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Media Release: St John NT appoints new Commissioner of Volunteers
  18 Feb 2021

St John NT has appointed Melissa Crompton as the new NT Commissioner of Volunteers, taking on a new leadership role and commitment to supporting the Northern Territory community.

At 28 years of age, Melissa is the youngest Commissioner in the history of St John NT.

She began her volunteer career as a St John Cadet in 2005 winning first in National Cadet Competitions for individual in 2010 and became a Divisional Officer in 2016. In 2018 Melissa was appointed the Territory Officer Youth Support before becoming a Superintendent for the Darwin Adult Division the following year.

St John NT CEO Judith Barker said they were excited to welcome Melissa into the role.

“Melissa is a dedicated and passionate member of the Order of St John, she has worked tirelessly in developing her skills both within our organisation and professionally as a healthcare worker, her wealth of knowledge is an asset to our organisation.

“As the new Commissioner and representative for all St John Volunteers in the Northern Territory, Melissa will play a key role working with the Director of Volunteers in the implementation of a new Volunteer Leadership Group, provide guidance on the roll out of national policies and ensure that standards and behaviours are aligned with St John NT’s values.  

“Having been intrinsically involved in St John youth programs, Melissa will provide valuable insight into how our organisation can develop into the future while respecting the significant history, culture and traditions of its past.”

Melissa’s commitment and achievements with St John NT have been recognised through a number of awards including her 500-hour Special Service Shield in 2010 and her six-year service bar in 2016. In 2019 Melissa was admitted into the Order of St John as a Member.

The Commissioner of Volunteers is a voluntary role that has a tenure of three years which can be extended for an additional three.

Melissa will be presented with a warrant of appointment by the former NT Commissioner of Volunteers at a special function on 28 February and officially welcomed to the role by the NT Deputy Prior, Her Honour, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO DStJ at this year’s Investiture ceremony on 23 June 2021.

“As we welcome Melissa into her new role, St John NT would like to formally acknowledge the contributions our outgoing Commissioner, Mark Ferguson and Deputy Commissioners, Craig Garraway and Paul Berry, have all made to our organisation in these key roles. Each has dedicated their time, skills and resources into these voluntary leadership roles to ensure that St John NT’s volunteer programs continue to deliver an outstanding service in our community and provide leadership for young people entering St John NT,” Ms Barker said.

Photo: Melissa Crompton pictured with The Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Deputy Prior of St John NT.

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