Our Management Committee
Chair – Jill Huck
Jill is a long term Territorian, having lived here since 1965.
She has qualifications in social work, social policy and mediation and has had an extensive career in the health, welfare, education and the regulatory sectors.
She was appointed to the VoCNT Committee in early 2017, after initially working as a volunteer with the organisation. Jill was Deputy Chair in 2017/18 and is our Chair for 2018/19.
Deputy Chair - Rene Laan
René is currently practising as solicitor in Alice Springs. She was admitted to the NT Supreme Court and the High Court in 2013 after completing her legal studies through Charles Darwin University.
Originally from South Africa, she worked in the community development field for local government authorities and the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand and Australia. In South Africa she worked on federal government level in the demographics field and the redistribution of land programme. After 20 years working in the community development sector, she moved into the legal world.
This is René’s third year on the VoCNT Committee, she served as Chairperson in 2017/18 and is our Deputy Chair for 2018/19.
Secretary – Chief Executive Officer
The Management Committee of Victims of Crime NT appoint the Chief Executive Officer to the role of Secretary of Management Committee.
Public Officer – Mick Myers
With the exception of periods of study interstate and overseas, Dr Myers has spent his entire career in NT education. He was recruited by the Commonwealth Government Department of Territories to undertake intensive 2-year teacher preparation and community and social development programs at the Australian School of Pacific Administration, Sydney. He was College Dux in each year of the program.
Dr Myers then spent 10 years in Top End Indigenous communities, including 3 years as Principal, Ngukurr Community School. This decade was both very challenging and immensely rewarding, with Dr Myers contributing significantly to educational and broader social development activities and gains in each community, while at the same time, learning a great deal about Indigenous life, culture and perspectives and developing life-long, deeply enriching relationships with many Indigenous community members.
He has been Principal of five larger NT schools in both urban and remote areas, has held senior administrative positions with the Department of Education and Training and has led large NT educational regions. His contribution has encompassed a range of contexts and organisational environments, including Australian Indigenous and NT urban communities and in Asian and North American contexts.
Dr Myers was awarded the AW Reeves Fellowship in 1995 by the NT Department of Education to undertake advanced study and research in educational leadership and management at the University of Alberta, Canada. During the tenure of the Fellowship, he gained a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
Dr Myers retires in 2011 from the position of Principal, Parap Primary School, Darwin, after having served NT education since 1965, including 40 years as a school Principal.
Member – Deborah Cass
Deb has an extensive background is in dealing with victims of crime in both the Northern Territory and other jurisdictions. Deb is the current representative for the Commissioner of Corrections and has been part of NT Correctional Services for 9 years. Deb liaises with the Crime Victims Services Unit on a regular basis and in her early professional years worked with Victims of Crime Victoria. She is a keen victims advocate and is committed to ensuring that the Justice system and the community sector protect victims from further harm and repond respectfully to help them out of trauma.
Member – Kwame Selormey
Kwame is a Community Services Leader who was born and raised in Ghana – West Africa.
He has lived in Australia for 25 years. His tertiary education and professional experience has covered the lifespan from early childhood studies through to children & family’s services, exposure to aged care services and community development. He is currently the Interim CEO of the Melaleuca Refugee Centre.
He has over 20 years’ experience working in the NGO sector, in roles that have included designing and leading provision of services to children, youth, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal communities, as well as to people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Through his career, Kwame’s work has influenced various government decisions especially in relation to services for people who are marginalized by society.
Kwame’s philosophy is based on the belief that when individuals are empowered and given the opportunity to tell their story, resilience and healing is sparked, which ultimately helps generate healthy communities. He looks forward to bringing his experience to the Committee of VoCNT.
Member – Samoane Regattieri
Samoane is an Aboriginal Woman who has grown up and lived in Darwin for 38 years and is a proud mother of 2 adult daughters.
She is an ATSI Case Manager within the Ironbark Indigenous Support Programme. She has worked for the Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation for almost 9 years in a variety of roles, including Remote Employment, CDEP and training positions.
Prior to her position at Ironbark, Samoane spent much of her time in a range of roles within business management and is looking forward to adding her expertise to the Committee of VoCNT.