The function of the International Relations Advisory Committee is to:
- Provide support and advice to City of Darwin International Relations strategic direction
- Share knowledge, information, expertise and connection to City of Darwin to achieve its strategic outcomes.
- Act in an advisory capacity to City of Darwin
Membership is the representative of Darwin key industry stakeholders and reflects the skills and expertise required to meet the purpose and objectives of the program. Members will be appointed for a two-year term being 1 July to 30 June.
- two (2) City of Darwin Aldermen (appointed through separate Council processes)
- eight (8) key representatives including representation from NT Airports, Larrakia Nation, Darwin Convention Centre, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and other key stakeholders
- one (1) Chair of the Sister City Committee
- one (1) senior staff member from City of Darwin
2020 - 2022 International Relations Advisory Committee Members
Tony Edmondstone CEO of Darwin International Airport
Tony is a results-driven leader with significant global experience across multiple industries, including mining, refining, smelting, energy, FMCG and media, and has held a mix of functional, line management and transformational roles. Tony was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airport Development Group Pty Ltd (ADG) in December 2019. ADG has interests in Darwin International, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports. Collectively, NT Airports is the major airport group in the Northern Territory and is a key economic driver for the Territory economy.
Before joining ADG, Tony was CFO and Head of Gas Resources at Power and Water Corporation and previously had an extensive career with Orica including leading their Europe, Africa and Asia businesses, their global transformation and also held the roles of Global Head of Supply and CFO for Orica Mining Services. Tony's previous experience also includes blue-chip organisations such as Alcoa, Amcor and News Limited.
Darren Lambourn CEO of Port of Darwin
As the CEO, Darren is responsible for the overall operations and management of the port. Darren has a wealth of experience in port supply chain operations in general cargo and bulk logistics, most recently in his role as General Manager Bunbury for Southern Ports Authority where he was instrumental in the implementation of new port master plans; Darren has a strong focus on safety and the environment with extensive experience in asset utilisation, port commissioning, stakeholder management and new business development.
Peter Savoff General Manager of Darwin Convention Centre
Peter Savoff is the General Manager at the Darwin Convention Centre, arriving in April 2019. Peter came to Darwin from Brisbane, where he led the development and management of the multi-award-winning Emporium Hotel in Brisbane Fortitude Valley and then opened the new flagship Emporium Hotel at South Bank in 2018. Peter has more than 25 years of experience in international hotel management, with extensive experience in operations, marketing and business development. He spent many years in the role of hotel general manager and was Area Director of Marketing for InterContinental Hotels across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.
Before launching the Emporium Hotels Group, Peter spent three years as CEO of McInnes Wilson Lawyers, one of Queensland's largest law firms, where he was responsible for growing the business and its profitability. He served as a board member of Business South Bank for seven years, the Lord Mayor; Economic Development Steering Committee, the Board of Tourism and Events Queensland for three years and as a QHA delegate to the National Accommodation Hotel Division. He also served on the board of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council since 2012, most recently as Deputy Chair until 2019.
Richard Fejo Chairman of Darwin Waterfront Corporation Board
Richard Fejo is a Larrakia Man from Darwin from his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather in what culture calls Grandfather. Richard is also Warumungu from Tennant Creek on his mother's side. He holds a significant amount of cultural knowledge and experiences from both northern and central Australia across the Northern Territory. Richie started working with NAALAS in 1994 as a Criminal Field Officer for four years before moving to Perth where he was recruited as a Paralegal for the Legal Aid Commission working in Family and Civil Law. Richie then moved to Bunbury where he worked as a receptionist at the Bunbury police Station before returning to Darwin.
Richie then went on to work in family violence and drug and alcohol programs across several remote communities before becoming a Cultural Educator with Northern Territory General Practice Education for eleven years. During his time with NTGPE, Richie also became the Senior Cultural Education and Co-Chair of the national Cultural Educators and Cultural Mentors Network for five years. Richie stood down from the national co-chair position in 2017 and the former Chairman of the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) and resigned from cultural education in 2020 to become the Flinders University Elders on Campus in Darwin and City of Darwin's International Relations Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Board at Darwin Waterfront Corporation.
Sandra Henderson Director Northern Territory Office Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Sandra Henderson commenced as Director of the DFAT Northern Territory Office in January 2020. She is responsible for managing the Department's engagement with its stakeholders in the Northern Territory across government, business, academia, and civil society.
