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An Engaged Board and Senior Mangement

During the reporting period, changes to the Ministry meant that the Hon Senator Matthew Canavan ceased to be the Responsible Minister for NAIF, with the Hon Keith Pitt MP assuming portfolio responsibilities, supported by Hon. Michelle Landry MP as Assistant Minister for Northern Australia. We thank Senator Canavan for his consistent strong advocacy of the development of northern Australia and his ongoing encouragement of the work of NAIF. We welcome Minister Pitt and Assistant Minister Landry to the portfolio responsibility.

This year also saw a change of Chief Executive Officer, with Chris Wade commencing in the role on 20 January 2020. During the second half of the year, Chris has overseen the process around NAIF’s mandate extension and has brought fresh energy, ambition and strategy to the organisation. We welcome him and, on behalf of the Board, we thank the previous CEO, Laurie Walker, for her dedication to the role and the foundational work she undertook. We also acknowledge Amanda Copping for her efforts as Acting CEO during the transitional period.