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 Matthew Harding

Chair, CLAANZ board of directors
  Matthew Harding is Professor of Law and Deputy Dean at the Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne. Matthew’s research interests lie in moral and political philosophy, the theory and doctrines of equity, property law, judicial practice and precedent, and the law of charities and other not-for-profits. He has taught and published widely in these fields. He is the author of Charity Law and the Liberal State (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and has edited or co-edited several collections, including Fiduciaries and Trust: Ethics, Politics, Economics and Law(Cambridge University Press 2019, with Professor Paul Miller), The Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law (Edward Elgar, 2018), Not-for-Profit Law: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2014, with Professors Ann O’Connell and Miranda Stewart), and Exploring Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010, with Professor Elise Bant). Matthew is an editor of the Journal of Equity, a member of the Advisory Board of Oxford Studies in Private Law, a member of the Charities Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and the Chair of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Otago, the University of the Western Cape, and Florida State University, and in January 2020 will be Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor at the National University of Singapore.

 Murray Baird  
  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


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  
  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.

 Seak-King Huang


Seak-King Huang is currently the Principal for Prolegis Lawyers' Melbourne office. Previously she was Company Secretary & Executive Counsel at World Vision Australia and prior to that a partner at Clayton Utz. Seak-King is also on the Board of Light Melbourne (broadcaster of 89.9 Light FM and Light Digital in Melbourne) and a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and of the 16th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Ian Murray

  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
Anne Robinson AM

  Anne Robinson is the founder and principal of Prolegis Lawyers, provider of legal services to the not-for-profit sector. She has advised on corporate law, governance, charitable trust structuring and tax issues for the whole range of Australia's charitable institutions. She has also had 30 years' experience in governance of not-for-profit organisations, including as Director and Board Chair of World Vision Australia for 12 years until 2012.

Anne was Deputy Chair of the Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council and a member of the NFP Tax Concession Working Group (as established by the previous government). Anne founded the Australian Charity Law Association in 2009 (now known as the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand).