Senior management team

Photo of Ken Davies Ken Davies
Chief Executive
Ken Davies began 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 then 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 (HLGRS) and as Deputy CE of the Department of the Chief Minister (DCM). In these roles he implemented a significant restructure of DLPE; oversaw the establishment of 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 NT.

Ken is a former Chair of the NT Board of Studies and former NT Principal’s Association President. He has also held appointments to the board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the Menzies School of Health Research, the Waterfront Development Corporation Board and the Land Development Corporation Board.

Ken has degrees in education and public sector management.

Susan Bowden, Acting Deputy Chief Executive School Education and Training Operations

Susan Bowden
Deputy Chief Executive, School Education
Susan Bowden is the Deputy Chief Executive School Education. She is responsible for the quality provision of schooling in a diverse range of schools and colleges with varying degrees of remoteness throughout the Northern Territory. Susan oversees the strategic direction for government schools and school support services for government and non-government schools. She implements whole of government strategies and issues that impact on schooling at a local, territory and federal level.

Susan has 25 years experience working in schools and the school support services area. She has worked in the Northern Territory for the last 10 years and prior to that in Queensland. She strongly believes in Territory schools enabling every student to achieve their own unique potential, teachers excelling in their profession and whole school and community engagement as an essential component to school improvement.

Photo of Ken Davies

Catherine Weber
Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Services

Catherine has worked on strategic initiatives in OCPE, following 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.

Anna King, A/Executive Director Strategic Services Anna King
General Manager, Strategic Services
Since the late 1970s Anna has been living in the NT, 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 classroom Anna has worked in central office including early childhood policy and regulations, disability, wellbeing and strategic services, and represented the Northern Territory on a number of national education groups. Anna authored the original Accountability Performance Improvement Framework, developed the NT 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), a Graduate Diploma Organisational Leadership and Change Management and is half way through a Masters in Business Administration.
David Cummins, Acting Executive Director, Central Australia David Cummins
Executive Director, Central Australia
David moved to the Northern Territory in 2010 after a successful career spanning 35 years with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. During his career David has been a teacher in small rural schools; a principal for 20 years; a Senior Education Officer and an Assistant Regional Director, responsible for School Improvement across all sectors. David has worked in supporting school improvement through strategic planning with schools and the implementation of systemic improvement and intervention approaches. He has particular interests in the development of instructional leadership, the use of ICT in classrooms and the provision of secondary education to remote students. Prior to taking up his current role in Central Australia, David was the Director of School Performance in the Katherine Region. David has a demonstrated passion and commitment to education and the importance of maintaining the right of every child to the best educational opportunities.
David Cummins, Acting Executive Director, Central Australia 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 NT 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.