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 the Executive Director and founding executive of Business Western Sydney. David coordinates members and stakeholders to create communities of shared interest, to explore opportunities for innovation and investment, to champion the future vision for Western Sydney’s public & private infrastructure. Under David’s leadership, the Western Sydney Business Chamber was instrumental in the successful campaign for Western Sydney Airport. David also regularly collaborates with government and industry in support of other transformational projects, including Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta, the Westmead and Liverpool Innovation Districts, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta Light Rail, West Metro and North-South Metro. 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 is currently a Director of Think Planners; and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Evolve Housing, The NRMA, and interim Chair of the Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee.
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 works in Western Sydney as part of the Laundy Hotel Group and has strong and broad connections to the local communities.
In addition to her successful career working in hospitality, sponsorship and events marketing management, Suzie is passionate about working with children and has extensive experience in community organisations that focus on enhancing the lives of young people. This includes involvement with the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation ― that enables indigenous students from remote communities in the NT to complete secondary education in NSW ― and ASK Council of Australia ― that supports underprivileged children with severe medical conditions in Manila, the Philippines.
She is a member of the Trustee Board of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Beau Neilson is currently Creative Director of Sydney’s multi-award-winning Phoenix Central Park, a new performance space in Chippendale. Over the course of her career, she has established herself as a significant philanthropist in the Australian arts and cultural sector. In 2012, Beau joined Sydney Dance Company as a Non-Executive Director, where she was a key driver in the Company’s commitment to growing the next generation of donors. She also serves as Gifting Committee Member of The Neilson Foundation and has been a patron of the British Museum and the V&A in London. In 2018, Beau was awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia Emerging Philanthropist Award. She has also served as External Engagement Leader for Anti-Slavery Australia. Beau trained as a lawyer at the University of Technology Sydney.
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.