Town Vision Governance

To ensure the project and implementation plan has the right support and structure for success, a Town Vision Governance Group consisting of stakeholders who represent key organisations, community groups and all members of the community, has been established.

The primary focus of this group is to provide overarching governance, direction and support to the Project Manager and Stream Leads for this important next stage.

Key Responsibilities of the Town Vision Governance Group include:

  • Advocate and promote the Town Vision
  • Oversee and support project implementation
  • Engage with stakeholders
  • Be available and assist the Stream Leads and working party members
  • Support the Project Manager in the achievement of key deliverables
  • Listen and provide feedback
  • Assist with resolution of escalated matters

Members of the Governance Group are:

CEO Nhulunbuy Corporation/Chair (Adam Seiler)
Gumatj Traditional Owner Rep (Klaus Helms)
Rirratjingu Traditional Owner Rep (Stuart Maclean)
Business Rep (Hannah Seaniger)
Clubs and Associations Rep (Donna-Marie Grieve)
Town Board Rep (Gavin Law)
Dept of the Chief Minister Rep (Jim Rogers)
Local Member of Parliament (Yingiya Mark Guyula )
Gove Ops Rep (Ben Devries)
Rio Tinto External Relations (Alicia Sherwood)

Profiles of Town Vision Governance Group Members

Klaus Helms representing Gumatj clan

Klaus Helms

I have lived and worked in this region for over 40 +years. Devoted the majority of my time here to improving the lives of the local Indigenous community and promoting reconciliation.

Chief Executive Officer of the Gumatj Corporation, which is focused on developing sustainable industry through harnessing natural resources of North East Arnhem Land. My long-term vision is to secure the community’s economic independence, and to achieve this I’ve been instrumental in establishing projects such as cattle farming, meat production, timber mills, construction, cement works, retail and fishing operations to reduce the cost of living in the communities.

I’ve played a major role in building this town and I’m very passionate about wanting the Nhulunbuy community to continue to integrate, grow and thrive through sustainable industry.

The future direction elements of the Nhulunbuy Town Vision fit clearly with my personal and professional goals. I am pleased to be part of the Governance Group for the Town Vision and my intention is to share this role with the Gumatj Traditional Owners as they will play a major role in our future.

From the day I landed at the old airstrip in a DC9 and moved into a tent (prospect) to 47+ years later and almost retired on Drimmie head, I have always known that Nhulunbuy and Gunyangara was home.

Hannah Fincham-Thomson representing Local Business

Hannah Seaniger REIA Award 2015

Born and bred in Nhulunbuy. Mother of three daughters.

Local real estate agency – owner and manager.

I was very pleased to be asked to join the Town Vision Governance Group, representing local businesses. It’s vital for the long term future of Nhulunbuy to develop and nurture sustainable local business.

As part of the Nhulunbuy Town Vision implementation plan I’m looking forward to working with a range of stakeholders to investigate and establish some exciting new business opportunities for our community.

Alicia Sherwood representing Rio Tinto External Affairs

Alicia Sherwood

Alicia Sherwood – lived and worked in the Northern Territory for 20 years and enjoys working in remote towns and communities in particular Nhulunbuy.

As External Affairs manager, Northern Australia for Rio Tinto I liaise with the Northern Territory government, our key community partners and our site-based communities team to ensure Gove Operations is an active partner in the community and region.

I’m very passionate about the Nhulunbuy Town Vision and really pleased to see the work we undertook last year with the Creating Communities consultants come to life.

Being a member of the Governance Group I look forward to overseeing the implementation of some exciting initiatives for/in Nhulunbuy.

Personal fact: I recently read the book ‘The magic of tidying’ by Maria Kondo and am busy identifying items that spark my joy! Its invigorating – I highly suggest reading it!

Gavin Law representing Nhulunbuy Town Board

Gavin Law

Gavin  – lives and worked in Nhulunbuy since August 2014.

Civil Works Manager at YBE, Gavin has a background in Mining and Civil Construction Management and during his 30+ year career has worked closely with all levels of Government and Municipal bodies.

Arriving during a time of change in Nhulunbuy with the Refinery closure, Gavin is keen to be actively involved in the Town Vision as a representative of the Town Board, YBE and personally to ensure the town continues to grow and develop not just survive.

I’m pleased to be a member of the Town Vision Governance Group to have a voice in the growth and development of Nhulunbuy.


Adam Seiler representing Nhulunbuy Corporation


Adam joined the Nhulunbuy Corporation in 2016 following successful appointments in the local-government, non-government and private sectors for over twenty years, where customer service and service delivery were paramount.

Adam has indicated he is keen to continue the hard work of his predecessor in making the Nhulunbuy Corporation an effective and efficient organisation which actively listens and engages with residents, business owners and other key stakeholder groups within the Gove Peninsula.

It is acknowledged this Vision, and its delivery, will take time, however will establish the future of our community and its success.

Adam is keen to ensure the Nhulunbuy Corporation plays an active part as a participatory member of Town Vision, understands the importance of this initiative and looks forward to bedding down a path forward.


Donna-Marie Grieve representing Nhulunbuy Clubs and Associations

Donna-Marie Grieve

Donna-Marie has lived and worked in Nhulunbuy for 25 years.

Local business owner and manager, coach, referee, Licensee, member of a number of business and sports associations in our community. Also a single mother with four children, who I hope will have a long and prosperous future in Nhulunbuy.

I’m also available to help assist and advise on any information required by a club or association to move forward and make their club more sustainable.

Being a member of the Governance Group as well as an implementation volunteer I’m looking forward to progressing some exciting sustainable initiatives for our Nhulunbuy Community Clubs and Associations.

Ben Devries representing Rio Tinto Gove Operations

Ben Devries

Ben has lived and worked in Nhulunbuy since September 2014.

General Manager of the Rio Tinto Gove Operation. Primary focus is leading the Gove team to safely ramp up bauxite supply to pacific alumina refineries whilst maintaining the curtailed refinery and supporting the Nhulunbuy community through a significant transition.

A major component to this transition is the establishment and implementation of the Nhulunbuy Town Vision.

On behalf of Rio Tinto and as a resident with a young family I’m pleased to be a member of the Town Vision Governance Group to ensure the vision to ensure Nhulunbuy remains a great place to live and work for decades to come.

Throughout my career I have been fortunate to live and work in a number of different countries and regions and I can honestly say that the community spirit and lifestyle that Nhulunbuy offers is extremely rare and something to be protected.

Jim Rogers representing the Department of the Chief Minister


Jim Rogers is the Arnhem Regional Executive Director for the Department of the Chief Minister and lives with his wife and three kids in Nhulunbuy. Through 2014, his role was to lead the Northern Territory Government’s joint efforts with Rio Tinto in response to the curtailment of the Gove Alumina Refinery and associated adjustment in the regional economy. Jim leads a small multidisciplinary team who focus on working with regional communities and stakeholders to diversify the regional economy and strengthen NT Government services in the region.

Jim has extensive experience in senior roles in the Commonwealth and Northern Territory public sector. Prior to taking up the position in Nhulunbuy, Jim was a Senior Adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet with a key role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights policy and programs, with a particular focus on supporting traditional owners to leverage their significant land and native title holdings for economic and social benefit. Jim has held positions including Chairman of the Jabiru Town Development Authority and is currently a member of the East Arnhem Regional Economic Development Committee and Nhulunbuy Town Board.

Jim is excited to be supporting the future of Nhulunbuy and the region through the Town Vision and the broader NT Government programs and services.  The Department of the Chief Minister has offices upstairs on Franklyn Street above the new Physio clinic and next to Developing East Arnhem’s offices.