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A consolidated board has been appointed for Greater Sydney Parklands and includes representation from Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Parramatta Park Trust, Centennial Parklands and Moore Park Trust.

Board members

Michael Rose AM (Chair)

Michael is a lawyer by background and the former Chief Executive Partner of one of Australia’s leading law firms. Experienced as both a Chief Executive and as a member of Australian and International Boards. A strategic thinker who has led change and driven growth in professional services, advocacy, cultural and not-for-profit organisations.

Serving on a range of Boards in Government, Arts and Not-For-Profit organisations and holds leadership roles in Education, Medical Research, and professional services.

Michael is active in Indigenous Affairs having been a member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition and Chair of the Indigenous Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia.

Dr Robert Lang

Dr Robert Lang has a career history of thirty five years in the public service, gained within a combination of state and local government, change management, community engagement, strategic urban planning, urban development, transport infrastructure, place management, arts, tourism and energy businesses. 

He was the CEO of three major organisations, including Parramatta City Council, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Pacific Power. Robert has significant experience as a Board Director, serving on 18 Boards over the past 22 years, including not-for-profits, private companies and government statutory authorities.

Robert has a longstanding interest in liveable cities, affordable housing, social inclusion and the arts and holds postgraduate qualifications in Engineering, Information Technology and Business Management.  He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Ceinwen Kirk-Lennox

Ceinwen has over 35 years’ experience in many aspects of property including agency, property development, project and construction management, and community development.

Her executive career includes 26 years at Lendlease Corporation, where she held executive roles, running commercial business units, client accounts and functions across the Lendlease Group. Ceinwen held several Board positions within Lend Lease either as an executive or elected company representative. In the case of the Lend Lease Superannuation Fund she was a Director for 10 years.

Ceinwen now runs her own consultancy, with clients across both private and public sectors.

Ceinwen holds a Bachelor of Business (Land Economy) from the University of Western Sydney, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ceinwen brings over 20 years’ experience as an executive and non-executive director serving on a number of boards including both for-profit and not-for-profit companies.

Ceinwen was appointed to the of the Greater Sydney Parklands Board in 2020, and continues as an Advisory Member of the Justice NSW Prison Bed Capacity Program.

Ceinwen’s broad experience has given her not only an understanding of most facets of property, but rich general management skills. She is well regarded for her passion, strategic thinking, commitment to developing people, her communications skills, her client and stakeholder focus, and the role model she provides for a diverse workplace. Ceinwen’s attributes include those skills required to run an effective business, manage teams, and drive change and outcomes associated with line management responsibilities.

Ceinwen has ability to move from strategy through to implementation, and is comfortable in taking on new and challenging ideas and concepts - drawing on a wealth of experience, strong disciplines and extensive knowledge.

Current listed directorships: Charter Hall Long Wale REIT 2016 – current.

Julie Bindon

Julie was the founding Director and former Chair of JBA, now Ethos Urban, a leading urban planning and development advisory firm with offices in NSW, Queensland and Victoria and a staff of over 130 people.

A graduate in Town Planning, with post-graduate qualifications in Land Economy, Julie is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), a Certified Practicing Planner, an honorary Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie is currently an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court, a member of Landcom’s Design Advisory Panel and non-executive Director of Essence Project Management.

Previous positions held include Member of the Western Sydney Parklands Trust Board, Member of UNSW Built Environment Advisory Council, President of the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW), Member of the Heritage Council of NSW, Chair of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia (NSW) and Member of the NSW Premier’s Urban Design Advisory Committee.

Lyall Gorman

Lyall Gorman is the President of Business NSW, formerly the NSW Business Chamber, having served as a Board Director for the past seven years and its Deputy President for the past two. He is also a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

A former Executive Director of an ASX listed Merchant Bank and Corporate Finance and Advisory company, Lyall joined one of Australia’s largest community house providers, Evolve Housing, in May 2019 as its CEO.

He has over 35 years’ experience in senior management, project management and administration, in both the Public and Private sectors. He holds a Master’s Degree in Administration (UNSW) with majors in Finance, Organizational Culture and Change, Organisational Behavior, Statistics and Marketing.

He was the founding Chairman of the Western Sydney University Centre for Research Advisory Board, served as a Director of Cricket NSW for five years and has a distinguished career in sports administration, having been the founding CEO and Executive Chairman of two Hyundai A-League Clubs, the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers, the Head of the Hyundai A-League, Group CEO of the Cronulla Sharks and CEO of Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL while also sitting on the Asian Football Confederation for a five year period.

Patrick St John

Patrick St John is the chair of the Centennial Parklands Community Consultative Committee and has been a Trustee of the Centennial and Moore Park Trust since February 2020.

Patrick is the Co-founder of SP Search and Consulting which provides partner search and management consulting services to Australia’s leading law firms. Prior to his current role Patrick was a solicitor and a partner first at Clayton Utz (1996 to 2001) and then with Herbert Smith Freehills (2001 – 2018) where he was recognised as a leading finance lawyer and expert in project and infrastructure finance.

Patrick was the Global Head of the Finance, Real Estate and Projects practices and ultimately Managing Partner, Strategic Implementation for Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s largest law firms.

Siobhan Toohill

A pioneer in corporate sustainability in Australia, Siobhan is passionate about the capacity of business to create positive impact.

As Group Head of Sustainability at Westpac she shapes sustainability strategy, risk and reporting, including action on climate change and human rights. She also leads the Group’s community and Indigenous engagement programs – and supports the Westpac Foundation backing social enterprises tackling social disadvantage, and the Westpac Scholars program. Prior to working in finance, Siobhan has held a range of sustainability, urban design and architectural roles in the property sector, government and in private practice.

Siobhan also contributes through a wide range of external governance roles – including as Co-chair, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s (UNEP FI) Banking Board which oversees the UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking; Director, and as former Deputy Chair, Green Building Council of Australia. She’s a director of her local neighbourhood centre and an active member of her local community garden.

Suellen Fitzgerald (Chief Executive)

During her diverse 30-year career as a landscape architect, Suellen has led private and public organisations across Australia, including in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Australia.  Her experience spans open space planning and landscape design, recreation and audience engagement, park management and nature-based tourism.

She is a respected authority on strategy, financing public lands and organisational establishment and development and has presented nationally and internationally on these issues.

Suellen was appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of Western Sydney Parklands Trust in 2008. In 2013 her responsibilities expanded to include leading the administration for Parramatta Park Trust. She was appointed to the role of inaugural Chief Executive of the Greater Sydney Parklands in 2020.

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