A career diplomat, Sandra has served overseas as Deputy Consul-General at the Australian Consulate-General, Noumea (2016-2017), Policy Advisor to the Special Coordinator, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Honiara (RAMSI, 2009-2010), and Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam (2002-05). She has also worked on short-term missions as team leader for the AusMAT Dengue Response to Solomon Islands (2013), program manager for the RAMSI Law and Justice Program, Solomon Islands (2011-12), and as a civilian peace monitor on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (2000). In Canberra, she has worked in many areas across the foreign, trade and development portfolio including trade advocacy, Australia-EU FTA negotiations, human rights, and humanitarian response management.
Alice Percy Executive Manager Growth and Development Services City of Darwin
Dr Alice Percy completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours (Plant Science) and her PhD in Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania. Dr Percy’s research involved climate change, sustainable methods of food and beverage production, soil health and organic pest control. Following on from graduation, Dr Percy worked in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years in variety of roles.
Some of Dr Percy’s key achievements include co-founding the organisation Sprout Tasmania, a not-for-profit that supports small, niche food and beverage producers through a year-long mentoring program; developing an Associate Degree at the University of Tasmania in fermentation and separation sciences; and managing a large global team in the Department of State Growth, where she held the position of Director of Trade and International Relations and delivered Tasmania’s first ever Trade Strategy.
Dr Percy and her family have now made the move to the top end of Australia starting a new adventure in Darwin. Dr Percy is the Executive Director, Growth and Development Services for the City of Darwin. In this role she oversees the City of Darwin’s car parks, property, planning, economic development, event and engagement, tourism and international relations matters.
Samantha Bennett Operations Manager Royal Flying Doctor Services (RFDS)
Sam in conjunction with the Executive Leadership Team is responsible for developing practical strategies, influencing people, and making decisions, whilst fostering staff participation and empowerment, and business partnering with key stakeholders.
- Consult with Northern Territory Health Services re-service provision agreements (in conjunction with CEO and GM Health Services)
- Project management of the NT Clinic Charter Contract
- Coordinate with other RFDS Senior Managers the resource requirements for the Northern Territory to meet contractual requirements
- Strong customer and service delivery focus
- Commercial orientation
- Strategy development and implementation
- Excel in management of complex operations
Sam is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Darwin and Alice Springs Tourist Facility including –
- Initiating and responding to media opportunities locally in Darwin and Alice Springs regarding the tourism precinct.
- The promotion and marketing of tourism opportunities in both Darwin and Alice Springs.
- The development of retail products to promote and sell the RFDS Brand.
Develop the strategy with the Tourist Facility Managers to ensure the continued success of our tourism products
Sam is a leader with a strong focus on driving sustainable organisational outcomes and is committed to delivering improvements across customer experience, service delivery and business performance. Sam promotes a fair, productive, and positive work environment aimed at achieving strategic outcomes.
Sam is the manager responsible for operational service delivery including physical and human resources, workplace health and safety, ensuring the provision of high-quality service Sam is a forward-thinking and strategic leader with a strong focus on driving sustainable company outcomes
Pompea Sweet Director of Migration NT
Stephanie Smith State Director, Northern Territory, Austrade
Stephanie Smith is Austrade's State Director for the Northern Territory and is responsible for developing international trade, investment, education and tourism opportunities in the N.T. Stephanie manages Austrade's operations across the Territory, heading up collaboration on development activities throughout Northern Australia. She leads Austrade' engagement with local businesses, government and educational institutions and connects them to Austrade's global network of trade and investment experts.
Before she was appointed State Director, Stephanie delivered Austrade's Free Trade Agreements Program, partnering with the government and industry to help businesses navigate Australia's FTAs and capitalise on the opportunities they offer. Before joining Austrade, she spent several years working in China as Senior Manager of Partnerships and Projects at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Councillor Jimmy Bouhoris
Alderman Jimmy Bouhoris was elected to the 22nd City of Darwin Council in August 2017. Alderman Bouhoris is focused on supporting programs that create safer streets, better facilities for the community, and improve the design of public spaces. Which includes further developing fitness and cycling infrastructure and trialling free scooter and Electric vehicle parking schemes across the entire city.
He is passionate about furthering the development of suburban Darwin and aligning future development with economic growth while attracting more people and businesses to our vibrant City.