Eva Lawler, the Member for Drysdale, was elected to Parliament in the August 2016 Northern Territory election and was appointed as the Northern Territory Labor Government’s Minister for Education. In June 2018, following a change of portfolios, Eva was appointed as Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Minister for Environment and Natural Resources.
Eva was born in Darwin and completed a Bachelor of Education at the then Darwin Community College before beginning her career as an educator. Eva also has a Masters in Education, a Masters in International Management, a Diploma in Project Management and an Associate Diploma in Public Service Management.
Eva started her career as a teacher in the 1980's. Eva worked in a number of schools in the Darwin and rural area as a teacher, Assistant Principal, and a Principal over a period of fifteen years. She then worked in curriculum development and in delivering professional learning to educators. Eva was also an executive in Education in Alice Springs and in Darwin and was the Deputy Chief Executive School Education for the Territory.
Eva has also worked in Event Management in Sport in the Territory for three years, working in partnership with peak sporting bodies to deliver top quality sporting events for Territorians. Eva believes strongly in the benefits of a ‘home grown’ workforce of Territorians being educated in the Northern Territory and using their knowledge, skills and experience to benefit their community.
Eva is married to Tom Lawler and has two adult children, a daughter and a son and is now a grandmother to two grandsons.
Lauren is a Territorian and spent 11 years living in Casuarina. She grew up in Nakara and her parents have taught in local schools. Her Bachelor of Business was gained through Charles Darwin University and Monash University.
Prior to entering the Legislative Assembly, Lauren worked professionally and personally in roles with young people including Anglicare NT, Headspace and NT Police.
Her community and youth development work has been recognised locally and nationally. She was honoured to receive the Excellence in Youth Leadership award at the NT Young Achiever Awards, the NT Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal.
She was a finalist in the NT Young Australian of the Year, Darwin City Council Young Citizen of the Year and the Australian Woman’s Weekly Women of the Future.
Lauren was elected to Territory Parliament in October 2014. She is the youngest Minister in the Territory.
Catherine Stoddart commenced as the Chief Executive Officer NT Health in late March 2017. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust in the NHS in the UK from March 2014. Catherine has held positions across health including Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Western Australia, Regional Director for the Kimberly region, WACHS, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery WACHS, and Director Clinical Reform WA Health. Catherine is committed to ensuring that Territorians are health and have access to high quality care right across the Territory.
As a Nuffield Fellow (2000) and Churchill Fellow (2006) she reviewed models for isolated clinical practice in Alaska and Canada, focusing on Indigenous communities. She is Visiting Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan and Notre Dame Universities.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration. She was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year for a range of leadership development and aboriginal employment programs across Health. In September 2013, she received the Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community health volunteering programs.
Tony Stubbin commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the LDC on 1 March 2017, prior to which he was the General Manager. Prior to commencing with the LDC, Tony was a Deputy Under Treasurer in the Northern Territory Department of Treasury & Finance with responsibility for the Economic Group; Corporate Support Group; Superannuation Office and the Northern Territory Treasury Corporation.
Tony joined Treasury in 1992 and has more than 30 years’ experience in various Territory and Commonwealth Government departments. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from the University of Southern Queensland.
Regan Anderson is the General Manager for Property Development for the locally owned Halikos Group who have operated in the Territory for 30 years.
Regan has over 40 years’ experience in the Property Development, Project Management and Construction industry in Australia.
Throughout his career Regan has been actively involved in major Property Developments including subdivisions high density developments and has significant experience in retail, commercial, defence and medical institutions on the east coast of Australia. In the past 10 years Regan has also undertaken several significant Halikos landmark developments in the Darwin CBD such as One 30 Esplanade Apartments, C2 Esplanade Apartments, H20 Apartments, H Hotel, H105 Hotel and Apartments as well as the Fannie Bay Akoya Apartments.
The group has recently completed construction on Stage 2 of the 11 Stage 168-hectare subdivision “Northcrest” which is centrally located in Darwin and expected to stimulate the economy for the next 10-13 years.
