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Special Advisor, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
Faith Halliday is an experienced business manager and collaborator. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UNSW (Honours) and has lived and worked in Australia, North America and Asia. Appropriating the same creative process to organisational operations, Faith derives innovative business planning solutions across strategy and client management.
Prior to joining TSA, Faith was Manager Global Business Planning & Development at Australian-based, international architectural firm, Woods Bagot. In this role, Faith was responsible for the development and management of the firm’s global business plans, collaborating with Sector Leaders, Regional Chairs, Thought Leaders and key stakeholders. Prior to this, Faith worked in close partnership with the Group CEO as Manager, Strategy & New Initiatives, based in Hong Kong and acting in a chief of staff capacity.
Faith brings global perspective and strategic thinking to our management team; providing the best possible service we can to our clients and partners.
Managing Partner, Parramatta Office, Deloitte
Project Advisory Committee, Generation West
Matilda Harry is a 21 year old proud Wiradjuri woman who is passionate about making positive social change through education. She is commencing her Masters degree at Western Sydney University and through further research, volunteering at grass-roots levels and being a voice on boards and commissions she has made significant changes for Western’s Sydney’s community as she advocates for those less fortunate. She is a leader and youth voice on local, state and national levels and volunteers across many organisations, especially those within her community. Matilda empowers NSW’s young mob by mentoring through Pathways to Dreaming and project advising at the Kimberwalli Centre. She has also been a Reading Ambassador and volunteer at Riding of Disabled, Rotary and has spent time volunteering in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Her passion, drive and story motivates all, as despite coming from humble beginnings her leadership and community service is recognised within her achievement of the Premier's Young Volunteer of the Year, the Young Woman of the West and the 2019 Zest Outstanding Youth and Unsung-Hero Awards. Whilst receiving such recognition for effort, her service within community, especially the success of her young students, remains her most proud achievement.
Chief Executive Officer, Westconnex
Chief Executive Officer, VenuesLive
Group Director, Buildings & Places, AECOM
Group Chief Executive Officer, SGCH
Scott is an established leader in housing and development with a passion for creating opportunity by providing great places to live, learn, work and play. Working with the SGCH Board of Directors, Scott leads a passionate, energetic team of over 200 staff to develop and manage sustainable, safe and affordable homes, and create vibrant and inclusive communities.
Prior to joining SGCH in 2016, Scott was General Manager of Housing & Urban Development at Junction Australia, having previously worked as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity’s Australian program and in various private sector roles in the property development and construction industry. Scott is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with a specialisation in housing management and development and holds an MBA and postgraduate qualification in property development. He is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Scott has served on numerous industry boards and advisory groups including four years as Chairman of PowerHousing Australia and as Chair of the International Housing Partnership in 2017.
Executive Director, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
Adam has more than 15 years’ experience in media management, communications and marketing. He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and been responsible for the development and management of communications and media strategies for major initiatives, including the Western Sydney Light Rail Network and the $2b urban revitalisation project, Parramatta Square.
His broad, in-house roles with government and member-based organisations have also seen him lead communications, campaign and advocacy strategies on a diverse range of issues such as local government reform and the decentralisation of government jobs in Western Sydney. Before joining TSA, he worked as Communications & Marketing Manager at City of Parramatta and then Manager, Media & Communications at Local Government NSW.
A former Fairfax Media journalist, Adam has a wide network of media contacts and extensive experience in development of successful public relations campaigns, particularly within local government, transport, infrastructure and sport.
Additionally, Adam brings extensive experience in the delivery of high-quality communication products across multiple platforms, including the placement of opinion-editorials, executive presentations/reports, social media strategy and ghost/speech writing.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Mirvac
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in August 2012 and a Director of Mirvac Board in November 2012.
Prior to this appointment, Susan was Managing Director at LaSalle Investment Management. Susan has also held senior executive positions at MGPA, Macquarie Group and LendLease Corporation, working in Australia, the US and Europe.
Susan is the immediate Past President of the Property Council of Australia, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, President of INSEAD Australasian Council and a member of the INSEAD Global Board.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA( Distinction) fromINSEAD (France).
