Jane brings an interest in socially and culturally sustainable development to the Board as well as a background in strategic communication. She has lived and worked across the Northern Territory for the past 25 years, including 10 years in senior government communication roles, then running a strategic communication consultancy, which she sold three years ago. She works part-time as a community engagement and social impact assessment practitioner with True North Strategic Communication. Jane is a PhD Candidate at the Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University, where she is researching models of social and cultural impact assessment of projects that would deliver socially, culturally, economically and ecologically sustainable ‘development of the North’. She has qualifications in journalism, psychology, marketing and business administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Kate is a passionate advocate for the Northern Territory. She is a member of many northern Australian representative bodies and was formerly the Executive Officer of the NT Horticultural Association. In her current role as CEO of Regional Development Australia NT she works with a range of organisations to support the sustainable development of the Territory. A born and bred Territorian with experience across government and non-government roles, Kate is keen to secure a prosperous future for Territorians and she believes strongly in the need for locals to drive development through innovation and cross-sectoral collaboration.
Aunty Bilawara is an Elder of the Larrakia Nation of Darwin NT and has lived in the Top End for over 67 years. She is the Larrakia Academic in Residence at Charles Darwin University,and an Authorised Marriage Celebrant and international published author with two books Star Dreaming and Healing from the Dilly Bag. Bilawara is internationally respected as a healer and teacher of the ancient wisdoms of Aboriginal Spirituality and Healing, and travels nationally and internationally to conduct special life-changing workshops and ceremonies.
As a First Nations Elder of the oldest continuous surviving cultures on Earth, she brings with her a strong commitment to helping balance sustainable economic growth and the health and wellbeing of the land and environment.
Rick Fletcher has taken up the position of Manager - Regional Development South, overseeing Regional Development projects in the Land Council’s Southern service area, based in Katherine. Born and bred in Katherine NT, Rick is a highly respected businessman and an advocate for empowering Indigenous people to build a sustainable Indigenous economy. Rick joins the NLC from a previous role as Chief Executive Officer of the Kalano Community Association Inc. supporting the local governing Board over the past 8 years with the delivery of a broad range of social services and economic activity to the local Indigenous community of Katherine. His life and career have been inﬂuenced by a personal commitment to community empowerment, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous and has more than 20 years of experience working within the public, private and community sectors.
Steve commenced as CEO of Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in January 2015. He has most recently been the Science and Industry leader at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth. He has also been CEO and Managing Director of two Co-operative Research Centre’s and Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. He is an experienced company director with a strong vision for CAT to work as a national organisation delivering the technology innovation needed to stimulate economic development across remote Australia.
Ray has been working in the environmental and NRM field in the NT for over 20 years. He currently owns and operates EcOz Environmental Consulting, the NT’s largest locally owned and operated environmental consulting business. Prior to this, Ray was involved with the Maningrida-based Djelk Rangers and the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation where his role focused on sustainable development of natural resources and the creation of employment opportunities. He has also previously been involved with the Landcare Council, the Bushfires regional councils and government. Ray is very interested in the social and economic aspects of NRM and environmental values and hopes to use his skills and experience to add value to the TNRM Board and its activities.