Director Profiles

GAVIN CARPENTER OAM - CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTORGAVIN CARPENTER OAM - CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR
Gavin came to Alice Springs in 1962 for two years with the ANZ Bank, as a single bank "johnny" from South Australia. He returned south, married Joan, had two boys, and came back to the Territory. They have operated roadhouses, hotels and several businesses in Tennant Creek, where they spent 33 wonderful years.
Gavin was involved with Regional Development, Tourism, Local Government, TAFE, Chamber of Commerce and other community issues, which is all part of living in a small town.
Gavin and Joan retired to Alice Springs ten years ago as they did not want to leave the Territory. They are still involved in the community between trips away travelling the world.

NEIL MCLEOD - DIRECTOR AND CONNELLAN LTD SECRETARYNEIL MCLEOD - DIRECTOR AND CONNELLAN LTD SECRETARY
Neil is a chartered accountant with over 40 years’ experience in the accounting profession. Having gained his qualification in Adelaide, Neil relocated to the Northern Territory in 1986 and is the Office Managing Partner for Deloitte in Alice Springs. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.

Neil is an active participant in the business community in Alice Springs, being a member of the local Chamber of Commerce Executive and also past Chair and a member of the Regional Economic Development Committee.

LIZ BIRD - DIRECTORLIZ BIRD - DIRECTOR
Liz, with her husband own and operate an organic beef cattle property 300km east of Alice Springs in the southern Northern Territory. They have lived there since 1994 and in that time have educated their children via Alice Springs School of the Air, as well the local boarding school St Philips College and Scots PGC in Warwick, QLD.

Since 1999 Liz has been (and still is) involved in many Alice Springs and NT based committees ranging from children’s education to the pastoral industry of which she is a part of.  She believes that supporting and encouraging people to come together for common goals helps lessen remoteness, and in turn keeps more people staying and working in these areas.

JOHN BIRCH - DIRECTOR
John Birch joined the board in December 2012 and is a Judge of the Local Court (from 1/5/16) of the Northern Territory.

MARK COFFEYMARK COFFEY - DIRECTOR
Mark arrived in the Northern Territory in 1985 where he worked as a Police Officer and more recently with the Federal Government.  Mark has lived and worked across the NT in both urban and remote areas and has contributed to both public and community life.  In his current role as head of the Office of Northern Australia, Mark travels extensively across northern Australia with a particular focus on economic development in Northern Australia and is regularly engaging with individuals and groups about opportunities in remote Australia.  Mark is currently the President of the Harts Range Amateur Race club, a board member of the Northern Territory Parole Board and previously a director of AFL Northern Territory.

A keen sportsman, Mark has played cricket, basketball and AFL football across the NT and is an avid supporter of the Carlton Football Club.

EDWARD CONNELLAN - DIRECTOREDWARD CONNELLAN - DIRECTOR
Edward is from an Alice Springs cattle family based at Narwietooma Station and has spent the majority of his life in Central Australia where he currently works as the Chief Pilot of a helicopter company.

He has a particular interest in youth participation in aviation and supports several not-for-profit associations in management roles including the Alice Springs Gliding Club, Alice  Springs Aero Club and Central Australian Aviation Museum.

He is the son of previous director Chris Connellan.

GEOFF SLOAN - DIRECTORGEOFF SLOAN - DIRECTOR
Geoff has worked as a teacher in England, Papua New Guinea and Australia, arriving in the NT in 1977.
His career included executive positions in both Education and Health.
As well as being a Director of CAT he is a member of: the NT Primary Health Network’s Community Advisory Council; the NT’s Minister’s Advisory Council for Senior Territorians; the Alice Springs Town Council’s Seniors’ Coordination Committee, and the National Seniors Australia NT Policy Advisory Group.
He is a keen traveller, photographer and cyclist - combining all of those recently when riding Coast to Coast in the UK.

KAYE CLAPIN - EXECUTIVE OFFICERKAYE CLAPIN - EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kaye has been the Executive Officer of the Connellan Airways Trust since 2008, after serving on the Trust Board as a Director.
Her career has included roles in Health, Education, Government and Early Childhood. Her community work has been characterised by energetic advocacy for families living in the Outback, while serving on the NT Education Advisory Council; the Telstra Consumer Council; School Councils; the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association; the Council of Government Schools Organisation and the Children’s Services Support Program (Central Australia).
Kaye’s passionate support for Outback Australia, informed by living and raising a family in remote locations in the Northern Territory, has led her to organise and attend many events and conferences that have bought bush people together.

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