Our Board

Meet our Board Members

We are governed by an eight-member Board of Directors and owned by the Northern Territory Government.

Board members are appointed by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, and are responsible for setting the company’s direction, approving strategies and establishing policies.

Our Board is also accountable for monitoring performance against strategies and plans, as well as ensuring good corporate governance, effective risk management, legal compliance, strategic direction and appropriate business structure.

Portrait of Alistair Feehan

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Alistair has held the position of CEO at Imparja Television for 17 years. During this time the organisation has seen continued and sustainable growth with expansion in key business areas, in turn creating a highly efficient business model.

Alistair previously held senior positions at the 7 Network and was General Manager of Val Morgan Australia. He is a member on the Board of Free TV Australia, the peak industry body for the free to air television broadcasting sector.

He is a Director of Eastern Australia Satellite Broadcasters, Director of Central Digital Television and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Previously a Director of the Board, Alistair was appointed Chair for the NT Major Events Company in July 2014.

Portrait of Michael Bridge

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Michael is the Chair of Tourism NT and Chair of the CGH Group, an international specialist labour-hire and recruitment company with 21 offices throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

For 19 years Michael was CEO of Airnorth, Australia’s second-oldest airline for 19 years and is now a Board Member of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA).

Michael was the Chair of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia for seven years and was also a Director/Trustee of the Aviation Industry Superannuation Trust for eight years.

Michael is a recipient of the National Australia Bank’s Medal for Management Innovation and in 2008 was awarded the Australian Aviation “Personality of the Year” for his work on creating an industry wide forum bringing together the 12 industry associations in an effort to find a consolidated voice. Michael also sat on a number of international Advisory Boards for the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer.

Michael is an Ambassador for the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame, Business Events Northern Territory and the Museum and Arts Gallery of the Northern Territory.

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Andrew has resided in the Territory for the past 40 years. He has held a position on the Northern Territory Major Events Company board for more than 17 years and is actively involved in a variety of local sports clubs throughout the NT.

Andrew is former Chair of NT Employment and Training Advisory Council. He also Chairs the St John Ambulance NT Endowment Trust and was a founding member of the Federal Government’s Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

He now works part-time for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of the team at the Drought and North Queensland Flood Relief Agency

In 2011 Andrew was awarded a member of the Order of Australia for service to the community of the NT through executive roles within a range of cultural, tourism, education and charitable organisations, and to the broadcast media industry.

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Andrew is the Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture (DTSC). He has a wealth of experience with an extensive record in leading the planning and delivery of major national and international projects and events.

Andrew has a proven track record of success in the development and implementation of strategic plans and management of revenue and budgetary targets. His experience is gained from private and public sectors at sporting, entertainment and corporate organisations.

Andrew effectively delivered business and event outcomes working with organisations of varying sizes managing small and large teams. He holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Company Directors Course, Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Portrait of Penny Eckel - Director

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Penny is the General Manager of Darwin based wildlife tourist attraction Crocosaurus Cove. In 2008 when the park opened, her experience as an Executive Chef in the Riverland SA was utilised to create the attractions evening functions and events. With extensive experience in logistics, event management and catering she was able to consistently deliver over 120 successful functions a year. Visiting conferences to Darwin were majority of the events facilitated.

Penny further increased her skills in all facets of the tourism industry and business management by later becoming the General Manager of the park.

Penny has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. A diploma in Hospitality Management, Frontline Management and an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2018 Penny was elected as a Director on the Board of Management for Tourism Top End and is currently serving a second term.

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Scott has had an extensive career in the tourism, events and hospitality sector. He has worked across destination marketing, convention centres, hotels and event production providers across Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Based in Alice Springs and working as part of Tourism NT, Scott leads the regional planning, strategy, research, development, aviation and investment teams responsible for driving and facilitating tourism growth initiatives throughout the Northern Territory.

Scott relocated to the NT in 2010 where he oversaw the Business Events division at Tourism NT and has also held the positions of Regional Executive Director in Central Australia for the Department of the Chief Minister and Executive Director Regions and Industry Development for the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

Scott is a board member of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park and is a past board member of Desert Knowledge Australia, Tourism Central Australia, the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and Meetings Events Australia.

Portrait of Tim Watsford - Chief Executive Officer

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Prior to joining the company, Tim held executive positions within the sport administration landscape, namely the National Rugby League and Australian Rugby Union.

Tim has been working in the events industry for approximately 14 years, and has extensive experience in the facilitation of major events, project management and government relations.

An executive leader, Tim is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Tim brings to the company a diverse and valuable skill set, including the development and execution of strategic plans, driving innovative commercial outcomes, building strong teams and understanding the demands of managing a diverse range of local and national stakeholders.

Portrait of Shelley Hewitt - Chief Financial Officer

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With more than 20 years of Corporate and Financial management experience, Shelley brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Director Corporate Services.

Shelley also holds the position of company secretary and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors to provide up-to-date financial and performance information and ensure sound organisation corporate governance and effective risk management.

Overseeing the finance/corporate team, Shelley is responsible for providing direction and guidance to staff and takes pride in reflecting the company’s values and strategic goals by working to high standards of excellence, accuracy and transparency.

Before joining Northern Territory Major Events Company, Shelley worked as the Chief Financial Officer for both the Department of the Chief Minister and Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.

With a FCPA and a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University, Shelley has dedicated much of her time to extending her knowledge in finance and corporate services by successfully graduating from the Company Directors Course and the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well.