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.
Born and raised in Darwin, Rachel’s career has been focused on the success and sustainable growth of the tourism industry in Darwin, her commitment to the industry is a result of her passion to the Territory.
Managing Director of Darwin Harbour Cruises, Rachel has more than 22 years management level experience in the Northern Territory tourism industry, specialising in marketing, product development and business management. Owning a tourism business throughout the highs and lows the Territory economy has experienced in the last 20 years has given Rachel an excellent understanding of what it takes to grow a business from the ground up.
Rachel has recently been appointed as Commissioner on the Tourism NT board in 2017 and with 8 years’ experience on the Tourism Top End board she now sits as Vice Chair of Tourism Top End. Rachel is a vocal lobbyist for the associations’ 561 members.
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.
I started work as a teacher in Qld at a large school in Ipswich, moved west as the maths and science teacher at Julia Creek area school, then came to Darwin to teach Chemistry at Darwin High in 1984. In 1987 I won the job of Science Faculty Senior at Taminmin High School and developed a great interest in the newly developed agriculture component where I stayed for 9 years. This included being farm manager, agriculture teacher and trainer, curriculum development roles and Ag moderator. During the 1990s Taminmin was also the meeting centre for developing horticulture industry and this lead to strong relationships with NTDPIF and the farmers. I left teaching to work as a Senior Horticulture Extension Officer in the NTDPIF for 10 years and learned the joys of adult education.
Since then I have been back to science teaching a few times as Science Faculty Senior and acting Assistant Principal at Taminmin, done some industry research and development projects. I worked for NT Farmers Association as a Project Officer, Industry Development Manager and now CEO of the Association. Over the last 30 years I concentrated on teaching, training, horticultural extension and industry development and above all, learning about agriculture and horticulture in the NT and our great farmers that make it happen.
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.
Graeme obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (Melbourne University) in 1971 and completed a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Monash University Zoology) in 1981. His career with the Victorian public sector spanned the 1970s, 1980s and most of the 1990s and included environmental research, natural resource management, resource protection and fisheries education and management.
Graeme’s Northern Territory career has included sixteen years working in senior non-government roles in the Northern Territory. He commenced work in the role of Chief Executive Officer, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Northern Territory) early in 2011, following ten years working with respected NT community organisations Greening Australia and Council On The Ageing (COTA).
In his current role, Graeme is a regular contributor to the NT News Business review feature, providing articles which address topical issues of relevance to the development industry and Darwin’s development generally.
Alastair was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Tourism and Culture in September 2016. Prior to that Alastair was Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Land Resource Management from March 2015, and he acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Business during 2014.
Alastair was born and educated in Darwin and has more than 35 years of public sector experience in the Northern Territory, most of it at the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney‑General and Justice and its predecessors. He has substantial experience in the negotiation of agreements, including Indigenous Land Use Agreements, and agreements concerning Aboriginal land under the Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act, and the Native Title Act. He was part of the negotiating team that established a number of joint management arrangements for Northern Territory Parks.
Alastair has also been involved in commercial negotiations for major projects in the Northern Territory, such as the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) Project, long term lease of the East Arm Port, the AustralAsia Railway, Darwin City Waterfront, and the Marine Supply Base. He has qualifications in Law and Accounting, and a Masters in Public Administration. He is also the Chair of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation.
Mr Coucill joined Power and Water Corporation in September 2015, originally in a newly formed role as the Senior Manager Business for Remote Operations. Since April 2017 he has held the role of General Manager Regions and Remote Operations, overseeing the delivery of power, water and sewer services across 72 indigenous communities, five minor centres and 66 outstations across the Northern Territory.
Mr Coucill has worked in government and private energy sectors and has extensive experience in commercial and operational management of varying businesses within this area.
He has held commercial and operational management roles with:
Mr Coucill initially commenced his career as a cadet with the Northern Territory Treasury in 1979 and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) 1982.
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.
