Meet our members

Community representatives

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Jan Ferguson 

Board Member

Jan joined the NRM board in May 2018, bringing more than10 years experience serving on the board of Nature Conservation Foundation.

For nine years Jan managed Ninti One Limited, a national not-for-profit that delivered notable results for people, industries and communities in remote Australia through research, innovation and enterprise development.  

For over 15 years  Jan worked in the South Australian Government at senior and executive levels, during which time she won the 1997 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (SA Public Sector Category).

Having lived in Beltana in northern SA, and Alice Springs, NT, Jan has a particular, heartfelt commitment to building a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all remote Australians.

In 2017, Jan was awarded Medal of Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory.

Board member profile

Mark Sutton

Board Member

Mark has a commitment to the outback developed over a period of 20 years of living and working in the region. He first arrived in the region in 1993 as a Constable with the South Australia Police and, over nine years, was stationed at Leigh Creek, Marree, Innamincka, Marla, the Pitjantjatjara Lands, Coober Pedy, Woomera, Roxby Downs, Andamooka, William Creek and finally at Oodnadatta.

Whilst in Oodnadatta, Mark also served as the Chair of the Oodnadatta Progress Association (1999-2002) and shortly afterwards accepted the position of Community Development Officer with the Outback Community Development Trust based in Port Augusta. Shortly afterwards, Mark took on the role of Manager and, in 2010, took on his current role.

Mark is the General Manager of the Office for the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), a South Australian Government Statutory Authority responsible for community development and limited ‘local government’ service provision in the out-of-councils area of the state.

Mark’s knowledge of the region and its people is widely acknowledged and his input is frequently sought in developing regional policy, ranging from economic development to drought response to infrastructure provision. 

In 2018 Mark was elected as Chair of the Regional Development Australia Far North Board.

Board member Glenise Coulthard

Glenise Coulthard

Board Member

Glenise is a proud Adnyamathanha Woman widely regarded as a community leader within the northern Flinders Ranges and beyond. She holds a director’s position with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association and is a long standing member of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Co-management Board.  She maintains strong connections with the community at a regional level and is often asked to speak at events, conferences and workshops to represent the views of the Adnyamanthanha community. 

As a senior Traditional Owner who has a close spiritual connection to her Country, Glenise has also developed a strong knowledge around conservation and biodiversity management principles. Of note, active participation in the reintroduction of the locally extinct Idnya (Western Quoll) and Virlda (Brushtail Possum) within the National Park was a highlight for Glenise and her community. Appointed as a member of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Co-management Board in 2012, Glenise has actively contributed to the protection, promotion and interpretation of Adnyamathanha culture and significant cultural sites.

Glenise is the Deputy Chair of Ninti One, a national not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through research, innovation and community development.  Having served more than 20 years as a Director on the Royal Flying Doctor Service Board, Glenise is widely respected for her contributions at a national level, bringing a cultural voice to decisions that have a national impact.

Currently holding a Senior Management role within the South Australian Public Sector with a long and successful career in health administration under her belt, and living on her family property Iga Warta in the Far North of SA where a successful cultural tourism business is run by her family, Glenise is frequently invited to participate on numerous boards and committees at a local, state and national level and has many years of experience on multiple governing and community level entities.

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Ellen Litchfield

Board member

Ellen Litchfield was appointed to the SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (SAAL NRM) Board I April this year.

The youngest board member is a third generation pastoralist whose knowledge of the region will be of great value to the Landscape SA vision.

Having already completed a Bachelor in Veterinary Science, Ellen is cnrrently studying a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture alongside a Nuffield Scholarship. She is passionate about bridging the knowledge gap between research organisations, producers and industry bodies on the effects of climate change and look at solutions for a strong, more sustainable, red meat sector.

Home for Ellen is Wilpoorinna Station, east of Marree.