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 November 2012.


Deputy Chair - 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 a Chartered Professional Engineer.

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 has been Deputy Chair of the Committee since November 2014.


Deputy Chair - Sally Loane, Financial Services Council

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. 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.”

She has moved from the media to the corporate sector, being appointed in 2006 to Director, Media and Public Affairs for top 50 ASX Listed company, Coca-Cola Amatil and in December 2014 took up the role of CEO at the Financial Services Council.  

Sally is a Director of Waratahs Rugby P/L and SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Governor of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and a member of the Salvation Army’s Media Advisory Board.

Sally has been Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney since November 2012.

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.


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".

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.

David Pitchford, UrbanGrowth NSW 

David Pitchford is the Chief Executive Officer of UrbanGrowth NSW, with a mandate to deliver a portfolio of major urban transformation programs. Through collaboration across government, industry, and the community, these programs aim to improve the state’s prosperity and way of life, and accelerate the supply of housing and jobs.

David is an expert in major projects delivery, and previously held the position of CEO of the UK Major Projects Authority where he had control of $800 billion worth of government projects. He also led the Palm Jumierah Development in Dubai, the world’s largest land reclamation project.

As CEO of the City of Melbourne until 2007, David had oversight of the construction of the much-awarded Melbourne Convention Centre and the Docklands Waterfront Redevelopment, the largest urban renewal project in Australian history, as well the iconic green building Council House 2, the first building to receive a prestigious 6 Star Green Star – Office Design Certified Rating.

David has been recognised as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO). He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).


Michael Rose, Allens

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

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.

Charlie Taylor, McKinsey and Company

Charlie is a Director with McKinsey and Company and has led the Public sector and Health practices in Australia since 2008. Prior to that he lived and worked in Asia. He led the Indonesian office from 2000 to 2004, living in Jakarta and from 2004 to 2008 led the Asian Infrastructure and Transport practice from Singapore.  He has worked extensively in the resource and financial sectors living and working in Sydney and New York. 

His work in the Australian health sector has included support for state and federal governments on hospital service configuration, chronic disease care models, e-health records, tele-health pilots, as well as working for private sector medical device and pharma companies. He has also assisted Defence on a number of infrastructure projects of national and state significance. He co-authored the report, "Beyond the Boom. Australia's Productivity Imperative", and led the research on the health and public sector for "Compete to Prosper: Improving Australia's Competitiveness".

Prior to joining McKinsey, Charlie worked with Citibank in the treasury division of its Sydney office. He is a chair of the Andrews College Council at the University of Sydney. He has also supported pro bono work for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the Sydney Opera House. 

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. 


Michael Zorbas, Lend Lease

Mike Zorbas is Head of External Affairs at Lend Lease. In this role he is responsible for engagement with governments and the media on behalf of one of Australia’s most iconic companies. Lend Lease employs over 13,000 employees who have partnered in the creation of international icons from our own Sydney Opera House, through the S11 national Memorial and Museum in New York, Petronas Towers, the Tate Modern and back to Sydney’s Barangaroo; a financial centre and waterfront asset for the people of Sydney to rival Canary Wharf in London and Marina Bay in Singapore.

His previous roles have included Head of Strategy and Communications for Grocon, General Manager of Government Relations for Stockland, Deputy Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats in the UK and Chief Advocate for the Property Council of Australia. He is a Board member of the Sydney Institute, a past director of the Canadian Government's Forum of Federations and also served two terms on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS broadcasting) Community Advisory Committee.