The Trust, which meets regularly, has eight members including the Chair, two members recommended by the NSW Government, one member representing the interests of First Nations People, and one member from an affected council.
The agency's day-to-day affairs are managed by an executive team under the leadership of the Executive Director.
Image (L-R): Jessica Keen, Garth Callender, Jean Hay, Joseph Carrozzi, Tim James and Sandra Hook. Absent: Josephine Cashman and Michael Rose.
Chair: Joseph Carrozzi
Joseph is a lawyer and financial advisor with more than 25 years’ senior leadership experience in the professional services sector. He is Managing Partner of PwC, Sydney and has advised numerous private sector businesses and governments on infrastructure, tax and policy matters.
A Member of the Trust since 2016, Joseph also plays an active role in the wider community. He is the Chair of the Centenary Institute for Medical Research in Sydney, the Deputy Chair of the NSW Institute of Sport. Joseph also serves on the Boards of Football Federation Australia and Western Sydney University.
NSW Recommended Member; appointed April 2016; and appointed as Chair July 2018.
Deputy Chair: Jean Hay AM
A lifelong resident of Manly, Jean has spent her career serving the local community, including as an elected Councillor and later as Mayor. Following three terms as Mayor of Manly (1999–2004, 2008–2012 and 2012–2016), Jean was appointed Chair of the Implementation Advisory Group for the Northern Beaches Council, and served in that role until August 2017.
Jean is a recipient of the Centenary Medal and the NSW Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government (Metropolitan Elected Representative). For her service to the community, including through local government and community groups, Jean was named a Member of the Order of Australia. Jean played a major role in the realization of Bear Cottage, the only children’s hospice in the State. Her contribution to this project resulted in her being bestowed as Benefactor of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Appointed June 2013; appointed as Deputy Chair August 2014 and April 2017; and reappointed April 2020 for 3 months.
Garth served with distinction in combat, intelligence, training and strategic roles through a 20-plus year military career, where he received numerous commendations. He went on to lead the NSW Veterans Employment Program, and under his leadership, the program employed over 500 veterans - exceeding its target by 162 per cent, 18 months ahead of schedule.
He is a now a sought after non-executive director and management consultant. He leads Trebuchet Pivot, a consultancy firm specialising in preparing and guiding business leadership teams through turbulence and crises. In this role he works with boards and executive teams across government and industry.
Garth holds a Master of Business Administration and remains an active part-time member of the Australian Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is a leader in the veteran community.
Appointed April 2017; and reappointed April 2020 for 3 months.
Josephine is a Warrimay entrepreneur from NSW. She is the founder, Executive Director and Managing Director of Big River Consulting Pty Ltd, Big River Impact Investments Pty Ltd and the Big River Impact Foundation Ltd. Josephine is a lawyer, businesswoman, orator and media commentator with more than two decades of experience working on rapid business and socioeconomic growth for Australia’s Indigenous communities.
Josephine was an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and served as the Chair of its Safe Communities Committee until 2017. She sits on the Board of Reconciliation Working Group of Google Australia. In recognition of her notable expertise, Josephine was recently selected as a Friend of the Commonwealth Treasury. Josephine worked for a decade as a lawyer in Australian courts, and has undertaken consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and non-profit organisations. Additionally, Josephine was an invited speaker at a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Representing the interests of Indigenous people; appointed June 2015; and reappointed July 2018.
Sandra has a track record in driving customer- centric business transformation and transitioning traditional organisations in rapidly evolving environments. She has extensive operational, digital, financial management and strategic experience built over 25 years as a CEO and in senior executive roles for some of Australia’s largest media companies. These include News Limited, Foxtel, Federal Publishing Company, Murdoch Magazines and Fairfax.
Since 2000, Sandra has also served as a Non-Executive Director on listed, public and private companies and government bodies. Sandra is currently non-executive director of technology companies RXP Services Ltd, MedAdvisor Ltd, IVE Group Ltd, the Sydney Fish Market, Redhill Education and Fight Food Waste CRC. She is a Director of the Sydney Harbour Foundation Management Ltd.
Appointed December 2011; and reappointed December 2012, June 2013, April 2016 and April 2019.
