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 is the Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board, he has 20 years corporate experience in marketing, financial services and executive and board roles. Mr Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is a member of Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals Expert Advisory Panel on Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises and Human Services.

Mr Stuart is the CEO of UNICEF Australia, which advocates for children’s rights internationally and domestically and supports international development programs.
Previously, Mr Stuart was the Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and prior to that was the CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited. He was a founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, a Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, a member of the Executive Committee for Sydney and on the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.

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 Australian Pro Bono Centre and Urban Seed. She currently serves on the board of the Human Rights Law Centre and is the chair of Health Justice Australia. She is also currently a member of the RMIT University JD Advisory Board.


Gina Anderson
Gina is Co-Founder and Chair of Women’s Community Shelters; a Director of The George Institute for Global Health and Chair of The George Institute Foundation; and Philanthropy Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW.  She is also a Director of GDI Property Group and GDI Funds Management. 

From 2005 to 2010 Gina was CEO of Philanthropy Australia.  Her previous roles at Westpac and St Hilliers included senior general management, corporate affairs, stakeholder engagement, human resources and project management. From 1992-1995 as personal assistant to The Crown Prince of Jordan she was involved in the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel

Professor David Gilchrist - BA BBus PhD FCA FAICD University of Western Australia
David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia.
David has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors including the role of Assistant Auditor General for Western Australia and has taught at the London School of Economics.

David currently holds a number of industry roles including as chairman of Nulsen Disability Services, a director of BaxterLawley Advisory, a member of the CAANZ NFP Advisory Committee, and of the AASB Academic Advisory Panel.

David has published widely as an academic and journalist, and is principal author of a number of key national reports.

Martin Laverty
Martin Laverty is CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. He is a Director of the NDIS Board, a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, Chair of the Australian Government General Aviation Group, and a member of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance committee. Martin was previously CEO Catholic Health Australia and held management roles at The Smith Family and the NSW Muscular Dystrophy Association.

He has chaired the NSW Heart Foundation Board and two NSW disability charities. A lawyer by training, he is near to completing a PhD on not-for-profit governance. He has edited two books on social determinants of health.

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 Foundation Director of The Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS). He has advised and held board positions in a large variety of NFP organisations over a period of 35 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.”

Cindy Bravos
Cindy Bravos is the Director-General of Licensing for the Northern Territory.  The Director-General’s portfolio is extremely diverse, ranging from the regulation of the liquor, private security and gaming industries through to the licensing of escort agencies and disposal of seized kava.  In addition, the Director-General has been delegated the independent statutory powers of the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs in relation to the regulation of associations, motor vehicle dealers, pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and commercial and private agents.

Cindy has held a number of senior public sector roles having served with both the Commonwealth and NT Public Services throughout Australia.  Cindy holds qualifications in law, international relations, leadership, change management and languages.

Linda Mallett
Executive Director, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services, New South Wales Government.






Dini Soulio
Dini has a background in law, consumer protection, corporate regulation, enforcement, change management and strategic leadership.
Prior to his current role Dini was the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and Liquor & Gambling with Consumer & Business Services. CBS has a very broad portfolio including consumer protection, product safety, occupational licensing, liquor licensing, gambling regulation, charities regulation, residential tenancies and births deaths and marriages.

Dini’s background is as a solicitor in private practice, working in the areas of insurance, worker’s compensation and criminal law. He then moved to the Australian Customs Service where he was the Manager Border Enforcement responsible for investigations and ship search teams. Dini then joined the Australian Securities & Investments Commission where he had national responsibility for complaints, investigations and prosecutions dealing with matters ranging from scams to liquidator misconduct to director’s duties breaches to insolvent trading.

Dale Webster
General Manager, Consumer Building and Occupational Services, Department of Justice, Tasmania