Former Administrator, Northern Territory, Australia

The Honourable Sally Thomas came to Darwin as a magistrate in 1978, where she later became Chief Magistrate and Justice of the Supreme Court of the NT, serving from 1992 to 2009. She was appointed to the Court on 10 August 1992 and was the first female to be appointed a Judge of the Court. She was sworn in as the first female Administrator of the Northern Territory in October 2011, a position she held until 2016. In 2011 and 2014 she was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia. Her Honour was appointed Chancellor of Charles Darwin University on 1 January 2010 where she served 2 terms. In addition to her career in the judicial system, she was also Chair of the Legal Aid Commission from 1990 to 1996, Chair of the Northern Territory Winston Churchill Fellowship Committee from 1992 to 2004 and in 2004 she was appointed Deputy National Chair Fellowship, of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.