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 of 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.




Director of Corporate Services - Avtar Singh


Avtar Singh brings over 15 years of experience to his role at Katherine Town Council. He has a background in financial management and corporate services and has worked in local government, not-for-profits, and commercial organisations in Victoria, New South Wales, and North America. Avtar holds a Master of Business Administration from Monash University and is a qualified member of CPA Australia. 

Avtar looks forward to making a contribution to the development of the Katherine region and at the local community level.





Director of Community Services - Rosemary Jennings


Rosemary oversees the delivery of community events, engagement, the visitor information centre, the public library, and regulatory services for Katherine Town Council.

Rosemary previously worked in the commercial construction industry, specialising in project administration and management. She is proficient in community consultation and advocacy and has helped inject millions into Katherine through community development projects.

Rosemary joined Council in 2013 in the administration team. During Rosemary’s time with Council she has performed responsibilities across all areas of corporate and community services including event management, human resources, rates administration, facility management and community engagement.

With an outwardly focused role, Rosemary’s key areas of attention are active and meaningful engagement with the community, to provide fit-for-purpose services, and continued community development.

Rosemary was born and raised in Katherine. She loves the laid-back nature of Katherine, the short commutes, and the ability to spend down time with family in some of the most unique natural locations in Australia.