Our leaders

Our Commissioner

Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Susan Pascoe, Our Commissioner

Prior to becoming the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Susan Pascoe AM was a Commissioner at the State Services Authority in Victoria (2006-2011) focusing on regulatory reform. In this role she chaired the review of the regulation of the not-for-profit sector in 2007-08, co-chaired a review of the design and governance of regulatory bodies in Victoria in 2008-09, and chaired a review of Victoria's Indigenous Employment Strategy in 2008-09. She served as one of three Commissioners on the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Ms Pascoe's earlier professional background was in education where she served as President of the Australian College of Educators, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Chief Executive of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. She chaired the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, was a Patron for the Melbourne Parliament for the World's Religions, and served on the Board of Cabrini Health and the Senate of the Australian Catholic University.

Our Assistant Commissioners

David Locke, Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services

Photo of David LockeDavid Locke was Chief Adviser to the ACNC Taskforce prior to his appointment to the role of Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services at the ACNC. David was formerly the Executive Director of Charity Services at the Charity Commission of England and Wales, with responsibility for the strategic leadership and operational delivery of all the Commission's one-to-one services to charities. David led a transformation of the Commission's services which were recognised when he and his team won the UK Public Service Award for Best Operational Delivery across Government. David has worked as an adviser to several international governments on the regulation of non-government organisations.

David is a qualified lawyer who started his career in community legal centres where he spent over 10 years managing the delivery of services to the public. David has served as a board member and volunteer of a number of charities and not-for-profits.

Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel

Photo of Murray BairdMurray Baird joined ACNC after a career as a private legal practitioner practising in not-for-profit and charity law and governance. He was previously Senior Partner and leader of the not-for-profit group at Moores Legal, Melbourne. As well as advising, writing and presenting on not-for-profit legal issues, Murray has acted in several leading cases in the field of charity law.

Murray also has practical experience of not-for-profit issues through a number of leadership roles in the sector. He has been Chairman of Ansvar Insurance (a specialist insurer in the not-for-profit sector), Chairman of First Samuel Limited (an investment adviser and manager for many in the sector) and Chairman of the National Housing Company which is engaged in affordable housing. He has also served on boards of schools, church and community organisations. Murray was formerly a Director of Australian Charity Law Association and Appeals Officer for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.