Commission members

The Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission members are:

  • Headshot of Paul Henderson

    Paul served as the Northern Territory’s (NT) Chief Minister from 2007 to 2012 and was a senior government minister from 2001. As Chief Minister Paul played a pivotal role in securing the $34 billion lchthys LNG project for Darwin, the second largest investment in Australia’s history and the largest investment outside of Japan by a Japanese company.

    Paul is now a strategic business consultant and corporate counsel across northern Australia. He is chancellor of Charles Darwin University and a board member of the Energy Club NT.

    Originally from the United Kingdom, Paul has been a proud Territorian since 1983 and had a background in marine engineering and IT before holding public service leadership positions and being elected to service in the NT Legislative Assembly in 1999.

  • Portrait shot of Andrew Liveris

    Andrew is the former chairman and chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company and the former executive chairman of DowDuPont. With over forty years of global leadership experience at The Dow Chemical Company, his career included roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world.

    Andrew is currently a director at IBM, Saudi Aramco, Worley, Lucid Motors (chairman) and NOVONIX. He is on the advisory board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Teneo (a global chief executive officer consulting and advisory firm), and NEOM (an initiative driven by Saudi Vision 2030). He is chairman of the Blackrock Long Term Capital and a special advisor to the Public Investment Fund and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

    Andrew serves as a trustee for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, The Minderoo Foundation, and the United States Council for International Business, and was recently appointed chairman of the Australian Governments National COVID Commissions Manufacturing Taskforce.

    Previously, he was the vice chair of the Business Roundtable, an executive committee member and chairman of the United States Business Council, and a member of the Concordia Leadership Council and the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee.

    In 2012 Andrew co-founded The Hellenic Initiative to support economic renewal in Greece through entrepreneurship, business development, and investment, and serves as chairman of the board. Andrew is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

  • Portrait shot of Gail Kelly

    Gail’s executive banking career spanned 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group.

    Gail served as group chief executive officer and managing director of two banks in Australia - St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail’s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. At the time of her retirement in February 2015, the Westpac Group was the country’s second largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.

    Gail is currently engaged in various roles globally and in Australia: senior global advisor to UBS; director of Singapore Telecommunications; member of each of the Group of Thirty, Bretton Woods Committee, McKinsey Advisory Council, and PLuS Alliance Advisory Board. She is also chair of the Optus Advisory Committee; director of Australian Philanthropic Services; Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales; patron of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia; and ambassador for Women’s Empowerment for CARE Australia.

  • Portrait shot of Martin Parkinson

    Dr Parkinson was Australia’s most senior public servant, serving as the secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and The Treasury, under five prime ministers between 2011 and 2019.

    He served in Australian Government leadership positions on all facets of economic, social, foreign, defence and national security policies for almost 40 years, including as secretary of Australia’s inaugural Department of Climate Change between 2007 and 2011.

    Dr Parkinson is currently chancellor of Macquarie University and a non-executive director of Worley, North Queensland Airports and Male Champions of Change.

    Dr Parkinson was a member of Prime Minister Abbott’s Business Advisory Council, Prime Minister Gillard’s Australia’s Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board, the Policy Committee of Australia’s leading domestic think tank, the Grattan Institute, and the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board.

    Dr Parkinson was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2017 for eminent services to the Australian community through leadership in public sector roles, innovative government administration and high level program delivery, development of economic policy and climate change strategy.

  • Portrait shot of Mick Dodson

    Mick is currently the Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner. Professor Dodson was born in Katherine and is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of land and waters around Broome. He was formerly the director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU). He is now Emeritus Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law.

    Professor Dodson was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, is a former chief executive officer of the Northern Land Council and in 1993 was appointed the country’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, a post he held until 1998.

    Professor Dodson has been a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He was awarded Australian of the Year in 2009.

  • Portrait shot of Gary Higgins

    Gary is a former Northern Territory (NT) leader of the opposition and the current Member for Daly in the NT Legislative Assembly since 2012. He was a government minister in 2015 and 2016.

    Gary and his wife Rhonda have raised their family of four sons in the NT since moving here in 1986. Prior to moving north Gary had a pioneering career in the computer industry from 1973 working in banking and manufacturing with the State Bank of NSW and Rothmans.

    Gary was first elected to the NT Parliament in 2012 as the Member for Daly - a rural electorate which covers more than 81,000 square kilometres bounded by Kakadu National Park in the east, the Fitzmaurice River in the south and Darwin Harbour in the north. It includes the towns of Adelaide River, Batchelor, Berry Springs and Dundee Beach and communities of Douglas-Daly, Kybrook Farm, Nauiyu Nambiyu, Nganmarriyanga, Peppimenarti, Pine Creek and Wadeye.

    Gary was an experienced and senior NT public servant in positions such as corporate services director (Attorney-General’s department) as well as chairman of the Private Security Licensing Authority, controller of prices and acting commissioner for Consumer Affairs.

    After leaving the public sector in 1999, Gary owned and developed the Daly River Mango Farm for 14 years prior to being elected to Parliament. During his time as a primary producer and tourism operator he became involved in various community organisations and activities such as unit officer of NT Emergency Services, chairman of Wangamatty Land Care and a member of the Daly River Management Advisory Committee.

    He has sat on various steering committees for the CSIRO, Charles Darwin University, and the NT Horticultural Association and was chair of the Katherine Regional Tourism Association.

    Between February 2015 and August 2016 Gary held the portfolios of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Land Resource Management, the Environment and Arts and Museums in the Country Liberals Government.

    Gary will not be contesting his seat in the upcoming 2020 NT election.

  • Portrait shot of Romilly Macdew

    Romilly Madew AO FTSE was appointed chief executive officer (CEO), Infrastructure Australia, in early 2019 and is responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.

    Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

    She is currently independent chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW) and a member of the CSIRO Disaster and Climate Resilience Expert Reference Panel. Romilly has previously held board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA), where she was also chair of SOPAs Parkland Advisory Committee and Chief Executive Women. She has sat on numerous Australian Government panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Sustainability Council, Climate Futures Independent Expert Group and the National Urban Policy Forum.

    Romilly is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Life Fellow GBCA.

    Romilly is also a joint founder of the Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen) and an active member of the Bilgola Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

  • Headshot of Eytan Lenko

    Eytan Lenko has a successful business and entrepreneurship background and is a long running advocate for strong action on climate change.

    Eytan was a founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies which was acquired in 2017.

    He is the chair and interim chief executive officer of Beyond Zero Emissions, an Australian-based, internationally recognised climate and energy solutions think tank that plans for Australia's transition to zero emissions across the economy and our regions.

    Eytan co-founded Infrastructure Access Managers which is a fund manager that invests in private infrastructure.

    Eytan is a director of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and also sits on the board of the Climate Mobilization, a United States based organisation that assists cities around America to rapidly transition to zero-emissions.

    Eytan is actively involved in the startup ecosystem both as an investor and a mentor.

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