Board of Directors

Mr Sean Bowden - Chairman

  • Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
  • Partner, Bowden McCormack Lawyers & Advisers
  • Former player Richmond Football Club (FC), Port Melbourne FC, Rovers FC (Alice Springs)
  • VFA Representative player 1994, 1995
  • Premiership Coach, Rovers FC, CAFL, 1996
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Mrs Dianne Borella

  • Master of Public Health
  • Diploma of Social Science and Management
  • Company Director – Dianne Borella Consultancy Pty Ltd.
  • Accredited Trainer – Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid
  • Cert IV Mentoring Diverse Groups
  • Life Member Nightcliff Football Club
  • Past President Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise
  • Recipient of Paul Harris Fellow Award
  • Recipient of Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow Award
  • NT Thunder Football Club Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Long Term Employee – Australian Public Service with experience in Education, Employment, Training, Youth Affairs, Aboriginal Health, Law & Order
  • Member of well-respected local sporting family
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Ms Kathleen Cole

  • Bachelor of Business – Major Accounting
  • Graduate Diploma of Public Health – Indigenous Health
  • Masters of Community Management
  • Fellow of Australian Certified Accountants
  • Executive Management within NT 15 years
  • Member of Waratah Football Club 12 years
  • Executive officer Miriam Rose Foundation
  • Independant non-executive director for Perpetual Trustees
  • Chairperson of NT Australian Red Cross Advisor Board
  • Lived in the Northern Territory for 38 years.
  • Graduate of AICD
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Mr Rob Auld

  • AFL Executive General Manager - Game Development
  • Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting
  • 15-year career with Lion, working across finance, logistics, and sales in the winery and dairy business units
  • Joined the AFL in 2016 as CEO of AFL Tasmania
  • 2018 was appointed to Head of Game Development
  • 2020 was appointed General Manager of AFL competitions including umpiring, competition management, game analysis, and player movement
  • 2021 was appointed Executive General Manager Game Development, which includes responsibility for all participation and programs including the portfolios of Auskick, Schools, Diversity and Inclusion, as well as Community Football governance and facility development
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Mr Lincoln Jenkin

  • Regional Manager of Carlton & United Breweries NT
  • NT resident for over 4 decades, one of those in Alice Springs
  • Inaugural member and former Chairman, of Northern Territory FC
  • Has a strong NT football background having played in Central Australia  (Federal FC and Wests FC) and Darwin (Wanderers FC and Banks FC) competitions
  • Served on a variety of FC committees and coached at several levels, including premiership teams
  • Is involved with NT Masters AFL
  • Is a lifelong Essendon Bombers supporter
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Dr Josie Douglas

  • Executive management experience- General Manager Health Services Division (Central Australian Aboriginal Congress) and Executive Manager,
  • Policy and Governance (Central Land Council)
  • A long-time advocate for social justice, community, and policy development in Aboriginal Affairs
  • Extensive background working for the Aboriginal community-controlled sector
  • Has held senior research roles at
  • CSIRO and Charles Darwin University Award-winning researcher, including the recipient of the prestigious W.H. Stanner Award (2017)
  • Ministerial appointments at the Commonwealth and NT level (education and training, environment, AFL)
  • Community volunteer
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Mr Nigel Browne

  • Current CEO of the Larrakia Development Corporation, serving as a Director from 2005 and Chair from2010-2013
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Crown Prosecutor (ODPPNT)
  • Aboriginal Lands (SFNT)
  • Policy Adviser (Chief Minister's Office)
  • Director The Healing Foundation
  • Director Aboriginal Area Protection Authority (NT)
  • Director Menzies School of Health Research
  • Director National Center for Indigenous Excellence
  • Served as a Patrolman with NORFORCE and is a service Legal Officer (RANR)
  • 2011 National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
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Mr Thomas Wilcox

  • 20 years of experience in legal and corporate governance roles in Australia and overseas, predominantly in the resources sector
  • Currently General Counsel & Company
  • Secretary of ASX-listed New Century Resources Limited
  • Former captain, premiership player and Executive Committee member with the University Blues Football Club in the Premier Division of the Victorian Amateur Football Association
  • Master of Laws (LLM); Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
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