Senior management team
Ken Davies began as Chief Executive of the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) 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.
Deputy Chief Executive, School Education and Training Operations
Eva is a born and bred Territorian who undertook her schooling and university studies in Darwin. Eva has a Masters of Education (Curriculum Development) and a Masters in International Management. Eva has been a DET employee since 1983 starting her career as a teacher and working as a classroom teacher for 15 years before moving into curriculum writing and implementation. Eva then returned to schools to work as an Assistant Principal and then Principal. This was followed by working as the Education Adviser to two NT Ministers of Education. In April 2010 Eva moved to Central Australia as the Executive Director Central Australia Regions followed by her role as the Executive Director Southern Region, Department of Chief Minister leading and strategically aligning Government Service Delivery in Central Australia. Eva was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Public Education and Training Operations in April 2012. Eva highly values her time spent working in the regions and the opportunities it has given her to work collaboratively with non-government organisations and other agencies to address the complexities of life in remote Territory communities. She strongly believes that every decision she makes must be through the lens of how it will benefit Territory students and she is passionate about the importance of the early years of a child’s life and the impact this has on their future.
A/Executive Director, 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.
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.