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 has represented the people of the Casuarina electorate in Darwin’s northern suburbs since October 2014, after winning a by-election and becoming the youngest member to enter NT Parliament at the age of 27.
As the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren is responsible for growing the Territory’s critical visitor economy, as well as having responsibility for the arts, heritage, sports, parks and major events. She is also the Minister for Corporate and Information Services, overseeing the NT Government’s digital agenda.
Lauren has been a long-time advocate in the areas of youth mental health and education and prior to entering Parliament she worked in roles for Anglicare NT, Headspace and NT Police.
Her community and youth development work has been recognised locally and nationally; she is the recipient of an Excellence in Youth Leadership award at the NT Young Achiever Awards and 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 Women’s Weekly Women of the Future.
Lauren migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom at the age of 12 and has been a proud Territorian ever since.
Jamie was appointed as the CEO of DHCD in December 2016 following a policing career in the Northern Territory that commenced in 1994. He spent more than half of this policing career based outside of Darwin which included general duties, remote policing, criminal investigation and senior executive management roles. Under Jamie’s charter, the DHCD leads the delivery of the government’s priorities in the areas of housing and community development. It is integral in the development of towns, regions and remote areas, with responsibility for urban and remote public housing, local government, Aboriginal interpreting services, homeland and outstation services, remote land tenure and Indigenous essential services. Jamie has undertaken an organisational restructure of the department to better align its services and increase its efficiency, and introduced a Purpose and Direction Strategy that shifts the agency towards a social service. He has also established a project management office to support the delivery of the NT Government flagship $1.1 Billion Remote Housing Investment Program over the next 10 years across 73 remote Aboriginal communities.
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.
As Chief Executive, Alister’s vision is to see a flourishing Northern Territory economy underpinned by profitable and sustainable primary industries, fisheries and resources.
Alister’s early career includes strategic market and business development in the international trade and pastoral sectors across Northern Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Alister joined the NTG in 2002 and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries in 2012, then Department of Primary Industry and Resources in September 2016. Alister continues to work closely with industry to lead the growth of the pastoral, horticulture, fishing, aquaculture and mines and energy sectors and to strongly contribute to North Australian development.
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 12 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.
Brian joined the Chamber of Commerce NT 4 years ago and is currently its Deputy Chief Executive. He has carriage for the Chamber’s two Industry Councils namely the International Business Council and the Manufacturers Council.
During that period, Brian has been instrumental in significantly raising the Chamber’s profile and influencing NT Government policy – including a stronger Buy Local Policy, the re-introduction of a bigger & better small business economic stimulus package for small business, the need for greater public investment in strategic infrastructure and a strong focus on developing our international trade links.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Brian was a career public servant with over 30 years experience in fostering infrastructure and industry development on behalf of various Federal and State Governments in Australia. In 2014, Brian finished his 16 years of public service with the Northern Territory Government as Managing Director of the Office of Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment within the Department of the Chief Minister.
During that distinguished career Brian had the pleasure of being a core member of small teams that delivered the construction of the long awaited Alice Springs to Darwin rail link, the development of the Darwin Business Park at East Arm and the securing of the ICHTHYS LNG project currently under construction across Darwin Harbour. Brian was also heavily involved in developing new international trade for the Northern Territory – including live cattle exports to Vietnam.
Brian has a strong desire to further the strategic relationship between the Northern Territory and its Asian neighbours.
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.
Sam applies his broad experience to the successful management of complex multi-disciplinary and customer focused programs in the solar, energy and water efficiency space. He has developed skills across residential, commercial and utility solar power and energy efficiency with unique insights into Aboriginal peoples’ relationship with power services in remote community housing. Effective evaluation and knowledge sharing are an ongoing priority of his work with particular relevance to NT government initiatives in Remote Services Delivery, Housing Programs and the Roadmap to Renewables.
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.
Kevin has been a resident of the Northern Territory since 1987.
