Jeanette Kerr has been the Deputy Chief Executive, Families in Territory Families, Housing and Communities since September 2016. She is responsible for a range of child protection; family support; out-of-home care; domestic, family and sexual violence reduction; and youth justice program areas and reform.
She served in the Territory for 29 years as a police officer, in a range of operational, criminal investigation and public safety roles in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Darwin. Jeanette reached the rank of Assistant Commissioner before taking up her current position with Territory Families.
Jeanette holds a number of degrees including a Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Arts –Psychology (Honours), and Master of Leadership and Management. In 2013, she was awarded a Wakefield Scholarship to attend Cambridge University and completed a Master of Studies degree in criminology. Jeanette’s Master’s thesis is a descriptive analysis of the characteristics, seriousness and frequency of Aboriginal intimate partner violence in the Northern Territory.
Following the award of this latter degree in 2017 she has been an academic supervisor on the Master of Studies program for Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.
Appointed Director, Northern Territory March 2022.