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

Alistair Feehan

Chairman

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

Michael Bridge

Director

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.

Portrait of Andrew Bruyn AM

Andrew Bruyn AM

Director

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.

Portrait of Penny Eckel - Director

Penny Eckel

Director

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.

Portrait of Scott Lovett

Scott Lovett

Director

Scott Lovett is the Acting General Manager – Strategy and Policy for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. In this role he leads a multi-disciplinary team heading economic analysis, strategic infrastructure development, project development, regulatory reform, industry strategy and strategic engagement activities for the NT. A passionate advocate for regional development, Scott has also held senior roles within Tourism NT, the Department of the Chief Minister and Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

Prior to joining the public sector, Scott held senior roles in Convention Centres, Stadia, Event Production Houses and Hotels across Australia. He is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Cruise Association and current board member of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and NT Major Events Company, the statutory company responsible for delivering some of the NT’s best known and loved events. He is also a past board member at Desert Knowledge Australia, the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and Meetings Events Australia.

Scott was raised in regional Queensland and Adelaide from where he is a graduate in Tourism and Hospitality from the globally renowned Regency Hotel School.

Portrait of Tim Watsford - Chief Executive Officer

Tim Watsford

Director

Prior to joining the company, Tim held executive positions within the sport administration and venue management landscape, namely the National Rugby League, Australian Rugby Union and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.

Tim has been working in the industry for more than 17 years, and has extensive experience in the facilitation of major events, sports administration, project management and government relations.

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 working with a diverse range of local and national stakeholders.

Portrait of Shelley Hewitt - Chief Financial Officer

Shelley Hewitt

Company Secretary

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.