Premier, New South Wales
Minister for Transport and Roads, Leader of the House
Andrew Constance has served as the Member for Bega in the New South Wales Parliament since 2003.
He was sworn in as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in the Baird Government in 2015. In March 2019 Premier Gladys Berejiklian expanded his portfolio to include Transport and Roads. Andrew was also named Leader of the House.
As Minister, Andrew is overseeing a record $52.9 billion spend on public transport and roads over the next four years, on top of the $58.3 billion the NSW Liberals & Nationals has already spent on public transport since winning Government in 2011.
The New South Wales’ transport and infrastructure revolution is well underway with the opening of mega projects such as Newcastle Light Rail in 2018 and the driverless Northwest Metro train in May 2019.
Other game-changing projects, including the Sydney Light Rail, and the major motorways known as Northconnex and Westconnex, are also just around the corner.
Progress is well underway on the next stage of the driverless Metro train through Sydney’s CBD and South West, which will include the first rail tunnel under Sydney Harbour.
Transport of the future is a key interest of Andrew’s and he is excited about combining technology, innovation and transport. He believes customer experience should be at the centre of all transport, and overseeing both Roads and Transport portfolios means he has an unprecedented opportunity to design and build an integrated network of roads and public transport.
This, combined with evolving transport technologies including contactless payments, autonomous and electric vehicles and on-demand transport will provide more reliable, comfortable and efficient options for customers now and into the future.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
Rob is the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, where he is focussed on promoting development throughout NSW that improves people's lives into the future, as well as protecting, restoring and building our State’s public spaces and parklands.
Rob is an environmental lawyer and has read sustainable urban development at Oxford and completed a PhD in planning law under a Commonwealth Scholarship.
Chairman, Western Sydney Local Health District
Richard Alcock joined the Board of WSLHD in August 2016 after five years as deputy chairman and chairman of the Finance and Performance Committee of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN).
Prior to his appointment to the SCHN board, he was a director of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.
In 2017 he was appointed Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
He was previously the Managing Director and Co-Head of Transport, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities at Merrill Lynch Markets (Australia) Pty Limited from 2007.
Formerly a corporate lawyer for 25 years with Allens Arthur Robinson he worked in Sydney, Singapore and Jakarta, was made a senior partner, head of Governance, and chairman of the Ethics Committee.
Richard is a director of the UNSW Foundation Limited, and Art Exhibitions Australia Limited, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, established to bring major art exhibitions to Australia in partnership with State galleries and museums.
In 2017, Richard was awarded the Officer (AO) in the General Division, for distinguished service to the community, particularly through health management roles, and to the law, corporate governance, and higher education organisations.
ACT Chief Minister
As a social progressive and economic reformer, Andrew has led an inclusive and positive agenda for Canberra since being elected ACT Chief Minister in 2014.
Canberra is Australia’s knowledge capital, playing to its strengths and is opening up its economy to drive job creation in emerging industries. From nation-leading tax reform to city-shaping infrastructure and progressive whole-of-government economic policies, Canberra is thriving.
During Andrew’s time as ACT Chief Minister, Canberra has been ranked by the OECD as the best city in the world to live and by Lonely Planet as one of the world's best cities to visit.
Andrew has lived in Canberra for more than 40 years and attended Holt Preschool, Turner Primary, Lyneham High and Lake Ginninderra College, before studying a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) at the Australian National University, majoring in economics and political science.
He was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2006 and has served in a number of Ministerial portfolios including planning, education, housing, community services and sport. He is Australia’s longest-serving Tourism Minister and is also the ACT's Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tertiary Education, and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment.
Andrew is passionate about supporting Canberra’s diverse community. Through a range of innovative policies, he has helped shape Canberra to become Australia’s most inclusive city and the most LGBTIQ-friendly city in the country.
The Barr Labor Government is focused on creating a positive, progressive city that provides world-class healthcare, excellent schools and tertiary education, and infrastructure and services that meets the community’s needs and expectations.
Through nation-leading tax reform, he aims to make Canberra a fairer place to live that leaves no-one behind.
Secretary, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Jim Betts is the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Industry, which holds key responsibilities within the New South Wales Government for long-term planning, infrastructure priorities, natural resources, the environment, energy and growing the State’s industries. His previous roles include six years as the Chief Executive Officer at Infrastructure NSW and five years as Secretary of the Victorian Department of Transport.
Head of Thought Leadership, NAB
Leanne has more than 25 years in the banking and finance sector, having held a variety of roles within debt capital markets, securitisation, infrastructure and real estate finance in both major domestic and boutique investment banks. Leanne’s current role is focussed on building customer strength, success and resilience through insight into some of the big trends and issues on the horizon. A key focus is ESG, sustainability and the creation of shared value.
Deputy Secretary, Strategy & Delivery, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Amy Brown loves working for NSW Government. She is passionate about delivering real outcomes that improve quality of life for our citizens, provide access to opportunities for individuals and deliver value for taxpayers.
