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The Northern Land Council appoints interim CEO

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NLC Interim CEO Jessie Schaecken. Image: supplied



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The NLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Jessie Schaecken as its Interim Chief Executive Officer.


Mrs Schaecken brings a diverse wealth of experience in local government and governance and a strong commitment to the NLC’s values of respect, consultation, responsiveness, and social justice.


The former acting CEO of West Arnhem Regional Council expressed her enthusiasm for joining the NLC and dedication to advancing its mission.


A mother of four residing in Noonamah, Mrs Schaecken has also worked at the City of Palmerston, Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, West Arnhem Regional Council, and held leadership positions in the superannuation sector.

"I am honoured to accept this appointment and embrace the opportunity to serve the Council with dedication and integrity.


As the NLC embarks on this new chapter, Mrs Schaecken will support the organisation's strategic direction and oversee its operations to ensure goals are met for the betterment of Aboriginal people across the Top End.


She looks forward to collaborating with constituents of the NLC’s seven regions, staff and other stakeholders to foster growth and empower Aboriginal people to acquire and manage their lands at this important time in history. Her priority is to ensure social, economic and cultural benefits flow to Aboriginal people.

"I am committed to working collaboratively with our Council, constituents, staff, and other stakeholders as we move forward and as the NLC continues to advocate for Aboriginal people across the NLC’s seven regions," Mrs Shaecken said.

Mrs Schaecken succeeded Mr Joe Martin-Jard and expressed her gratitude for his service during his two-and-a-half-year tenure. A recruitment process for a new permanent NLC CEO will be announced in the near future.


Northern Land Council Chair, Matthew Ryan said, "Mrs Schaecken is well-positioned to support the NLC in this next chapter. We are hitting the ground running, and with the support of Mrs Schaecken, our Council is getting to work for the betterment of our people across the Top End."


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