Director Profiles

Mark Coffey - Chairman and Director

MARK COFFEYMark 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.

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Neil Mcleod - Director and Connellan Ltd Secretary

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.

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Liz Bird - Director

LIZ BIRD - DIRECTORLiz, 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.

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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.

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Edward Connellan - Director

EDWARD CONNELLAN - DIRECTOREdward 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.

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Geoff Sloan - Director

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.

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Jessica Hacket - Executive Officer

Jessica joined the Trust in May 2019 as the first full-time executive officer. 
Jessica grew up in Alice Springs, and has experience in business, local government and not for profit sectors.
Specialising in business management administration, governance, and marketing with a Bachelor of Applied Business Management to back up her  energetic approach to delivery, Jessica is passionate and dedicated to impacting positive change in communities.
Jessica has an active young family and is involved in several organisations as a volunteer with a particular focus on developing community events  and connecting people through everyday activities.

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