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A/Managing Director, TAFE NSW
Kerry Penton is the acting Managing Director of TAFE NSW. Kerry has extensive senior management experience with TAFE NSW previously serving as Chief Delivery Officer, General Manager for TAFE NSW’s Southern Region and Director of the former Riverina Institute. Her experience leading geographically disparate teams makes her an asset to TAFE NSW.
Kerry brings more than 30 years of experience in vocational education and training to the role and has held a range of community leadership positions including with Regional Development Australia and Cancer Council NSW. Kerry will be focused on strengthening the One TAFE model and driving quality, consistency and excellence in the delivery of educational products and services to our customers.
District Commissioner - Central City, Greater Sydney Commission
As Central City District Commissioner, Peter aims is to bring resilient, quality outcomes to the natural and built environments of the District by deploying design methods and thinking to connect, engage and empower communities.
Peter was the 23rd NSW Government Architect from 2012-2018, providing independent, impartial, whole-of-government perspective and advice on the built environment to achieve optimal architectural, urban design and environmental outcomes.
Peter refocused the role to work across sectors and disciplines and to promote good design of the built environment through advocacy, research, consultation, and guidance. This has driven the inclusion of a new ‘design object’ in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the development of the State’s first design policy Better Placed and Greener Places and the establishment of the NSW State Design Review Panel.
A champion of collaborative links between the public and private sector, Peter has fostered design-led approaches across government, industry and academia, with his projects receiving numerous awards including the Horbury Hunt, the Blackett and an Australian Institute of Architects’ award.
He has over 30 years’ experience in both private and government architectural offices and was the inaugural State Architect of Tasmania 2009-2012.
General Manager, City Deals (VIC & SA), Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
Janet Quigley is General Manager, City Deals for Victoria and South Australia in the Department of Transport, Infrastructure, Cities and Regional Development. She has lead negotiations for the Geelong, Adelaide and Perth City Deals and is responsible for the new Melbourne City Deals. Prior to this, Janet held various senior policy and implementation roles in the Department of Health and also spent ten year with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Executive Director Industry, Jobs and Innovation, NSW Treasury
Rebecca Razavi is the Executive Director for Industry, Jobs and Innovation in the NSW Government at NSW Treasury, leading the Government’s work to support industry development and innovation across key sectors of the NSW economy. Her role includes leading the Government’s initiatives to support sectors such as advanced manufacturing, defence, cyber-security, space, financial services, tourism and medical technology and programmes to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, building collaboration across all levels of government, business, academia and the not-for-profit sector. Rebecca has worked with a wide range of private and public sector organisations to help transform the way they operate and to create pathways to sustainable growth and development.
Through her senior diplomatic roles, covering global issues from migration, conflict resolution and counter-terrorism to sustainable development, trade and investment, she developed a passion for solving complex problems and fostering innovative solutions through collaboration and building teams that harness the opportunity of disruptive ideas. Rebecca holds an M.B.A. in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University and honours degrees in Advanced Science (Environmental Science) and Political Science (International Relations) from the University of New South Wales.
Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte
Chief Executive Officer, Western City & Aerotropolis Authority
Mr Sam Sangster commenced with the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority as the inaugural CEO in December 2018.
Sam’s career spans both the public and private sectors, including significant roles with some of Australia’s largest ASX-listed companies and professional service firms. Sam has worked in the Victorian Government, delivering multi-billion dollar projects such as Melbourne’s Docklands in partnership with the private sector.
As CEO of Health Infrastructure NSW, Sam was responsible for steering the delivery of the largest portfolio of health capital works in Australia, spanning metro, regional and rural NSW. During the nearly 6 years of his tenure, Sam oversaw the growth of the portfolio from $3.2 billion in 2011-12 to $14.4 billion in 2018-19.
Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Faster Rail Agency
Malcolm is the acting CEO of the National Faster Rail Agency (NFRA) and has led the new Agency’s establishment from 1 July 2019.
Malcolm’s appointment at NFRA is responsible for collaborating with state and territory governments and other stakeholders around realising the opportunities for faster rail across Australia. In addition, he oversees how faster rail will better connect Australia’s regional hubs with capital cities to address population growth and provide greater economic benefits and employment opportunities.
Prior to this appointment, Malcolm was General Manager, Western Sydney Unit of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development leading the implementation of the Western Sydney City Deal for the Australian Government, as well as partnering with NSW to jointly deliver the north-south rail business case, including the rail connection to the Western Sydney Airport.
