The Board meets regularly to guide the process of planning and implementing projects for Harbour Trust land. It has eight members including the Chair, two members recommended by the NSW Government, and a representative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Meanwhile, the day-to-day affairs of the Harbour Trust are managed by an executive team under the leadership of the Executive Director.
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; Australia’s largest professional services firm, and has advised numerous private sector businesses and governments on infrastructure, tax and policy matters.
A Board Member with the Harbour 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, and the Chair of Football Federation Australia’s Audit & Risk Committee. He also serves on the Boards of Western Sydney University and Football Federation Australia, and is an Ambassador for Business Events Sydney.
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), she was appointed Chair of the Implementation Advisory Group for the Northern Beaches Council till August 2017; this replaced the Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils in May 2016. Jean also served the newly-formed Council as Chair of the Social Committee.
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, she was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Relevantly, she played a major role in the realisation of Manly’s Bear Cottage - the only children’s hospice in NSW. Jean has been on the Board of the Harbour Trust since July 2013 and has been Deputy Chair since August 2014.
Garth is a seasoned leader whose expertise covers complex organisational structures and processes. Most notably, he carved out a distinguished 17 year career with the Australian Defence Force which included commanding soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, Garth led the NSW Government Veterans Employment Program. Under his leadership, the Program employed over 500 veterans, exceeding their target by 150 per cent. This earned Garth’s team the ‘Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans’ accolade at the 2018 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.
Garth holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a published author. Released in 2015, After the Blast chronicles his military deployments, including his recovery from wounds inflicted by an insurgent bomb attack in Baghdad in 2004. Garth is the Managing Director of Trebuchet Pivot, a consultancy firm specialising in preparing corporate leadership teams to make considered and deliberate decisions in adverse conditions. He remains an active member of the Australian Army Reserve and is a leader within the veteran community.
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.
She 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 and the Harbour Trust. 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, she was an invited speaker at a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls.
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 director of digital/technology companies RXP Services Ltd, MedAdvisor Ltd and .au Domain Administrator as well as IVE Group Ltd and the Sydney Fish Market. She is a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.
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. Her 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 worked for Restaurant & Catering Australia, specialising in food and wine tourism. During her 12 years with the industry association, she managed consumer marketing partnerships as well as the Savour Australia brand and the development of the Wine List Awards. Jessica recently joined the Australian Tourism Export Council as National Industry Development & Capability Specialist. In this role, she manages projects focused on wine tourism and the inbound Chinese market. Jessica was elected to North Sydney Council in 2017 and is currently a Councillor for the Victoria Ward.
Tim is a strategic advisory leader who has held leadership roles in industry, government and professional services. A lawyer with qualification 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 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 and has served as the President of the Headland Preservation Group. He also helped found the Friends of Sydney Harbour in 2013.
Mary Darwell (Chief Executive Officer)
Mary became the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbour Trust in April 2017. Previosuly, as the Chief Executive Officer of Arts NSW, she oversaw arts and cultural strategy as well as funding. Mary has also led the development of Infrastructure NSW’s cultural infrastructure strategy and was responsible for conceiving and realising the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct – 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 Planning)
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 Services)
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.
Stephen Alborough (Director, Property and Leasing Management)
Stephen is a property professional with over 15 years’ experience. This includes leasing as well as property and asset management across commercial, industrial, residential, recreational and retail property types. Stephen began his career in retail and sports before pursuing a career in property, and has worked within the institutional, private and government sectors. He manages a high-performing team of property and accommodation experts and shares their passion for the Harbour Trust’s work.
Daniel Sealey (Senior Manager, 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 & 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.