The Darwin Port Corporation's Port Management Group is responsible for the governance obligations of the Corporation. It is supported in its role by the Advisory Board.
The Darwin Port Corporation Act provides for the establishment of an Advisory Board consisting of not more than seven members. Constituted by the Chief Executive Officer, who is also a member of the Board, the Advisory Board members are appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure for a period of up to three years.
The Advisory Board’s role is to provide advice to the Corporation on strategic matters referred to it by the Chief Executive Officer. In considering its advice, the Board must take a generally commercial approach but must also have regard to Government strategic objectives, including trade development.
View the Advisory Terms of Reference
Current members of the Advisory Board are:
Terry O'Connor – Chief Executive Officer
Terry has been a member of the Advisory Board since being appointed Acting CEO in April 2011 and was appointed as CEO in August 2011.
Prior to joining the Corporation, Terry was employed in senior roles with Defence Maritime Services as logistics and facilities manager and with the Australian government’s Department of Transport and Regional Services as a maritime specialist.
This followed an extensive career with the Royal Australian Navy which included being the Deputy Harbour Master and Port Control Officer in Dili, East Timor during INTEFET in 1999/2000.
Terry holds a Bachelor of Business in Maritime and Logistics Management from the Australian Maritime College, has post graduate certificates in IT Management and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Captain John Watkinson (Chairman)
John was appointed to the Board in September 2011 and as Chairman in 2013. For the last fifteen years, John has been in executive management undertaking the delivery of maritime services, regulation and standards in both the state and federal arena. John is a Master Mariner and Fellow of the Nautical Institute and serves on a number of national marine committees. John was recently responsible for the delivery of a world class marine simulator and training facility in Brisbane for the Queensland Government and continues as an adviser to the facility.
Alan Grummitt was appointed to the Darwin Port Corporation Advisory Board in September 2011. He is the Chairman of the Cullen Grummitt & Roe Group of Port specialist Consulting Engineers and has more than 45 years experience in harbour engineering and port planning. Alan has overseas experience in more than 30 countries throughout North, Central and South America, Asia, South-East Asia, and Europe. He has travelled widely throughout the world and brings extensive experience to the Darwin Port Corporation. He has been involved in port master planning, dredging studies, detailed designs, project management and site supervision overview for projects in Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. In addition, he is Chairman of the Riverside Group, a company owning and operating tugs, barges and ferries around Australia. In that role, he is also Chairman of Fantasea Cruises, a company owning and operating high speed passenger ferries in the Whitsunday Island group, as well as in Townsville and Sydney. He is also a Director of the Riverwijs Group, owning and operating major port tugs in Bunbury, Dampier and the Timor Sea.
Karen was appointed to the Darwin Port Corporation Advisory Board in September 2011. She has twenty-two years experience in Chartered Accountancy, predominantly in Taxation and Business Advisory Services. She has lived and worked in Darwin since 1991. Karen has been a partner of Deloitte since 1999 and was the 7th female ever to enter the Deloitte Australian Partnership. Karen leads the Tax and Business Services division in the Northern Territory whilst also being the HR partner for the Northern Territory.
During her time in professional accounting, she has had responsibility for providing accounting, taxation and business advice to a diverse range of private business clients, multinationals and government, particularly in the oil and gas sector, mining and construction and property development industries, amongst others. Karen also acts as an advisory board member on a number of emerging companies in the NT advising on strategic issues including financial strategies, business plan preparation, operations and profitability improvement.
Karen is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia as well as being a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants. She is also a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of Territory Taxation Administration Liaison Committee and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Curtin University. Karen is also licensed under the Financial Services Reform Act as well as being a Registered Tax Agent.
Melissa Reiter - Executive Officer
Melissa has many years’ experience with the Northern Territory Government in paralegal, policy and legislation, communication and corporate management and as a company director. Melissa provides strategic advice and corporate services to the Advisory Board to meet the business objectives of the Corporation.
As General Manager Corporate Services, Melissa leads a highly qualified team responsible for; corporate governance, ministerial liaison, human resource management, industrial relations, records management, legal services, information communications technology and strategy, occupational health and safety and environmental management.
Melissa is a Certified Practicing Project Practitioner and an Associate of the Institute of Project Management, with an Advanced Diploma of Project Management, and she also holds a Graduate Certificate in Professional Management from the University of Adelaide.