Board of Directors
Appointed January 2012
- Member of Human Resources Committee (effective 1 August 2017)
From 2015 to 2017, John was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to this, he was CEO of the Financial Services Council from 2009 to 2015, and CEO of Manchester Unity from 2006 to 2008.
He is currently Chairman of Lifeline Australia and Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Kookaburra Kids.
John’s previous non-executive directorships include Abacus Australian Mutuals (Chairman), BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education (Chairman), Sydney Ports Corporation, Australian Private Health Insurance Association and the Australian Friendly Societies Association.
From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, John was elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role and lead a major political party in Australia.
John holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Appointed May 2017
Jim is the CEO of Infrastructure NSW, an independent statutory agency that provides specialist advice to the NSW Government on infrastructure investment and prioritisation. Jim joined Infrastructure NSW following five years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Transport and four years as Director of Public Transport at the Victorian Department of Infrastructure. As part of his role at Infrastructure NSW, Jim led the development of more than 80 recommendations to Government of critical infrastructure for NSW—set out in the State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014.
Jim is Chairman of Infrastructure Investor Assurance Committee, reporting to Cabinet on high profile or high risk projects, while providing oversight of almost 400 projects registered in the Infrastructure NSW assurance database.
Since the establishment of Projects NSW in 2015, Jim has also been responsible for the delivery of several infrastructure priorities, including the $3.4 billion Darling Harbour transformation along with new major projects including Western Sydney Stadium, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct redevelopment and the New Grafton Correctional Centre.
During his time in Victoria Jim was involved in the delivery of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, the overhaul of Victoria's legislative framework to integrate the planning of transport and land use, and overseeing construction of the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project.
Appointed June 2016
- Member of Audit and Risk Management Committee (effective 29 August 2016)
- Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee (effective 1 August 2017)
Suzanne has held senior executive and non‐executive roles involving transport and energy, infrastructure planning and delivery, environmental assessment and sustainability, resource and asset management, property development, tourism and vocational education and training. All have involved considerable stakeholder engagement often in highly regulated environments.
Suzanne is currently the National Chair of Dial Before You Dig, Deputy Chair of ACT’s Suburban Land Agency, University of New England Partnerships Pty Ltd and Smoke Alarms Holdings Ltd. She is also a Director and past Founding Chair of Waste Aid and a member of the Australian Astronomical Observatory’s governance committee and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.
Suzanne was previously on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Council, serving as its chair for four years, and was a Director of TransGrid, Australia’s largest transmission network, for the four years prior to its successful privatisation in December 2015. Suzanne also served as a Director of the NSW Public Transport Authority, Parramatta Rail Link Pty Ltd, the Illawarra Regional Information Service, Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport and Garrigal Housing.
Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Honours) from the University of NSW, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia. Suzanne has undertaken a business leadership course at Harvard and was awarded an international leadership fellowship by the United States government.
Appointed December 2014
- Member of Audit and Risk Management Committee (until 29 August 2016)
Ken is an architect, landscape architect and urban design advocate. He is a former Executive Chairman of HASSELL, Australia’s largest international multidisciplinary design practice. Ken is currently a HASSELL Fellow and an Honorary Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of NSW.
Ken is President of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and Immediate Past President of Australian Institute of Architects. He is Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel and a member of Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel. Ken is a board member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Limited, the ACT Urban Renewal Authority, IBL Limited and the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Limited, and was and a founding board member of the Green Building Council.
His recognition as a designer is reflected in the numerous awards received for projects he has led. Ken also advises governments and speaks on design, sustainability and the future of cities throughout Australia and internationally. Ken holds a Bachelor of Architecture with first-class honours, a Masters of Architecture, and has undertaken post graduate qualifications in landscape architecture and environmental studies.
In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal and 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Appointed June 2016
- Chair of Human Resources Committee (effective 29 August 2016)
- Member of Audit and Risk Management Committee (effective 1 August 2017)
Gai is a professional director who has an extensive background in highly regulated, largescale businesses over a career spanning 30 years.
