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Chief Executive Officer, Celestino
John joined Celestino in September 2013 as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer, having worked with the company for over ten years prior as a property advisor. During his time as property advisor, John procured the acquisition of the Celestino portfolio, which now includes over 20,000 residential lots plus a mix of industrial, retail, commercial and high density sites in New South Wales and Queensland.
John has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry having established a successful property law firm in Western Sydney in the early 90s. The firm grew within its first two years to handle over 1500 contracts per year, providing John with a good understanding of Western Sydney’s development potential as well as many of the key challenges in the region.
As CEO of Celestino, John has overseen the evolution of the Celestino development, marketing and sales team. John is focused on delivering the Celestino vision of ‘creating tomorrows’ success stories; on delivering commercial, industrial and residential development projects that will become success stories for our business; as well as families, communities and business partners across Australia.
John is also a Shaping Future Cities Champion responsible for promoting STEM education in Western Sydney.
Greg Whitby AM
Executive Director | Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
Greg Whitby is a teacher, advocate, administrator and leader. His mission to transform schooling for every child and young person is driven by a strong commitment to justice and equity.
As a Catholic Education leader in the Parramatta and Wollongong Dioceses in NSW, Greg has led significant cultural change with a focus on innovation, collaboration and investment in teachers’ learning. Prior to this, he was a teacher and school leader in government and Catholic schools. He has also lectured in the faculty of business at Western Sydney University.
Greg’s service to education has been recognised through the 2018 Australia Day Honours list with the award of the Australian Medal (AM) and the award of a Papal Knighthood in the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2013. He has received a presidential citation from the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and in 2017, he was awarded the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal for his contribution to the education of young people in NSW.
Greg has written extensively about education including as the author of Educating Gen Wi-Fi. His weekly column on education “Top of the Class” is syndicated across 22 NewsLocal papers in NSW. His contribution to the public debate has led to many media appearances including on Sunrise, The Project, The Drum, The Conversation Hour, Mornings with Wendy Harmer and Richard Glover’s Drive. Greg’s advocacy for change and innovation has also led to many international conference addresses, including the invitation to present to the Congregation for Catholic Education’s first World Congress in Vatican City in 2015.
Greg will continue to challenge accepted thinking about learning and teaching for the change education can bring for all of us.
Managing Director, Sydney Water
Kevin Young joined Sydney Water as Managing Director in 2011 after serving as Hunter Water’s Managing Director. During his time at Sydney Water, Kevin has led key reforms across the organisation, with a focus on customers.
Kevin has over 40 years’ experience working for the private sector and Government authorities within Australia and overseas. During this time During his time at Sydney Water, Kevin has led key reforms across the organisation, underpinned by a fresh strategy and vision.
Kevin has served as Chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), whose members provide 17 million Australians with water and wastewater services. Kevin is also a Director of WaterAid Australia.
Kevin has a Civil Engineering degree with Honors from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kevin has been selected by Engineers Australia four times, as one of the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia.