Alastair Shields EMPA09

Alastair Shields
  • Category: Alumni Ambassador, Alumni Advisory Council
  • Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
  • Organisation: Darwin Waterfront Corporation
  • Suburb/Town: Darwin
  • Country: Australia
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Alastair is Chair of the AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Chair of the Racing Commission (NT), and Chief Executive Officer of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation. He is the Northern Territory Government representative on the Joint Management Board for Kakadu National Park, and he also provides specialist consulting services to a number of private sector and Government Clients.

In the period 2013 to 2017, Alastair held a number of Chief Executive Officer roles for Northern Territory Government agencies, including the Department of Tourism and Culture (from its establishment in September 2016 until December 2017), the Department of Land Resource Management (from February 2015 until December 2016), the Department of Business (during 2014), and the Department of Children and Families (2013).

He is also a member of the board of the Darwin Entertainment Centre, and Darwin Community Legal Service, and is a member of the National Trust of Australia (NT).

Alastair was born and educated in Darwin and has more than 35 years of public sector experience in the Northern Territory, most of it at the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney General and Justice and its predecessors.

Alastair has been involved in commercial negotiations for many major projects in the Northern Territory, including the AustralAsia Railway, Darwin City Waterfront redevelopment, long term lease of the East Arm Port and the Marine Supply Base.  He has extensive experience in Indigenous land matters, including native title and Aboriginal land issues, and negotiations concerning use of Indigenous land. He provided legal advice, participated in negotiations, and drafted agreements for Indigenous land issues for a variety of NT projects, including the AustralAsia Railway, Blue Mud Bay, the suburb of Bellamack in Palmerston, settlement of the Kenbi Land Claim, and Ord River Stage III.

He has qualifications in Law and Accounting from the Charles Darwin University, and a Master in Public Administration from ANZSOG. In 2007, he was awarded Australian Government Lawyer of the Year by the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.

Alastair is a keen amateur fisherman, is a member of the Darwin Game Fishing Club, and has fished the last ten Barra Classic fishing competitions on the Daly River.