Tim is a strategic advisory leader who has held leadership roles in industry, government and professional services. A lawyer with qualifications in business, law and finance (including an MBA), he leads a boutique strategy advisory firm consulting clients and serves on a range of boards. Previously, Tim was the CEO of the national pharmaceutical industry body Medicines Australia and held leadership roles at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
Tim’s experience in government encompasses more than three years as a Minister’s Chief of Staff in NSW and six years in the Howard Government, including in the Prime Minister’s Office. In a community context, Tim is a Director of Mosman Rowers, Life Education NSW Ltd and Life Education Australia. He has served as the President of the Headland Preservation Group. He also helped found the Friends of Sydney Harbour in 2013.
Appointed April 2019.
A 20-year veteran of the tourism industry, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management from the University of Technology, Sydney as well as a Diploma in Social Studies from Oxford University.
Jessica’s career includes roles in private and public sector tourism organisations, both here and abroad, including Tourism Australia. During her time at the Australian Tourist Commission/ Tourism Australia, Jessica worked as Business Tourism Marketing Assistant, Dreamtime Coordinator, Marketing Development Executive (Western Hemisphere) and Project Manager Segment Development — Food and Wine.
Most recently, Jessica has been working as National Industry Development and Capability Manager with the Australian Tourism Export Council. Jessica was elected to North Sydney Council in 2017.
Representing an affected council; appointed July 2018.
Michael Rose AM
Michael is the Chair of the Committee for Sydney, an urban policy think tank that advocates better policy outcomes for Sydney. He is a lawyer by background and the former Chief Executive Partner of one of Australia’s leading law firms.
Michael has served on the boards of a number of Government, arts and not-for-profit organisations. He is Chairman of NRT Group and also sits on the board of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. He served three terms as Chair of Sydney Living Museums before stepping down in December 2018. He has a senior advisory role at UNSW and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
NSW Recommended Member; appointed September 2019.
Mary Darwell (Executive Director)
Mary became the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbour Trust in April 2017. Previously, as the Chief Executive Officer of Arts NSW, she oversaw arts and cultural strategy as well as funding. Mary has also helped lead the development of Infrastructure NSW’s cultural infrastructure strategy and led the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct initiative – a 21st Century creative hub for Australia’s internationally renowned arts companies.
Mary has held a number of roles in Government and the private sector, including heading up the economic development division in Premier and Cabinet, leading carbon and sustainability work at AGL, and working as a commercial lawyer at Mallesons Stephens Jacques. She has also held board positions for some of Australia’s key cultural organisations including Carriageworks, Sydney Festival and Sydney Film Festival.
Justin Bock (Director, Strategy and Operations)
Justin is a senior executive with 25+ years’ experience in strategy, corporate finance and general management/operations across Australia and the UK. His industry experience includes asset management, financial services and resources. His specialty areas also include asset management, mergers and acquisitions, valuations, insurance, energy and commodity trading.
Kathryn Roberts (Director, Marketing and Visitor Experience)
Kathryn is a senior marketing and communications lead with 20+ years’ experience building brands and developing innovative strategies that engage consumers and visitors in a meaningful way. Her speciality areas include consumer-centric strategies and management, managing stakeholders including customers, government and community, and building brands, products and places.
Libby Bennett (Director, Projects)
Libby is a senior heritage architect with 30+ years’ experience in the field of heritage conservation including major projects, adaptive reuse, advice on heritage issues, and design and heritage asset management. Her career has encompassed working across both private and government organisations. Prior to joining the Harbour Trust, Libby served the Department of Defence as the heritage architect for their Sydney sites. She brought this expertise and knowledge to the Harbour Trust when she joined at the agency’s inception two decades ago. Throughout her career with the Harbour Trust, Libby has been passionately and extensively involved in the rehabilitation, conservation and adaptive reuse of the Trust’s sites and heritage assets.
Daniel Sealey (Director, Planning and Environment)
Daniel joined the Harbour Trust as a town planner from the NSW Department of Planning in 2003, at a time when Harbour Trust lands were awaiting restoration. Daniel contributes to the careful fostering of the sites’ ongoing revival in ways that protect their environmental and heritage values, and which engage positively with stakeholders. His experience includes preparing plans and policies, assessing environmental impacts, managing site operational issues, and community consultation.
Elyse Jeffress (Chief Legal and Risk Officer)
Elyse is a senior legal and risk executive with 18 years’ experience advising on matters across a range of sectors from property and government through to health and aged care. She has held senior legal roles for private practices and previously served as the Director of Legal and Risk for a large not-for profit hospital provider.