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AGLS Board

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The  AGLS Board is composed of heads of legal practices and other senior government lawyers from a range of Australian Government agencies. Since its appointment in November 2020, the AGLS Board has focused on establishing key governance frameworks that will support the aims of the AGLS for years to come.

In line with the AGLS Terms of Reference, there are 11 board members appointed to the AGLS Board. The AGLS Board met for the first time this year on 24 March where 5 members of the inaugural board were farewelled and 5 new members welcomed. These were: Andrew Evers; Lisa Keeling; Katie Miller; Miriam Moore and Justine Ross.

AGLS Board members

Lisa Keeling – Board Chair

General Counsel, Australian Digital Health Agency

Lisa's biography

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Andrew Evers

General Counsel, Department of Defence

Andrew's biography

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Andrew Ford

Deputy Chief Counsel, National Disability Insurance Agency

Andrew's biography

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Kathryn Haigh

Chief Counsel, Services Australia

Kathryn's biography

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Katie Miller

National Manager, Legal and Enforcement, AUSTRAC

Katie's biography

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Meredith Leigh

First Parliamentary Counsel, Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Meredith's biography

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Miriam Moore

General Counsel, Department of Health

Miriam's biography

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Toni Pirani

First Assistant Secretary, Legal Services Policy Division, Attorney-General's Department

Toni's biography

Toni Pirani is the First Assistant Secretary of the Legal Services Policy Division in the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.

Louise Rafferty

Senior Executive Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor

Louise's biography

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Justine Ross

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Counsel, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Justine's biography

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Matthew Swainson

General Manager, Legal Group, Comcare

Matthew's biography

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Board Chair

Board members nominated Lisa Keeling as the AGLS Board Chair. The Chair will liaise with the AGLS team to develop meeting agendas, ensure action items are progressed, and report to the Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department on the activities of the AGLS. From the AGLS Board Chair, Lisa Keeling:

'I am excited to work with you all in continuing to build upon the foundational year.

As the AGLS moves into its second year, the focus remains on consolidating what we have built already and supporting and developing government lawyers and in-house legal areas to enhance consistency and efficiency across the APS.

One of the key objectives for the AGLS is to offer new opportunities for government lawyers to learn from and support their peers and experience a sense of shared purpose in performing their roles.'


The AGLS Board is supported by several AGLS committees and an informal forum, with nominated Board sponsors working closely with the Chairs of each committee. The AGLS committees and Board sponsors are:

Conference Committee

Board sponsors: Louise Rafferty and Justine Ross

Engagement and Communication Committee

Board sponsors: Katie Miller and Matthew Swainson

Legal Risk Committee

Board sponsor: Lisa Keeling

Professional Development Committee

Board sponsors: Meredith Leigh and Kathryn Haigh

Legal Practice Managers’ Forum

Board sponsor: Miriam Moore and Katie Miller

Find out more about AGLS committees, including how to get involved.

Contact us to ask about AGLS Board and committee membership.

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