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Our Executive Team

BRETT NEWMAN

Deputy Secretary, Property and Advisory Group

Chief Executive Officer, Property NSW

Brett joined Property NSW as Government Property NSW’s Chief Executive Officer in April 2013 and is the Deputy Secretary of the Property and Advisory Group. He leads the NSW Government’s owned and leased property portfolio, which generates revenues in excess of $500m per annum.

Brett is Chair of the Teacher Housing Authority and the Strategic Property Transactions Committee, and participates in a number of government-wide strategic steering committees. Prior to leading Property NSW, Brett held a number of senior executive positions with organisations such as Blackstone, Westpac, Stockland, Challenger and Macquarie Bank.

Brett was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2017 for outstanding public service to property and asset management in New South Wales.

 

SAM ROMANIUK

Executive Director, Place Management

Sam has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy, portfolio management, corporate development and direct property investment. He leads Property NSW’s Place Management division which is responsible for managing State-significant precincts, including The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Sam joined Property NSW in August 2013 and previously held the position of Executive Director, Strategy. Prior to joining Property NSW, Sam held several senior executive roles at Stockland.

 

 

 

NAVEEN CHANDRA

Executive Director, Strategy 
 

Naveen has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy and business transformation across the banking, advisory and government sectors, having previously held senior positions at National Australia Bank, PwC, GE Capital, KPMG and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Naveen joined Property NSW in June 2015 as Director, Strategy. He has contributed significantly to property reform and strategic initiatives across Government, including development of policies to improve asset management, enhance capital efficiency and accelerate housing supply. Naveen was appointed Executive Director, Strategy in January 2018, driving the Strategy team’s focus on whole-of-government policy reform, corporate planning and strategy implementation.
 

 

DENNIS SZABO

Executive Director, Valuation Services 

Dennis has more than 20 years’ experience in professional services, funds management and corporate real estate. Dennis has led Property NSW’s Commercial Transactions team through a period of significant change and success since joining the organisation in January 2014. Dennis has a background in senior management roles with Westpac and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers.

 

 

LEON WALKER

Executive Director, Development and Transactions 

Leon has been with Property NSW since July 2015 following a career in property and banking that has included roles as a chief operating officer, fund manager and project financier. He has held executive positions with Mirvac and Macquarie Group, both domestically and abroad.

Since joining Property NSW, Leon has led a number of significant government projects, including: the lease of 62,000 square metres of commercial space at 4 Parramatta Square, Parramatta; the sale and leaseback of 32 Mann Street, Gosford; the strategic review and assessment of future uses for government-owned sites in the Macquarie Street East Precinct; the divestment by way of long-term lease of 85,000 hectares of environmentally and culturally sensitive former Murrumbidgee grazing land to the Nature Conservancy and Nari Nari Tribal Council; and, the sale and leaseback of 45-61 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park.

 

 

ADAM HOWARTH​

Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group

Adam’s property career includes managing portfolios for global organisations such as Westpac, Telstra and ANZ, with responsibility for providing integrated transaction, asset and facility management services. His experience extends from property acquisitions and divestment to the development and implementation of strategic property accommodation solutions and the integrated management of property services.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA McGIVERN 

Executive Director, Operations 

Samantha has an extensive background in c-suite roles with hands on financial, operational and strategic roles in large corporates as well as privately owned businesses. Prior to joining Property NSW in 2018, Samantha was the Director/ Chief Financial Officer at the Public Service Commission (PSC). Samantha is also a Chartered Accountant who holds a Masters of Commerce and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors. 

 

 

REBECCA FOX ​

Acting Executive Director, Public Works Advisory

Rebecca joined Property NSW’s Strategy team in 2015 and has been with Public Works Advisory since its inception in July 2016, most recently as the Acting Executive Director. With academic qualifications in Economics, Law and Bioethics, Rebecca has a diverse background covering first tier corporate environments, the public sector and small business.  Sound legal, operations and risk management experience underpin the significant role she has played in the transformation of Public Works Advisory.

 

STUART CRAWFORD

Executive Director, Property Financial Services

Stuart has more than 20 years’ experience in financial and operational management and worked as a senior executive in the property, private equity, investment banking and finance industries. Since joining Property NSW in July 2014, Stuart has managed the financial and managerial reporting for the Property and Advisory Group’s business portfolio. He has provided practical advice to the agency and other stakeholders regarding the financial and accounting implications of property strategies.