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 experience with the NT Police reaching the rank of Commander before taking on a Senior Executive Role with the NT Government.

She has led 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 is 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 Investigations Officer

Carmel Lohan

Carmel joined the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in November 2015 in the position of Research and Project Officer.

She is a qualified Lawyer both in Australia and in Ireland. She obtained a Honours Bachelor Degree in Law from the National University of Ireland. Carmel has a keen interest in social justice in particular issues relating to marginalised young people.

Communications and Community Engagement Officer

Nick Turner

Nick commenced with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in November 2018.

After teaching golf in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, and then working with the University of Newcastle from 2011-2014, Nick moved to Papua New Guinea in 2015 where he worked with the United Nations across the United Nations Development Programme, UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Senior Monitoring and
Investigation Officer

Sam Hamad

Sam joined the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in July 2018 in the position of Senior Monitoring and Investigation Officer.

Sam has over 15 years of experience in child protection and has worked in various NSW and NT Government Departments in front-line and leadership positions. She specialises in investigations and training, and has formal qualifications in social sciences and adult education.