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.

Joan Meredith

A resident of the Territory and staff member since 2007, Joan holds the housing portfolio for Red Cross NT. Her connection to Public Housing programs is not NT based. She worked for many years with YWCA Melbourne and Victoria and carried management responsibility for a number of housing projects over that time. Working to address the homelessness issues of women (particularly older women) is one of Joan's passions.

Noelene Swanson

Noelene Swanson is Director, Northern Territory and Western Australia with 54 reasons.

Leeanne Caton

Board Member

Leeanne Caton is the CEO of Yilli Housing, where she has recently lead the organisation in achieving registration as a Community Housing Provider, and in the project management of $27 million in housing and infrastructure upgrades in the communities they service. She has worked in state, territory and Commonwealth government at all levels and social indicator areas, including Aboriginal housing, and lead a WA Aboriginal-owned housing company prior to returning to the Territory in 2015.

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.

Jean Ah Chee

Board Member

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.

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

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.

Fiona Mason

Board Member
Fiona Mason is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tennant Creek Women's Refuge.

Lawson Broad

Board Member
Lawson Broad is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services.

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

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