Executive Staff

  • Chris Wright

    Acting CEO & Director Corporate Services

    Phone +61 08 8962 0001

    Email chris.wright@barkly.nt.gov.au

    Chris spent many years running a financial practice prior to being invited in 2006 to manage a community service in Central New Zealand. He has tertiary qualifications with an emphasis upon financial risk management. He also has an MBA which focused upon strategic management, graduating in 2010.

    In 2010 to 2011, Chris worked with the assessment teams that audited the practice of financial advisers in NZ to ensure they satisfied legislative standards. Then in 2012 an associate invited him to work with a community service in Alice Springs where he managed remotely-based community service teams as far afield as the APY Lands, Tennant Creek and Katherine.

    Chris joined Barkly Regional Council in October 2015 as Director of Corporate Services. A dedicated and committed worker with great leadership skills, he was appointed the Acting Chief Executive Officer in July 2016.

  • Stephen Dawkins

    Director of Community Services

    Phone +61 08 8962 0025

    Email stephen.dawkins@barkly.nt.gov.au

    Stephen has spent many years working for Local Government community services in a management capacity. With key highlights including successful multi-million dollar grant applications, establishment of a major community infrastructure project, innovative directions for a council health plan, re-establishment of a community safety committee, and the financial and facility re-development of daycare, maternal and child health services, Stephen has a wealth of skills and experience in the ongoing management of services for families and children and communities.

    A native of Victoria, Stephen is keen to facilitate high quality outcomes for the Barkly Regional Council and the communities and residents of the Barkly. He brings to the role an extensive experience in the community and education sectors and is enthusiastic about working in an environment that encourages creativity, challenges traditional ways of working and welcomes lateral thinkers.

    Stephen, who has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education, is an all-round good guy committed to community development and best practice in the region.

  • Elai Semisi

    Director of Infrastructure

    Phone +61 08 8962 0041

    Email elai.semisi@barkly.nt.gov.au

    After completing a BSc Civil Engineering in Scotland through a British Government scholarship, Elai Semisi returned to his native Fiji in 1983 and worked for the Public Works Department in water and waste water as an operations engineer until the coup of 1987.

    Several months after the coup, Elai joined BP Oil South West-Pacific as a project/operations engineer where he was involved with terminal operations and projects in Suva & Vuda (Fiji), Tonga, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Cook Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati. Elai managed the joint user hydrant installation (JUHI) at Nadi International airport on behalf of BP, Shell, Mobil and Caltex before joining BP Oil in Melbourne.

    In 2002, Elai received his first taste of remote outback work experience working for Ngaanyatjarra Aboriginal Council based in Alice Springs. He was involved in the planning and execution of the council’s essential services program under the remote area essential services (RAES) programme.

    Elai joined Barkly Regional Council in April 2015 as the Facilities Manager and then in February 2016 as the Project and Facilities Manager. Appointed as Director of Infrastructure on 9 September 2016, he brings to Council a unique set of engineering skills based on remote power, water and wastewater operations, construction, project management, quality assurance and risk management. He is currently enrolled in a Masters of Engineering Management programme.