Executive Leadership

Michael Murphy

Acting Commissioner of Police and Chief Executive Officer of Fire and Emergency Services

Michael Murphy APM

Acting Commissioner of Police and Chief Executive Officer of Fire and Emergency Services Michael Murphy joined the Northern Territory Police Force in July 1997 and has served in various roles across the NT within general duties and crime in Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Papunya, Yuendumu, Kintore, Ngukurr, Katherine and Darwin.

In 2008 Michael was appointed to Superintendent, in 2011 appointed to Commander, in 2017 appointed to Assistant Commissioner, and in 2018 appointed as Deputy Commissioner Operations.

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Michael is a member of the Board of Management for the NT Police Legacy.

Michael has been awarded the National Medal, the NT Police Service Medal and the Remote Service Ribbon. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2018 for his distinguished service and his ability to shape strategic thinking.

He has a Diploma in Public Safety, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Management from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) and has completed the AIPM Australian New Zealand Leadership Strategy.

DC Murphy’s leadership strategy is to lead by example and to provide a respected and strong role model with clear and consistent values for colleagues. He promotes values-led leadership and a situational leadership style.


Michael Nelson-Willis

Executive Director Operational Support Directorate

Michael Nelson Willis ASM

Mr Nelson Willis was previously the Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Chief Executive of the New South Wales Ambulance Service with over 15 years’ experience in delivering Corporate Services which has included fleet management, organisational wide risk management, infrastructure, procurement and management of organisational budgets. 

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Mr Willis holds a Masters in Emergency Management, Executive Masters in Public Administration, Bachelor of Health Science and Associate Diploma in Management and was the preferred candidate in a strong field of applicants.

Annette Turner Duggan

Chief of Staff

Annette Turner Duggan

Ms Turner Duggan is currently the Manager College Education Services NTPFES and prior to that was the Learning and Development Officer, Capability Development with the College. Ms Turner Duggan’s career includes roles in learning and development with Department of Health and in national training and development roles. 

Ms Turner Duggan has a range of qualifications in Public Safety, Emergency Management and Disaster Management, Organisational Development and Human Resources and has a Master of Arts (Organisational Communication). 

Narelle Beer

Acting Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Narelle Beer

Ms Beer comes to us from Victoria Police and has over 30 years policing experience. She brings a wealth of knowledge in leadership, ethics, integrity and standards achieved throughout her diverse career in operational, strategic and business policing roles.

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Those roles included Divisional Commander, Local Area Commander and Manager Professional Standards Command where she was responsible for developing, leading and promoting statewide multi-agency transformation and modernisation strategies to reduce high harm crime incidents. 

Ms Beer holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Law, Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Masters in Police Leadership and Management. 

Grant Nicholls

Deputy Commissioner, Investigations and Capability

Grant Nicholls

Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police on 12 December 2016. He commenced service in the Northern Territory Police Force in June 2016, from New Zealand, to oversee the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Capability Audit.

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His service in the New Zealand Police began in 1985 and includes positions in several districts, criminal investigations, general duties, and urban and rural policing.

He has held the positions of Acting Deputy Commissioner for District Operations; Acting Deputy Commissioner for Resource Management; National Operations and Deputy Commissioner Operations; and Assistant Commissioner positions covering Strategy, Policy and Performance, Specialist Operations; and District Commander for the Eastern Police District of New Zealand.

He has been involved in a number of major operations and criminal investigations as Response Coordinator, Officer in Charge, and Incident Controller. He was deployed to Thailand as a Contingent Commander after the 2004 tsunami, for which he was awarded a Special Services Medal. He has also served in Glasgow and Timor Leste, and has observed policing in the USA and Canada.

He is the holder of Masters Degrees in Public Policy and Administration and Management, a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Services Management, a Diploma in Business Studies, Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and is a qualified Detective.

He has also held the honorary rank of Colonel Commandant of the Corps of the Royal New Zealand Military Police.

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Assistant Commissioner, Crime and Integrity

Assistant Commissioner, Crime and Integrity

Currently under recruitment.

Michael White APM

Assistant Commissioner, Darwin and Support

Michael White APM

Assistant Commissioner White spent extensive periods acting as Assistant Commissioner and was previously promoted to Commander Southern in September 2017. Commencing with the Northern Territory Police Force in 1984, Mr White served in many areas around the Territory including Alice Springs, Batchelor, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Jabiru. 

Travis Wurst

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Regional Operations

Travis Wurst

Acting Assistant Commissioner Wurst joined the Northern Territory Police in 1995 and commenced his policing career as a general duties officer in Alice Springs. After service at Papunya and Yuendumu, he transferred to Darwin. In 2000, he moved into the Investigations stream and worked as a Detective in Sexual Crimes and Major Crimes Units.

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He also worked more recently in Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Southern Investigations. After a period as Commander Crime, he moved to Commander Darwin which has seen him operate as the Regional Emergency Management Controller for major cyclone weather events.  

David Willing

Executive Director – NT Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

David Willing

Mr Willing has considerable expertise in negotiating strategic outcomes and possesses extensive experience across multiple government agencies in the emergency response and recovery space, including a strong understanding of considerations from the regional and remote perspective having lived and worked in Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy prior to moving to Darwin in 2010.

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Mr Willing has held several Executive Director roles across government, including most recently as Executive Director Security and Government Services, a position which saw him gain a wealth of experience in the natural disaster recovery program, which has served the NT Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (NTFRES) portfolio well.

