The NTA is governed by an elected board made up of volunteers, based in Canberra. Beneath this body operate the Finance Committee, Operations Committee, and Membership and Marketing Committee. These committees develop policies and undertake functions under the direction of the board.
Chair of the Board and Treasurer: Ron Thompson
Ron is the former Group General Manager of Electro Optic Systems Pty Limited and a Senior International Banker with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Ron is the principal of Ron S Thompson & Associates Pty Limited.
President and Chief Executive Officer: Dr Colin Barlow
Colin is an academic specialising in the problems of small small-scale rubber and oil-palm producers in Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. Colin first visited Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) in 1988, where he and other colleagues were taken aback by the poverty-stricken conditions. In 1992, Colin and Shirley Bowman founded the NTA. Colin holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen.
Secretary: Xi Wen (Carys) Chan
Carys is an incoming Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the School of Management, College of Business, RMIT University. Her research interests are in the work–life interface, emotions, intimate partner aggression, patient mistreatment victimisation, and career adaptability. She completed her PhD studies in organisational behaviour and human resources in the Australian National University, and her PhD thesis is currently undergoing external examination.
Rob is Professor of Agricultural Development in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland. His research interests centre on rural development, agrarian change, and natural resource management in Southeast Asia, focusing on the evolution of farming systems, land tenure arrangements, and community-based resource management in a variety of agro-ecological zones. Rob holds a PhD from Monash University.
Stephen has many years’ experience in Indigenous economic development, corporate governance and risk management. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) from the Australian National University and has postgraduate accounting and management qualifications. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of CPA Australia.
Ian is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide. He works across a range of disciplines within agriculture and natural resource management. His focus is primarily agroforestry and agricultural extension, particularly in the context of developing countries. Ian’s work uses both biophysical and social science methods. He has also published in the areas of tree water use, horticultural plant pathology, bioenergy, tree genetics, and climate change. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Ria Gondorwarsito
Ria is a sociologist who specialises in rural community development. Ria is a former development consultant to the World Bank. She has been a member of the Board since its formation in 2007. Ria holds a PhD from Bielefeld University.
Phil holds a degree focused on natural resource management. He was employed for 30 years within the Australian Government at local and national levels and worked in areas focused on the management of urban landscapes, forests, national parks and fisheries. His employment has covered Indonesian natural resource issues for 15 years and he was seconded to Indonesia for a year as Programme Management Specialist for a national coral reef management programme.
Stephanie is a social anthropologist who studied at the University of Zurich in Switzerland focusing on development studies in South East Asia. She started to work in the field of humanitarian aid after the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia, for Caritas Switzerland and the American Red Cross. Later, she became a member of the rapid response team of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) and worked for Swisscontact and other aid organisations in Flores, NTT, where she lived for the past 11 years with her family.
Chair: Ron Thompson
Member(s): Ming Wei Cheah CPA
Membershipship & Marketing Committee
Chair: Phil Domaschenz
Chair: Dr Colin Barlow
Member(s): Dr Lesley Potter, Dr Ria Gondorwarsito, George Miller, Associate Professor John McCarthy, David Lever, Mark Hunter, Sally Goodspeed, Susanna Batchelder, Juris Jakovics, Michael Cox, Stephen Barry, Sheron Denoon, Anton Usmanij, Phil Domaschenz, Jacob Wray, Keith Gray, Graham Rady, Peter Walton, Tracey McMartin, Douglas Graham, Stephanie Heighes