Powerhouse Parramatta

Our Leadership

Fundraising for the Powerhouse Campaign is led by a dedicated committee.

“It is a privilege to chair the Powerhouse Campaign Committee. I am a passionate supporter of investment and development in Greater Western Sydney. The thriving City of Parramatta is the ideal location for this wonderful and exciting new museum.”

Anthony Shepherd AO.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Shepherd AO

Chairman

Tony is one of Australia’s most respected company directors with extensive experience across the public and private sectors globally.

He pioneered private infrastructure with projects such as the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Melbourne City Link and East Link.

Tony is currently the independent chair of Macquarie Specialised Asset Management Ltd, Venues NSW, GWS Giants, Infrastructure SA, Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, and Capgemini Advisory Australia and New Zealand. He also serves as a Director of Racing NSW, Enviropacific, and Snowy Hydro Ltd.

He is a former Business Council of Australia President, and was previously chair of WestConnex, Transurban Group, Transfield Services, Connect East, the National Commission of Audit, and The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association. His past directorships include Virgin Australia, among many others.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Patron of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012.

David Borger OAM

David has been the Executive Director of Business Western Sydney since the business chamber was formed in 2012. He 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.

The group was instrumental in the successful campaign for Western Sydney Airport. David also regularly collaborates with government and industry in support of other transformational projects such as Powerhouse Parramatta, the Westmead and Liverpool Innovation Districts, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta Light Rail, West Metro and North-South Metro.

He previously 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 a founding Director and part owner of development consultancy 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 as Interim Chair of the Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee.

Professor Barney Glover AO

Professor Glover is a distinguished academic leader who has led Western Sydney University as Vice-Chancellor and President since 2014. He was formerly the President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Science from 2016 to 2020.

Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University (CDU) from 2009 to 2013, he has a long record of success in university management and leadership ― particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects. His outstanding leadership whilst Vice-Chancellor at CDU was recognised in him being awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in 2015.

Barney has also served on the boards of a range of corporate and government organisations across the health, medical research, energy, mining and telecommunications sectors. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

In January 2019, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education, to professional associations, and to cultural organisations.

Suzie Laundy

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.

 

The Hon. Craig Laundy

The former Australian Liberal Party politician was elected to the Federal parliament in 2013 after winning the long held marginal ALP seat of Reid in Sydney’s inner west, he then increased his margin at the 2016.

In his first term as part of the Abbott government, Craig was Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Chair of the House Economics Committee and a member of the select committee for Public Accounts and Audit.

During his second term in government under Prime Minister Turnbull, he was Minister for Small and Family Business, Industrial Relations & Deregulation and Assistant Minister for Industry Innovation and Science.

After retiring from politics in 2019 he re-joined his family business ― Laundy Hotel Group ― where he was previously active in overseeing the growth of the pubs business from 1992 – 2012. During his time at Laundy Hotel Group, Craig has held numerous positions including General Manager of Operations.

Craig is also Co-Chairman of government relations consultancy Cornerstone Group Australia.

Joseph Rizk OAM

Joseph is the CEO and Managing Director of Arab Bank Australia, a role he has held since 2010, prior to which he was Chief Banking Officer.

With over 47 years of corporate, commercial and international banking and finance experience — including a long and distinguished career at National Australia Bank — he has a demonstrated ability to generate positive results in the face of tough market conditions and in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Joseph is currently Chair of the Italian Opera Foundation Association and serves on the boards of the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Melkite Catholic Eparchy Corporation, and Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research.

He is a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of The Australian Institute of Management.

In 2015 Joseph was awarded the Order of Australia in 2015 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the banking sector and community.

Professor Talal Yassine OAM

Talal is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur, lawyer and academic with strong links to Greater Western Sydney.

The Managing Director of Crescent Wealth, Australia’s only Islamic superannuation fund, since 2009, he is also Chair of First Quay Capital and LandCorp Australia as well as a Non-Executive director of Media Diversity Australia and member of the Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board.

Talal is also a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow within the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Adjunct Professor within the School of Business, Western Sydney University.

He previously served on the boards of Australia Post, Sydney Ports, Macquarie University, Western Sydney Area Health Service and is a former chair of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Council of Australia Arab Relations.

In 2010, Talal was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to business and the community through a range of education, health and multicultural organisations.