Executive Committee

Anna Guillan AM
Chair
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*Government/Business
Kylie Hargreaves
Acting Deputy Chair
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*Government/Business

Ms Guillan is a respected Non-Executive Director including serving as Chair of Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia, Board Director of CareFlight and Director and Co-Founder of The NELUNE Foundation. Ms Guillan has a strong commercial background and is also currently the Australia Consultant for Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts. Anna is also a recipient of the Order of Australia which acknowledges her significant service to the Australian tourism industry and to the community through support for social welfare and health organisations.

Kylie Hargreaves is an experienced diplomat and senior public servant. As Deputy Secretary (Deputy CEO) for various portfolios in the NSW Government and as Australia's Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner (Austrade) in the UK, USA and Spain, Kylie has worked with hundreds of small, medium and large companies to grow their businesses through export and/or to invest in Australia.  She has a track record in delivering commercial results, innovative programs and policy reforms across consumer products, services, resources, energy and infrastructure. A NSW Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Kylie is also Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has held numerous Board positions and has an Honours degree in International Business Relations.

Dianne Tipping
Committee Member
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*Export Capability for Business

Dianne Tipping – CHAIR Export Council of Australia / Managing Director Excon International Pty. Ltd. Dianne has had a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. Dianne Tipping is the founder and Managing Director of Excon International Pty Ltd. a Global Management Consultancy business that specializes in the teaching/training and management of International trade - especially focusing on the on-going evolution by recognizing the changing needs of the international business community. Over the years Dianne has increasingly developed practical programs and creative business tools that build the capability and capacity of companies to grow internationally.

Phillip Cenere
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*Higher Education

Phillip Cenere FAIM GAICD has served in senior academic and industry leadership roles for twenty years. As the Associate Vice-Chancellor for CQ University’s NSW region and Head of the Sydney campus, he held responsibility for managing budgets, business growth and development, regional engagement, teaching and learning, research and the pastoral care of students and staff. As a management and board consultant, he advised and served alongside ASX50/100/200 CEOs and directors, vice chancellors, not-for-profit leaders and government departments and has been involved in the business development of some of Australia’s best known institutions.

Clive Cachia
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*Professional Services (Legal)

Clive Cachia is a corporate transactional lawyer predominantly focused on major infrastructure, logistics, energy and resources projects. He also provides specific regulatory and commercial advice to multi-national and domestic clients in these and other heavily regulated industries including education and agribusiness. Clive also advises established and growing corporations on incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures, in-bound and out-bound investment arrangements, corporate governance, offtake and logistics agreements and other service and operational arrangements.

Narelle Kennedy
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*Innovation/Clusters

Narelle Kennedy is a respected and authoritative thought leader on business innovation and a sought-after expert commentator on emerging business issues and future trends. Narelle was the founding CEO of a business-backed think tank to boost Australia's competitiveness and prosperity. She is a skilled researcher and research project manager. A proven public policy analyst, adviser, manager and activist in community and not for profit organisations. Narelle specialises in research, innovation, industry and small business policy, business regulation, regional development, consumer affairs and competition policy.

Karin Bishop
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*Communications & Government

Karin Bishop has over 25 years experience working in both State and local government as well as in the media and communications industries. In the latter, Karin worked on both sides - as a journalist and as a media/public relations manager. Her key skills include advocacy, government and stakeholder relations, regional strategic planning, governance and risk management, and media training.

Nigel Hennessy
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*Defence/Innovation/Technology

Nigel Hennessy is a professional public company director specialising in digital transformation and its impact on governance, commercialisation and marketing data analytics. Apart from RDA Sydney, he is currently a director at Syntonic Limited (ASX.SYT) and an independent director at Australian Institute of Project Management. His experience is extensive in leadership positions including Managing Director/CEO for CCN/Cabcharge (ASX.CCZ), Simoco Pacific Pty Ltd, AquaSpy (Agrilink) Inc and EASAMS Australia Ltd. Hewas deputy MD of BAE Systems Australia (LON.BAE).

Luke Thompson
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*Economic Analysis

Luke Thompson is an Economics and Urban Planning Advisor, with experience spanning a wide range of disciplines, including transport cost-benefit analysis, local economic development advisory for urban and regional centres, accessibility analysis, macroeconomic analytics, public consultation, and stakeholder engagement. Having worked on projects including business cases for Western Harbour Tunnel and Sydney Metro, his Australian experience is supplemented with UK based projects such as; the London City Airport expansion business case and the Cardiff Central Station City Deal.

Senior Management

Therese O'Dwyer
Director of Regional Development / Executive Officer
Julie McAlpin
Project Manager
Belinda Tupou
Marketing Contractor
Mark Wigley
Senior Project Manager
Claudia Estrada Aguilar
Project Support Officer

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