Michael Gunner is Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and Member for Fannie Bay in the NT Legislative Assembly.
He is a fourth generation Territorian whose family have lived and worked here since the 1930s.
Michael was born in Alice Springs and did his junior schooling there and in Tennant Creek. He attended high school in Darwin and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Northern Territory University.
His personal values were shaped growing up in a family that earned its living from running small local businesses (including newsagencies and removalists) and on the land (including stock work and mining). His family has worked and lived throughout the Territory.
Michael worked in senior Ministerial adviser roles from 2001 until his election to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in August 2008, replacing mentor and former Chief Minister Clare Martin in the seat of Fannie Bay.
He was elected Leader of the Northern Territory Branch of the Australian Labor Party on 23 April 2015 and led the party to a historic election win in August 2016.
As Chief Minister, Michael’s focus is creating jobs, restoring trust in Government, investing in children, empowering the bush and building strong and safe communities.
Like many Territorians Michael loves sport. He has represented the Territory in Rugby Union and at various times has played cricket for PINTS and soccer for the Verdi Club in Alice Springs. Occasionally, as time permits, he still turns out for Waratahs Hockey Club.
The biggest barramundi he has caught (so far) is 78 centimetres long and he is an enthusiastic amateur chef who describes his best dish as Sicilian lemon chicken.
Ken Vowles has represented the electorate of Johnston in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly since 2012.
Mr Vowles is a born and bred Indigenous Territorian, who has been a part of the local community he represents in the NT Parliament since attending Jingili Pre School and Primary School in the 1970’s. He is married to Danyelle, and they have three sons – Ayden, Zander and Noah.
Ken’s passion for helping the community began while working with disadvantaged people in remote communities across the NT. He has gained experience in many different roles such as managing community education programs at the NT Department of Justice, where he developed and delivered programs in most major communities in the NT. Ken also was an Academic Lecturer for Sport, Recreation and Business at Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
During the former Government he served in a range of shadow portfolios including Regional Economic Development, Resources, Mines and Energy, Primary Industry, Indigenous Policy, Fisheries, Transport, Asian Relations and Trade, and Central Australia.
In his formative years, Ken spent time playing and coaching cricket in Australia and overseas. This included a three year stint in Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Ken now serves in the newly elected Labor NT Government as the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources.
Terry commenced work with Darwin Port Corporation in 2008 as the General Manager of Landside Operations and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Terry has an extensive maritime background with experience both at sea and in various port management roles. He has worked in Federal Government’s Department of Transport and Regional Services where he was engaged in rolling out the maritime transport security programs across Australia. Prior to joining the port, Terry worked with the private sector in logistics and facilities management.
Terry continues to hold the position of Chief Executive Officer under the newly formed Darwin Port Operations Pty Ltd.
He has a Bachelor of Business in Maritime and Logistics Management. He has lived in Darwin since 2000.
Ian is the Chief Executive Officer for Airport Development Group Pty Ltd which has interests in Darwin International, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports. He graduated with an Economics Degree from Monash University and joined Exxon for two years and was then with Shell Australia for twenty years prior to joining Northern Territory Airports in 2001. At Shell Australia, Ian worked in a variety of oil marketing, operations, change management, strategy and special project positions in Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Melbourne. Previously, Ian has been on the Board of the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory (AANT), Director of the Australian Airports Association (AAA), publically listed CSG, was Chair of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the Charles Darwin University Foundation and a National Councillor for Creative Partnerships Australia.
Ian is currently on the Board of the Museum and Art Galley of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). Ian is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Most recently Ian has been appointed as Chair of the Darwin Festival.
Craig has a solid grounding in project and program management with twenty five years’ experience working throughout Australia and internationally on major infrastructure and industrial projects related to minerals handling and processing, gas processing, gas transmission and distribution, electricity transmission and distribution and urban infrastructure development. Having worked as a client, contractor and consultant Craig understands the complexities of managing multiple project stakeholders and strives to promote positive business outcomes through detailed planning, sensible risk allocation and the implementation of relationship style contracting strategies. Craig is the Project Services Manager for the Northern Gas Project and is responsible for the commercial contracting and procurement as well as the governance and reporting processes associated with delivering the project.
Luke was born and raised on a mixed farm in Western Australia, educated in Perth and studied agriculture at Curtin University. In his early career he spent time shearing and working in the agriculture sector in Western Australia before travelling overseas to work in farming in Europe.
He then moved onto a role as a sales and marketing executive in the building and construction industry prior to spending 11 years with an Australian Government statutory authority. There he worked across Australia on land management and pastoral development on Indigenous land.
Between 2008 and 2014, Luke was the Chief Executive Officer, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, the peak industry body representing the majority of the Northern Territory cattle industry. He was instrumental in advocating for members and providing support for the Northern Territory pastoral industry during the suspension of the live export trade. Luke is also a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Agriculture Industry Advisory Council.
In July 2014, Luke was appointed as General Manager, Northern Australia Development Office, within the Northern Territory Government. Under Luke’s guidance, the office is showcasing and marketing the Northern Territory to prospective investors interested in the development of Northern Australia.
