Our Leaders

Board of directors

John Brogden


Appointed January 2012

John Brogden was appointed Chairman of UrbanGrowth NSW in January 2012.

From 2015 to 2017, John was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Prior to this, John was CEO of the Financial Services Council from 2009 to 2015 and has also been CEO of Manchester Unity and the Chairman of Abacus Australian Mutuals.

From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, John was elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role and lead a major political party in Australia.

John is the Chairman of Lifeline Australia and Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, and Kookaburra Kids.

John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.

Jim Betts


Appointed May 2017

Jim Betts is the CEO of Infrastructure NSW, an independent statutory agency that provides specialist advice to the NSW Government on infrastructure investment and prioritisation. Jim joined Infrastructure NSW following five years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Transport and four years as Victoria’s Director of Public Transport at the Victorian Department of Infrastructure. As part of his role at Infrastructure NSW, Jim led the development of more than 80 recommendations to Government of critical infrastructure for NSW—set out in the State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014.

Jim is Chairman of Infrastructure Investor Assurance Committee, reporting to Cabinet on High Profile/ High Risk projects, while providing oversight of almost 400 projects across government registered in the Infrastructure NSW assurance database.

Since the establishment of Projects NSW in 2015 Jim has also been responsible for the delivery of a number of the state’s infrastructure priorities. This has included the $3.4 billion Darling Harbour transformation along with new major projects including Western Sydney Stadium, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct redevelopment and the New Grafton Correctional Centre.

During his time in Victoria Jim was involved in the delivery of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, the overhaul of Victoria's legislative framework to integrate the planning of transport and land use, and overseeing construction of the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project.

Suzanne Jones


Appointed June 2016

Suzanne Jones brings to the Board expertise in infrastructure planning and development, environment and sustainability, organisational transformation and business growth. She has held senior executive roles involving strategic planning, major project delivery, public-private partnerships and stakeholder management, both with the NSW Government and in the private sector.

Suzanne is currently the Chair of Dial Before You Dig, the founding Chair of Waste Aid Ltd, and a Director of the University of New England Partnerships Pty Ltd.

She is also a member and former Chair of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Council and a committee member of the Australian Astronomical Observatory and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.

Suzanne’s previous directorships include TransGrid, the NSW Public Transport Authority, Parramatta Rail Link Company Pty Ltd, Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport, the Illawarra Regional Information Service and Garrigal Housing.

Suzanne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

She holds a Bachelor of Town Planning with honours from the University of NSW, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester, New York, and has undertaken a business leadership course at Harvard. 

Ken Maher


Appointed December 2014

Ken Maher is an architect, landscape architect and urban design advocate. He is a former Executive Chairman of HASSELL, Australia’s largest international multidisciplinary design practice. Ken is currently a HASSELL Fellow and a Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of NSW.

He is also a Director of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, CRC for Low Carbon Living, and IBL Limited.

He is Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, and a member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, the Transport for NSW Urban Domain Reference Group and the Australian Government’s Cities Reference Group

Ken is the National President, a Director and a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council.

He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the Australian Property Institute, and the Green Building Council of Australia. Ken holds a Bachelor of Architecture with first-class honours, a Masters of Architecture, a Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design, and a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies.

In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

Gai McGrath


Appointed June 2016

Gai McGrath has an extensive background in highly regulated, largescale businesses over a career spanning 30 years.

She spent 12 years at Westpac Banking Group, most recently leading Westpac Australia’s Retail Banking business.

She also led the Retail Banking business for Westpac New Zealand, and the Customer Service business and Risk Solutions team for BT Financial Group.

Prior to joining Westpac, Gai was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Perpetual Ltd.

Gai is currently a Director of IMB Bank, Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Ltd and Toyota Finance Australia Limited. Gai is also the Deputy Chair of the Council of the State Library of NSW, a Director and Trustee of the State Library of NSW Foundation and a member of The Salvation Army’s Territorial Appeals and Fundraising Committee.

Gai is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the INSEAD Business School International Executive Program.

She also holds a Masters of Laws (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

Matthew Quinn


Appointed August 2013

Matthew Quinn was the Managing Director of Stockland from 2000 to 2013.

Matthew’s management career with Stockland spanned 12 years, and he has an extensive background in commercial, retail, industrial and residential property investment and development.