Louise is an Executive Engineer, Chartered Fellow and Senior Civil/Structural Engineer with 18 years' experience in the public and private sectors.
In 2016, Louise was appointed as the General Manager for Transport and Civil Services which consolidate the areas responsible for the Territory’s transport system from design, development and management of our transport infrastructure to regulation and licensing of the vehicles and people that use our transport networks.
Over the 12 years that Louise has been in the Territory, she has managed some of the largest transport infrastructure projects in the Territory including the upgrade of the Victoria Highway Floodplain and the extension of Tiger Brennan Drive from the Stuart Highway to Berrimah Road including a the major grade separated interchange with the Stuart Highway. Louise has also successfully negotiated significant funding for the Northern Territory under the Australian Government’s Northern Australian Roads Programme and Beef Roads Programme.
Outside of work, Louise has played an active role within the Northern Division of Engineers Australia. In 2012-13, Louise was the Division President and has also been a National Congress Delegate and Member of the National Committee for Women in Engineering for Engineers Australia.
Louise's work has been recognised through a number of industry awards including Young Professional Engineer of the Year for the NT in 2007 and Winner of the 2010 NT Telstra Business Women's Award for Innovation.
Energy Renaissance co-founder and Managing Director Brian Craighead holds an unshakable conviction that energy storage is the unlock key to the mass adoption of renewable energy – and that the tipping point in technology and awareness has been reached. With a Computer Science background, Brian has held a variety of senior positions in the UK, US, Bermuda and Australia with Arthur Andersen, Chevron, GPYR and most recently as Managing Director of Red Bean Republic.
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.
Brian Fowler has worked for over 40 years in private sector mineral companies developing a range of commodities, including rare earths, base metals and gold.
He has significant experience in a number of disciplines including environmental management, safety management, community engagement, project permitting and approvals, and land access. He has worked at various mining operations and in exploration throughout Australasia. He has been based in the NT for 27years. In these roles Brian has been involved in taking projects from discovery, through development to production, compliance management, rehabilitation and to mine closure.
Prior to joining Arafura in 2007, Brian worked with Newmont Australia and Normandy Mining in a variety of senior management roles.
Brian is a member of the Northern Territory Mining Board, Management Committee of the Northern Territory Minerals Council of Australia, and a member of Work Health & Safety Advisory Council of the Northern Territory.
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.
Ruth is the Director of the Northern Institute, the social and policy research institute at Charles Darwin University. Her research interests relate to the links between identity, marginalised learners and the development of effective learning and workforce development pathways. This work is situated in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia and Indonesia, with a specific focus in research approaches to improve service delivery and adaptation, undertaken with Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas. Ruth’s research connects to digital systematic learning pedagogies, and approaches to workforce development through remote based enterprises. Ruth leads the Regional, Economic & Workforce Development theme at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University and focuses on collaborative approaches to workforce development and engagement with community, governments and industry that are sustainable and scalable. Ruth has extensive experience in educational practice development and as a teacher at all educational levels. In 2016 Ruth became the first female Australian researcher to be awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences (Sponsored by Kansas State University). Ruth also won the NT Leader/Manager of the Year category at the 2016 Australian Institute of Management’s Leadership Excellence.
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.
Janet is the Program Director responsible for developing the Darwin Innovation Hub’s programs which are designed to “Solve, Grow, Drive and Increase” merging businesses and ideas from multiple industry sectors across the Northern Territory, Northern Australia and through to the Asia-Pacific regions.
Janet is a specialist Small to Medium business development advisor, industry facilitator, stakeholder engagement and relationships manager. She brings significant skills and knowledge on government relations, large corporations engagement and supply chain analysis.
Janet was the Centre for Defence Industry Capability Industry Advisor for the NT where the key priority was providing business advice, facilitation and programs, identifying appropriate capability grants, as well as facilitating innovation grant applications with the Defence Innovation Hub.
Janet has a Diploma of Business and Masters of Business Administration from Charles Darwin University.
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