She’s currently Deputy Secretary and head of the Strategy & Delivery group at Department of Premier and Cabinet – a group formed to provide expert commercial, strategic and economic advice to the Premier on major and complex whole-of-government policies, programs and projects.
Prior to joining DPC, Amy was a Partner in the Sydney office of PwC’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal Business, with a practice that focused on social infrastructure and housing.
She’s also worked in infrastructure finance at NSW Treasury, and as an infrastructure lawyer in a number of top tier law firms.
When she’s not working, she loves writing articles for LinkedIn, playing the drums and watching her 2 kids dominate on the sports field.
Chairman and Founder, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
Christopher retired as Pro Chancellor of Western Sydney University (WSU) after eight years as a Trustee and Director, in mid-2019. He continues to serve on the board of the WSU Academy. He also recently retired from the boards of ANZ Stadium, Moorebank Intermodal and LUCRF Super Ltd to focus on his twin roles as Executive Chair of the Dialogue and national strategy firm, Taylor Street Advisory.
Having served on dozens of government forums over 30 years, he was a member of the Federal/State commission that chose the Badgerys Creek Airport site and then devised an advocacy campaign to secure Cabinet support. He served on the NSW Transport & Planning Blueprint Panel that first recognised Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.
Christopher chaired the WestLine Partnership, which secured a light rail connection in the Olympic Corridor, and the Western Sydney Rail Alliance, which secured $5+ billion to build north/south rail connections to Badgerys Creek. He was founding Convenor of the Parramatta Partnership Forum and the Committee for Liverpool, and now manages the Canterbury-Bankstown Forum and Advance Blacktown civic leadership forums. He chairs the South West Sydney Local Health Advisory Board and served as an adviser to the Western Sydney Parklands.
He is a regular contributor on ABC’s The Drum program and various radio shows and a guest columnist in Fairfax and News Corp papers. Christopher was co-founder of the Telegraph’s Bradfield Partnership & Oration and advises on its Go West editorial campaign.
Raised and educated in Parramatta, he was awarded Australian Honours for services to industry and the community in 2014.
Executive General Manger, Projects, Landcom
Managing Director, Urban Regeneration, Lendlease
Managing Director, Sydney Water
Roch is a key influencer in the water industry, with experience shaping and leading public and private corporations across Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
Roch commenced with Sydney Water as the Managing Director on 2 September 2019.
In Roch’s past role as Chief Executive of SA Water, he led
the transformation of South Australia’s largest water utility to
embed technology, culture and systems changes to deliver
improved experience for the corporation’s 1.6 million customers.
Prior to joining SA Water, Roch was Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and
SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia.
Roch is active across the industry and is currently director of the Water Services Association of Australia, and member of the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee.
A dual French and Australian citizen, Roch holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management, and seeks to champion innovation and workplace diversity in the organisations he leads.
Clontarf Foundation Alumni
Chief Executive Officer, Campbelltown City Council
It may seem a huge leap from nursing ward to Campbelltown City Council General Manager, but for Lindy Deitz, it was a progression that made complete sense.
Both roles require diverse people management skills and Lindy has proven that she is more than capable of working in very dynamic and ever-changing environments.
Lindy is an action oriented and caring advocate for the wider south west where the pressures of historical and future predicted population expansion are significant and diverse.
She recognises that Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur region is a critical part of global Sydney in terms of economic productivity, cultural diversity, community cohesion, a connected network and its capacity to grow.
Having become the Council General Manager in 2015, her capacity to build relationships and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders sees her placed on steering groups and boards such as Resilient Sydney Steering Committee and the Western Sydney Business Connection to contribute to building great outcomes for residents and businesses alike.
She’s always learning on the job and is a passionate supporter of her staff and the local community.
Country Manager, New Zealand, Uber
Amanda Gilmore was appointed Country Manager, New Zealand, in May 2018 and is responsible for leading Uber’s ridesharing business across seven cities.
Amanda first joined Uber New Zealand in September 2016 and has been focused on delivering exceptional growth and enhancing the customer experience for both driver-partners and riders.
Prior to joining Uber, Amanda was an Engagement Manager, Consulting Services, at Percolate in New York - and spent three years at PwC New York in Management Consulting working across the Banking & Capital Markets and the Insurance industry.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Finance and International Business from Villanova University.
Deputy Executive Director Place Making and Property, Sydney Metro
Vice-Chancellor & President, Western Sydney University
Professor Barney Glover AO assumed his position at Western Sydney University in January 2014. Professor Glover is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Trust and the Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee. He is also a Board Member of the Australian American Fulbright Commission, the Committee for Sydney, and Westpac Scholars Trust, and, Member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council and the NSW Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Professor Glover is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW (FRSN), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). Professor Glover’s esteemed career includes significant expertise and experience at the most senior levels of university management and substantial business leadership credentials. He has also served on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration, and telecommunications.
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
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