Board members

The ANZTSR Board

Jose Sakakibara, Chair

José is a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Business, Sydney Campus. After a long marketing career in the for-profit sector, particularly in the highly competitive Brazilian fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), media, hospitality and agribusiness industries, I decided to make a radical change to the not-for-profit sector and academia. This drove me to Australia in 2004, where I concluded my master’s degree and PhD in not-for-profit marketing. My research interests include individual giving behaviour, fundraising, social marketing, retail marketing and services marketing.

Ruth Phillips, Deputy Chair

Ruth Phillips is Associate Dean Research Education and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. Her background is in social policy and political science; she has supervised postgraduate students conducting research on the third sector, particularly in Southeast and East Asia where she has expertise in the third sector and welfare states and a personal research focus on the role of feminism and women’s activism in the third sector. Ruth Phillips has been an active member of the International Society for third Sector Research (ISTR) for sixteen years, is now a board member and the current President Elect, and has been a member of ANZTSR for twelve years. She was coeditor of Third Sector Review (2010–2014). Ruth Phillips has published research papers in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Third Sector Review, Non-Profit Management and Leadership Journal, Critical Social Policy, and Feminist Review, as well as a number of book chapters and co-author of the book, Social Policy for Social Change.

Margaret Spencer, Hon. Treasurer

Margaret lectures in the Social Work Program at the University of Sydney. Margaret has an interest in disability and the role of the Third Sector is facilitating social inclusion. She is also interested in the role and relationship of faith based organisations in the current economic, political and social environment.

Bernard Boerma, Hon. Secretary

Bernard is recently completed a Social Justice Research Fellowship and is a teacher at the University of Sydney, and a non-executive director of a number of not for profit human services NGO’s. He has held senior leadership and policy development roles in the human services sector including 13 years as CEO of CatholicCare Sydney. He is interested in the social justice and the impact on human service NGO values of operating in a market based service contexts.

Cris Abbu, Hon. Membership Officer

Cris completed her PhD in Management from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), with research focus on the Third Sector. She also holds an MBA from Western Sydney University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the School of Economics, University of the Philippines. She has extensive experience in research, data analytics, policy development, and evaluation. Currently, she is a sessional academic in Organisational Studies at UTS and undertakes research, policy development and advocacy, and evaluation work for various organisations including not-for-profits and the NSW Government. Her written work and research interest centre on not-for-profit organisations experiencing exogenous shocks or jolts brought upon by changes in their environments with particular focus on how these organisations strategize and innovate in the face of these exogenous jolts.

Megan Alessandrini

Megan Alessandrini is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy in the School of Social Sciences. Megan was founding Director of the Gender Policy and Strategy Group at UTAS [GPS] until 2016. Her research interests include the relationship between government and the third sector, women’s policy, women’s participation in the labour market and occupational segregation, as well as third sector policy and practice. She has also lectured in democratic participation, political activism, public policy, social policy and political theory. Megan was the chief investigator in an ARC Linkage grant of $215,000: Reading the Social Future of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She was also on the research team for the NDLERF grant of $375,000 looking drug diversion implementation policy. In addition she was a co-chief investigator in the $45,000 local evaluation of the Tasmanian U-Turn program [Young Recidivist Car Theft Offenders Program]. She has extensive experience of evaluation of program delivery in the non-profit sector. Megan conducted research in 2011 for Unions Tasmania [$20,000] on the marginalization of women in the labour market and in 2012 for the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board [TCBITB] on a gender analysis of the industry [$28,000]. In 2017, she was engaged as senior researcher for Pracademia Inc to develop the Women’s Workforce Plan for Tasmania’s department of Premier and Cabinet.


Roel Boomsma

Roel joined the Discipline of Accounting of the University of Sydney Business School in August 2014. He was previously appointed as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam. Roel’s research activity to date has been driven by an interest in the complexities surrounding non-governmental organization (NGO) accountability. In his PhD he investigated over an extended time period the construction of accountability in the relationship between Dutch NGOs and a governmental funder. He also examined the operationalization of proposed accountability solutions on a practical level within a group of international development NGOs. His current research interests focus on non-governmental organization (NGO) accountability practices, accountability and governance in voluntary sports organisations, offshoring services in the accounting profession, and blame & crisis management in auditing. Roel has taught a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses in Financial Accounting Principles, Qualitative Research Methods, and Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics.

