Executive Team

Kevin Smith (Chief Executive Officer) - Kevin holds traditional connections to Ugar (Stephen Island) and Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait, and has over 28 years of professional experience in Indigenous affairs. He has held senior positions with the National Secretariat of Torres Strait Islander Organisations, the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, the National Native Title Tribunal, Aboriginal Hostels Limited and the National Native Title Council. Kevin has filled the role of Chief Executive Officer of QSNTS since 2008. He holds qualifications in both law and business management from the University of Queensland, and was admitted as a solicitor in 1994.

Tim Wishart (Principal Legal Officer) - Tim joined QSNTS in August 2010 as a senior legal officer and has filled the role of Principal Legal Officer of QSNTS since 1 September 2011. He was admitted to practice in 1991. While his pre-QSNTS work was primarily in litigation and commercial law, Tim has been recognised as a leading native title practitioner by Doyle’s Guide, and is a nationally accredited mediator. Tim regularly presents papers on native title topics at specialist forums.

Paul Davies (Chief Financial Officer) - Paul was admitted as a Certified Practicing Accountant in 2003 after completing his studies at Queensland University of Technology. Paul has acquired a range of experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors, both in Australia and overseas. With over 13 years’ experience in native title, working for both representative bodies and service providers in Queensland, Paul has the skills required to assist Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) to develop their corporate structures.

Felicity Thiessen (Chief Operating Officer) - Felicity commenced working with QSNTS as a lawyer in June 2017 and was appointed as Chief Operating Officer on 1 July 2019. Felicity holds qualifications in law from the University of Southern Queensland, and anthropology from the University of Queensland. Prior to commencing with QSNTS, Felicity worked for the Federal Court of Australia and held positions with number of agencies, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the National Native Title Tribunal.