Our Team

NT Shelter advocates for appropriate and affordable housing for all members of the community, particularly disadvantaged groups and those on low incomes. Our team comprises an experienced, independent, skills-based board and dedicated professional staff in Darwin and Alice Springs with experience across the affordable housing & homelessness sector.

Board Members

Frances Paterson-Fleider

Frances brings to the Board a depth of experience as a senior executive in the social housing industry. This includes leading the Qld State for CHL along with a decade of leading the growth of Churches of Christ Housing in Queensland, following an extensive career within the UK housing sector. Frances is as a Graduate of the AICD and holds a Master’s Degree in Property Development.

Jean Ah Chee

Jean has worked in a number of senior management roles across health, education and housing; Indigenous NGO and the Government sector. Jean has lived and worked in regional and remote Australia for over forty years, and been a member of the NT Shelter Board since 2009.

Paul Royce

Born into a farming family in the Midwest region of Western Australia, Paul has over 30 years’ experience in local government and the community services sector holding a number of grass roots and senior leadership positions in program development and community service delivery. Paul has a Bachelor of Social Science, a Master of International and Community Development and a PhD from Charles Darwin University. Paul has worked in metropolitan, regional and remote communities and is currently the Regional Leader of NT operations with Mission Australia.

Jayne Lloyd

Board Member

Jayne Lloyd has worked at CatholicCare NT for more than 20 years. Initially starting her career as a school counsellor, Jayne has been Director for over 15 years. As Director, Jayne has led CatholicCare’s development into a leading social service agency, recognized for a commitment to growing local services and building quality. Jayne has professional qualifications in social work and theology.

Anne Gawen

Board Member

Anne Gawen is the CEO of TeamHEALTH. She has worked extensively in the Community Services Sector, including children services, family carers, disability, ageing and mental health services across South Australia. Anne is a passionate leader within the community sector and places great value on relationships to deliver outcomes and furthering standards of excellence. Anne is an experienced Board director. She has a Master's of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Company Directors governance course.

Fred Docking

Board Member

Passion for business sustainability and growth excites me with each new opportunity for organisations to have the confidence to deliver services from the heart and through collaborative relationships. During my career, my direction changed when my sister had an accident and acquired a brain injury. My drive and motivation to help disadvantaged groups led me to work in education and employment and social work. Working with The Salvation Army opened my eyes to the tenacity of the Australian community and the resilience of the social services system.

Shaun Pearce

Board Member

Shaun Pearce is the CEO of Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, a large indigenous owned NFP organisation, where he has successfully steered Ironbark into the For-Profit space, achieving financial stability and growth for the organisation. He has held Senior Management positions for the last 20 years, he holds a Diploma of Business (Governance) from the Institute of Community Directors Australia and sits on multiple Boards in Darwin

Harley Dannatt

Board Member

Harley Dannatt is as a lawyer with NT Legal Aid Commission in Katherine, working in a Health Justice Partnership. In 2017 Harley established the Katherine Doorways Hub with The Salvation Army and coordinated its successful pilot. Harley also worked with NAAJA in the areas of Housing and Social Security. He has been a member of the Katherine Accommodation Action Group since 2012 and sat on the NT Shelter board for 6 months in 2019.

Staff Members

Peter McMillan Executive Office NT Shelter
Peter is an experienced executive with senior leadership roles across manufacturing, mining and the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining NT Shelter, Peter was Executive Officer at Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central West. This is his second stint in the NT, having previously lived and worked at Groote Eylandt for three years. Peter has professional qualifications in commerce, international business and supply chain management.

Peter McMillan

Chief Executive Officer

Donna Feltus Office Manager
Donna has nearly 20 years’ experience in a range of administrative roles across the public, private and education sectors. Prior to joining NT Shelter, she worked for a small professional association in the NT, providing a full range of administrative and organisational support to the committee. Donna has called the Top End home for 15 years.

Donna Feltus

Office Manager

Michael brings to the NT Shelter team a wealth of knowledge regarding homelessness issues, accommodation and housing services and program design. He has 14 years’ experience working in Homelessness at St Vincent de Paul NT, and in the private sector as a small business owner and manager. Mike is passionate about the need to adopt person centred approaches to overcome societal issues.

Mike Byrne

Regional Coordinator

Northern Australia

Annie Taylor
Annie has over ten years' experience working for not-for-profit, private and non-governmental organisations in various communications-based roles, including health promotion and marketing. She brings experience in marketing and communications, promotions and stakeholder engagement and management. She holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and arts and a Masters Degree in International Public Health.

Annie Taylor

Regional Coordinator

Central Australia

Alex has worked as a lawyer for over 15 years, beginning her career in commercial litigation in Melbourne. Since moving to the Northern Territory 10 years ago, she has specialised in native title and Aboriginal land rights whilst working with the Northern Land Council. Alex has previous experience in residential tenancies and has developed a broad knowledge of issues relating to remote communities and land tenure in the Northern Territory.

Alex Gibson

Housing Projects Manager