Eva Lawler is the Member for Drysdale and was elected to the Northern Territory Parliament in August 2016. She is the Treasurer of the Northern Territory, Minister for Education; Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics; and Territory Development. She has previously held portfolios in Renewables, Essential Services, Environment and Climate Change.
Eva was born in Darwin and began her career as a teacher, then as a Principal and Education Executive over 30 years across the Territory. She has a Masters in Education, a Masters in International Management, a Diploma in Project Management and an Associate Diploma in Public Service Management.
As part of the Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Portfolio, Eva is focused on providing a pipeline of infrastructure projects that support local jobs, economic development and benefit the community. These include the development of Middle Arm, the ship left facility in Darwin and an infrastructure corridor that will improve the delivery of services to the regions. Transport infrastructure is a major focus of Eva’s, with creating safer roads and sealing the Territory a key goal for Government.
Shaun is the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. Prior to this, Shaun led the former Department of Trade, Business and Innovation following more than three decades of executive appointments spanning the public and private sectors. These roles include the role as Senior Economic Advisor to the former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, the Assistant Coordinator General in Queensland and as Chief of Staff to a Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. In each of these roles, Shaun has led the development and implementation of economic policy, infrastructure development and industry growth initiatives.
A keen development economist, Shaun has a passion for stimulating new investment to support stronger, more prosperous communities. He has significant experience in delivering projects in the agriculture, resources and tourism sectors, as well as deep knowledge of parliament, cabinet and budget processes, land tenure, and corporate governance. Shaun has an honours degree in economics, is a PhD candidate in the field of infrastructure project governance, an Executive Fellow of the Australia New Zealand School of Government, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Shane after moving to the Territory in the 1980’s, has worked in the civil, buildings, marine and mining construction and infrastructure asset management sectors for over 37 years across the NT, WA and the United Arab Emirates. Managing projects and contracts for major projects across northern and western Australia, Shane provides strategic and policy advice to Agency Ministers, Executives, Infrastructure Commissioner, Client Agencies and Industry representatives. His current project planning and delivery portfolio totals in the order of $2 billion. Shane has a range of experience and professional qualifications in Technical, Professional and Engineering disciplines including governance and business most recently a Post Graduate Degree in Business and is currently under consideration for Membership of Engineering Executive with Engineers Australia.
Gaurav is the Lead Partner for Deloitte’s Global Investment and Innovation Incentives (Gi3) team in Northern Australia and Government Incentives in Australia. Gaurav is a qualified lawyer and has over 15 years’ experience working with Deloitte. Gaurav has been heavily involved with extensive strategy, economic development, and public policy development and review projects across the NT. He is deeply passionate about helping shape a better Northern
Australia and making a meaningful difference to the local community. Gaurav has been heavily involved with extensive redevelopment projects across the NT. He is deeply passionate about helping shape a better Northern Australia and making a meaningful difference to the local community. Gaurav regularly presents at conferences such as Developing Northern Australia Conference and NT Major Projects Conference.
Claire Brown is the General Manager Transport and Civil Services with the Department of
Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. Claire was born and raised in the Katherine region and is passionate about driving sustainable economic and social advancement of the Territory. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the
fields of primary production, land management, land development and planning and transport and civil services.
As General Manager Transport and Civil Services, Claire oversees the Northern Territory’s transport system from design, development and management of transport infrastructure, and the regulation and licencing of people and vehicles who use the transport network.
Claire understands the challenges and opportunities that come with doing business in the NT and makes sure the Territory’s voice is heard at a national level.
Jett is a commercial and corporate affairs professional with expertise in the development and operation of major energy projects in the Northern Territory. She has 17 years of leadership experience in strategy, government affairs, commercial, stakeholder engagement, risk, Aboriginal agreements, communications and communities, and holds a Masters in Strategic Communication (Risk). Her private sector experience includes 13 years in senior government affairs and commercial roles with leading operators and developers in the NT including ConocoPhillips, Santos, and now Sun Cable. This has exposed her to renewable energy projects, onshore and offshore oil and gas operations, LNG backfill, brownfield expansion, and early-stage development of hydrogen, e-fuels, and green industrial projects.
Stephen Goodall has an extensive background in the Resources, Tourism, Defence and Defence Industries sectors. His roles have been associated with major project delivery encompassing work throughout the Asia Pacific region covering the past 40 years.
