Our people

Colleen Gwynne

Children’s Commissioner

Colleen Gwynne

On 11 June 2015 Ms Colleen Gwynne was appointed as the Northern Territory (NT) Children’s Commissioner.

Colleen has over 25 years of experience with the NT Police reaching the rank of Commander before taking on a Senior Executive Role with the NT Government.

She has lead a broad range of operational and specialist areas including major crime, drug and organised crime, domestic violence, prosecutions, child abuse, public housing safety and youth services and has been in charge of five local policing commands across the Territory.

Colleen has formal qualifications in leadership, criminal justice, investigations and a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Management of Serious Crime Course.

Nicole Butler

Assistant Children’s Commissioner

Nicole Butler

Nicole Butler is a proud Larrakia/Wadjigan (Top End) and Eastern Arrente (Central) Aboriginal woman from the Northern Territory. Nicole is a qualified social worker, having completed a Bachelor of Social Work through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and graduating with Honours Class 2B. Since graduating she has defined a career for herself in child and family welfare, with experience across child protection, out-of-home care, residential care services, youth at risk (street work-outreach), secure care, juvenile justice, and care and protection research and program and policy development in Victoria and now in the Northern Territory.

Nicole is a key advocate of evidence-based policy and program development, capacity building from a strengths perspective, and establishing and maintaining effective partnerships internal and external to government.

Executive Assistant

Marg Sullivan

Marg commenced with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in November 2015.

Prior to this position, Marg worked in Local Government and the water industry in Tasmania specialising in Information Management.

Marg is currently the Executive Officer.

Senior Investigation Officer

Lorelle Richards

Lorelle is the youngest of seven children and grew up on a farm in Queensland. She is a proud mother and grandmother.

Lorelle has resided in the NT off and on since 1975 and has over 30 years of combined investigative experience in the military, private enterprise and government. She served in the Royal Australian Air Force both active and reserves for over 30 years during which she was deployed in East Timor.

Lorrelle commenced with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in October 2014 and is the Senior Investigation Officer.

Manager Complaints

Jane Boyle

Jane commenced with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in 2011 as a Senior Investigation Officer.

Prior to this she was with Victoria Police for approximately 15 years, where she specialised in sexual offence and child abuse investigations. Jane now manages the day to day Complaints and Investigation functions of the Office.

Community Engagement and Education Officer

Alex Billeter

Alex commenced with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in May 2017.

Prior to this she was working with CatholicCare NT on the NO MORE family violence campaign as a project officer. Alex was responsible for marketing, communications and education for the campaign and has experience in building sustainable attitude and behaviour change programs across the NT. Prior to working at CatholicCare NT, Alex worked in the education and health sector supporting and empowering families to improve their participation in education and health.

Alex is originally from Florida, USA and graduated with a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of North Florida. She is a keen sportswoman that enjoys playing soccer, volleyball and AFL.

Analysis and Strategy Officer

Carl O’Connor

Carl commenced with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in 2017. Carl has worked in the Northern Territory Government since 2008 primarily as a solicitor specialising in administrative law and child protection.

Outside of work, Carl is a junior coach with the Greater Palmerston United Football Club.