The Dialogue’s approach is bold, inclusive, diverse and innovative – like the people of Western Sydney it represents.
Christopher Brown AM
Chairman and Founder
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 boards of the WSU Academy and WSU External Affairs Committee. He is retired member of the ANZ Stadium, Moorebank Intermodal and LUCRF Super boards.
Having served on dozens of government boards 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 and advises News Corp's 'Go West/Project Sydney' editorial campaign.
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.
Raised and educated in Parramatta, he was awarded Australian Honours for services to industry and community in 2014.
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.
Director, Policy & Analysis
Luke has a variety of experience in public policy and advocacy roles, with particular expertise in transport policy. He has extensive knowledge of the transport and planning issues facing Australian cities.
He has experience advancing the interests of leading transport organisations and is a strong advocate for the role of the private sector in delivering public infrastructure and services. More recently, Luke has been involved in consultation processes for the CBD and South East Sydney Light Rail, M9 Corridor preservation, WestConnex, Parramatta Light Rail and Newcastle Light Rail projects.
Luke joins the Dialogue from the NRMA and previously worked for the Tourism and Transport Forum, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the City of Sydney. He has a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle.
Director, Marketing & Operations
Brett brings 15 years of sales, marketing and stakeholder management experience to the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.
In his most recent role at Business Events Sydney, Brett was dedicated to working with local and international companies to position Sydney as Australia’s premier meetings destination, and a global city home to a rich base of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Brett is able to draw on his extensive knowledge of the tourism and events sector, plus his broad industry and government networks, to provide advice and support to his stakeholders.
He recently delivered the BOOMTOWN! Summit for 400+ delegates, project managing budgets, suppliers, attendees and speakers, and will project manage Out There, an ideas-based policy forum supporting Sydney's West.
Aside from his time at Business Events Sydney, Brett has also served in commercial and marketing roles with Tourism Australia and Luna Park Sydney, and as a policy manager for the Tourism & Transport Forum.
Sarah adds 20 years of positive strategic media management, news sense and stakeholder liaison, across a range of sectors, to the Dialogue.
She has worked as journalist, production manager, producer and held a range of marketing roles, where her ability to reach and interact clearly with target audiences has resulted in many successful outcomes. Sarah is experienced in government media issues management, risk reputation in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, branding and PR and been responsible for driving positive strategic change.
With sector experience in diversity, inclusion, employment, OH&S, environment, education and consumer PR, Sarah is a strategic story-teller who helps people, businesses and communities share their message.
Western Sydney University Academy Student (and Advisory Board member) Lauren Nicholls, who is currently completing both a Bachelor of Planning and Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking, has recently joined the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue as its Policy Officer.
Lauren's passion for social justice, and enthusiasm for addressing inequality, along with a vast array of leadership roles, including as an Executive Member of Social and Community Workers Western Sydney and as a representative on the NCOSS Young Women's Round Table are just some of the many qualities that she'll bring to her role with the Dialogue.
Marushka comes to the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue with over 8 years’ experience in the events management industry. After 6 years in the conference space, and working alongside business and marketing gurus, she moved to the digital events sector where she built her technical knowledge and client facing skills.
Now she is responsible for the delivering Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s program of events including BOOMTOWN! and Out There.
Marushka holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the Australian Catholic University and has a keen interest in women’s health, nutrition and fitness.
Events & Communications Officer
Born and raised in Bankstown, Catherine joined the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue team from a range of roles in administration, marketing and event management.
As the Events & Communications Officer, Catherine is responsible for delivering a range of initiatives, from the VIP Boardroom Dinner series and industry workshops, to the Dialogue’s Best of the West publication and general communications.
Catherine has been involved in a range of volunteering and leadership programs, including leading the UTS chapter of international student organisation, AIESEC. Catherine holds a BA in Communications (Information & Media) and BA in International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney, specialising in information management and Japanese. She is passionate about rock climbing, the aerial arts, and diverse representation in media and events.