The ACNC Advisory Board supports and advises the ACNC 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 three ‘ex-officio members’ who are appointed to the Board because they each hold a specified office.

General members are appointed for a term of up to three years. Ex-officio members remain on the Board as long as they hold the specified office. The Board meets quarterly.

Advisory board members

Tony Stuart is the Chair of the ACNC Advisory Board and a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. He is the Chief Executive Officer of UNICEF Australia and Director of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Previously Tony was the Group Chief Executive Officer of National Roads and Motorists’ Association, one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Dr Martin Laverty is the Deputy Chair of the ACNC Advisory Board. Dr Laverty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. He is a Director of the National Disability Insurance Scheme 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.

David Gilchrist is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Prior to joining UWA, Professor Gilchrist was foundation Director of the Curtin University Not‑for‑profit Initiative. Professor Gilchrist holds several industry roles including Chairman of Nulsen Disability Services, Director at Baxter Lawley Advisory and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Not‑for‑profit Advisory Committee and the Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel.

David Pigott has held a number of executive roles at Mission Australia including his current position of Executive, Policy and Corporate Affairs. He has served as an adviser to federal and state governments and as private secretary to the NSW Premier. David is a member of both the Reserve Bank of Australia Payments Consultation Group and the NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing. David is also the Chair of the Ella Centre.

Heather Allan has 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles in the not‑for‑profit sector, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Lung Foundation Australia. Heather is a member of the Board of YMCA (Brisbane) and a Committee member of Y‑Care (South East Queensland) Inc. Heather has lived and worked in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.

Heather Watson is a specialist charity lawyer with experience across the not-for‑profit sector. She is the Chair of both the Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd and Epic Good Foundation. She holds directorships with Uniting Victoria and Tasmania, Australian Regional and Remote Community Services, National Affordable Housing Consortium Ltd and SEFA Partnerships Ltd. She is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

Peter Hogan is a Chartered Accountant with over 50 years of experience. Peter began his career at the Australian Taxation Office before moving into the private sector and becoming a corporate tax partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Peter is currently the Chair of Carbon Energy Ltd and a director of OneAll International Ltd. Peter is also the Deputy Chair of Villa Maria Catholic Homes Ltd and a board member of St Bernard’s College.

Dr Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre‑eminent philanthropists and the founder and Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation. Dr Alberti was the leading force behind the establishment of the Australian Football League’s elite women’s competition. Dr Alberti has been awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia, the Companion of the Order of Australia and was named 2017 Melbournian of the Year and 2018 Victorian of the Year.

Ex-officio members

Cindy Bravos is the Director‑General of Licensing for the Northern Territory. Cindy has held a number of senior public sector roles, having served with both the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Public Services throughout Australia. She holds qualifications in law, international relations, leadership, change management and languages.

Dale Webster is the Executive Director, Consumer, Building and Occupational Services in the Tasmanian Department of Justice. His current role includes the regulation of Tasmanian charities. Dale has held a number of senior roles in the Tasmanian Government, including Registrar of the Guardianship Board and Mental Health Tribunal and the Coordinating Member of the Disability Services Ethics Committee.

Dini Soulio is the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and Liquor and Gambling with Consumer & Business Services (CBS) in South Australia. CBS has a broad portfolio which includes charities regulation.
Dini’s background is as a solicitor in private practice, working in the areas of insurance, workers compensation and criminal law.