David Willing

Executive Director

Northern Territory Fire and Emergency Services (NTFRES)

David Willing

Mr David Willing is the Executive Director (ED) Northern Territory Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (NTFRES). Mr Willing has considerable expertise in negotiating strategic outcomes and possesses extensive experience across multiple government agencies in the emergency response and recovery space, including a strong understanding of considerations from the regional and remote perspective having lived and worked in Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy prior to moving to Darwin in 2010.

Mr Willing has held several Executive Director roles across government, including most recently as Executive Director Security & Government Services, a position which saw him gain a wealth of experience in the natural disaster recovery program. 

Mr Willing was first appointed as an Emergency Recovery Coordinator in 2011 following Tropical Cyclone Carlos. Following this initial appointment, Mr Willing has led emergency recovery operations across the Territory for almost every major event since, including multiple flood events in Daly River, Beswick and Edith River; initial recovery following Tropical Cyclone Lam and most recently Tropical Cyclone Marcus.

He has represented the NT on numerous national committees including the National Crisis Committee, Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC), and was the National Chair on the ANZEMC Recovery Committee in 2013.

Prior to joining the NT Government, he served in the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Department of Defence at the executive level.

Mr Willing holds a Master of Arts in Public Sector Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Management. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds several other tertiary qualifications in management, security, risk management and Indonesian language.

Mr Willing and his wife Leah, love the outdoors Territory lifestyle, especially camping, fishing and exploring remote parts of the Top End.