Our staff

Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer: Gillian Duggin

Gillian commenced as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer at the EDO NT in January 2018. Her practice at EDO NT is focused on providing advice and representation on a wide range of environmental issues facing the Northern Territory, including mining and gas, environmental assessment processes, water and biodiversity conservation. She is committed to advocating for stronger environmental laws for the Territory.

Gillian has over 10 years of experience in environmental law and policy/law reform, both in Australia and overseas. Prior to coming to the EDO NT, Gillian has worked for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, EDO NSW and Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). She has spent 18 months as an environmental law advisor for the government in East Timor, consulted for the United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia, and worked for a nongovernment organisation in Mongolia.

Gillian has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in New York City.

Administrative officer: Ingrid Nadjarian

Ingrid has been EDO NT’s indispensable Administrative Officer since mid-2016. Ingrid also works part time for the Northern Land Council. Prior to the EDO NT, Ingrid was the personal assistant to Chief Justice Trevor Riley in the Supreme Court. She has also been a legal secretary at the Northern Land Council and in various Darwin law firms.  Ingrid came to the Northern Territory in 2001. She is a proud Darwin resident and generously volunteers with many non profit and community organisations including the Fannie Bay History & Heritage Society, Top End Native Plant Society, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Helping People Achieve, Browns Mart and Fred’s Pass Rural Show.

Our management committee

Chair: Will Crawford

Will is currently the East Arnhem Regional Legal Advisor at the Northern Land Council. He was formerly the Managing Solicitor of the NAAJA Katherine Office, the Coordinator of NAAJA’s Legal Training and Community Development team. Will has also practised at Fitzroy Legal Service, Youthlaw and Ashurst (Blake Dawson Waldron as it then was). Will is a passionate advocate for better environmental protections, legal education, refugee rights and access to justice.

Treasurer: Neil von Bertouch

Coming soon. 

Secretary:  Shelley Eder 

Shelley is a Lecturer at Charles Darwin University (CDU). She teaches a range of courses including Legal Process, Introduction to Law, Legal Interpretation and Advanced Torts, and is also undertaking PhD research into justice and the law in correctional institutions. Shelley is the legal representative on CDU’s Human Research Ethics Committee and a representative on the Law School’s Research and Research Training Committee. Prior to joining CDU, she worked for many years in the community legal sector, where she specialised in  Social Security Law. 

Public officer: Kirsty Howey 

Kirsty is the immediate former Chairperson of EDO NT, and is currently completing a PhD at Sydney University on the interface between Indigenous institutions, the state and development in northern Australia. She was formerly a senior legal advisor at the Northern Land Council, with a decade’s experience representing Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory in relation to their native title interests and rights under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. Kirsty has acted as instructing solicitor in a number of native title and land claims, and has led negotiations for a range of commercial agreements, including in respect of major mines in the Northern Territory. Kirsty was the instructing solicitor in successful judicial review proceedings challenging the environmental and mining approvals for the McArthur River Mine in the Gulf Region of the Northern Territory. She previously worked for four years as a litigator for a top-tier Australian law firm, including a pro-bono secondment establishing and managing a civil legal practice in the Katherine office of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

Member: Margaret Clinch

Margaret is the long term Convener of PLan: the Planning Action Network, Inc. She has lived in Darwin since 1973, has several higher degrees, and has been associated with EDONT since it commenced. Margaret is passionate about striving for sustainable planning for people in the Northern Territory. She is focused on supporting the needs of people in the community, bearing in mind social, cultural, environmental and long-term economic issues, whilst seeking to maintain the tropical, outdoor character of life in the Territory.

Member: Gareth Lewis

Gareth is an applied anthropologist with over 20 years of experience across Australia’s Northern Territory. He has worked primarily at the interface between indigenous peoples, governments, parks agencies, the mining industry and other developers striving to ensure that engagement with indigenous communities occurs within a framework of social justice as well as cultural and social sustainability. Gareth has developed broad experiences and networks across a variety of regions working with indigenous communities and three of the peak organisations including the Northern Land Council, the Central Land Council and the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. He is currently working on various native title, land rights claims and sacred site/cultural heritage management projects across the NT.

Member: Shar Molloy

Coming soon. 

Member: Tida Nou

Tida has recently wound up her role as Top End Regional Coordinator, Territory Natural Resource Management in Darwin. Tida has worked in a variety of roles in the NT, most recently focused on Indigenous land and sea management and biodiversity conservation. Tida has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science from the University of Technology. She is passionate about working towards improved conservation of northern Australia’s significant natural and cultural values, including through environmental policy and legal frameworks.

Member: Alex Read

Alex is the Policy Officer for the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs. Alex is regularly engaged in policy advocacy and research on a range of environmental fronts including mining, natural resource management, water and climate change. He advocates for the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources for the arid lands on a number of reference groups including water advisory committees and local government. Alex holds a Bachelor of Environment (earth science and environment management) with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Macquarie University as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. He has volunteered with the EDO in NSW for a number of years in science, policy and litigation focusing on the mineral and petroleum industries.