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Members of the NT Board of Studies

Name Member Category
Alison Elliott
Prof. Alison Elliott
Chairperson

Professor Alison Elliott’s career in education spans some 25 years in a range of professional contexts including schools, universities and research organisations in Australia and elsewhere. Her main areas of academic expertise are early learning and education policy and practice, pedagogy and curriculum including literacy and digital technology applications in schools and teacher education. Professor Elliott is an active contributor to public and professional debate and comment on educational issues including early childhood education. Professor Elliott was recently appointed Professor and Head of the School of Education at Charles Darwin University. Her most recent previous position was as a Research Director with the Australian Council for Educational Research. She has made a significant contribution to a variety of education and community contexts over many years, have served on and/or held executive positions on a range of boards, committees and advisory and reference groups and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educations.

Brenda Keenan
Brenda Keenan
One member nominated by the Northern Territory Catholic Education Office

Ms Keenan joined the staff of the Catholic Education Office as Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching at the beginning of 2006. She is an experienced teacher leader, school leader and systemic leader. In addition to her various roles in Catholic education in Australia, Brenda has worked as an educational leader and administrator in a number of developing countries. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Graduate Diploma of Education, Masters of Educational Leadership and is currently undertaking doctorate studies.

Dale Jones
Dale Jones
Member (who is a parent of a child who attends a Government school) who represents the interests of parents of children who attend Government schools

Ms Dale Jones has lived in Katherine, 300km south of Darwin, for the past four and a half years. Dale is the mother of four children and is the Chairperson of the Clyde Fenton Primary School. On a part time basis, Dale works as a Trans-disciplinary Physiotherapist for the Department of Health and Community Services, Aged and Disability Services, including School Therapy Services. Dale and her family also provide in-home respite to children with special needs through Family and Children’s Services and ‘NT Friendship and Support’.

Vicki O'halloran
Vicki O’Halloran
One member (who is a parent of a child who attends a non-government school) who represents the interests of parents of children who attend non-government schools

Ms O’Halloran is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services. She is a parent at The Essington School Darwin and a school board member. She is also currently the Chairperson of NT Water Safety Advisory Council, Chairperson of the Territory Housing Appeals Mechanism, Member on the NT Family & Children’s Services Advisory Council, sits on the Board of St Philips College in Alice Springs and is an Executive Board Member of the NT Council of Social Services.

Nadine Williams
Nadine Williams
Member nominated by the Northern Territory branch of the Australian Education Union

Ms Williams has been a teacher and lecturer in the Northern Territory for the past 23 years. Ms Williams is currently the President of the Australian Education Union (NT Branch) and has a long association with the union as a teacher in remote schools, a lecturer with Batchelor Institute, an ESL Advisor and employee advocate in a range of areas of the Department of Employment Education and Training. She lived and worked in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs prior to moving to Darwin in 2003 to take up the Australian Education Union President's position.

Ken Davies
Ken Davies
One member who is an employee of the department administering the Education Act

Mr Davies has held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Education Services, Northern Territory Department of Education and Training, since February 2006. He has worked in the Northern Territory for the past 26 years, having started his teaching career at Papunya in 1978 as a young graduate from Western Australia. He is the former Braitling Primary School Principal and has worked as Principal in Katherine and remote Central Australian community schools. His career has also included a stint as a Regional Superintendent in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, work in the Department of the Chief Minister and as a Ministerial Officer. He was General Manager School Services between 2002 and 2004. Ken holds a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management and Diploma of Teaching.

Joanne Earl
Joanne Earl
One member (who is the head teacher of a secondary school) who represents the interests of head teachers of secondary schools

Ms Earl currently holds the position of Principal Centralian Senior Secondary College. She has been the Principal of Katherine High School (2002-2005), a Schools Portfolio Principal for Rivers Cluster (2003-2004) and an Association of Northern Territory School Educational Leaders (ANTSEL) representative for Rivers Chapter (2004-2005). Joanne began her teaching career at St John’s College Darwin and joined the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (NT DET) in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and a Master of Education. She is also a member of the Australian College of Education (NT Chapter) and the Vice President Secondary of ANTSEL.

