Jo Townsend – Environment, Parks and Water Security

Jo has held the position of CEO of the agency since it was formed in September 2020.

She was previously the CEO of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from 2016, where she led the agency through an extensive legislative reform program and positioned the organisation to deliver new accountabilities for the regulation for water resources, onshore gas and environmental impact assessment, as well as new approaches to bushfire management, established the Office of Climate Change and supported an expanded assessment of water, land and biodiversity resources across the Territory.

Jo also holds the statutory appointment of the Controller of Water Resources under the Water Act 1992 where she is responsible for management, allocation and enforcement responsibilities under the Act. Jo has an extensive and diverse career in the Northern Territory Public Sector spanning more than 25 years and has held executive leadership roles in social policy, public health, child protection, and water resources. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.