is a Professor in the Faculty of Business at the Queensland University of Technology and Director of The Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (CPNS). He has advised and held board positions in a large variety of NFP organisations over a period of 30 years.

Myles' special research interest is the law and regulation of NFP corporations and is the author of several books and publications on such issues. He is a founding member of the ATO Charities Consultative Committee.

In June 2003, Myles was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “For service to the community by providing education and support in legal, financial and administrative matters to nonprofit organisations.”

Ex-officio members

Cindy Bravos
Cindy Bravos is the Director-General of Licensing for the Northern Territory. In this role she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and policy direction for the administration and regulation of the liquor, racing and gaming industries, business licensing for regulated occupations such as electricians and plumbers and the coordination of a whole of government approach to alcohol management.

Cindy is a former Commissioner of the NT Licensing Commission and has also held a number of senior public sector roles having served with both the Commonwealth and NT public services. Prior to her appointment as Director-General, Cindy held an international engagement and capacity building role with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, representing Australia in combating illegal fishing activities in the South East Asia and Pacific regions. Earlier in her career she held a number of regulatory and compliance roles. Cindy holds qualifications in law, international relations, leadership, change management and languages (Indonesian).

Ms Linda Mallett
Linda Mallett has over 30 years of experience in the human services sector in New South Wales in government and non‑government agencies. Ms Mallett is Executive Director, Ageing Disability and Home Care, with the Department of Family and Community Services in New South Wales. She is responsible for key reforms that will expand and improve the range of services across the sector that are flexible, responsive and individualised as NSW transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2018.

Dini Soulio
Dini Soulio is the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Liquor & Gambling and Corporate Affairs in South Australia. Mr Soulio is responsible for the regulation of charities and associations in the state as well as having responsibility for fair trading, liquor and gambling regulation and occupational licensing.

Mr Soulio’s background is in law, consumer protection, corporate regulation and law enforcement. As a legal practitioner, Mr Soulio practiced in the areas of insurance, worker’s compensation and criminal law. Mr Soulio moved to the public sector and was the Manager Border Enforcement with the Australian Customs Service before joining the Australian Securities & Investments Commission becoming Senior Manager, National Investigation & Insolvency.

Mr Soulio has been with Consumer & Business Services for the past five years and oversaw the establishment of that agency, leading the merger of the state consumer affairs and liquor and gambling agencies. Mr Soulio replaced Lindy McAdam on the ACNC Advisory Board in April 2015.

Dale Webster
Dale Webster is a General Manager in the Tasmanian Department of Justice. His current role encompasses a number of statutory functions including being the regulator for charities and not for profit bodies for Tasmania. Dale has held a number of senior roles in the Tasmanian Government, including five years as the Coordinating Member of the Disability Services Ethics Committee.