Western Sydney Leadership Prize Winners

Winners of the Western Sydney Leadership Prize were presented by the Patrons of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue at the "Out There" Summit in March, which recognised their outstanding contribution to the region: Winners included:

Western Sydney Leadership Prize for “Brand Champion” –  Western Sydney University

WSLD Patron Kerry Schott (LEFT) presents the Brand Champion Prize to Angelo Kourtis from WSU

WSLD Patron Kerry Schott (LEFT) presents the Brand Champion Prize to Angelo Kourtis from WSU

In September 2015, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) changed its name to “Western Sydney University” (WSU) as part of the launch of its new ‘Unlimited’ brand strategy.  The campaign also addressed the reputation of the region in which the institution is based, and reflected its changing values, ambitions and human potential.

“Western Sydney University is the most important institution in this region and its award-winning brand campaign has shone a very bright and commendable light on Western Sydney.   It is a brave, bold and evocative brand, and organisation, for which we can all be very proud.” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Christopher Brown said.

 Western Sydney Leadership Prize for “Productive Partnerships” – Lendlease & TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute – Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX)

WSLD PATROn Nick Greiner (right) Presents the Productive Partnerships Award to TAFE NSW WSI's Robin Shreeve (left) and Lendlease's Andrew Wilson (centre)

WSLD PATROn Nick Greiner (right) Presents the Productive Partnerships Award to TAFE NSW WSI's Robin Shreeve (left) and Lendlease's Andrew Wilson (centre)

TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute (WSI) was appointed by Lendlease to coordinate and manage all training activity at Barangaroo, Sydney’s largest urban redevelopment project. It is a unique public/private project and is designed to build the skills of young workers across Western Sydney in advance of the infrastructure boom that is headed West.  Commencing in 2013 the original goal was to undertake a total of 10,000 training outcomes over 10 years; however this figure has been surpassed, with more than 13,000 training outcomes achieved as of 2015 and is now being rolled out in local infrastructure projects.

“It is this type of unique partnership that is reshaping Western Sydney.  We can all be very proud of the way Lendlease and TAFE came together to make sure we have the smart and inclusive workforce we need to help develop this region – the infrastructure capital of the world” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown said.

Western Sydney Leadership Prize for “Business Leadership” –  Deloitte, ‘Shaping Future Cities’

WSLD Patron Cameron Clyne (Centre) presents the business leadership prize to Deloitte's Theo pychogios (left) and Danny Rezek

WSLD Patron Cameron Clyne (Centre) presents the business leadership prize to Deloitte's Theo pychogios (left) and Danny Rezek

Deloitte, based at Parramatta and probably Western Sydney’s leading business brand, brought together a range of key stakeholders and leaders across government, industry and the community sector over the past 18 months, using design thinking, with the aim of crafting a plan to create 200,000 new jobs for the region.  The result of hundreds of stakeholder meetings and thousands of Deloitte professional hours is the landmark report, “Shaping Future Cities – Designing Western Sydney”, details a range of strategies that aim to leverage the region’s comparative advantages, while also addressing its current and future challenges and includes ongoing advocacy initiatives.

“Deloitte has led, shaped and funded the most comprehensive public policy agenda I have ever seen attempted by an Australian business.  This is pure business leadership and Deloitte’s crusade to bring 200,000 new smart jobs to the region deserves the praise of a grateful region,” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown said.

 Western Sydney Leadership Prize for “Regional Advocacy” –  News Corporation, ‘Fair Go for the West’ Campaign

WSLD Patron Cameron Clyne presents the Regional advocacy prize to News Ltd's Miranda wood (left), Bettina Brown (right) and Lilian Saleh (far Right)

WSLD Patron Cameron Clyne presents the Regional advocacy prize to News Ltd's Miranda wood (left), Bettina Brown (right) and Lilian Saleh (far Right)

In 2015 News Corporation’s Sydney mastheads, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and News Local ran their second iteration of the successful ‘Fair Go’ editorial campaign, which was tagged ‘Fair Go for the West – Fairer, Smarter’.  ‘Fair Go’ raised awareness on key issues such as the innovation corridor, the importance of improved connectivity to ‘smart’ hubs across the region and offered financial support for those individuals and organisations making a difference in Western Sydney.

“While the community is often cynical about journalism, the herculean efforts of editors, journalists and publishers at News Corp to ensure Western Sydney gets a ‘Fair Go’ from government is a proud chapter in Australian media history.  Media activism is alive and well in the Golden West,” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown said.

 Western Sydney Leadership Prize for “Corporate Philanthropy” –  Crown Resorts Foundation (Western Sydney Arts Initiative & Crown Sydney Training College)

WSLD Patron Kerry Schott presents the corporate philanthropy prize to Karl Bitar from Crown Resorts 

WSLD Patron Kerry Schott presents the corporate philanthropy prize to Karl Bitar from Crown Resorts 

Launched in August 2015, the Western Sydney Arts Initiative provides more opportunities for local youth to engage with, and access, the arts. Over the next decade, funding has been provided for arts programs which will support and develop the creative culture of Western Sydney. Crown also teamed up with the Penrith Panthers Group to establish its primary training college at the Panthers’ proposed Community Centre in Penrith.  The facility will be known as the Crown Sydney Training College and offer apprenticeships, work experience opportunities, schools-based traineeships, indigenous cultural programs and vocational qualifications.

“Crown Resorts Foundation has raised the bar in corporate philanthropy, both as a patron of regional artists and as a champion of regional employment.   The board, management and staff at Crown are to be congratulated for boosting the social and economic fabric of Western Sydney and investing in its future leaders,” Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown said.