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Appointment of Ms Fran Kilgariff AM as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory

12 Dec 2023

Fran Kilgariff AM

COTA NT is very proud of our long-time colleague, Fran Kilgariff AM who has been appointed as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory. We are delighted on her behalf of this recognition.

[Media release starts]

His Honour Professor the Honourable Hugh Heggie PSM, Administrator of the Northern Territory has today appointed distinguished Territorian, Ms Fran Kilgariff AM as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory, resident in Alice Springs.

Ms Kilgariff will represent His Honour in Central Australia at community and ceremonial events. The Deputy of the Administrator is one of the highest public offices in the Northern Territory and serves as representative of the Administrator in the region.

Ms Kilgariff brings a wealth of experience and a distinguished background to her new role. She has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to the social and economic progress of Alice Springs, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), the Order is Australia’s pre-eminent form of recognition. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Sister of the Order of St John (StJ).

Her educational background includes a Graduate Diploma of Education, Degree in Prehistoric Archaeology, and a Diploma of Radiography. Currently, Ms Kilgariff is self-employed as a consultant and is the Coordinator for Central Australia at the Council on the Ageing Northern Territory.

Her extensive experience in public service, community representation and working as a champion for her region and the Territory, stand her in good stead to represent the highest office in the Northern Territory in Central Australia.

Quotes from His Honour Professor the Honourable Hugh Heggie PSM, Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Born into a central Australian family Fran has a deep knowledge and understanding of the region. She is a passionate advocate for the prosperity and development of the Northern Territory and a very active member of her community.

Ruth and I look forward to working with Fran in her role as my representative. Ms Kilgariff’s diverse experience and dedication make her an excellent choice for the role of the Deputy of the Administrator, and she is best placed to continue to make a significant impact in the region.

I would also like to recognise the support of Fran’s partner Mr Reg Hatch. I know Reg will equally champion the region supporting Fran as she carries out significant community and ceremonial duties on my behalf promoting and celebrating Territory innovation, industry, voluntary service, education, artistic endeavours and sporting achievement.

Quotes from Ms Fran Kilgariff AM

I am honoured to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of talented and gracious women, such as Mrs Minna Sitzler AM and Mrs Patricia Miller AO. My father, Bern Kilgariff also acted as Administrator of the Northern Territory from time to time and this is a very special connection with him.

I look forward to representing the Administrator of the Northern Territory in Central Australia and being able to assist in the celebration and promotion of the interests, and people of my home.

Media release: Government House 12 December 2023

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