Kerryn currently plays a role as CEO of AIDN NT. She has recently relocated from SA to take on the challenge of better equipping and connecting local suppliers to national and global opportunities within the Defence Industry.
Having previously worked in the Defence and related industries for many years, Kerryn has continued to play a leading role in establishing Strategic Business Alliances within Aerospace, Specialist Vehicles and Maritime to ensure suppliers have a capable and high skilled, high tech defence and related workforce to service global and domestic markets. The key to doing so is facilitation of close collaboration between industry, research and Academia and state and commonwealth Government stakeholders.
A passionate advocate for the growth and enhancement of the Australian defence industry, Kerryn’ s work at AIDN NT also focuses on fostering established STEM pathways to support the development of the workforce after next. Critical to this is the continued strengthening of the school to work educational continuum.
Michael Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Power and Water Corporation, a multi-utility in Australia’s Northern Territory. As well as managing the purchasing and sale of gas, Power and Water manage electricity transmission and distribution, and water and sewerage services across the Northern Territory.
Michael commenced this role in November 2015, bringing with him a wealth of domestic and international experience in various senior roles. Prior to taking up the position with the Power and Water Corporation, Michael was Acting Chief Executive of United Energy and Multinet Gas, in Victoria, previously holding the positions of General Manager Service Delivery, General Manager Commercial and Legal, General Counsel and Company Secretary. Michael is engaged with a number of industry associations, including the International Association for Contract and Commercial Managers and actively participates in Power and Water’s partnership and community development programs.
As a key member of the Bates Smart design team, Cian works across multiple project types and sizes. His strength and expertise involves designing innovative solutions and resolving complex design issues.
As a project leader, Cian has successfully navigated a number of challenging projects through the planning and design development stages.
Cian originally joined Bates Smart in Sydney in 2010, relocating to Melbourne in 2012.
In 2016, he was made a Studio Director. Significant achievements include Bendigo Hospital, the new Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., the Queen Victoria Market residential development and the new Westin hotel in Darwin.
Cian is also a key member of Bates Smart’s Design Technology committee and has helped implement many new technologies into the studio, including virtual reality tools.
Chris joined CSIRO in 2016 as Research Leader for the Northern Territory and Northern Australian Development. Chris leads CSIRO’s work on developing Northern Australia based in Darwin. He is responsible for facilitating strategic, multidisciplinary and collaborative research relevant to the development of the north. Chris’ most recent research has focused on identifying the scale and location of opportunities for developing northern Australia including work relating to mosaic irrigation, transport logistics and biosecurity. He is currently part of the team negotiating the establishment of an Urban Living Lab as part of the Darwin City Deal. Urban Living Labs are long-term collaborative initiatives that help to enable the transformative change that is required to address complex urban challenges such as adapting to climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy.
Gaurav Sareen leads Deloitte’s Tax and Government Incentives team across Northern Australia and has deep expertise with assisting projects access Government funding and financing.
Gaurav is a Partner has been working with Deloitte based in the NT since 2009. Gaurav specialises in delivering advice to both public and private sector clients in relation to complex tax and government incentives matters.
Gaurav has vast experience providing tailored strategic advice to clients in the infrastructure, construction and property development, energy and resources, and tourism sectors. Gaurav also has vast experience providing various consulting services to Federal, and Northern Territory and local government departments and bodies.
Gaurav has also played an integral role in the Positioning for Prosperity: Developing the North boardroom consultation series that was jointly facilitated by Deloitte, NAB and the Northern Australia Development Of Australia Office. This included coordinating and presenting Deloitte’s thought leadership series latest publication Get out of your own way – Unleashing productivity.
Gaurav has also been involved with the preparation of several high-level reports to key government organisations and facilitation of committees and councils in connection with his professional work experience detailed above.
