Chair - Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Turnbull & Partners

Lucy is currently a Director at Turnbull and Partners. Lucy was elected to Sydney City Council in 1999 and held the position of Deputy Lord Mayor from 1999-2003, serving under Lord Mayor Frank Sartor. When Mr Sartor retired to enter NSW politics, Lucy became Lord Mayor for 2003-2004. In 2006, she was an Administrator of Tweed Shire Council in northern NSW from 2005-7. She is a board member of the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority and since 2005 has been a board member of the Redfern Waterloo Authority. She was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Commission’s Cities Expert Advisory Panel. She has an ongoing interest in Australian cities and urban issues generally. In 1999 she published Sydney – Biography of a City (Random House).

On 26 January 2011, Lucy was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community, particularly through philanthropic contributions to, and fundraising support for, a range of medical, social welfare, educational, youth and cultural organisations, to local government, and to business.

Lucy has been Chair of the Committee for Sydney since 2013.


Deputy Chair - Craig Pudig, Macquarie Group

Craig is the Head of litigation at Macquarie. He has been at Macquarie for 4 years, the first 3 of which he was in a commercial role. Prior to that, he was a partner for more than 16 years at the national law firm, Clayton Utz, the last 6 of which he was the Sydney Managing Partner. For more than 20 years, he was regarded as one of Australia’s premier infrastructure, construction and engineering practitioners.

Craig has been Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney since 2013.

Deputy Chair - Sally Loane, Coca Cola Amatil

Sally Loane is a former journalist and broadcaster who most recently presented the Morning program on 702 ABC Sydney. She joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1999 after more than 20 years as a political journalist, columnist and feature writer with Australia’s leading broadsheet and tabloid newspapers, including The National Times, The Times on Sunday, The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier-Mail, the Sun Herald and the Brisbane Sun. She worked as a reporter and newsreader on Channel 10 and spent a year living in South Africa where she worked as a consumer correspondent for The Daily News in Durban. Sally spent several years reporting in the Queensland press gallery, then three years in the press gallery in Federal Parliament, Canberra.

She contributed regularly to newspapers, journals and magazines, and was a regular guest on Sky News’s political current affairs program, Agenda.

Sally graduated from the University of Queensland with an Arts degree majoring in English, politics and journalism. Her first book, “Who Cares? Guilt, Hope and the Child Care Debate”, an investigation into Australia’s child care industry, was published in 1997. She has contributed chapters to the books “What Women Want” and “My Sporting Hero.”

Sally is a member of the Board of SCEGGS Darlinghurst. She has moved from the media to the corporate sector, and in mid-January 2006 was appointed Director, Media and Public Affairs with Coca-Cola Amatil.

Sally has been Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney since 2013.

John Banks, Talent2

John is a Director at Talent2. John's work life started in recruitment in London in 1976, and then evolved to an interest in HR and business consulting before a move to Australia in 1985. Since then John has dedicated himself to the world of recruitment, change management and HR consulting within the businesses of Morgan & Banks and then Talent2.

As Executive Director of Talent2 John's time is spent growing all aspects of the business which includes recruitment, consulting, learning and payroll businesses both here and overseas with particular emphasis on the Asian operations.

John knows firsthand how organic business growth and acquisitions have expanded Talent2's range of talent management and people services. John is happiest when he can realise cost savings and efficiencies to a client's business through a successful service implementation using technology and process innovation.

John's industry background and experience span over 35 years both in Australia and overseas, and have given him opportunities to work with diverse industries, leaders and politicians. People and businesses have benefited from the advice John has provided and this is put to the test on the number of boards he currently serves as a director.

Martin Blake, KPMG

Martin has been Chairman of KPMG in NSW since 2012. From 2005 – 2011 Martin was the Head of Business Development for the Advisory Division and the Head of the Financial Services Advisory practice in Australia. Martin has played a key role in building KPMG’s Advisory business which now represents  over 50% of the firm’s business in Australia. He has more than twenty-two years experience in international banking and consulting to financial services businesses, including eight years direct banking experience and over fourteen years experience in managing large transformation programs in financial services in Australia and Asia. His areas of expertise include merger integration, target operating model development, process and organisation design, business strategy and large scale restructuring.


Philip Davies, AECOM 

Philip joined AECOM in January 2008 and leads their Infrastructure Advisory business across Asia Pacific. He and his team have led significant studies including the recent east coast High Speed Rail study for the Federal Government, CBD and South East extension light rail in Sydney and the revitalisation of Parramatta Road through the WestConnex project.

Philip is Chair of the Committee’s Transport Taskforce where he leverages his previous experiences in London, where he led the delivery programme for Congestion Charging, and as a Director for the Transport for London transport bid for the Olympic Games.

Philip is a Chartered Professional Engineer.


Rhonda Hawkins, University of Western Sydney

Rhonda Hawkins is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and (Corporate Strategy and Services) and University Provost at University of Western Sydney (UWS).

Rhonda is a member of the UWS Senior Executive, Secretary to University’s Board of Trustees and leads the Division which has broad responsibility for finance, IT, campus and capital development, people and culture, strategy and quality, legal services, audit and risk, policy and governance, higher education policy and projects, equity and diversity, marketing and communications, international, community and regional engagement, student services, administration and support. She is Chair of the UWSCollege Board and a director of a number of Boards.


