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Jessie Schaecken appointed interim CEO of Northern Land Council

Callan Morse -

The Northern Land Council has announced the immediate appointment of Jessie Schaecken to the role of interim chief executive officer.

Ms Schaecken has experience as acting CEO of West Arnhem Regional Council, at the City of Palmerston and at the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation. She has also held leadership positions in the superannuation sector.

The Northern Land Council said Ms Schaecken brings… “a strong commitment to the NLC’s values of respect, consultation, responsiveness, and social justice”.

She expressed her enthusiasm for joining the NLC and dedication to advancing its mission.

“I am honoured to accept this appointment and embrace the opportunity to serve the Council with dedication and integrity,” she said.

“I am committed to working collaboratively with our Council, constituents, staff, and other stakeholders, as we move forward and as the NLC continues to advocate for Aboriginal people across the NLC’s seven regions.”

Ms Schaecken plans to work in support of the strategic direction of the Council and oversee its operations to ensure goals are met for the betterment of Aboriginal people across the Top End. 

The Council said she is eager to collaborate with constituents of the NLC’s seven regions, staff and other stakeholders, to foster growth and empower Aboriginal people to acquire and manage their lands at this important time in history. 

“Her priority is to ensure social, economic and cultural benefits flow to Aboriginal people,” the NLC said in a statement.

After a busy week, NLC chair Matthew Ryan welcomed Ms Schaecken’s appointment.

“With her proven track record of leading local organisations, Mrs Schaecken is well-positioned to support the NLC into this next chapter,” Mr Ryan said.

“It has been a busy week of meetings between our Full Council, Executive Council and guests, with key issues raised and priorities laid out.

“We are hitting the ground running, and with the support of Mrs Schaecken, our Council is getting to work for the betterment of our people across the Top End.”

Ms Schaecken succeeds Mr Joe Martin-Jard who served as the NLC’s chief executive for two and half years, and her appointment comes less than a week after the election of Matthew Ryan at the NLC’s new chair. 

The NLC said a recruitment process for a new permanent CEO will be announced in the near future.

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