Malcolm has close to two decades of experience in senior leadership roles in the public sector. He has held senior leadership positions on a broad range of policy, program delivery, operational and regulatory experience across Federal and State government and in multiple portfolios including transport planning and infrastructure delivery, fisheries as well as land and water management.
Malcolm has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Systems Agriculture) from Western Sydney University, a Masters of Environmental and Local Government Law from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Sydney University and is a graduate of the Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australian National University (ANZSOG).
Secretary, Transport for NSW
As Secretary of Transport for NSW, Rodd Staples leads the Transport cluster which has more than 25,000 people working across the transport agencies on behalf of the NSW community. He is responsible for leading the Transport cluster to deliver Premier’s and State priorities, and his role covers the planning and delivery of services and infrastructure across the transport system including trains, buses, ferries, roads and traffic, freight and ports, light rail, point to point transport, intrastate air services, and active travel.
Rodd is accountable for delivering the largest transport infrastructure pipeline in a generation, which includes $55.6bn of capital works over a four year period.
He’s also accountable for better integration across transport services, implementing technology and innovation to improve customer service, and driving reforms and long term planning to make the transport system more customer-focused and efficient.
In his previous role as Program Director, Sydney Metro Delivery Office, Rodd was leading the delivery of Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project, with 31 stations and 66km of new metro rail.
An engineer who grew up in Sydney’s south, Rodd has also worked in the fields of transport and infrastructure planning for nearly two decades, across Australia and in both public and private sectors.
His qualifications in engineering and finance provide the strong foundations required to deliver an unprecedented program of infrastructure works and service improvements across transport in NSW.
Project Lead, Liverpool City Council
Ed Steane is Project Lead, Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit Corridor for Liverpool City Council. Ed has practiced as a planning lawyer in both New Zealand and Australia and, in his previous role, was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities. Ed is currently reading an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford and was recently appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Urbanists Magazine
General Manager, City of Canterbury Bankstown
A career in civil engineering, experience in the mining industry and 14 years of local government experience led Matt to take on the role of General Manager at the former Bankstown Council in 2011.
Following on from that, in May 2016 Matthew was appointed as the General Manager of Canterbury Bankstown Council where he now leads over 1400 employees.
As the General Manager of Canterbury Bankstown Council, Matthew is driving Council’s Vision to become a leading organisation that collaborates and innovates.
Under Matthew’s leadership, Canterbury Bankstown Council is streamlining processes and procedures to ensure that we continue to meet the demands of the largest Council in NSW.
With the alignment of processes and procedures completed, the focus for Matthew is on Continuous Improvement and driving innovation across the organisation. This is fostered by a commitment to using technology infrastructure, community engagement and connectivity to evolve Canterbury Bankstown and make real improvements.
Matthew is also focused on the development of people and providing a workplace culture that truly makes Canterbury Bankstown Council an employer of choice.
Chief Executive Officer, Celestino
Managing Director, Inglis
Mark Webster is Managing Director of William Inglis and Son Limited, - Australasia’s leading thoroughbred auctioneers since 1867. In mid- 2007, Mark joined Inglis as the first non-family member to lead the company, and has introduced numerous digital innovations into the organization and equine industry, including live internet bidding and the creation of the highly successful Inglis Digital business unit which includes Bloodstock.com.au and in-house developed equestrian trading platform, Horsezone.com.au.
2018 has seen the completion and launch of a new $140m state of art horse auction facility, Inglis Riverside Stables, and a 5-star luxury boutique hotel/conference centre, the William Inglis, at Warwick Farm in Sydney setting Inglis for the future. He also spends considerable time developing new markets, particularly in Asia.
Prior to joining Inglis, Mark worked for News Corporation for eight years, heading up the online News Interactive division and taking news.com.au to Number 1 in the market. He has also served on a number of boards over the past ten years including REA Limited (realestate.com.au) and Nationwide News Limited.
Despite Mark having three careers which are poles apart – they share many common threads which makes Mark’s leadership style adaptable to almost any industry one can contemplate. Leadership by example, teamwork and command by veto are core to a successful military leader, but also work very well in a business environment when combined with leadership by innovation. Mark’s experiences in driving digital transformation at News Corporation and at Inglis will serve as good examples of what can be achieved by applying a number of important leadership principals.