Kate Jordan, Clayton Utz 

Kate Jordan practices in the Corporate and  M&A field and has extensive corporate advisory, commercial and M&A experience. In Chambers Global (2011) Kate is ranked as an up and coming Corporate/M&A lawyer and is "resoundingly praised as a top-class commercial practitioner".

While Kate has a broad practice, her industry specialities include telecommunications, media and technology. Kate's client focus, combined with her transactional experience, make her the "the preferred choice of lawyer for many clients" (Chambers Global 2007). In The Legal 500 (2010/2011) she is described as "an excellent lawyer - very responsive, commercial and pragmatic".


Dan Labbad, Lend Lease

Dan holds the dual roles of Group Chief Operating Officer (Group COO) and Chief Executive Officer of Lend Lease’s Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region. Dan was appointed to the Group COO role in July 2012 and appointed Chief Executive Officer of EMEA in November 2013.  Dan divides his time between Sydney and London. Dan began his career in 1993 with John Holland as a site engineer in Sydney. He joined Lend Lease in 1997 and in 1999 became Project Director for the AU$500million upgrade of Sydney International Airport in preparation for the 2000 Olympics. In 2001 Dan took on the role of inaugural Chief Executive of The Hornery Institute, a non-profit organisation focused on community development, established by Lend Lease employees and shareholders. Returning to Lend Lease in 2004 Dan served in a number of corporate roles including risk, safety and developing and implementing the Sustainability Transformation Plan for the Lend Lease Group, which resulted in the production of Lend Lease’s inaugural Sustainability report in 2005. Dan moved to the UK in 2006 undertaking various leadership roles until being appointed Regional CEO for EMEA in late 2006. Dan returned to Australia in July 2012 as Group COO.

Dan was also previously Chairman of the UK Green Building Council and has served as a director of the Green Building Council of Australia. Dan holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (1st Class Honors) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of NSW, Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). 


Michael Miller, APN News and Media

Michael Miller is the Chief Executive of APN News and Media. He held a similar position as Managing Director of Advertiser Newspapers in South Australia for the past five years.

He was previously the Head of Marketing and Managing Director of Nationwide News for the News Limited group – a position he held for seven years, with responsibility across News Corp’s 11 divisions in the region. For four years he was the Director of Marketing for the Herald and Weekly Times in Victoria.

His previous directorships have been the International Newspaper Marketing Association, Pacific Area Newspaper


Max Moore-Wilton AC, Sydney Airport Corporation

Max, a non-executive director, was appointed as Chairman of Sydney Airport Corporation, formerly called MAp Airports Limited, in April 2006. He is Chairman of Sydney Airport. Prior to this appointment he was Executive Chairman of Sydney Airport Corporation from 2002.
Max is Chairman of Southern Cross Austereo Media Group (previously Macquarie Media Group) (appointed 2007).
From 1996 Max was Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he oversaw fundamental reform to the Commonwealth Public Service. Max has had a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors. He has held positions as either chairman or board member of a number of major Commonwealth and State business enterprises, and has extensive experience in the transport sector.


Michael Rose, Allens

Michael is the Chair of Committee for Sydney's Financial and Professional Services Task Force. 

Michael is Chief Executive Partner of Allens and leads an executive team responsible for overseeing professional practice, client relationships and business operations in the eight countries in which Allens operates.  Outside Allens, he is Chairman of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and Chairman of ChildFund, an international aid and development organisation active in more than 55 developing countries. 

Michael is Chair of the Indigenous Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia and a member of its Labour Market, Skills and Education Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.


Tony Stuart, NRMA

In September 2003 Tony Stuart was appointed as Chief Executive of NRMA Motoring & Services and in 2008 he was appointed the Group Chief Executive. The organisation has moved from primarily Motoring Services, to a group of travel, motoring and lifestyle businesses. Since joining the organisation Tony's focus has been on driving the company to a financially sound position after several years of reputational controversy. NRMA has recently been voted Best Australian Customer Service Provider by the Australian Business Association.

Previously Tony was the CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited where his mandate had been to corporatise and privatise the airport whilst overseeing a major infrastructure redevelopment programme in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of New Zealand's Canterbury University, Tony joined Shell New Zealand in 1981 before progressing to Shell International in London where he held management positions in Strategic Planning and Marketing. In 1988 Tony joined British Airways Plc in London. He held general management appointments in marketing, financial services and subsidiary companies. In 1994 Tony joined Manchester Airport as an executive director. In 1996 Manchester was voted world's best airport by IATA, eclipsing Singapore Airport for the first time. Under Tony's leadership, this milestone was achieved by Sydney Airport in 2001.


Brian Tyson, Newgate Communications

Brian was the Australian and New Zealand Managing Director of Kreab Gavin Anderson prior to joining Newgate Communications in 2013. Brian's expertise is in strategic issues management with specific skills in political consultation and financial transactions. From complex government relations issues to contested M&As, his 20 years of experience has seen work on some of the most high profile media and public affairs issues in Australia. He has a strong network of media and government contacts and is involved with a number of leading industry associations including the TTF, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Sydney Chamber of Commerce and the PCA. He is a board member of the Committee for Sydney and is co-founder and senior advisor to the market and social research business, GA Research.