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.
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.
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.
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