Terry O’Connor – Chief Executive Officer

Terry commenced work with Darwin Port in 2008 as the General Manager of Landside Operations, was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2011 and continues to hold the position with Darwin Port. Terry has an extensive maritime background having served a long career in the Royal Australian Navy, has held positions within Federal Government as a maritime specialist and within the private sector in logistics and facilities management.

Ian Niblock – General Manager Operations


Captain Ian Niblock is a Master Mariner with 44 years marine industry experience with a pilotage focus and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business (Port and Terminal Management).  Ian was appointed Darwin Harbourmaster in 2010 and took up the position of General Manager Operations in 2012 where he manages all marine operations.  Ian also has considerable experience in marine emergency response management having been incident controller during some high profile international incidents.

Peter Dummett – General Manager Port Development

Peter joined Darwin Port in 2011 as General Manager Port Development.  Peter has extensive experience in the maritime industry having served a long career in the Royal Australian Navy prior to taking up regional sales, business development and general management positions within the shipping industry.  Peter is responsible for business development, infrastructure and client and stakeholder liaison.  

Celia Lloyd – Business Support Services

Celia joined Darwin Port as Business Support Services Manager in August 2017. Celia is responsible for Finance, ICT, Procurement and local HR support.

Celia is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of experience across various industries within Australia and the U.K. Prior to joining Darwin Port, Celia worked in various senior finance roles within the electricity industry in both Darwin and Brisbane. Celia has extensive experience in accounting base roles, covering financial reporting, business analytics and modelling, contract and business process improvement. She has also worked within Business Development and Commercial Teams undertaking tender development and providing pricing/financial support.

Sarah-Jane Archdale – General Manager Legal

Sarah-Jane Archdale joined Darwin Port in September 2016 previously working in private practice in both Australia and London.  During the course of her career, Sarah-Jane has specialised in construction and major projects advising on construction, infrastructure and energy contracts as well as providing procurement advice. Sarah-Jane has been involved with a broad range of international projects in Europe, Asia and Australia.

As General Manager Legal, Sarah-Jane is responsible for providing legal and contractual advice for Darwin Port.

Peter Raines – General Manager Facilities

Peter commenced at Darwin Port as General Manager Facilities in 2010. Peter has 35 years of experience in facilities management and contract maintenance operations.  Prior to joining Darwin Port, Peter owned and managed a property services business and jointly owned a banking franchise in the Northern Territory. 

As General Manager Facilities, Peter is responsible for cargo operations, security, wharf services and facilities maintenance.

Alastair Black – Engineering Manager

Alastair has been with Darwin Port since 2000 and brings with him over 30 years’ experience in construction and port engineering, gained in various parts of the world. Alastair is responsible for the implementation of capital works programs and management of the Engineering Services section.

Russell Churchett – Group HSE&R Manager

Russell has held various positions within the Oil & Gas, Chemical Processing, Manufacturing & Engineering sectors for the past 32 years, specialising in the HSE & Risk Management area since 2003.   Russell joined Westside (Oil & Gas), a subsidiary of the Landbridge Group, as HSE & Risk Manager in 2011 and was then appointed as the Landbridge Group HSER Manager from January 2017.  Russell’s current role includes the management of Darwin Port’s safety and environment division.   

Russell has extensive experience in the development, execution and continuous improvement of HSE & Risk Management Systems.  Working closely with corporate and operational teams to provide HSE technical and strategic support. 

Rhys Jones - General Manager Engineering

Rhys is a Chartered Professional Engineer with experience in a range of marine operations, construction and asset management roles. Prior to joining Darwin Port as General Manager Engineering, Rhys worked at Rio Tinto Iron Ore as the Asset Management and Engineering Services Superintendent at Dampier Port after previously holding the role of Senior Port Engineer across all of Rio's Pilbara Ports.  Rhys has also held roles with Inpex Corporation in the construction of the Ichthys LNG Project, as well as working in a specialist maritime consultancy for 7 years servicing a range of clients in the mining, oil & gas and public sectors.