The Members of the Trust are non-executive directors appointed by the Minister for the Environment. In accordance with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001, this body consists of eight members including the Chair as well as two members recommended the NSW Government, one representing the interests of First Nations People, and another who is an elected member from an affected council. Two positions are currently vacant.
The Executive Team is comprised of six directors under the leadership of an Executive Director. The Executive Director is appointed by the Minister on the recommendation of the Members of the Trust and manages the affairs of the agency subject to the directions and policies of the Trust.
The Members of the Trust meet regularly to guide the process of planning and implementing projects on Harbour Trust lands.
Joseph is a highly-respected business leader, with a 30-year career leading professional services firms (most recently as Managing Partner at PwC). He has supported a range of clients in both the public and private sector, as a trusted advisor able to consider the strategic, operational and societal impacts of decisions and transactions.
Joseph now commits to a number of public and not for profit boards as well as a strategic advisor to a number of businesses. He is Chair of the Harbour Trust, Chair of the Centenary Institute for Medical Research and Deputy Chair of the NSW Institute of Sport, as well as a board member of Western Sydney University and Football Australia.
Some of the sectors supported by his advisory experience include consumer products, government regulated sectors (health and life sciences, energy, transport, water) and property/precinct and place based developments. His specific expertise covers taxation, strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance, business performance, customer engagement/digital, organisational culture/high performance, M&A and privatisation.
NSW Recommended Member; appointed April 2016; and appointed as Chair July 2018; reappointed July 2021.
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 currently serves as Executive General Manager at the Menzies Research Centre. Tim was earlier 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 and Life Education Australia. He previously served as the President of the Headland Preservation Group. Tim also helped found the Friends of Sydney Harbour in 2013.
Appointed April 2019.
Brad Manera is the senior historian and curator at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park. He has worked in museums for over 40 years.
His career began at the Western Australian Museum. In 1991, he was among the first curators recruited to develop the National Museum of Australia. From the National Museum, he moved to the Australian War Memorial to build the post-1945 conflicts gallery. The opportunity to add the Hyde Park Barracks Museum to the World Heritage List brought him to Sydney and, since 2011, he has provided the historical content for the Anzac Memorial for the centenary of the Great War.
A keen public historian, he has featured in many documentaries and leads tours to historic sites. His latest book, In That Rich Earth (2020), interprets 100 international battlefields on which men and women from NSW have served.
Appointed July 2021
Carolyn has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments, as a leader in infrastructure, environment, transport, planning, regional development, health, and human services. Carolyn was Secretary of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for 5 years, with responsibility for nine of the NSW government’s key portfolios: planning, environment, resources, housing, energy, water, local government, arts and heritage. Carolyn has led the development and implementation of major policies and programs, including the establishment of Infrastructure Australia and the Commonwealth’s Nation Building program, as well as the NSW government’s first long-term transport master plan. She has a strong track record in working with key stakeholder groups in both the community and business sectors to achieve win - win outcomes.
Carolyn led the recent review of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, has been appointed by the Commonwealth Government as Commissioner overseeing a public inquiry into Norfolk Island Regional Council, and is a non-executive director of Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre and has sat on the Boards of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Infrastructure NSW and the Greater Sydney Commission.
Appointed July 2021
Michael is the Chair of the Committee for Sydney, an urban policy think tank that advocates better policy outcomes for Sydney. He is also Chairman of Greater Sydney Parklands, a NSW Government body responsible for several significant urban parks in Sydney.
Michael has served on the boards of a number of corporate, 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.
Linda Ward (Interim Executive Director)
Linda was appointed the Interim Executive Director of the Harbour Trust in March 2021. She joins the Harbour Trust from the Parliamentary Budget Office, where she was the Head of the Fiscal Policy Analysis Division. Additionally, she led the agency as the Acting Parliamentary Budget Officer throughout 2020, supporting parliament to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the budget.
Previously, Linda was a senior executive at the Commonwealth Treasury, working in the Individuals and Indirect Tax Division of Revenue Group and International Policy and Engagement Division of Macroeconomic Group. She has also worked as an economic adviser to a senior Cabinet minister and as a senior macroeconomist at BHP Billiton.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney, a Master of Public Policy from the National Institute for Policy Studies (Japan), and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance from the University of Canberra.
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.
Graham Izod (Director, Assets and Parklands)
Graham has more than 25 years’ experience in Construction/Building Services and the Facilities Management industry. His knowledge spans the whole building lifecycle from concept and design through to construction and operations. Graham has managed facilities across numerous industries including government, finance and entertainment. He began his career with a mechanical services company installing ductwork, and later managed installation projects, before moving to Tier 1 Construction organisations where he managed building services for large construction sites.
In the twenty years since 2000, he has accrued extensive senior management experience in construction and facilities management, overseeing teams on a local through to national level on both the client side and as the representative as the outsourced provider.Graham’s strengths include operational leadership, asset management, PMO, governance, stakeholder engagement, vendor/contract management and change management – all with WHS leadership at the forefront. He is a passionate advocate for best practice and safe work environments and is committed to creating environments that not only resonate with people but have high tenant retention.