Our Committee

Craig Allen


Craig comes to the Northern Territory Public Service after holding a range of senior management positions for more than 20 years with a government career spanning more than 34 years. His last position was with the Queensland Government as the Assistant Director-General, Department of Education Training and Employment from July 2009 where he was responsible for strategic and corporate leadership in the management of the Department’s human resources. Prior to that he held the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services, Queensland Department of Corrective Services.

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Vice President



David Alexander


David Alexander has been an IPAA member for eight years and a committee member since 2008. David has administered and chaired the annual report awards adjudication panel since 2011.

David is currently the Senior Director Language Services, with responsibility for the Aboriginal Interpreter Services and Interpreting and Translating Service NT, and his previous roles have included Chief Finance Officer, Executive Director Corporate Services and Director Policy and Coordination. David’s other current public administration activities include chairing the Aboriginal Areas protection Authority Audit Committee and as a member of Basketball Northern Territory’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Kevin Thomas

Public Officer

Kevin Thomas joined IPAA NT in 2006 and became a committee member in 2010. Kevin is a Senior ICT Governance Analyst for the Office of Digital Government.

Dr Richard Barber

Committee Member

Richard is a management consultant with a strong focus on maximising public sector performance in an uncertain, changing environment.   He works with senior leaders and their teams, using systems thinking approaches to enhance leadership capability and to solve their most difficult challenges.

Richard has extensive public sector experience, including in executive leadership roles in the Department of Defence. He also has international experience as a Commonwealth liaison officer in the UK and through research and consulting experience in New Zealand.

He is a Director of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) and lecturers in systemic risk leadership and governance at the Queensland University of Technology.  Through IPAA Qld and IPAA NT he has delivered numerous master classes on risk leadership in the public sector.  Richard has been an active member of IPAA for more than five years.

Trisha Howes

Committee Member

Trisha Howes is an experienced management consultant and has held a number of executive and senior management roles in government. Trisha has worked with all levels of government across Australia and her expertise includes design and facilitation of organisational reviews, strategic and business planning, business and service excellence including continuous process improvement.

Trisha’s experience as a member of various boards and committees, as an executive in government and a consultant, has provided her with extensive exposure to issues relating to large and complex government organisations and in dealing with a range of client groups including Ministers, board members, executives, management, staff, industry and the community.

In recognition of her experience with best practice management frameworks, Trisha has been honoured to be a judge for the Telstra Business Awards and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Trisha has served as a committee member for IPAA in South Australia and now the Northern Territory and is committed to building leadership and management capability across the public sector in the Northern Territory.

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