Graduate, Western Sydney University
Dr Andy Marks
Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University
Andy drives Western Sydney University’s strategic collaborations with government, industry and the community. He is co-founder of the ‘LaunchPad’ startup incubator, founder of the CatalystWest forum, and Deputy Chair of Western Sydney Community Forum.
Andy writes regular columns for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Review, and the Saturday Paper on politics and social issues. He features regularly on ABC radio’s political forum, and is an occasional panelist on The Drum.
Prior to his current role, Andy was a researcher in the social services sector and professional musician with ARIA nominated band Crow.
Deputy Chief Executive, Sydney Metro, Transport for NSW
Rail Executive NSW, WSP
Since joining WSP in 2004, Sam McWilliam has worked throughout Australia and South East Asia on a number of major transport projects, including the Second Harbour Crossing, WEX/CRL and CRE, Sydney Metro Northwest and the CBD Metro projects in Sydney and the South Island Line East Project in Hong Kong. Sam has been involved in the current Sydney Metro project for the past 6 years, firstly in her role as Design Manager for the City and Southwest TA, and more recently as the Project Manager for Sydney Metro West.
In her current role as Rail Team Executive, NSW, Sam manages a team of 75 rail specialists, project managers and digital professionals currently involved in the design and delivery of city changing projects including Sydney Metro Line-wide, Sydney Metro West, Parramatta Light Rail, Regional Rail and Faster Rail.
Chief Executive Officer, Western Sydney Airport
Appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of WSA Co in February 2018, Graham has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles across the aviation and telecommunication sectors.
With extensive experience in procurement, property and fleet management, he has managed the delivery of major airport infrastructure and multi-billion dollar property portfolios at both Qantas and the National Broadband Network.
Graham holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration and is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of St George Community Housing.
Vice-Principal (Strategy), The University of Sydney
Rebecca Murray is the University of Sydney’s Vice-Principal (Strategy). In this role, she leads a portfolio focussed on strategy design and implementation, analytics and insights, and program and change management.
In 2016, with the Vice-Chancellor, Rebecca led the development of the University of Sydney 2016-20 Strategic Plan: an unashamedly aspirational strategy that seeks to reposition the University as the best university in Australia and one of the leading institutions globally.
With a background in strategy design, business development, and commercial projects in the university sector, Rebecca has led many large-scale ventures including the establishment of the University’s centre in China, and more recently, a project to grow the University’s presence to the west of the city of Sydney. The proposed campus at Parramatta/Westmead will enable the University to attract high-quality students, staff and collaborators from the entire Sydney basin, facilitating multi-disciplinary problem solving amongst the intellectual, cultural and economic life of Sydney’s fast-growing second city.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Executive Officer, City of Parramatta
Brett is currently the CEO of City of Parramatta.
Brett joined the NSW Government in 2013 as the CEO of Property NSW and his role was expanded to include the Deputy Secretary of the Property Advisory Group. The Group was responsible for delivering a broad range of services to government and private sector customers, it included Property NSW, Place Management NSW, Public Works and Valuation Services with c. $1B revenues p.a., over $5B of assets, a 1,000 FTE and a project pipeline worth over $10B.
Whilst with the NSW Government, Brett delivered strong results and substantial reform in the performance of the Group and major asset management and policy reform across NSW Government.
Brett was previously a Non Executive Director for Blackstone and an Executive Director Real Estate at Hastings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Westpac. Previously, as CEO of Stockland Capital Partners, he was responsible for the Stockland funds management business. Whilst at Macquarie Bank, as a Division Director in the Real Estate Division, he originated a number of listed and unlisted REITs in Australia and Asia. He also spent 9 years at Challenger Financial Services and, as CEO of the UK branch, established the UK office.
He is a strong leader and change agent with a proven track record of managing dynamic teams through the development of new strategic directions and executing major business transformations.
Brett was also a Board member of the Property Council of Australia (NSW Division) and a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA).
Brett is highly qualified with an MBA (Distinction) from London Business School and LLM, LLB, BEc Sydney University and in 2017 he received the Australia Day Award of Public Service Medal.
Transport reporter, Sydney Morning Herald