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

Jean Ah Chee

President
Jean is Catholic Care NT’s Regional Manager. She has previously worked for Mission Australia, managing Central Australian programs including the Aherlkeme Development Centre. Jean has worked in a number of senior management roles across health, education and housing; Indigenous NGO and the Government sector. President of NT Shelter’s Board since 2014, Jean has lived and worked in regional and remote Australia for over forty years.

John McBryde

Vice President
John is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company (CAAH). As a housing professional, John has over 20 years’ experience in community and affordable housing, corporate real estate and commercial property management. After taking a break from housing to work with the Central Land Council’s Community Development Unit, John took up the CEO role with CAAH in March 2018.

Robert Cooper

Treasurer
Robert is the Chief Executive Officer of Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation, working to ensure the Corporation’s long-term survival and growth, strengthening the Corporation’s relationships, vision and effectiveness, to ensure the views of the Larrakia Nation are reflected across a broad spectrum of activities. Robert has worked with Indigenous people across the Top End from Cape York to Darwin for over twenty years.

Ashley Perez

Secretary
Ashley is the Executive Manager, Engagement and Development at Anglicare NT. Previous, Ashley spent a decade in national program management, working with The Foundation for Young Australians, headspace, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence where he held senior management roles. Ashley holds a Masters of Social Science (Policy & Human Services), is a Member of the Australian Institute of Management and of the Fundraising Institute Australia.

Ray Wallis

Board Member

A long-term resident of the Northern Territory and Tennant Creek, Ray has a worked in the housing space for the last thirty years. His experience includes community management, housing maintenance and rent control, working with the CSIRO, and as an Owner Builder. Ray’s current focus is on the delivery of Primary Healthcare and Aged Care, and the determinant common factor of housing.

Jillian Ritherdon

Board Member

Jill is the CEO of Venture Housing Company. She has over 20 years management experience, previously as the Executive Director of the YWCA of Darwin and a 2014 NT Telstra Business Women’s Award winner. Jill has spent ten years working on large, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed infrastructure projects in emerging nations and believes strongly that safe and affordable accommodation is crucial to alleviating disadvantage.

Michael Soler

Board Member

Michael has previously worked as Business Support Unit Manager with Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation; Council Services Manager for Galiwinku (largest community in East Arnhem Regional Council), Shire Services Manager for the Kintore Community, Divisional Returning Officer for the Australia Electoral Commission, Centrelink Regional Manager in Western Victoria, as well as leadership roles in Black Saturday Bushfire Response.

Janet Wright

Board Member

Janet Wright is the CEO for ASYASS who works with young people in crisis who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. She has lived in the NT for 23 years, living in Alice Springs, Ampilatwatja and Darwin. Janet has qualifications in Business, Social Service, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Governance. She currently sits on the Board of DAS, Watch This Space and the Life Promotion Network

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

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

Hannah Purdy Regional Coordinator - Central Australia
Hannah comes to NT Shelter with stakeholder management, policy analysis, strategic communications and media experience in both the private and community sectors. This experience includes working for Victoria’s largest provider of youth homelessness services, and the state-wide access point for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Hannah Purdy

Regional Coordinator

Central Australia

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