The Arafura Games Steering Committee has established an Advisory Committee to support the planning and delivery of the Arafura Games. The Advisory Committee is governed by a Terms of Reference.
Tim Watsford (Chair)
Tim is the CEO of Northern Territory Major Events Company. Having relocated to the Territory from Sydney where he was the GM of Major Events and Engagement with the National Rugby League.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration qualification coupled with 12 years of industry experience in the facilitation of national and international events.
Tim comes with a diverse skillset which includes strategic event development, commercial operations, and senior event management coupled with experience in managing local, state and national industry stakeholders.
Andrew’s role as Acting CEO for the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture (DTSC) incorporates responsibility for tourism and events for the department and overseeing 80+ staff.
Andrew is a strategic and passionate senior executive who delivers business objectives with a track record of success. He has proven success in the development and implementation of strategic business plans and the management of revenue and budgetary targets. Andrew also has demonstrated experience in the public and private sector at sporting, entertainment and corporate organisations, working across all levels of the business while managing teams of various sizes.
He has an extensive record in leading the planning and delivery of major national and international projects including events. Successful completion of an MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and graduate of the Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kate Worden MLA
Kate is the Member for Sanderson and has 20 years’ experience working for the NT Government, including as a Sports Adviser during previous Arafura Games. In 2017 she led a steering committee to help re-establish the Arafura Games, and her role on the Arafura Games Advisory Committee will ensure the initial vison for the Games continues to be implemented.
For years Kate has been a sports volunteer and administrator across local AFL, Netball and Basketball Clubs. She has a degree in Indigenous Affairs and is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Previously an elected member of the City of Darwin, Kate is a Board Member for the Duke of Edinburgh NT Chapter.
Glen is General Manager of Tourism Top End, and is an experienced tourism executive with over 30 years in private and public sector marketing and event tourism. Glen arrived in Darwin in 2018, after 16 years based in Shanghai as a director of a range of companies specialising in travel management, destination management, event management and tourism representation.
He is currently a Director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council representing the NT focusing on tourism industry development, government policy review and tourism awards. Glen also sits on various Top End management or steering committees, focused on improving the economy of the region.
Glen’s career experience has been in managing and coordinating events for corporate and government clients across China, Asia and globally. Some of these projects have included client events as part of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and multiple corporate events involving up to 10,000 delegates for companies such Porsche China, Qantas Airways, Emirates Airlines, Jaguar China, Amway China, ANZ Bank, Bluescope Steel, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment USA and various Australian government agencies.
Louise has an extensive background in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector, including project management and cross cultural development.
She has worked at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre, Melbourne Museum, Museum Victoria, Ernabella Arts and Bula’bula Arts in Ramingining, and is passionate about empowering artists and communities. Louise received an Asialink Arts Management Residency where she worked with Afalyca Arts, a community art centre in Baucau, to deliver Timor-Leste’s first music and art festival in 2013.
In 2015 Louise completed the Asialink Business Leader’s Course and she has been Executive Officer of Artback NT, the Territory’s visual and performing arts touring agency, for more than 10 years. Louise understands the role the arts play in supporting diversity, creativity and pathways for employment and wellbeing.
Judith O’Hearn OAM
Judith was born in Darwin and diagnosed with a cyst on her spine at the age of 26. After two operations she was confined to a wheelchair, and during rehabilitation enjoyed using the pool.
This was the catalyst for commencing competitive swimming and she first represented the NT in 1994 at the National Wheelchair Games in Melbourne. She won silver in the 100m backstroke, and by 1996 was equalling games records. She set new Australian records from 1997, including the 400m freestyle, which was followed by achieving world record times for 200m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke. Judith competed in three events at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, setting new Australian records for each and winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke.
She was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her service to sport, and at the height of her swimming career was ranked number one in the world for 100m Breaststroke SB6 and 200m Breaststroke SB6. Judith’s career has included promoting sport for people with a disability.
Sam was raised and educated in the Territory, and is passionate about business growth and tourism development. A former commercial lawyer, prosecutor and Ministerial Chief of Staff, Sam is now General Manager of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation. The Waterfront Precinct enjoys an average 1.2 million visits every year and the Corporation has broad responsibilities, including the Convention Centre and Stokes Hill Wharf.
The AustralAsia Railway Corporation is jointly owned by the Northern Territory and South Australian Governments and holds the titles for the Tarcoola to Darwin railway corridor. The Corporation manages the rail Concession arrangements and proactively engages with private investors to grow the economy and create jobs. Sam is committed to developing the Territory in both roles.
Anita has extensive experience of multi-sport events through involvement at both the event planning and bidding stages of Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.
Her previous roles also include Head of Sport at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Through her consulting roles with the Olympics and Paralympics she has focused on department planning, from scheduling through to entries, sport production, organisational integration and results.
Anita is herself an Olympian, having participated in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She currently works with Suiko Consulting on strategic projects with international, national and state sporting bodies.
A born-and-bred Territorian, Natalie has strong local knowledge and extensive business and community networks. As such, she understands the key economic, social and environmental drivers in the Northern Territory.
Natalie manages strategic communications, events and public relations requirements for the diverse clients of Associated Advertising & Promotions (AA&P), a locally owned-and-operated full service communications and business events agency. This includes developing and implementing strategic communication, community consultation and PR strategies across private and government sectors.
Prior to joining AA&P, Natalie was a Media and Communications Manager with NT Police. She has previously lectured in Public Relations and Communications at Charles Darwin University and is the Northern Territory Chair of Meetings & Events Australia.
Josh is the General Manger for Innovation, Growth and Development with the City of Darwin, where he is in charge of around 25 employees.
He has been in the Territory for 18 months, moving here from the Gold Coast where he was part of the economic development team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. That role saw him develop supply chain programs to increase local supplier participation, and deliver the customer service program.
Joshua brings a wealth of experience from not only his role on the Gold Coast, but also as former director for economic development with the Queensland Government and sustainability manager at Earthcheck EC3 Global.
Nicole is a proud Larrakia woman, born and bred in Darwin. She has committed her life to bettering the lives of those around her.
A highly competent and respected Project/Business Manager and Indigenous Engagement Specialist, Nicole has extensive connections throughout the Northern Territory. She also has more than 10 years’ experience in office and project management roles for major NT resource ventures, Government and local businesses.
Nicole’s passion is breaking down barriers with her vast knowledge and skills, and creating meaningful employment and training opportunities for her people.
In her spare time, Nicole volunteers her services to The Girls Academy, Juninga Centre and The Smith Family – Girls Step Up Program, to name a few.
Nicole is a strong advocate for creating opportunities for her people, and works with her networks and connections to open up entry level roles for our future leaders.
Kate has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management roles in Australia and internationally, and a proven track record in the development, delivery and implementation of strategic and operational programs.
Since 2015 she has led the NT Government’s international engagement efforts as Director International Engagement at the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. Kate coordinates initiatives to strengthen the Territory’s international engagement through strategic political, economic and cultural partnerships. An advocate for the benefits of soft diplomacy to grow trade and investment, Kate understands relationships are strengthened through capacity-building, sporting, health, arts and cultural programs .
Kate holds a Master’s Degree from UNSW and studied Indonesian at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta where she spent five years at the Australian Embassy as Counsellor ACBPS. She sits on the City of Darwin’s International Relations Advisory Committee.