She spent 12 years at Westpac Banking Group, most recently leading Westpac Australia’s Retail Banking business. She also led the Retail Banking business for Westpac New Zealand, and the Customer Service business and Risk Solutions team for BT Financial Group.
Prior to joining Westpac, Gai was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Perpetual Ltd.
Gai is a Director of IMB Bank, Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Ltd and Toyota Finance Australia Limited. She chairs the Advisory Board of NEXA Group Pty Ltd. Gai is also the Deputy Chair of the Council of the State Library of NSW, a Director and Trustee of the State Library of NSW Foundation and a member of The Salvation Army’s Territorial Appeals and Fundraising Committee.
Gai is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the INSEAD Business School International Executive Program.
She also holds a Masters of Laws (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.
Appointed August 2013
- Member of Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Member of Human Resources Committee (effective 29 August 2016)
Matthew was Managing Director of Stockland from 2000 to 2013. Matthew is Chairman of Class Limited and Carbonxt Group Limited and a non-executive director of CSR Limited and mPort Ltd.
He is actively involved in education initiatives for disadvantaged students and is a director of the Australian Business and Community Network Foundation.
Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has a first-class honours degree in Chemistry and Management Science from Imperial College, London.
Corporate Management Team
General Manager of Projects
Matthew was appointed General Manager of Projects in October 2017, and oversees the organisation’s greenfield and government partnership development projects. Matthew has 30 years’ experience in the property and development industry, with experience in the planning and delivery of large development projects, major property transactions, business development and relationship management.
Matthew joined Landcom in 2002 as part of the Business Development Team, before moving into Urban Development in 2005 where he worked on the One Minto and Oran Park Town projects. He was appointed General Manager Development Retail in 2014 (Landcom trading as UrbanGrowth NSW), and was Head of Western Sydney Projects portfolio in November 2015.
Prior to working at Landcom, Matthew was with the Department of Defence for six years, managing rezoning, preparation and disposal of major Defence sites in Sydney. He also spent seven years with Australian Property Group consulting to Australian Government clients for planning approvals, sales, leasing and acquisitions.
Matthew has a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management and a Masters of Project Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Corporate Services at Landcom in October 2017 following the reassignment of UrbanGrowth NSW’s project portfolio into different government organisations. Michael oversees the finance, IT, procurement and business service functions of the organisation.
Michael is an experienced CFO with more than 25 years’ senior financial and commercial experience in investment, aged care and property development organisations.
Michael joined Landcom in March 2010 as the CFO, and continued in that position when the organisation began trading as UrbanGrowth NSW. Previous to this, he held senior finance positions at Woolworths Property, DCA Aged Care and RG Capital.
Michael is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Chartered Accountant. He has a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning.
Acting General Counsel
Sandra was appointed as Acting General Counsel of Landcom in October 2017 and is the organisation’s chief legal adviser.
Sandra joined Landcom in August 2016 as Senior Manager – Legal, where she was responsible for overseeing the legal function for Landcom’s Western Sydney Projects Portfolio.
Sandra has 17 years legal experience across multiple real estate sectors, specialising in complex, structured transactions, including joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals and complex leasing. Sandra has worked in private legal practice, most recently for seven years as Special Counsel at Henry Davis York. Sandra has also worked as Senior Legal Counsel for Goodman for three years.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of NSW.
Head of Corporate Affairs
Lisa was appointed Head of Corporate Affairs in October 2017 at Landcom following the reassignment of UrbanGrowth NSW’s project portfolio into different government organisations. She oversees the stakeholder engagement, external communications, and sustainability functions, working to position Landcom as the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation .
Lisa joined UrbanGrowth NSW in March 2014 as Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement. She has spent more than 20 years in corporate affairs roles and is an experienced communications and corporate marketing professional.
Lisa has worked in multinational corporations across many industry sectors, stakeholder groups, markets, languages, and cultures. Lisa’s previous roles have included senior positions in communications and corporate affairs at Glencore Xstrata, Lend Lease and The Nielsen Company.