Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer - Ingrid Stonhill  


Ingrid Stonhill is Katherine Town Council’s first female Chief Executive Officer in our 44-year history.

She became Council's CEO in February 2022, after spending four years with the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC), where she was first Deputy CEO for six months, and then CEO. To take the BAC role, Ingrid left Australia's east coast and her job as CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to relocate to the isolated and remote Aboriginal community of Maningrida, in West Arnhem Land.

Ingrid was also BAC’s first female CEO. She led a whole-of-business structural change and management process to transform the not-for-profit organisation, previously in administration, into a multi-award-winning Indigenous business with a healthy surplus.

Ingrid’s passion for community development and stakeholder engagement has seen her take volunteer roles in remote Fijian communities. She is also no stranger to local government responsibilities, having worked in and around local government for over 25 years.

Director Infrastructure and Environment - Brendan Pearce


Brendan Pearce joined Katherine Town Council in May 2020.

Born and raised on a wheat farm in the Mallee country of northwest Victoria, Brendan has held senior positions in local government in both Queensland and Victoria, totalling over three decades of experience in engineering and infrastructure operations.

Brendan holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Federation University in Ballarat and a Master of Business Administration from La Trobe University.

Brendan and his partner Michelle enjoy travelling and catching up with family and friends.