Senior Management Team
Ken commenced as Chief Executive of the Department of Education on 2 April 2013. He has a strong education background having previously served in senior roles within the department. Ken began his career in the Northern Territory as a teacher at Papunya in 1978. He became a school principal in Alice Springs and Katherine and regional superintendent in Tennant Creek. In 1999, he moved from Central Australia to Darwin, taking a position in the Department of the Chief Minister, and was soon appointed General Manager Indigenous Education in the Department of Education.
More recently, he has served as Chief Executive for the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment (DLPE), the Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services and as Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister. In these roles he implemented a significant restructure of DLPE; established the new Northern Territory Planning Commission, the Environment Protection Authority and one of the largest housing programs ever undertaken in remote Australia; and worked extensively with local government to deliver good governance and services through the Northern Territory.
Ken is a former Chair of the Northern Territory Board of Studies and former Northern Territory Principal’s Association President. He has also held appointments to the boards of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the Menzies School of Health Research, the Waterfront Development Corporation and the Land Development Corporation. Ken has degrees in education and public sector management.
Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Services
Catherine has worked as the Deputy Chief Executive since April 2013, following a period in the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment, two and a half years as Deputy Chief Executive in the former Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services and 17 years in Northern Territory Treasury, including a number of years as Assistant Under Treasurer (Corporate and Superannuation). At the executive level since 1998, Catherine held positions in Treasury’s public finance, strategic policy, financial management and intergovernmental areas. Prior to this, Catherine worked in several Territory Government agencies, in Darwin and Alice Springs, including Education in the early 1980s. Catherine has a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Economics and is a Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Deputy Chief Executive, School Education
Susan has worked in education for 25 years. She began her career in Queensland working in schools and office based positions. For the last ten years she has worked in the Northern Territory as a principal and in senior office based positions including General Manager Student Services, Senior Director Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development, Director School Performance and Executive Director School Support Services. She strongly believes in Territory schools enabling every student to achieve their own unique potential, teachers excelling in their profession and whole school improvement. She sees community engagement as an essential component to school improvement. Susan is the Minister’s representative on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s Board and is a member of the Northern Territory Board of Studies. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership.
Dr Kevin Gillan
Executive Director, Education Partnerships
Kevin was a former District Director and principal in various regions throughout WA before joining the Department in 2006. He has also taught in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the Territory he has previously been General Manager of Schools (Palmerston and Rural), Executive Director Schools North and Head of School Education and Training Operations. He has also worked in the Department of Chief Minister and as a Professor at Charles Darwin University in recent times. Kevin has a long-term research interest in Indigenous education, in which he completed his PhD. He believes that successful schools are those that have a real focus on optimising relationships at all levels throughout the school community and have an unrelenting focus on quality pedagogy.
Executive Director Schools South
Stewart began his teaching career with the department at Milingimbi School in East Arnhem Land in February 1982. This was his first teaching position after completing a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Technical Studies at Adelaide College of the Arts and Education. His formative teaching years at this remote island community were significant in his personal and professional development and were the beginning of a long career in education in the Territory. After 10 years teaching in very remote locations across Arnhem Land, which culminated in 3 years as Principal at Umbakumba on Groote Eylandt, Stewart and his family moved to Alice Springs where he worked in leadership roles in a range of schools and was involved in the development of ICT in schools and School Sport at an Territory level. He took up the Principal position at Larapinta Primary School in 2005. Stewart’s strong belief that building teacher capacity is the deciding factor in achieving growth in student outcomes has consistently driven him to focus on the provision of teacher professional learning at a school, regional and system level. In 2010, Stewart moved into the Regional Director Alice Springs position and since 2012 he has worked closely with directorate staff and Principals to develop and deliver a consistent approach to professional learning and improved teaching through the effective roll-out of Visible Learning throughout all schools in Central Australia. In March this year he took on the role of Acting Executive Director Schools South. Stewart has a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma of Public Sector Executive Management and in 2012 was awarded an ACEL Fellowship for his contribution to Territory Education.
General Manager, Indigenous Education Review Implementation
Tony has worked in education for 29 years. He began his career in Queensland working in a range of schools including 10 years working in remote schools in Cape York and the Torres Strait. He has worked in the Northern Territory for the last 9 years as Principal of Taminmin College and in senior office based positions including Director VET in Schools , General Manager Pathways , and General Manager Participation Pathways and Engagement. He strongly believes that schools must be client focused and develop pathways that enable students to make the transition to further education training and quality employment. Tony has received national recognition by leading Thursday Island State High School to win The Australian Newspapers Australia’s Best School competition and was named in Bulletin Magazine as one of the top ten educators in the 2005 Australia’s Smart 100. Tony has lectured to Principals and Education leaders in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory on improving school performance. He has represented the Northern Territory on a number of national education groups. Tony attained High Achiever Principal Status in Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) and is a graduate of the Strategic Leaders program.
General Manager, Strategic Services
Since the late 1970s Anna has been living in the Northern Territory, raising a family and working in remote towns across the Top End before moving to Darwin at the end of 1999. Since leaving the secondary school classroom, Anna has worked in central office across early childhood policy and regulations, disability, wellbeing and strategic services. She has represented the Northern Territory on a number of national education groups. Anna authored the original Accountability Performance Improvement Framework, developed the Northern Territory–wide Early Childhood Workforce Plan and has worked collaboratively to produce a range of other reviews and strategies for the department over the years. Anna’s main work interests lie in the creation of systems and frameworks that enable organisations to deliver high quality services and achieve improvement goals. Anna has a Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary) and a Graduate Diploma Organisational Leadership and Change Management.
Director, Office of the Chief Executive
Shane commenced with the Department of Education in 2008 as a policy officer. Since that time he has worked in various areas throughout the department including Human Resources, Legal Services, Early Childhood Policy and Regulation and School Operations. He commenced in his current position as Director of the Office of the Chief Executive in July 2013. Prior to joining the department, Shane was a practicing solicitor with a Darwin law firm. He holds undergraduate degrees in business and law, and post-graduate qualifications in legal practice and public sector management.