Peter Collins AM QC is a former leader of the NSW Liberal Party and has served in senior roles across State government, including as one of NSW’s longest serving Minister for the Arts. An ABCTV journalist and Sydney Barrister before his election to the NSW Parliament in 1981, Peter has been an active ADF Reserve officer, Army then Navy, throughout his life.
His post political life has focused on the Finance sector where he has served as Chair (now Deputy) of highly influential Industry Super Australia, a Director of top performing Fund HOSTPLUS and Chair of Sydney Financial Forum. A committed advocate for Western Sydney, he is Chairman of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Board and Director of the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University.
Peter is a published author with a deep interest in museums. Some of his key Arts projects include The Writers Walk, The Gunnery Artspace, the Police and Justice Museum, Museum of Sydney, Brett Whiteley Studio, Naval Aviation Museum, Varuna Writers Centre, Writers Centre Rozelle and the former Sydney College of the Arts. He and his wife Jennine have restored historic Werrington House (1829) in Western Sydney where they live.
David is currently the Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber. A role he has held since 2012. Prior to this, he served in the NSW Labor Government as the Minister for Roads, Minister assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads, Minister for Housing, as well as Minister for Western Sydney. David also previously held the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta, where he served for three terms. David is currently a Director of Think Planners; and serves as a non-executive director on the boards of the Sydney Festival, Evolve Housing, and the Westmead Medical Research Foundation as well as a member of the advisory board of the Southern Cross Group.
Paddy is a chartered accountant and registered company auditor. She is a senior partner at PwC, a member of its Board of Partners in Australia and a member of the Global Board overseeing the PwC network internationally where she also chairs its Risk & Operations Committee. She has nearly 30 years’ financial experience with PwC in the UK and Australia across a broad range of clients with a focus on the retail and consumer sector. Paddy is also a director and audit committee chair for various not-for-profit organisations, a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), and until recently was a director of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting Pty Ltd. She has a passion for the arts and is also a Director of the Sydney Festival and was a Trustee at Sydney Living Museums from 2013-2018.
Mark Hassell is a partner at management consultancy firm KPMG. With a long history of customer, marketing and brand leadership experience, Mark has held senior roles with British Airways, Virgin Australia and Qantas, both in the United Kingdom and in Australia.
With a focus on customer and visitor experience and brand identity, Mark is skilled in operational management and strategic partnerships as well as bringing strong change management credentials. Mark was formerly a member of the Group Management and Executive committees at Virgin Australia and is currently a board member at Sydney Dance Company.
Kellie is a fashion entrepreneur and former Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR Australia with more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian and the international luxury fashion market. Before joining BAZAAR, Hush was the Editor-in-Chief of GRAZIA Australia and fashion editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also a regular fashion commentator on television, radio, in print media and a published author. She is currently a Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Board Director. Kellie is also a founding director of the Australian Fashion Chamber and formerly a Royal Hospital for Women Foundation Board Director and judge for the International Woolmark Prize and the VAMFF National Designer Award.
Suzie has a long career working in hospitality, sponsorship and events marketing management. She has a passion for working with children and has extensive experience in community organisations that focus on enhancing the lives of children. This includes involvement with the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation that enables indigenous students from remote NT to complete secondary education in NSW and as well as the ASK Council of Australia supporting underprivileged children with severe medical conditions in Manila. Suzie currently works in Western Sydney as part of the Laundy Hotel Group and has strong and broad connections to the local communities.
Peter Poulet is the Central District Commissioner with the Greater Sydney Commission. He is also Professor of Practice at Western Sydney University School of Architecture. Peter was the inaugural State Architect of Tasmania 2009-2012 and was the 23rd NSW Government Architect 2012-2018. Peter’s projects have received numerous awards including the Horbury Hunt, the Blacket Award and an Australian Institute of Architects’ award. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He has over 30 years’ experience in both private and government architectural offices.
Lang Walker AO is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Walker Corporation. He is responsible for iconic placemaking developments across Australia with a focus on Western Sydney, including the reimagined Parramatta Square Precinct. Lang is passionate about employing cutting-edge design and values incorporating industry leading environmental standards and cultural sustainability in his projects.
Lang was awarded an Order of Australia in 2015 for his continued philanthropic efforts, which focuses on community, the arts and health and medical research. Investing in Greater Western Sydney is a priority for Lang and the Walker Group.
Eddie Woo teaches mathematics at Cherrybrook Technology High School and is the Leader of Mathematics Growth for the NSW Department of Education. He uploads his everyday classroom lessons to his Youtube channel, Wootube, which has more than 500,000 subscribers and over 27 million views. In 2018, he was named Australia’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards and listed as one of the Top 10 Teachers in the world by the Global Teacher Prize. He is the host of ABC’s children’s series Teenage Boss and his first book, Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths, is published by Pan Macmillan.