Paul Tyrrell AO


Portrait shot of Paul Tyrrell

Paul is a member of the three person Team NT Executive and chair of the Northern Territory Gas Taskforce (GTF). As chair of the GTF he is responsible for developing and implementing the NT gas strategy and five point plan.


Paul is a civil engineer with a Bachelor of Economics and worked more than 30 years for the NT Government, with 19 years as a chief executive, including the Department of the Chief Minister from 1999 to 2008.

During this time Paul concurrently held the position of chief executive of the joint South Australian / Northern Territory AustralAsia Railway Corporation which managed the negotiations and consequent private sector delivery of the Adelaide to Darwin Railway. Paul also led government negotiations relating to a number of major private sector projects including:

  • the Darwin Waterfront and the Convention Centre
  • attracting THE INPEX Ichthys LNG onshore processing facility to Darwin.

Following retirement from full-time work in 2008 Paul continued to hold the position of chairman on a number of boards including the NT Gas Task Force, AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Darwin Waterfront Corporation, Alan Walker Cancer Care Foundation and NT Thunder Football Club.

During this time he also delivered for the government the following projects:

  • the Alan Walker Cancer Centre (personally the most rewarding project)
  • the Marine Supply Base - for the oil and gas industry.

Paul was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2009.

Paul is married to Kaye (50 years this year) and they have three married sons, two of which live in Darwin and six very active grandchildren.

Paul enjoys a rare game of golf, surfing, walking and snow skiing.

Last updated: 06 June 2019

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