Senior Management Team

Ken Davies

Ken Davies
Chief Executive

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.

 

Catherine Weber

Catherine Weber
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.

 

Susan Bowden

Susan Bowden
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.

 

Kevin Gillan

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.

 

Arthur Townsend
Executive Director Schools South

Arthur has worked as the Executive Director Schools South since March 2015. Prior to this, Arthur held positions at the executive level for the Victorian, Australian and New South Wales Governments that included Executive Director Schools and Regional Director Schools (Victorian Government), State Manager NSW/ACT and State Manager NT (Australian Government).  Whilst with the NSW Government, Arthur held the positions of Director of Distance and Rural Education, Regional Director Teaching and Learning and District Superintendent Schools. The major focus of his work has been on improving rural and Indigenous education outcomes.

A former principal and teacher of economics and commerce, Arthur has a Master of Education (Honours), a Bachelor of Economics and is completing his PhD studies focusing on education in rural and remote areas. He is a Fellow of the Australian College for Educational Leaders and a member of the ANZSOG Alumni.

 

Laurie Andrew

Laurie Andrew
Executive Director Schools North

 

Jasmin Aldenhoven

Jasmin Aldenhoven
Executive Director Corporate Services

Jasmin Aldenhoven joined the Department of Education in September 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director Corporate Services with oversight of Financial Services, Planning and Infrastructure and Information Technology.  

Jasmin has worked for the Northern Territory Public Sector in executive roles for 8 years, commencing in August 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer for the former Department of Planning and Infrastructure and its Government Business Divisions (now the Department of Lands Planning and the Environment and the Department of Transport).  In September 2012 she commenced as Executive Director of Business Services and led a Division that provided shared corporate services to both agencies, and related statutory corporations such as Darwin Bus Service and the Land Development Corporation.  Jasmin’s focus was to develop and strengthen agency-wide people leadership, performance, financial and governance arrangements through strategic and operational corporate advice, building capability and streamlining organisational systems of the department, with a strong client service approach.

Before joining the Northern Territory Government, Jasmin worked in the private sector for a large international chartered accounting firm and held a senior management role for 11 years delivering professional accounting and advisory services to clients in a variety of industries including government, construction, finance, insurance, hospitality and gaming. She worked in the United Kingdom for two years and held a group accountant role for a listed company in the music and entertainment industry. 

Jasmin is a Chartered Accountant, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Certified Internal Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting.


Tony Considine

Tony Considine
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.


Nicole Hurwood
A/General Manager Strategic Services

Nicole commenced working in the Northern Territory Public Sector as a trainee at the Department of Mines and Energy in 1994 and since then has worked across a number of agencies, joining the Department of Education in 2001. She has since held leadership roles in the agency in financial services, school policy and reform and more recently in leading strategic policy, intergovernmental relations and performance and data management. 

Nicole is a proud Territorian who completed her education in Darwin in both government and non-government schools, and at Northern Territory University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Business. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and a Master of Arts (Public Sector Leadership). 

 

Shane Dexter

Shane Dexter
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.