Associate Professor Akhilesh Surjan (PhD) is Research & Theme Leader of Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies at the Charles Darwin University. Dr. Surjan has successfully engaged with issues of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and urban sustainability for two decades. He served as a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also served as Contributing Author for the United Nation’s Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. In addition to associating with UN agencies, Dr. Surjan has also successfully worked in academic, civil society and government institutions in Asia. In the past, he has deliberated upon risk management issues from the platform of Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal (India)- established in the aftermath of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. Under UNDP’s Disaster Risk Management Program, he facilitated mainstreaming of community-based disaster preparedness concepts in Indian government’s policy, planning and implementation.
Prof. Surjan is editor of the international journal Sustainability Science and Member of Disaster Resilience Education Alliance (DREA) established by the Attorney General’s Department of Australian Government. He has presented his research in international forums, edited newsletters, project reports, and contributed papers in international journals, peer-reviewed books and global seminars. He is regularly invited to lecture in universities, citizen forums, Governmental/ Non-Governmental forums conventions, city-networks and other relevant training institutions. Dr Surjan has competently contributed in academic circles by evaluating postgraduate/doctoral research works for universities located in Asia-Pacific. One of his most recently published book titled ‘Urban Disasters and Resilience in Asia’. Dr. Surjan lived in Japan for 10 years and worked with the United Nations University (Tokyo) and Kyoto University, where his contributions were directed towards postgraduate teaching and research, capacity building and productively collaborating and networking with multi-tiered stakeholders. Dr. Surjan was trained at Kyoto University where he successfully completed his doctoral study, an empirical action-research focusing on resilience to environment and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Surjan is also a trained architect-planner – an interest zone that keeps him enthused when free.
Mr Biggins has 25 years’ experience as geologist and as an executive in the mining industry in Australia and internationally.
He has applied his Honours Degree in Geology and MBA as the founding Managing Director of ASX-listed Companies.
As MD of Core Exploration (ASX:CXO), Stephen led Core to the acquisition, discovery and definition of the first lithium Resources in the NT which is one of the highest grade lithium Resources in Australia.
Previously as founding director of Southern Gold (ASX:SAU) 2005–10 Stephen led the acquisition and discovery of the Cannon Gold Mine that is currently in gold production in Western Australia. Stephen was also a founding Director of Investigator Resources Ltd (ASX:IVR) which has discovered a high-grade Paris Silver Resource in South Australia on its founding projects.
Mr Biggins has built prospective portfolios of lithium, gold, uranium and base metal exploration projects in Australia, Asia and Africa.
Quentin moved to Darwin with his family in 1968 and following his school years commenced his radio announcing career as the Midnight to Dawn announcer at Radio 8DN, then went on to announcing roles in Toowoomba, Launceston, the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour and a stint as the Breakfast Announcer with 5AA in Adelaide.
In 1991 Quentin re-married and moved to Hong Kong where he worked as Promotions Director for Star TV (with a daily coverage of 220 million households) and Secretary- General of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AustCham). He also spent a year living in Singapore where he was General Manager of the Vision Four Television Network.
On returning to Australia Quentin took up the role of Regional Regulatory Manager with the US based satellite operator PanAmSat where he had coverage of some 43 countries across the Asia Pacific region, then spent over 6 years in senior roles with the Northern Territory Government including as Director International Trade and Asian Relations.
In August 2009 Quentin took over his current role as the Chief Executive Officer for the Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory (REINT).
Quentin graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2010, is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Management, graduated from Australian National University in Migration Law in 2010 and in 2015 became a Certified International Property Specialist through the National Association of Realtors in the USA.
Mr Wagner has been the Executive Director of the Minerals Council of Australia Northern Territory Division since September 2012 when he transitioned from a similar position in the Agricultural sector. With an extensive background in Industry representation across rural and regional Australia for over 15 years, including both the public and private sector, his focus has always been that of sustainability coupled with Economic growth.
Tim Hallam is an Executive Director of the NAIF, focusing on the Northern Territory. He has over 25 years’ experience in banking, and has held senior leadership roles as an Executive Director, Corporate and Asset Finance at Macquarie Bank and Head of Corporate Banking at RBC Capital Markets. He has extensive experience in public and private sector financing of infrastructure including airports, roads, rail energy and telecommunications.
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