The office including its regional offices in Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs is leading the implementation of emerging policies that are driving the development of the Northern Territory. In addition, Luke is leading the delivery of the Northern Territory’s Economic Summits.
Louise Bilato holds post-graduate tertiary qualifications in psychology, dispute resolution, rehabilitation and education. She has owned and operated an injury management and psychology practice in Darwin since 1993 with a special interest in the biopsychosocial factors impacting return to work post injury, chronic pain management and suicide prevention. In 2006 Louise completed an eight-week Churchill Fellowship study tour of Canada and New Zealand visiting facilities that deliver pain management interventions with a return to work focus.
Louise has strong family ties to the road transport industry and since 1999 has worked closely with road transport operators to implement safety management systems and, in particular, fatigue risk management systems. Louise has performed the role of Executive Officer for the NT Road Transport Association since 2009. She holds a variety of Board positions and has contributed extensively to consultative processes prioritising infrastructure investments, policy reforms and industry driven initiatives to enhance the safety, productivity, profitability and future proofing of the road transport industry.
Tom moved to the NT in 1978 to work for the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries after completing an Agricultural Science degree at the University of Queensland. He spent 20 years with the department, working closely with Katherine region cattle producers on research and development projects. In 1987, he bought his own small cattle herd and first property in 1989. In 1994 he and wife Bev bought Sunday Creek Station on the Sturt Plateau, later adding South Birdum Creek Station and Stillwater blocks. Tom & Bev have 3 children- Peta studying Ag Science at UQ Gatton, Brian in Grade 12 and Claire (grade 8) both boarding in Brisbane.
Tom has acted on the NTCA Board as Cattle Council Representative and Katherine Branch Chairman. Previously he was Chair of the North Australia Beef Research Council (1999-2005), board member of the Tropical Savannas CRC under the chairmanship of John Kerin, a member of the NT Pastoral Land Board, and a Founding & Life member of both the Katherine Rugby Union and Brahmans Rugby Club.
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.
Gaurav has been working with Deloitte based in the NT since 2009. Gaurav also has prior experience working with a top-tier law firm in Perth.
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 been involved with red tape reduction initiatives for the NT construction and development sector, retail fuel sector, and tourism sector is a co-author of the reports ‘Building a Better Territory: Get out of your own way – Unleashing productivity in the construction and development sector’ and ‘Building a Better Territory: Get out of your own way – Unleashing productivity in the retail fuel sector’.
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.
Richard is the General Manager of Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Compliance for Tellus, with 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment and approvals management. Previous employment includes roles as Senior Environmental Scientist with GHD in Australia and for international environmental and engineering consulting firms such as URS and WS Atkins. Richard has provided specialist technical roles in water resource management, soils management, flora assessment and the preparation of tailored environmental management plans. Richard's experience extends to project management, planning approvals and contractor engagement for specialist EIA infrastructure and energy projects in the Australia, UK, and the Middle East. Graduate of University of Wollongong and member of EIANZ.
Tony Stubbin commenced as General Manager of the Land Development Corporation in February 2016 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March of this year.
Prior to his involvement with the Land Development Corporation, he was 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.
Gerard Rosse is the General Manager of the City Futures department at the City of Darwin. Prior to his commencement at the City of Darwin he held senior positons in Local Government and private sector in both Queensland and the Northern Territory with a focus on planning, policy and development. Driving the City Futures portfolio that includes City Planning, Environmental Services, Digital Innovation and Economic Development and Tourism Gerard has a keen interest in progressing the Smart City and Digital Transformation agenda for the City of Darwin to ensure it captures the unique context of Darwin and the Northern Territory. Gerard holds a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning and has MPIA and MAICD status.
Alan Samuel is a Director in Deloitte’s Management Consulting practice in Perth, Australia, with 20 years of experience in major capital projects, asset management and organisation transformation across the Resources industry, with special focus on Oil and Gas. Alan transferred in 2010 from the Netherlands to Australia to focus on the LNG Assets, supporting Owner/Operator Companies in their transformational readiness journeys from capital project delivery into operatorship. His professional mission is to improve industry collaboration in all aspects, his personal goal to become the undisputed master chef of charcoal cooked satay ayam in Australia.
I Currently hold the position of Project Director / Contract administrator under the Managing contractor contract and hold responsibility for the oversight of the Palmerston Regional Hospital Project on behalf of the NTG.
Have been working for the NTG for 6 years holding positions such as Principal Project Officer, Senior Project Manager and Project Director.
I have been involved in the construction and FM related industries for approximately 23 years, originally starting in fire protection services working on large scale industrial construction and maintenance , petro chemical and marine related contracts.
Over the years I have held positions as Commercial Manger, Regional Manager, Project Manager in the private construction industry mostly design and construct and Builders side roles.
And also have executed and overseen facilities management and maintenance contracts for petroleum based clients where managed a portfolio of 200+ site across Victoria, NSW, QLD and Tasmania with a direct appointed management team and over 80 Subcontractors, In addition have managed contracts for aviation services in WA, QLD and Victoria.
I hold qualifications in Construction Management, Project Management, and Contract Management.
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