Who we are…

The not-for-profit Youth Engagement Strategy Northern Territory Inc. has several skills-based Directors to ensure transparency, accountability, integrity of function and fund disbursement. We are actively seeking to partner with already existing groups and agencies to help make this a ‘whole-of-community’ integrated project over time so there is less reliance on government funding. Working together in consultation and cohesive collaboration with each other in whatever capacity is available to us is a focused premise of this initiative.

Our Team

Phil Walcott
Suzanne Visser
Lyn McCormick


Counselling psychologist Phil Walcott is the initial creator and designer of the YESNT project. He worked in the NT with various agencies and in private practice for 25 years.

Phil firmly believes that, with courage, conviction and compassion, the people of the Northern Territory have the capacity to engage with the proces of positive social engagement, social enterprise and proactive change for the present and future generations of Territorians.

Thomas Coelli

Thomas Coelli is originally from country NSW and after moving to Alice Springs in 2016, now calls the NT home. Working predominantly in Human Resources, Thomas is an experienced administrator and project coordinator. Thomas' communication skills and innovative ideas have helped him build a solutions focus and change management skills. In his down time, Thomas can be found enjoying the company of friends and family.


Suzanne is a writer and a mindfulness teacher. She has worked extensively with Indigenous women in Alice Springs and in very remote locations in the NT. She is a long term resident of Alice Springs and cares deeply about the place. 

She is currently doing a Master's in Law at CDU. She knows a lot about employment law and supports people with difficulties at work through the Fair Work processes. 


Public Officer

Long term Alice Springs resident Lyn McCormick has worked with not-for-profit organisations since 2003.  Lyn is an experienced bookkeeper and BAS Agent with a love for the outdoors and visiting new places.  Lyn brings a wealth of administration and financial experience to the team. She enjoys helping others to reach their goals.

Mark Lockyer

Mark Lockyer is an Aboriginal man from the Language Arrernte language group. He was born in  Alice Springs; He is inspired by his family and his cultural ambitions and aspiration. He wants to help his people to encourage young people to make something of their lives. He wants to see his people proud of who they are.