Matthew is a Non-Executive Director of CSR Ltd, Mport Australia, Class Super, Quick Service Restaurants and the Australian Business and Community Network, and is the Chairman of Carbonxt Group Ltd.

He is actively involved in education initiatives for disadvantaged students, and is a Director of the Australian Business and Community Network Scholarship Foundation.

Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

He has a first class honours degree in Chemistry and Management Science from Imperial College, London. 

Corporate Management Team

Barry Mann

Acting Chief Executive Officer, UrbanGrowth NSW

In June 2017, Barry was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer of UrbanGrowth NSW. He has oversight of all project operations, business activities and is responsible for interfacing with Board and Shareholder Ministers.

Barry joined UrbanGrowth NSW in November 2016 as Head of Projects Portfolio. Barry was responsible for overseeing the strategy, operations and financial management of The Bays, the Western Sydney and CBD project portfolios. He was also responsible for supporting the CEO with the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

Barry has more than 30 years' experience in managing property development and construction businesses in the listed, private and government sectors. He has held local and global executive management roles overseeing operations and portfolio delivery for leading Australian property organisations including Stockland and Lend Lease. Most recently Barry was Director, Property Development and Asset Management, for the City of Parramatta responsible for $5 billion of property development activities for council-owned land.

Barry is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

Steve Driscoll

Acting Chief Executive Officer, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation

Steve was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation in June 2017.

Steve joined UrbanGrowth NSW in July 2004 and was appointed Head of CBD Projects in September 2016, where he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of several major projects within the urban transformation portfolio.

Steve has 25 years’ experience across the property and government sectors, working for state and local government organisations including Blacktown City Council, the Department of Planning and Environment and UrbanGrowth NSW. He has also previously worked in sustainability, project planning and town planning roles at a senior management level.

Steve has a Bachelor of Town Planning (Honours 1; University Medal) from the University of NSW. 

Matthew Beggs

Head of Western Sydney Projects Portfolio

Matthew Beggs was appointed Head of Western Sydney Projects Portfolio in November 2015, and oversees the organisation’s greenfields development activities. Matthew has 30 years of experience in the property and development industry, with extensive experience in the planning and delivery of large development projects, major property transactions, business development and relationship management.

Matthew joined UrbanGrowth NSW in 2002 as part of the Business Development Team, before moving into Urban Development in 2005 where he worked on the One Minto and Oran Park Town projects. He was appointed as General Manager Development Retail in 2014.

Prior to working at UrbanGrowth NSW Matthew was with the Department of Defence for six years in senior roles managing rezoning, preparation, and disposal of major Defence sites in Sydney. He also spent seven years with Australian Property Group working in various roles consulting to Federal Government clients for planning approvals, sales, leasing and acquisitions.

Matthew has a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management and a Masters of Project Management. 

Michael Brodie

Chief Financial Officer

Michael joined UrbanGrowth NSW in March 2010 as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for managing the finance, audit, risk, IT, procurement, and business service functions.

Michael is an experienced CFO and corporate executive with more than 25 years of senior financial and commercial experience in investment, aged care and property development organisations. Michael previously held senior finance positions including National Manager Property Finance at Woolworths Ltd, DCA Aged Care, Lang Corporation and RG Capital. Michael has a Bachelor of Economics, and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jillian Khoo

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Jillian was appointed as General Counsel in January 2015. Jillian is the organisation’s key legal adviser.

Jillian has worked across multiple Australian jurisdictions and a variety of real estate sectors. She has a strong background in project-specific financing, development and joint ventures, with expertise in managing a variety of internal and external stakeholders including government.

Jillian spent eight years with Australand, most recently as the National Head of Legal Services for the Residential Division, and previously as the General Manager Legal – Corporate. She worked at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons) for nine years, specialising in structured property finance, capital partnerships and development. Jillian holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics).

Lisa Rippon-Lee

Head of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Lisa joined UrbanGrowth NSW in March 2014 and is responsible for corporate affairs and stakeholder engagement, working to position the organisation as the lead government agency in the delivery of urban transformation projects. Lisa is an experienced communications and corporate marketing professional and has spent more than 20 years in corporate affairs.

Lisa has worked in a range of multinational corporations across many industry sectors, stakeholder groups, markets, languages, and cultures. Lisa’s previous roles have included senior positions in communications and corporate affairs at Glencore Xstrata, Lend Lease and The Nielsen Company.