A team that spear heads GTNT Group into the future

GTNT Group is a not-for-profit organisation, with a voluntary Board of Directors that oversee and govern the organisation. The Board works with our CEO to develop strategic goals and direction.

The capabilities and experience of the current GTNT Group Board is extensive including a balanced mixed of financial, legal, business and other skills.

Kim Jenkinson

Kim Jenkinson


Kim commenced his working career in the Northern Territory in 1987 working in senior secondary education for 14 years. In 2001 he commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of a geospatial startup company commercializing a PhD research project.

Since 2003 he has held senior executive roles in a range of Northern Territory Government portfolios including Training, Employment, and Skilled Migration, International Education, Higher Education, Procurement Policy and Economic Policy.

In late 2017, Kim held the interim role of CEO Batchelor Institute and is currently providing consulting services to Batchelor Institute. 

Kim holds a Masters in Business Administration (International Management), Bachelor of Education and is a graduate of the Advanced Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. 

Melissa Yates

Melissa Yates

Deputy Chairman

Melissa is an Associate with Ward Keller Lawyers working in in their succession and estate planning and civil litigation (specialising in construction litigation) areas. A Solicitor with over 10 years’ experience, Melissa has graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Law, Accounting and Biotechnology.

Melissa has been a member of boards and local not-for-profit incorporated associations (including a ministerial appointment to Bremer TAFE in Queensland) for nearly 20 years and brings a great deal of governance, risk management and corporate experience to the board, with a passion for using her skills and experience to benefit the local community.

Terry Lawler, Director

Terry Lawler


Terry has extensive experience engaging with the industry and has worked with organisations to be a representative voice on multiple workforce development and training issues for all NT Industries. Terry has also previously held the role of Executive Officer of the Transport Engineering and Automotive Training Advisory Council NT.

For over 10 years Terry has been a director on the GTNT Group board and was provided with the opportunity to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors course during his early years with us. Terry uses the knowledge and skills gained from this, every day.

Terry still uses his trade skills as a mechanic, maintaining friend’s vehicles and restoring Classic BMW motorcycles. Terry expansive career path from the farm in southern Tasmania to a mechanic, then trainer, to advisory roles has allowed him to realise many childhood dreams. Terry says that travel is still a key part of his life experiences, but he still loves the NT lifestyle and Territorian friends.

Chris Lay, Director

Chris Lay


Chris is Director of property development for the Lay Group, a family owned and run company that has business interests in logistics, wholesale/retail foodservice, commercial and residential property.

Working across many industries and in various roles has given Chris extensive experiences and knowledge which he has applied to the benefit of his customers and suppliers alike. A strong community focus and pragmatic approach, Chris is always looking to put his best foot forward for the Northern Territory.

Mark Garraway, Director

Mark Garraway


Mark is a private company director, with extensive professional qualifications in both law, business and accounting. He is currently vice president of the Property Council Northern Territory Division and a Board Member of GTNT Group.

He graduated with degrees in Law and Business (Management) and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the local Northern Territory University. Mr Garraway’s business interest include managing commercial and retail buildings located in Darwin’s CBD, rural land development, and pearling.

Avril Baynes

Avril Baynes


Avril is a long-standing Northern who brings with her a variety of in-depth business management knowledge and industry insight to the GTNT Group Board. Avril has a background in law gaining her Bachelor’s Degree from a local Territory University.

Avril is currently working with the Mindil Beach Resort and Casino as the General Manager.