As a former Northern Territory Regional Manager in the Oil and Gas sector, Stephen developed a sound understanding of resources sector operations in Northern Australia. He was fortunate to then apply this broad industry operations knowledge to support his role as Team Leader - Industry Engagement at the Industry Skills Advisory Council (ISACNT).
During his appointment at ISACNT Stephen directly supported the development of the 5 Mines Projects - Workforce Analysis for the Central Australia - Barkly region and, in addition, conducted a major Feasibility Study into the development of Aviation and Maritime Precincts in Darwin.
Stephen is now the Chief Policy Officer at the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, where he leads a highly capable team engaging with Northern Territory Government and NT Business in key stakeholder activities including Chamber NT Industry Councils, Workforce -Industrial Relations, Federal Local Jobs Employment Facilitation and industry led projects.
Current project responsibilities include the Territory Aviation Skills Centre, East Arm Maritime Precinct Development, Middle Arm Sustainment Precinct, Northern Australia Steel Common User Facility, and related Chamber NT assignments.
Stephen supports the development of advanced workforce skills capabilities for the NT through industry commitment to education and training. To support this vision, he continues undertaking significant analysis work focused on the integration of multiple industries, working collectively, to broaden skills capacities throughout the NT workforce.
A former Major in the Australian Regular Army, Stephen is an executive manager who is strongly committed to the continued development of the NT’s economic prosperity, commercial growth, major project delivery and the related development of a skilled, motivated, and capable Territory workforce.
Tony Stubbin commenced as General Manager of the Land Development Corporation on 15 February 2016. Prior to this, he 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.
Greg Midgley is a Partner at Clayton Utz, one of Australia's leading law firms. Originally from Brisbane, Greg recently relocated his family permanently to Darwin to head up the firm's Major Projects team in Darwin. Greg's team specialises in the structuring, funding and development of major infrastructure projects and is currently advising on some of the Northern Territory's and Australia's highest profile infrastructure projects, such as Middle Arm, Inland Rail, North-East Link and Cross River Rail. Greg brings a broad range of experience and a global perspective to the Northern Territory, having previously worked at top-tier law firms in Australia, London and New York.
Karen is the CEO of Venture Housing. Karen’s 35 year career spans the UK and Australia, in Government, corporate and non-government sectors - in executive roles driving strategy, policy and housing reform and growth in Aboriginal, public and community housing.
For seven years at SGCH Karen led the contract and tenancy management of Australia’s first Social housing PPP in Bonnyrigg, as well as leading urban regeneration and place making partnerships across the portfolio of 4,000 managed and owned affordable homes. Karen successfully led the Group’s innovation and business initiatives and bids, as well as its strategic asset portfolio and social impact frameworks.
Karen is committed to achieving impact through collaborations, leadership and harnessing the strengths of social purpose and commercial disciplines. She has been instrumental in influencing, leading, and delivering reform and growth initiatives in the Aboriginal and community housing sectors since 2005 in NSW and 2019 in the NT, and since 2021 led the collaboration to establish a Community Housing Industry Association NT branch.
In 2019 Karen moved to an Exec role in NT Government where she led the community housing growth reform, homelessness services, urban planning and new supply, and drove innovative housing services and programs. In 2021 Karen joined Venture Housing as the CEO and has focussed on the organisation’s growth strategy and vision since.
Karen’s holds two Masters Degrees - Social Policy and an Executive Masters, Public Administration; is a GAICD; and an Honorary Associate of the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance. Karen is committed to excellence in governance and has served on many Boards, including national peak and industry bodies and is currently a Director on CHIA; the AHI; My Foundations Youth Housing; and a committee member on UDIA NT.
After growing up and schooling in Alice Springs and Darwin, Daniel started his journey in development as a consultant civil engineer in South East Queensland in the early 2000’s. His career guided him back to his hometown of Darwin in pursuit of a greater diversity of opportunities in 2010. Daniel worked for a number of years as an engineering consultant across several residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure development projects; as well as a construction contractor on significant process plant and infrastructure projects. Daniel’s work at the Land Development Corporation, the NT’s strategic land developer provided him with the opportunity to understand development decision making processes from a Proponent’s perspective. During this period, Daniel was exposed to Middle Arm for the first time, culminating in the delivery of Stage 1 of the Kittyhawk development in 2019. That project signalled the start of a long engagement with Middle Arm, which continues today in his current role with the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics (DIPL) as Project Director of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.
