Chief Executive Officer
Phone +61 08 89620076
Steve previously held the position of CEO for Outback Stores, a Commonwealth owned company providing store management services to remote community stores, roadhouses and regional supermarkets. After completing five years service, he decided to make the move to local government where his skills and experience can be used to improve services and infrastructure in the Barkly region.
Phone +61 08 8962 0079
Mark Parsons worked in NSW as a plumber for 24 years before moving to the Northern Territory in 2013 to work on the bores at Arlparra for the Barkly Regional Council. During his time working in Arlparra Mark was given multiple opportunities to step in as Acting Community Coordinator for the area.
In late 2014 he became Community Coordinator in Ali Curung before being made full-time Area Manager of Ali Curung and Wutunugurra. He was recently promoted to the position of Director Operations, where he liaises directly with Area Managers for each Barkly community. He brings to the role a wealth of community experience and problem solving abilities.
Director of Corporate Services
Damian is a seasoned and highly effective manager with experience managing a workforce of over 800 employees and an annual budget that exceeded $100M. He brings managerial experience from both the private and public sectors across a wide variety of fields meaning he brings extensive and valuable experience to the Council.
Damian recently joined us from Cloncurry where he undertook a short stint as Economic Development and Tourism Manager, prior to this working for an extended period as a General Manager in the Asia-Pacific region.. Damian is currently completing his Master in Business Administration and also brings qualifications in Leadership and Management, Security and Risk Management, Work, Health Safety and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and sociology.
Director of Community Development
Phone +61 08 8962 0025
Sharen returns to Council with over 10 years’ experience in Senior Management positions, and holds extensive experience in community capacity building and delivery of quality services.
Born in Alice Springs and relocating to Tennant Creek over 25 years ago, she has a strong understanding and connection to the region.
Sharen’s background includes working with Commonwealth and Local Governments, comprehensively within Indigenous Affairs and Community Services that improve the lives of community members and working closely with communities to make sure programs and services address these unique needs. She has experience and knowledge working in national reforms areas that include focus areas of; health and well-being, improving child and family health; supporting families and enhancing education; Her most recent role was working in the Non-Government Sector (NGO) as Regional Manager of Social Service Portfolios, giving her further experience in working within frameworks that strengthen individuals and communities.
Sharen has undertaken training in Project Management, Community Engagement and Leadership. She is currently studying her Bachelor Psychological Science.