David Gilchrist

Professor David J. Gilchrist has held a number of senior roles in the not-for-profit, public and commercial sectors. Most recently, he was Assistant Auditor General Standards and Quality in Western Australia, and prior to that, Associate Dean of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is currently Director of Curtin’s School of Accounting Not-for-profit Initiative, a research group focusing on developing industry-ready research outcomes for the not-for-profit and charitable sector. He currently holds a number of industry roles including as chairman of Nulsen Disability Services, chairman of the Kimberley Individual and Family Support Association and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s National Not-for-profit Advisory Committee. David is also a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board, the Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel and is a joint principal author of a number of key national reports, including the seminal report Australian Charities 2013 and the Australian National Costing and Pricing Framework issued jointly with National Disability Services. He has published widely as an academic and journalist.

The Three Sector Solution »

Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business

This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University. Jointly convened by Dr John Butcher (ANZSOG) and Professor David Gilchrist (Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative) the purpose of the workshop was to bring together academic researchers, policy practitioners and thought leaders to address a variety of emerging issues facing policymakers, public sector commissioners, not-for-profit providers of publicly funded services, and businesses interested in opportunities for social investment. The workshop itself generated a great deal of interest and a ‘baker’s dozen’ of contributors challenged and engaged a full house. The level of enthusiasm shown by the audience for the subject matter was such that the decision to curate the presentations in the form of a book was never in doubt. The editors trust that this volume will vindicate that decision. At one time the state exercised a near monopoly in the delivery of social programs. Today, almost every important public problem is a three sector problem and yet we have little idea of what a high-performing three sector production system looks like. It is the editors’ hope that this volume will provide a foundation for some answers to these important public policy questions.