John William Emslie
John William Emslie
One of two members who represent the interests of employers

Mr Emslie is the Education and Training Advisor at the NT Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was employed for 25 years in the Australian Army (Engineers) in field, training and staff positions. His previous employment between 1992 and 2005 included working as a self-employed consultant specialising in the preparation of facilities briefs and projects and working for NT government agencies developing and delivering quality assurance and procurement training.

Russell Legg
Russell Legg
One member (who is the head teacher of a primary school) who represents the interests of head teachers of primary schools

Mr Legg started his teaching career in 1980 teaching mathematics at Fawkner Technical School in Victoria. He moved to the Northern Territory in 1989, initially teaching at Sanderson High School. Over the past ten years Mr Legg has performed the role of Principal in a variety of schools including Umbakumba School (Groote Eylandt), Casuarina Street Primary School (Katherine) and currently at Malak Primary School (Darwin). He has worked within the Equal Opportunities Branch developing curriculum programs for secondary aged indigenous students. He has acted as General Manager Schools, Darwin and Katherine. His postgraduate studies include a Master of Education, Master of International Management and Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management.

David Cannon
David Cannon

One member nominated by the Association of Independent Schools of the NT

Mr Cannon is the Principal of The Essington School Darwin and is the Independent Schools representative on the Northern Territory Board of Studies. Prior to coming to Darwin and The Essington School Darwin, Mr Cannon was in Independent Schools in Melbourne where he held various educational leadership positions. In Melbourne and in Darwin, Mr Cannon has been active in Independent School Associations and Professional Principal Associations for many years.

Rosita Kandiah Rosita Kandiah One member (who is a practicing teacher) who represents the interests of teachers

Ms Rosita Kandiah has been teaching for 25 years in a variety of teaching contexts. Rosita has taught English at a University and an International School in Sri Lanka, TAFE Queensland, Northern Territory University, Nightcliff Primary School and Anula Primary School. Currently Rosita is working as Project Manager, Curriculum, Assessment, Research, Development and Evaluation Projects. Her main focus areas are Studies of Asia and the renewal of the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework mainly in the SOSE learning Area. Rosita’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate in Educational Management and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics.

Susan Bandias
Susan Bandias
Member nominated by Unions NT

Ms Susan Bandias has lived and worked in the Northern Territory since 1992. Her teaching experience in the Territory is extensive and includes the private sector, government schools as well as Vocational Education and Higher Education. Whilst employed with the Department of Education and Training, Susan worked as a teacher in urban and remote schools, as a technology officer and as a project administrator. Susan is currently employed as a lecturer at Charles Darwin University and has recently completed her Doctorate. She is also the Northern Territory Division President of the National Tertiary Education Union.

Wendy Troe Wendy Troe Member (who is a parent of a child who attends a remote school) who represents the interests of parents of children who attend remote schools (whether Government or non-Government)

Ms Wendy Troe has lived in Nhulunbuy for six years and has two children who attend Nhulunbuy Primary School. She has been involved in education for 23 years, as a teacher, education advisor, project officer and parent and currently teaches at Nhulunbuy High School. Wendy was a member of the Education Advisory Council for two years and made worthy contributions to a number of important initiatives, particularly the age of entry trial and the early childhood framework. She served as the President of Nhulunbuy Children’s Services for a period of three years, undertaking the overall management of the Child Cared Centre and the Family Day Care Scheme and is also a community representative on Alcan’s Accommodation Reference Group.

Margeret Friel Member who represent the interests of Indigenous people
Anthony Fraser Member who represents post-school education
Christopher Young One of two members who represents the interests of employers

The NTBOS is a statutory body consisting of an independent Chairperson and 15 members appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory from nominations received for the above categories.