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ROB COLLINS

Born and raised in Darwin, Rob Collins graduated from the National Institute for Dramatic Arts in 2013. Rob's film credits include TOP END WEDDING, UNDERTOW, EXTRACTION, ANGEL OF MINE, and Leah Purcell's THE DROVER'S WIFE. Rob's television credits include THE WRONG GIRL, GLITCH Series 2, SECRET CITY: UNDER THE EAGLE, BLACK COMEDY, REEF BREAK, UPRIGHT opposite Tim Minchin, TOTAL CONTROL alongside Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman and Series 2 of the critically acclaimed ABC series MYSTERY ROAD. Rob's theatre credits include a national tour of THE LION KING in the role of 'Mufasa' and as 'Lysander' in Sydney Theatre Company's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

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LESLEY MERRETT - CHAIR

Lesley was enticed from Melbourne to the Northern Territory in 1990, with her partner, to live and work at an 'eco-resort' which was newly established in the remote and magnificent Garig Gunak Barlu National Park (Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhem Land). They moved to Garramilla/Darwin in 1991 and were the owners/operators of the multi-award winning 'Lindsay Street Cafe' till 1998. Lesley then returned to her social work career, becoming a teaching-focussed academic at Charles Darwin University till 2004, before moving into the NT public sector where her roles spanned service delivery, development, implementation and evaluation of strategic and operational policy, and managing programs, projects and stakeholder relationships within the family services and health portfolios. In 2019, she returned to working in the NT's not-for-profit community services sector. She has been a regular attendee at Brown's Mart performances and events since arriving in Darwin and has been an active volunteer since 2017, mostly as an usher, and occasionally as a gardener and a donor. Her previous governance experience includes membership of the Dawn House Governance Committee (2004 - 2005 & 2019 - 2020), Parap Primary school Council (2008 - 2009), Alawa Scout Group support Committee (2012 - 2017) and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (2017 - 2019). Lesley is drawn to the arts because: "...the arts is about connecting with people, it's about practicing all the things that make us human. The love, the flaws, the aches, the forgiveness, the listening..." (Ursula Yovich, 2014)

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ADAM STEER

Adam graduated in acting at Charles Sturt Uni in 1994. Adam has toured extensively throughout Australia, the UK, Italy and Switzerland working for a variety theatre companies. TV credits include Neighbours, Get Away and Totally Wild. Adam has worked for Walpiri Media in the N.T teaching acting for screen and toured indigenous film festivals to central Australian communities. He has performed in a number of play readings in Darwin over the last six years including Louis Nowra’s The Crow. Adam works for 105.7 ABC Darwin.

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RACHEL TELFORD

Rachel has spent most of her professional career working in the field tourism in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  She has worked in a range of roles in the public and private sector spanning business and economic development, events, marketing, academic research and teaching.

Her career is highlighted by many key achievements, including executive roles at Tourism Western Australia and Tourism NT in marketing, industry development, and most recently heading up the Aviation and Strategy team.  Rachel first joined Tourism NT in 2004 in the Alice Springs office, heading up the Destination Marketing team for the Red Centre, later moving to Darwin to take up opportunities in other areas of the Agency. A personal highlight of time spent in the NT was as a volunteer for Yothu Yindi Foundation in 2006-8, coordinating the program for corporate sponsors and the trade exhibition area for the annual Garma Festival.

Rachel’s qualifications include a Degree of Master of Business, Degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), completion of a Professional Management Program through the University of Adelaide and she is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

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The Board of Brown’s Mart is recruited to reflect our community and to ensure a broad range of skills and expertise. Their role is to provide robust governance in a flexible, responsive, economically challenging environment and represent a diversity of views and skills, artistic connections, and networks. The Board's main functions are the oversight of strategy and governance, fiduciary, legal, and policy making, and fundraising. Find out more by contacting the Brown's Mart Board at board@brownsmart.com.au

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