Bronwyn Dalton

Bronwen is the Director of the Masters of Not-for-Profit and Community Management Program at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2015 she was the Co-Director of the UTS Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies and in 2012 she was also the National Manager, Research at Mission Australia. Bronwen completed her PhD at the University of Oxford. She is on the Boards of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ Australia Korea Foundation; the National Volunteering Research Advisory Group; Volunteering NSW and the editorial board of the journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is also Regional Vice- President, Oceania of the International Council of Voluntarism and Civil Society.
Bronwen has conducted extensive research in the field of Not-for-Profit sector studies and authored book chapters and journal articles on NFP childcare, NFP business venturing, social enterprises and advocacy. She has also published studies on international NGOs and recently co-authored a book on the role of NGOs in combatting Sex Trafficking. Bronwen has a long association with Korea and speaks Korean. She was a Director of the National Korean Studies Centre (NKSC) (1993 – 1996) and is currently the Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery grant titled “North Korea’s Quiet Transformation: Women in the Rise of the Informal Market” investigating the role played by women in the emergence of a nascent capitalist economy in North Korea.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall is Professor of Accounting at Monash University. His research interests relate to management accounting and performance measurement, with a specific focus on nonprofits, social enterprise and the third sector. His current research is focused on the development and use of performance measurement techniques in nonprofit organisations and the development of techniques designed to measure social value and how they become implicated in the operations of nonprofits, impact assessment and influence discussions of nonprofit effectiveness more broadly. His work has been published in a variety of leading  journals in the accounting, management and non-profit fields, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Management Accounting Research, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Voluntas.

Lynne Keevers

Lynne Keevers is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Wollongong. She has a professional and research interest in the practices of social justice in community organisations and the contributions of these organisations to the health and well-being of local people and the communities in which they live. Her current research focuses on practice-based approaches to the study of: youth homelessness; violence and trauma in relation to women, young people and children; housing for people who are aging with an intellectual disability and their aging carers and community-based partnerships working to reduce energy poverty in Timor Leste. She is experienced in the use of collaborative methodologies such as participatory action research, collaborative ethnography and feminist-informed participatory research. Before commencing work in academia Lynne worked as a social work practitioner in the community services industry and TAFE.

Megan Lavender

Megan is a transformational leader of organisations, an experienced public company director and government board member – with a focus on stakeholder engagement. Peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector chief executives, Megan is Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives. She has also held senior executive roles in corporate, government and non-profit sectors.
Megan has also served as an Elected City Councillor on the City of Canada Bay Council and Ministerial Advisor to the Minister for Sport, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games.

Ian Murray, Ex Officio Member as Co-Editor, Third Sector Review

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.

David Gilchrist, Ex Officio Member as Co-Editor, Third Sector Review

David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Including that of Assistant Auditor General in Western Australia. David has taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years and held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia where he was adjunct professor of Not-for-profit Leadership. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Research Chief Investigator in NFP Studies at the NFPO Research Centre, Hebei GEO University, Peoples’ Republic of China.

David is currently a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s Trans-Tasman Not-for-profit Advisory Committee, and of the Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel as a NFP and public sector specialist. He has just stepped down as a member of the ACNC Advisory Board. Key reports include the seminal report “Australian Charities 2013” for the Commonwealth Government and the Australian National Disability Costing and Pricing Framework (2014). He is co-author of “The Three Sector Solution” (2016) published by Australian National University Press, author of “Imperial Theory: Colonial Pragmatism” (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan, and co-author of “Public Sector Accounting, Governance and Accountability: Experiences of Australia and New Zealand” (2018) published by Routledge.

Fiona McGaughey, Ex Officio Member as Co-Editor, Third Sector Review