Executive Leadership

Jamie Chalker

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

Jamie Chalker APM

Mr Jamie Chalker APM was announced as the new Commissioner of Police and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services on 31 October 2019. He joined with the Northern Territory Police Force (NTPF) in 1994 and has spent more than half his career policing outside of Darwin across a wide range of policing areas, including general duties, remote policing, criminal investigations and executive roles.

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In 1999, he was awarded a Royal Human Society Bronze Medal for Bravery for entering flood waters and rescuing a man who had been swept down river in Wattie Creek, near Daguragu.

He holds the Australian Police Medal and has a number of career highlights through his homicide, serious drug and organised crime investigations. Mr Chalker was appointed to Assistant Commissioner in 2012. During that time he acted in the role of Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner, before leaving the force to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development in 2016 where he led significant reform across that agency. 



Executive Director Operational Support Directorate


James J O'Brien

Chief of Staff

James J O'Brien SC

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Michael Murphy

Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Michael Murphy APM

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 White

Acting Deputy Commissioner, Investigations and Capability

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. 

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Assistant Commissioner, Crime and Integrity

Nick Anticich APM

Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich APM has been seconded from the Western Australia Police Force (WA Police) for a period of three months.

Assistant Commissioner Anticich joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1980. During the course of his career he has been involved in law enforcement at the international, national, federal and state jurisdictions, including the AFP, the National Crime Authority, the WA Corruption and Crime Commission and the WA Police.


Assistant Commissioner, Darwin and Support

Assistant Commissioner, Darwin and Support

Under recruitment.

Narelle Beer

Assistant Commissioner, Regional 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. 

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. 


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

Chief Officer - Strategy and Capability, NT Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services

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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).