Mr Willing was first appointed as an Emergency Recovery Coordinator in 2011 following Tropical Cyclone Carlos. Following this initial appointment, Mr Willing has led emergency recovery operations across the Territory for almost every major event since, including multiple flood events in Daly River, Beswick and Edith River; initial recovery following Tropical Cyclone Lam and most recently Tropical Cyclone Marcus. 

He has represented the NT on numerous national committees including the National Crisis Committee, Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC), and was the National Chair on the ANZEMC Recovery Committee in 2013. 

Prior to joining the NT Government, he served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Public Service in the Office of Deputy Chief of Operations at the Joint Defence Facility, Pine Gap. 

Mr Willing holds a Master of Arts in Public Sector Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Management. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds several other tertiary qualifications in management, security and risk management. 

Jenny Nelson-Willis

Chief Officer – Strategy & Capability, NT Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

Jenny Nelson Willis

Jenny Nelson Willis was appointed Director, Chief Officer Strategy and Capability on 01 November 2016. Prior to this appointment, Jenny worked at the Northern Territory Emergency Service for ten months and NSW Ambulance Service for fifteen years. Whilst employed by NSW Ambulance, Jenny was the Chief Superintendent / Director of the NSW Ambulance Special Operations Unit for four years. Responsibilities of this position included delivery of NSW Ambulance special operations paramedic training and recertification. These specialist paramedics include Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT), Special Operations Teams and Rescue.

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The training delivered included all aspects of Rescue (vertical, road crash, confined space, domestic animal), Swift Water Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, CBRNE and HAZMAT, Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, and special Operations. 

During her career with NSW Ambulance, Jenny was involved in deployments such as the Victorian Bushfires, Indonesian Tsunami, Christchurch and Japan Earthquakes.

Career highlights include working within the NSW Police Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command for five years and maintaining her clinical certificate to practice during her ambulance career. Jenny has been an Ambulance Commander for a number of large and high profile events including the Lindt Café Siege. Jenny has also represented NSW on National Committees for Emergency Management and Counter Terrorism and was an Australian observer at the Japan Disaster Relief Team INSARAG External Reclassification (IER) in Japan, February 2015.

Jenny holds a Master’s Degree in Management, a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, Advanced Diploma in Civil Care and Security and has completed the NSW Police Strategic Leadership Program.

During her years of Service, Jenny has been awarded the Canberra Bushfire Medal, the NSW State Government Medal for the Hunter and Central Coast Storms, a NSW Ambulance Unit Citation for her role in the Quakers Hill Nursing Home Fire and a NSW Ambulance Commissioners Unit Citation for her role in the Lindt Café Siege. Prior to relocating to the Northern Territory, Jenny volunteered as an Advanced Fire Fighter, Driver and Aviation Base Operator within the NSW Rural Fire Service. Jenny also volunteered as a NSW Justice of the Peace.

Mark Spain AFSM

Chief Fire Officer – NT Fire and Rescue Service

Mark Spain AFSM

Mark Spain was appointed Director/Chief Fire Officer of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) on 11 July 2016, which forms part of the newly established Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

Mark joined the NTFRS Operations D Watch, Darwin in 1986 after completing his recruit program with the then Western Australian Fire Brigade. Most of Marks career has been with the NTFRS having been promoted to Station Officer in 1994 and transferring to Operations B Watch before taking a two year posting as the OIC of Jabiru’s Emergency Response Area.

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In 1997 Mark transferred back to Operations A Watch and in late 1997 transferred to Training and Development for a further two years with several highlights to include delivering two recruit programs as the lead instructor, provided training to fire service members, Kupung, West Timor.  Implemented new Breathing Apparatus sets into service along with the Freightliners FL80’s and TELESQIRTS Aerial/pumpers program.

In 2001 Mark laterally transferred as a Senior firefighter to the ACT Fire Brigade experiencing the 2001 and 2003 Canberra fires and in 2004 had relocated to Ballarat Victoria as a Structural Instructor for the Country Fire Authority before returning to the NTFRS in 2005 as a Senior Station Officer. Mark was promoted to District Officer in 2008 and has been OIC across a number of Commands to include Training and Development, Capability and Development, Fire Safety and Operations Darwin and Northern.

Mark has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and completed the Strategic Command Program through the AIPM

Fleur O'Connor

Chief Officer – NT Emergency Service

Chief Officer

Fleur O’Connor has been acting in the role of Chief Officer NTES since May 2019, and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Commencing with our organisation in January 2010, Ms O’Connor has worked in a variety of senior roles including Senior Strategic Policy Officer to the Northern Territory Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (NTFRES), Assistant Manager Volunteer Training Unit NTFRES, Assistant Director Secretariat and Protocol, Assistant Director Legislative Reform Unit, Departmental Liaison Officer and Staff Officer to the Commissioner and CEO. 

She has been a volunteer at Bees Creek Volunteer Fire Brigade since August 2011 and was Captain of the unit for over five years, ensuring operational readiness of the unit and managing its volunteers. 

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Fleur has completed AIIMS Level 2 incident controller qualification and has been part of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in a variety of roles over the years, most recently in response to Tropical Cyclone Trevor. She has been observed as calm during periods of high pressure and able to bring meaningful contributions to EOC debriefs. 

Fleur has actively contributed to the strategic direction of NTES, having developed and implemented business plans which align with each of the NTFRES streams. She has also led work to reform the Emergency Management Act and has been appointed to the Senior Officers Cohort of Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council (AFAC).