RDA NT has four staff, equating to three full-time positions. While RDA NT operates out of an office in Darwin, a senior Project Officer is based in Alice Springs to ensure good regional coverage in respect to stakeholder liaison and project support.
Chief Executive Office
Kate was born in Darwin. On completing an anthropology degree at the Northern Territory University she commenced employment with the Northern Territory Government. She worked for a range of Territory agencies, primarily in the areas of regional development and local government, for ten years. She was the Regional Manager for Local Government in East Arnhem, based in Nhulunbuy, for two years prior to resigning in 2008. Since leaving government she has worked in youth services with Red Cross and as Executive Officer for the Northern Territory Horticultural Association. Kate was also an army reservist with Norforce, a predominantly indigenous Northern Australian surveillance unit, for four years.
Kate commenced with RDA NT in May 2012. She has wide networks across the Territory’s government, agricultural and environmental sectors. She is the Treasurer of the NT Farmers Association, the Deputy Chair of Territory NRM, and she participates in several water allocation planning processes. Kate contributes to many regional networking forums with the aim of having a broad understanding of the NT’s regional development drivers as possible. She is a passionate advocate for the Northern Territory, it’s landscape an it’s residents.
Central Australia Project Officer
Robin has lived in the Territory for over twenty years. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, including for Indigenous not-for-profits. Much of her work has been undertaken with individuals and communities in regional and remote areas of the NT and WA. Robin has a strong professional background in heritage research, conservation and management planning. In the last few years she has also undertaken social research regarding transitional housing and homelessness, and was recently part of the Home Internet Project. This collaborative research project between the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Central Land Council and Swinburne University of Technology investigated the feasibility of home internet in remote communities.
Robin commenced with RDA NT in February 2014. As a result of her previous employment, including running her own consultancy business, Robin brings to RDA NT considerable experience in project facilitation and management, provision of grant advice and assistance, and connecting people and organisations.
Will was born in Darwin but spent most of his childhood in Geelong. After completing a Banking & Finance degree at Monash University, he joined National Australia Bank as a Graduate. In his eleven years with NAB he spent time predominantly in Business Banking roles across East Gippsland, Melbourne and Darwin, where he gained exposure to a variety of industries and small to medium size businesses. He was able to build relationships and work closely with business owners to help grow and become successful.
Will commenced with RDA NT in June 2020. He joined because he was looking for a new challenge outside of the banking world but also still being able to help with development and achieving success.
Office Manager (Part Time)
Originating from a small beach side community in Queensland, Sarina was fortunate enough to travel across Australia for work in Administration and Management positions within the Hospitality & Tourism sector. She originally settled in Darwin in 2010 and is proud to call the Northern Territory home.