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International Relations Advisory Committee set up as Advisory Committee of Council in accordance with Sections 54 and 55 of, the Local Government Act (Act).

The role of the International Relations Committee chaired by the Lord Mayor of City of Darwin is to provide advice to the City of Darwin International Relations strategic direction.

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. 

Membership includes:

  • 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

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    

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 environment with extensive experience in asset utilisation, port commissioning, stakeholder management and new business development. 

Peter Savoff   General Manager of Darwin Convention Centre

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's 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's 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 Larrakia Nation

Chairman of Larrakia Nation

Richard "Richie" Fejo is a Larrakia Man from Darwin from his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather in what culture calls "Grandfather lore". 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 Australian 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 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 became the current 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.

Alan Jape   Chair of Sister City Committee; Group Managing Director of Jape Group Australia

Chair of Sister City Committee; Group Managing Director of Jape Group Australia

Group Managing Director, Alan Jape was born in Dili Timor-Leste and stayed in the country until he pursued further education in Singapore. He later joined the family business in 1978 in Darwin after the family moved to Australia due to the civil unrest in Timor-Leste. Over 40 years in the business, Alan has seen the company grow from a small business to a diverse portfolio ranging from property development, construction, retail and hospitality in Darwin and Timor-Leste.  Alan effectively led significant developments in Australia including the Jape homemaker village which comprise of 60,000 sqm Homemaker Shopping Centre. Alan is responsible for the strategic planning for new developments and expansion of the group's portfolio in both countries.

The Jape group owns and operates Dili Central – a new major CBD in the city of Dili.  Dili Central's landmark is Timor Plaza – an integrated commercial building which comprises of modern retail, office space, apartments and hotel.  The success of Timor Plaza has led to the development of CBD 2, CBD 3, CBD 4, CBD 5 and CBD 8.  Dili Central continues to expand with more CBD buildings to be developed.

Sandra Henderson   Director, Northern Territory Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

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.

Josh Sattler   General Manager of Innovation Growth Development Services, City of Darwin

General Manager of Innovation Growth Development Services, City of Darwin

A dedicated global strategist, Josh Sattler is an accomplished driver of economic development in destinations across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas. He has managed large global projects and operations as well as community engagement programs with impressive triple-bottom-line success across multiple international accreditation platforms and frameworks.

Based on the Gold Coast since 1998, Josh is the "go-to" international executive with extensive global experience across government and private enterprise. A globally recognised and experienced professional with many successful international partnerships developed and initiated. Josh focused on delivering performance in organisation and community in over 23 different countries. More recently working with the island communities through the Asia Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean.  

Josh holds qualifications in Environmental Science, Economics and Sustainability, including supply chain management from Swinburne University, Melbourne Australia.

 Rachel Beaumont-Smith   General Manager of Darwin Harbour Cruises

General Manager of Darwin Harbour Cruises

Rachel Beaumont-Smith has lived and worked in Darwin most of her life. 

She is an executive leader with 25 years of commercial experience in the Northern Territory and Australian tourism and marine industries. With experience in team leadership and financial management, she has long term established relationships across the Territory's business community.

She, alongside her family, owned and operated Darwin's largest and most successful harbour cruise business for over 20 years. In 2018 she sold the business to a renowned experiential travel company and is currently retained as the General Manager of Darwin Harbour Cruises and holds a directors position on the Board of Tourism Top End.

Pompea Sweet   Director of Migration NT

Director of Migration NT

Stephanie Smith   State Director, Northern Territory, Austrade

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's 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 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. 

Alderman 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 trialing 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.

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