Murray Baird Secretary and Director

Murray Baird is an Australian Legal Practitioner and Advisor in the law, governance and regulation of charities. He was the inaugural Assistant Commissioner General Counsel at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission from its inception in 2012 until 2019. In this role he was responsible for Registration, Compliance, Legal and Policy functions of the national regulator. Prior to that he was Senior Partner and Leader of the Not for Profit Law Group at Moores Legal in Melbourne. During that time, he was an advisor to numerous charities and instructing solicitor in several leading cases in charity law.

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Murray was on the steering committee for the development of the AICD Not for Profit Governance Principles 2019. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Center for Not-for Profit Law, a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, teaching in the Masters Program, and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Western Australia.

Sari Baird

Sari is General Counsel at Oxfam Australia, a charity that tackles global poverty. Sari’s early career was as a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne and later, Jakarta. She held the positions of General Counsel and Company Secretary in an ASX listed company, and in legal and compliance in higher education, prior to moving to an in-house role in the charitable sector in 2010. Sari’s involvement in charity governance include her past board roles at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Museums, and her local Community Legal Centre’s Committee of Management. She holds a BA/LLM and an LLM from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course (GAICD). Sari is a member of the Law Institute’s Charity and NFP Committee and the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission’s Professional Users Group.

Sue Barker Director

Sue Barker is the director of Sue Barker Charities Law, a boutique law firm based in Wellington, specialising in charities law and public tax law. Since its founding in 2012, the firm has won a number of awards, including Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards. Sue is a member of the Charities Services' Sector Group and a member of the Core Reference Group for the review of the Charities Act. Sue is also a co-author of the text, The Law and Practice of Charities in New Zealand (LexisNexis, 2013), and a contributor to a number of texts, including Regulating Charities: the Inside Story (Routledge, 2017) and Corporate Governance – a Practical Handbook (2ed) (Wolters Kluwer, 2016). In 2016, Sue was made an Honorary National Life Member of the National Council of Women of New Zealand Incorporated for her work assisting the Council with charities law issues. Sue is currently on sabbatical as the 2019 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship, undertaking research into the question “What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like?”, with a report due by 2021.

Jennifer Batrouney AM QC Director

Jennifer practises in taxation, equity, superannuation, commercial and administrative law. With 27 years’ experience at the Bar, she is a trusted advisor to a range of corporate, government and not-for-profit clients. In addition to general income tax and R&D matters, she has experience in advising in relation to GST, FBT, payroll and land taxes. She also has a substantial equity practice in the not-for-profit sector and has assisted numerous not-for-profit entities to obtain or retain their tax concession charity status. Jennifer has acted as an expert determiner and is a consultant to the ATO Public Advice and Guidance Panel. Jennifer appears before the High Court, the Federal Court and the superior State courts, mainly in revenue matters.

Jennifer has been a silk for over 17 years and is a past President of the Victorian Bar and of the Tax Bar Association. She is presently President of the Australian Bar Association and Chair of the Law Council Charities and Not-for-Profits committee. She is also a member of the Melbourne Law School Advisory Council and Melbourne Tax Masters Advisory Committee. Jennifer is also a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, teaching in the Tax Masters Program.

Claire Carton Director

Claire Carton is one of the founding directors of Griffin Legal, a nationally operating law firm based in Canberra providing services to not for profits, government and business. Claire has practised commercial law for over twenty years. Her practice is now heavily based on advising charities and not for profits on a range of strategic and operational matters. Claire’s interest in charities has also seen her be an active charity board member since 2004 including for YMCA Canberra, the MSC’s Daramalan College and the Women’s Legal Centre ACT.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University and is also a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course (GAICD). In recent years, Claire has also undertaken a Certificate IV in workplace investigations, and completed the University of Melbourne’s Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership. Claire has won a number of awards including Australiasian Lawyer Law Firm Leader of the Year (≤200 employees) in 2018, and ACT Young Business Woman of the Year in 2012.

Seak-King Huang Director

Seak-King Huang established Milner + Huang, lawyers to the for-purpose sector, with Alex Milner in mid-2021. Previously she was a Partner of Prolegis Lawyers and before that, she was General Counsel and Company Secretary of World Vision Australia and a Partner at Clayton Utz.

Seak-King is also the Chair of the Charities and Not-for-profits Committee of the Legal Practice section of the Law Council of Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a board member of two Australian registered charities. Additionally, she is a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.

Ian Murray Chair, Board of Directors

Dr Ian Murray is an academic at the University of Western Australia Law School where he teaches and researches in Taxation and Not-for-profit Law, with a focus on the intersection between Not-for-profit Law, Tax and Corporate Governance. He has a number of years’ experience as a practitioner and practical experience in the regulatory and governance issues faced by not-for-profits, having been a not-for-profit board member for over 5 years and having worked as an in-house lawyer at the University of Western Australia.

Ian has published widely on charity tax concessions, charity regulation, native title charities, accumulation of assets by charities, tax administration and resource taxation from the perspectives of tax policy, equity, trusts, property law, corporations law and regulatory theory. He is a co-author of one of Australia's leading taxation law texts, Understanding Taxation Law.

Natalie Silver Director

Dr Natalie Silver is an academic at the University of Sydney Law School, where she teaches contract law. Her research focuses on not-for-profit law and regulation, and she has published widely on the tax aspects of charitable giving, the regulation of cross-border philanthropy, and the intersection between contract law and charity law. Natalie worked for a number of years as a lawyer in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and is a member of the New York Bar. She also has extensive philanthropic advisory and grantmaking experience through her work in the Philanthropic Services group at JP Morgan Private Bank in New York, Jewish Funders Network, and The Atlantic Philanthropies.