People

Principal Lawyer/Executive Officer David Morris David’s practice at the Environmental Defenders Office focuses on environmental issues facing the Northern Territory community; particularly issues relating to mining, water, threatened species and pollution. David regularly acts for NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal traditional owners. 

 Recently the EDONT represented traditional owners in injunction proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia in relation to the potential destruction of sacred sites. Prior to working at the Environmental Defenders Office Northern Territory, David has worked in both government roles and private practice. David was a lawyer in the Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.

 David has regularly appeared in courts and tribunals.


Chairperson Kirsty Howey Kirsty is 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 i nterests 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


Treasurer Neil von Bertouch


Secretary James Tierney James is from the tiny town of Bonalbo in Northern New South Wales. After intermittent periods as an arts student, farm worker, journalist and PHD dropout he moved to Melbourne and undertook his law degree, where he was a long term volunteer at EDO Victoria. He moved to the Northern Territory in 2009 and has lived in both Darwin and Alice Springs. James is a prosecutor with the NT Government and has been a board member of the EDO since 2012.


Public Officer Greg MacDonald Greg Macdonald has been a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory for more than 20 years, mostly in public practice in civil law for the Territory government, but with a couple of years in private practice. He has also volunteered for both the Darwin Community Legal Service and the EDO(NT) Management Committee for almost as long. Greg generally avoids practice in environmental law for reasons he can explain, but has useful interests in practice management and administration. He also sits on the NT Legal Aid Commission Review Committee and the NT Touch Judiciary. Other interests include Territory ecosystems, bushwalking and gardening.


  Nina Bailey Nina Bailey is the Manager, Sustainability and COOLmob Program Manager at the Environment Centre NT (ECNT) where she is responsible for creating, funding and implementing new sustainable living initiatives for the organisation. Previous to ECNT, Nina worked at Environment Victoria and Australian Conservation Foundation delivering award-winning sustainable living behaviour change programs, specialising in working with culturally diverse communities. Nina’s skills include communications, community engagement, social research and project management. Nina has a Master of Social Science (Environment and Planning) from RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts (History and English) from University of Western Australia.


  Jimmy Cocking Jimmy is the coordinator of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) based in Alice Springs. He has been instrumental in its growth from a small environmental lobby group to becoming a central player in major sustainable development initiatives in Central Australia. Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Science (biomedical) Honours at Monash University and has completed his Master of Social Science (international urban and environmental management) at RMIT. He is an active board member of the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and a founding director of Wide Open Space Music Festival.


  Rosemary Jacob Rosemary Jacob is the immediate former Chairperson of EDO NT. Originally joining the Board at the end of 2011 as the representative of Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS), she was elected as Chairperson at the 2012 AGM. Rosemary is also a Board member of DCLS and has served as Chairperson of the Board of Lifeline Top End and as a member of the Management Committee of Life Education NT. Rosemary has a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Course) from Charles Darwin University in 2007 having graduated from Imperial College, London University in 1957 with a BSc (Special) Mathematics.