Organisation chart

AGS organisational structure

AGS is a group within the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department. See the Department’s organisation chart.

Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department
Katherine Jones PSM
The Australian Government Solicitor
Michael Kingston


AGS Chief Operating Officer
Louise Vardanega PSM


Office of General Counsel (OGC) AGS Dispute Resolution AGS Commercial

National Leader
Leo Hardiman PSM QC

National Manager
Darryl Everett

Team Leaders 
Andrew Buckland (Constitutional litigation)
Genevieve Ebbeck (People, Security and Information)
Bridget Gilmour-Walsh (Employment, Entitlements and Money)
Sacha Moran (Energy, Environment and Regulation)

Professional Leaders

Chief General Counsel
Guy Aitken QC

Deputy Chief General Counsel
Damian Page
Leo Hardiman PSM QC

Deputy Chief Solicitor (Constitutional Litigation)
Andrew Buckland

Senior General Counsel
Olivia Abbott
Susie Brown
Adam Cason
Andrew Chapman
Helen Chisholm
Ian Deane PSM
Leah Edwards
Steffen Etherton
Anna Lehane
David Lewis
Gavin Loughton
Anna Lukeman
Hilary Manson PSM
Paul Marshall
Tara McNeilly
Helga Mossop
Elen Perdikogiannis
Greg Prutej
Simon Thornton

National Leader
Matthew Blunn

National Manager
Nerida Nelson
Emily McBride
Rebecca Daumont (Legal Practice Technology and Innovation)

Assistant National Manager
Meredith Allen

Team Leaders
Emily Nance (Administrative law)
Tony Giugni (Administrative law)
Brooke Griffin (Administrative law Associate Team Leader)
Thy Huynh (Civil claims)
Emma Gill (Civil claims)
Katrina Close (Civil regulation)
Fiona Dempsey (Employment and entitlements)
Elena Arduca (Information law)
Justin Davidson (In-house Counsel)
Kristy Alexander (Law enforcement)
Tony Giugni (Law Enforcement Associate Team Leader)
Jane Lye (Tax)

Professional Leaders

Chief Counsel Dispute Resolution
Tom Howe PSM QC

Chief Solicitor Dispute Resolution
Simon Daley PSM

Deputy Chief Solicitor Dispute Resolution
Paul Vermeesch

Special Counsel
Andras Markus (Administrative law)
Dale Watson (Administrative law)
Catherine Leslie (Tax disputes)
Matthew Walsh (Tax disputes)

Senior General Counsel
Tim Begbie QC
Andrew Berger QC
Peter Macliver

National Leader
Nick Terry

National Managers
Kenneth Eagle
Jane Supit

Team Leaders
Garth Cooke (Melbourne/Adelaide)
Clare Derix (Canberra)
Scott Slater (Perth/Darwin)
Jane Supit (Sydney/Brisbane)

Professional Leaders

Chief Counsel Commercial
Bill Napier

Deputy Chief Counsel Commercial
Cathy Reid PSM

Deputy General Counsel Commercial
Tony Beal
Garth Cooke
Simon Konecny
Teresa Miraglia

Property Practice Leader
Teresa Miraglia


Regional client relations and local leadership
AGS Sydney

Jane Supit
AGS Melbourne

Katrina Close
AGS Brisbane

Jane Lye
AGS Perth

Jennifer Flinn
AGS Adelaide

Nerida Nelson
AGS Hobart

David Wilson
AGS Darwin

Claire Stokes


Cross practice services
Training and Practice Services
National Manager
Denise Saunders
Pro Bono Services
National Manager
Geetha Nair
Library Services
National Manager
Yvonne Suter
Corporate Adviser
Sonali Rajanayagam


Specialist support services
AGS Client Services
National Manager
Rose Coburn
AGS Financial Services
AGS Chief Financial Officer
Stuart Rankin
HR Services
A/g Assistant Secretary
Michelle Norris
Business Services
National Manager
Toni Claydon
IT Services
Chief Information Officer
Stephen Andrew

Last updated 18 Aug 2021