He has been the CEO/Director of the Industry Capability Network (NT) for the previous 13 years. He is the current Chairman of the Northern Territory Business Council and Co-Chairman of the National ICN Executive Directors.
He has a background in Trade and Commerce both domestically and internationally via his previous role with the NT Chamber of Commerce and is currently in Board or committee positions with Master Builders NT, Manufacturers Council, Energy Club and the NT Government’s Procurement Review Board.
Chris Tziolis is the Managing Director of Verdant Minerals taking up the position in July 2014. Prior to Verdant Minerals Chris was a Rio Tinto executive fulfilling a number of roles including the Chief Development Officer of Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) and the Manager Business Development and Rail and Port Infrastructure at Rio Tinto Coal Australia. Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2006 Chris was a consultant with McKinsey & Co where he worked predominantly on corporate strategy and operational performance improvement projects for global mining companies. Chris began his career as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Science from the University of NSW, a Masters in International Relations from Deakin University and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
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.
Ross was educated at the Brisbane Boys College and completed a Degree in Law, with over 10 years experience in the legal profession. Ross branched out into property syndication and development and has worked for over 25 years in asset and development roles including Lend Lease Corporation, Macquarie Bank and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.
Key projects undertaken during his career include commercial office developments, shopping centres, residential and industrial sub-divisions, high density staged residential unit development as well community master-planning.
Ross is also experienced in financial structuring including raising investment (equity) funds and debt finance to fund development and investment projects.
Ross joined Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd (NTA) as the Director Property in October 2010 and manages the property portfolio across the three airports including masterplanning, implementing development strategies, property management and property investment for the company.
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.
Louise is an Executive Engineer, Chartered Fellow and Senior Civil/Structural Engineer with 19 years' experience in the public and private sectors.
In 2016, Louise was appointed as the General Manager for Transport and Civil Services Division within the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics NT as part of the Machinery Change of Government in the Northern Territory. The Transport and Civil Services Division is responsible for the Northern 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 last 13 years that Louise has been in the Northern Territory, she has managed some of the largest transport infrastructure projects in the Territory including the upgrade of the Victoria Highway Floodplain and a number of projects on Tiger Brennan Drive, the main arterial connection between the Darwin CBD, the satellite city of Palmerston and the Port of Darwin. Louise has also contributed towards the Northern Territory’s response to the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia from a transport and engineering perspective.
Outside of work, Louise has played an active role in Engineers Australia, particularly in representing the Northern Division. In 2012 and 2013, Louise was the Northern Division President; was a National Congress Delegate from 2012 to 2015 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 for projects she has worked on as well as individual awards including Young Professional Engineer of the Year for the NT in 2007; Winner of the 2010 NT Telstra Business Women's Award for Innovation; National Finalist for the 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Award for Innovation.
Andrew was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics after the Northern Territory Election in September 2016.
Prior to this, Andrew held the position of Chief Executive of the Department of Transport from
July 2015. With more than 19 years’ experience in the Northern Territory Public Sector, Andrew was previously the Chief Executive of Darwin Waterfront Corporation, General Manager for the Land Development Corporation and held positions as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director in the Department of Housing and Local Government.
Andrew has previously held key roles in the AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Department of the Chief Minister and NT Treasury. He has worked in finance and commercial roles in the private sector, locally in the mining industry and overseas on public private partnerships.
Andrew undertook all his education in the Northern Territory, he has tertiary and post-graduate qualifications in commerce and business.
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.
Adam Walding is the General Manager of Planning and Infrastructure with the Department of Education. He is a qualified electrician and has a Masters in Business Administration. He recently joined the Department of Education in January 2018 and was previously with the Department of Health for approximately 7 years. Adam has in excess of 20 years of experience in Asset Management, Facility Management, a Private Public Partnership agreement and Project Management in both the NTG, Commonwealth and Private Sectors in the Northern Territory.
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