Alister drives implementation of the Northern Territory Gas Strategy and the government’s
vision to position the Northern Territory as a world-class gas production, manufacturing and
services hub by 2030.
Alister leads collaboration between industry, the business sector and government to ensure
a coordinated approach to developing and diversifying the Territory’s gas industry.
In delivering this vision, Alister draws on his early experience in strategic market and
business development in the international trade and agricultural sectors across Northern
Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia; and his more recent roles as Chief Executive
of the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, and the Department of Primary
Industry and Resources in the Northern Territory Government.
Alister has a deep understanding of the resources sector and his former agency played a key
role in implementing recommendations from the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing
that resulted in onshore petroleum exploration recommencing in July 2019.
Alister has a solid record of delivery in the resources and agricultural sectors supported by a
strong network of strategic relationships at the local, national and international levels.
Ian Scrimgeour has a PhD in geology from the University of Adelaide and has around 30 years experience in the Territory’s geoscience and resources sector, in government, industry and academia. Ian had led the Northern Territory Geological Survey since 2006 and is currently responsible for leading the Territory Government’s efforts to grow the exploration and mining sector through the Resourcing the Territory initiative.
Nigel is the Managing Director of Territory Sands Pty Ltd, based in Darwin. Nigel is a geologist by profession and has worked all but one of his 25 years as a geologist in the Northern Territory. Nigel has worked in extractive minerals, high purity quartz, uranium and bulk minerals (phosphate and potash) during this time. Nigel was a founding partner of Territory Sands in 2019.
Matt has over 30 years experience in developing and managing complex national scale property portfolio, water and telecommunications infrastructure projects. With a foundation in civil engineering, estate management and structured finance, Matt has worked across Australia, UK, USA, China and the Philippines.
The past decade has seen a focus on digital transformation. With services to acquire, manage, analyse and make data useful to help organisations and stakeholders to be more effective and efficient.
Matt holds a Remote Operators Certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and he regularly will fly the Air Inspect Australia missions to acquire photogrammetry and LIDAR data to input to reality modelling and asset management.
Amelia Nuku is the Chief Executive Officer of the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT (ISACNT), an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides advice to and gathers intelligence on training package development, workforce development, skills shortages, and workforce solutions in the Northern Territory.
With more than 25 years of experience working in the Vocational Education and Training sector in the Territory, Amelia has successfully developed workforce solutions for industry that have created sustainable training and employment opportunities, achieved positive business outcomes, and contributed to increasing a local skilled workforce.
Professor Scott Bowman is Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) eighth Vice-Chancellor and President.
Since joining CDU in 2021, Professor Bowman has delivered a new strategic plan outlining ambitions for CDU to become Australia’s most connected university.
Professor Bowman has put renewed focus on CDU’s regional campuses, appointing senior leaders in Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, and Sydney. He has led a restructuring of the University and the establishment of CDU TAFE, a dedicated area for skills and training designed to meet future workplace needs.
Professor Bowman began his professional life as a radiographer, working in several London hospitals before starting his teaching and lecturing career. He left the UK for Australia to take the position of Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Charles Sturt University and holds a Master of Politics and Government, a Ph.D. in Clinical Decision Making, and a Master of Business Administration.
Professor Bowman joined CDU as a distinguished university leader, having served as Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity (CQU). For over a decade, his vision and leadership helped transform CQU into one of Australia’s largest and most engaged regional universities.
Professor Bowman also served at Western Sydney University as a Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Other previous university leadership positions include Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Services) and Registrar at James Cook University; Foundation Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Charles Sturt University; and Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health Science and Community at the University College of St Martin (Lancaster University) Lancaster, UK.
In 2019 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his significant contributions to higher education, training, and regional Australia.
Since moving to the Territory in 2001, Lyle’s professional life has been focused on development and delivery of public infrastructure for Defence, Research and the government sectors across the Territory. With the highly regarded Civic and State Square Masterplan and the $100m Territory commitment to the Darwin City Deal completed, Lyle seized a new opportunity to further delivery of community infrastructure in our Territory’s Capital, joining the City of Darwin team in May 2022 to lead delivery of the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the Civic Centre Redevelopment projects.
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