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Our Executive Team


Deputy Secretary, Property and Advisory Group

Chief Executive Officer, Property NSW

Brett Newman, Chief Executive Officer

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.



Executive Director, Place Management

Sam Romaniuk, Executive Director, Strategy

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.




Executive Director, Valuation Services

Anna Welanyk - Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group

Anna has over 25 years’ international property experience delivering strategic and operational solutions for large-scale property portfolios. Anna has specialised in leading business transformation programs, including designing and implementing whole-of-business improvement and outsourcing. She has significant experience in strategic portfolio planning, asset and facilities management, commercial leasing and the delivery of capital works programs. Previously, Anna held various executive-level positions with CBRE in London, Amsterdam and Sydney. Following her appointment as Executive Director of Property NSW’s Portfolio Management Group in February 2014, Anna delivered a transformation program and was subsequently appointed Executive Director, Valuation Services, in July 2016. She has successfully implemented a number of customer service and business improvement initiatives.




Executive Director, Commercial Transactions

Dennis Szabo - Acting Executive Director, Major Projects

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.




Executive Director, Major Projects

leon Walker - Executive Director, Major Projects

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, and; the sale and leaseback of 45-61 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park.




Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group

Adam Howarth

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.




Acting Executive Director, Leasing

Steve has 25 years’ experience in asset and funds management with major Australian private- and public-sector institutions including the NSW Government, DEXUS, Stockland and Colonial First State Asset Management. Steve has strong asset management, leasing, transaction and development skills and extensive working relationships throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. Steve joined Property NSW’s Place Management division as a project director in March 2017 and was appointed Acting Executive Director, Leasing, in May 2017.




Executive Director, Operational and Housing Services

Jennifer has a wealth of experience in business transformation and in leading people through change. She has a diverse background in both scientific and technology roles across multiple agencies and extensive experience in delivering shared corporate services. Prior to joining Property NSW, Jennifer was the program director for the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s Great Place to Work initiative and she remains a strong advocate for engaged and effective people as the cornerstone of a successful business. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Information and Communications Technology and retains a strong interest in business-driven technology solutions




Executive Director, Public Works Advisory

Stuart Pickering

Stuart has more than 30 years’ experience in capital development, strategic asset management and facilities operational management across the public and private sectors. He has held executive and director-level positions for various organisations, including the Coles Group, and the Queensland and Victorian state governments across the arts, state development and health portfolios. Stuart was appointed to head of Public Works Advisory in July 2016 to assist government agencies to optimise their asset solutions.




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.