First Desert Leadership group announced

Desert Knowledge Australia has announced the 19 successful participants that have been chosen for the first Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program.

The Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program is an initiative of Desert Knowledge Australia and the Alice Springs community to increase the leadership capability of Alice Springs through an intercultural leadership development program for up-and-coming leaders.

John Huigen, CEO Desert Knowledge Australia said "We are thrilled to announce the 19 individuals that will be taking part in the inaugural Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program."

"The participants represent a broad cross-section of the Alice Springs' community and were selected based on the potential for leadership they have already shown and their commitment to the future of the town."

"Developing leadership, and actively involving the different ways that leadership is exercised in our town, is crucial if we are to chart the future of our town together" said Pat Miller, Reference Group member and CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.

Participants in the Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program:

  • Ms Kristy Bloomfield, Paralegal - Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service
  • Mr Joe Clarke, Football Operation - The Clontarf Foundation
  • Ms Georgina Davison, Manager, Library Services - Alice Springs Public Library
  • Mr Lyndon Frearson, General Manager - CAT Projects
  • Ms Jade Kudrenko, Ranger Training Officer - Central Land Council
  • Ms Nichole Kerslake, Co-Artistic Director - Red Dust Theatre
  • Ms Lynda Lechleitner, Life Skills Worker - Tangentyere Council
  • Ms Donna Lemon, Training Officer, Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
  • Mr Mark Lockyer, Community Advocate
  • Mr Ian McAdam, Assistant Director, Alice Springs Football Academy - The Clontarf Foundation
  • Ms Fionn Muster, Senior Consultant - Michels Warren Munday
  • Mr Thomas Newsome, Consultant - Low Ecological Services
  • Mr James Nolan, Constable - Northern Territory Police
  • Mr Sam Osborne, Consultant, Dare to Lead - Principals Australia
  • Mr David Quan, Firefighter - Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service
  • Ms Barbara Shaw, Community Advocate
  • Mr Benedict Stevens, Aboriginal Liaison Officer - Alice Springs Hospital
  • Ms Skye Thompson, Finance/Deputy Manager - Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services
  • Mrs Kellie Tranter, Manager, ASSU - Alice Springs Hospital

The Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program is sponsored locally by: Alice Springs Town Council, Centrecorp, Fluid Power, Ross Engineering and Yeperenye Shopping Centre.

On a national level, National Australia Bank is one of the program partners, and will host a major fundraiser in Melbourne on Thursday 15 April for the program.

Media contact: Rebecca Farrell, 0418 210 981