The Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer (Acting)
Anne has extensive experience in senior executive roles in property, planning, and commercial and urban development across NSW, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia.
Before joining the WPCA, Anne was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and prior to that, she was the Deputy Secretary at the NSW Land and Housing Corporation.
Anne has a proven track record in major placemaking projects and brings that expertise in her current role as acting Chief Executive Officer.
Anne was recognised for her outstanding public service to the NSW Government and the people of NSW in the 2022 Australia Day honours .
Executive Director, Multi-Utilities, Environment and Circular Economy
Natalie has joined the Authority from the Greater Sydney Commission where she was the Executive Director of City Planning Infrastructure. Natalie successfully piloted the Place-based Infrastructure Compact in Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP), seeking to align growth and infrastructure and reset the vision for this central part of Greater Sydney. Natalie was also the lead on multiple Compacts across the Western Parkland City and helped to redefine collaboration across government, industry and the community.
Natalie is a well-rounded strategist, with diverse practice in the integration of land use, design and infrastructure in Greater Sydney. Natalie has developed her expertise at several agencies including Sydney Water, Transport for NSW, the former Roads and Traffic Authority, the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and Landcom. Natalie was a medallist in her Bachelor of Town Planning degree, holds a Master’s in Public Administration and was previously awarded the NSW Premier’s travelling scholarship for her work in public interest evaluation.
Natalie was also recognised on the Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours List and received the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to infrastructure projects in NSW.
Executive Director, Strategy & Commercial Finance
Laura has a strong connection to the Western Parkland City. She spent her first years at Windsor and her first job was in St Mary's.
As Executive Director, Strategy & Commercial Finance, Laura brings over 20 years' experience across corporate strategy, natural resources and regulatory policy, and infrastructure. Her enduring interest is bringing the private and public sector together to drive economic transformation.
Laura brings a strong knowledge of the Western Parkland City's business learned by leading the successful efforts to secure over $1 billion for Bradfield City Centre and a New Education and Training Model. Before joining the Western Parkland City Authority, Laura worked with Infrastructure NSW, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Port Jackson Partners.
Laura is a practical strategist, with a passion for leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver shared results that outlast political cycles. Laura is a university medallist (Industrial Chemistry), has a Masters of Environmental Management, and qualifications in applied Finance & Investment.
Executive Director, Research and Technology
Ben is a mechanical engineer and has specialised in advanced manufacturing for aerospace.
He has developed manufacturing solutions for global aerospace companies and their supply chains and has built and sustained innovation groups which have grown the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing & Research Centre (AMRC).
Working on the development of technical strategy and partnering with local, national and international organisations, Ben has coordinated numerous support programs, developed a skilled workforce, and high value manufacturing processes for implementation of new factories in the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Most recently, he developed the AMRC's electrification capability, building teams and capabilities in battery and motor manufacturing.
Executive Director, Skills and Industry Capability
Since commencing with the NSW Government in 2015, Peter has worked across various agencies including Trade and Investment, Industry, Treasury, Premier and Cabinet and recently with Investment NSW. His roles have included leading the State's export, small business, and international education teams. In his most recent role with the Trade team, Peter led the State's response to the impact of the pandemic on NSW exporters and international students.
Prior to joining NSW Government, Peter spent seven years with Austrade, posted as Trade Commissioner to Hanoi in 2010 and later to Singapore. During this time, he also held a regional role, as Education Commissioner, ASEAN, leading Austrade's regional education team promoting Australian education, training and research expertise across South East Asia.
Over the past 20 years, Peter has worked primarily in the education and training, ICT and government sectors.
Executive Director, Infrastructure and Delivery
Matt brings more than 20 years of infrastructure, strategy and engagement experience to his role of Executive Director, Infrastructure & Delivery at the Authority.
Most recently, he was the Executive Director of the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Prior to that he worked in numerous infrastructure and strategy roles at Infrastructure NSW, Infrastructure Australia, Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Growth Centres Commission and Sydney Water Corporation.
Matt has a keen interest in addressing the challenges and opportunities of aligning the provision of key infrastructure with land release for the benefit of the people of NSW – and there is no better place to do this than the Western Parkland City.