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 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 a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Management of Serious Crime Course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.