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Our Executive Team

BRETT NEWMANBrett Newman, Chief Executive Officer

Deputy Secretary, Property and Advisory Group 

Chief Executive Officer, Property NSW

Brett joined Property NSW the Chief Executive Officer in April 2013, and is the Deputy Secretary of 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. He is on the Board of Place Management NSW 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.

 

SAM Sam Romaniuk, Executive Director, StrategyROMANIUK

Chief Executive Officer, Place Management NSW

Sam has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy, portfolio management, corporate development and direct property investment. He leads the Place Management division, responsible for managing State significant precincts including The Rocks and Darling Harbour, while balancing visitor, community and commercial expectations. Prior to this role, Sam occupied the position of Executive Director, Strategy, and before joining Property NSW in August 2013, Sam held several senior executive roles at Stockland.

 

ANNA Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group - Anna WelanykWELANYK

Executive Director, Valuation Services

Anna has extensive global experience leading teams in the planning and delivery of integrated real estate services including various executive level positions with CBRE, London. Since joining Property NSW in February 2014 as Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group, Anna delivered a raft of improvement initiatives including the development of a new service delivery solution for the management of the Government’s assets, saving taxpayers in excess of $11 million over five years. Anna was appointed Executive Director, Valuation Services, commencing July 2016.

 

DENNIS SZABODennis Szabo - Acting Executive Director, Major Projects

Executive Director, Commercial Transactions

Dennis has over 20 years experience in professional services funds management and corporate real estate. Dennis has led our Commercial Transactions team through a period of significant change and success. Dennis joined Property NSW in January 2014 with a background in senior management roles with Westpac and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers.

 

LEON WALKER

Executive Director, Major Projects

Leon has a strong background as an experienced chief operating officer, fund manager and project financier, having held Executive positions with Mirvac and Macquarie Group, domestically and abroad, across industry sectors including property, banking and infrastructure. Leon is experienced in the effective management of business operations and corporate governance processes, the development of high performing teams, management of large business transformation projects, and complex matters. 

 

ADAM HOWARTH​Adam Howarth

Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group

Adam’s property career includes the management of 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.

 

OLGA MASELLA​Olga Masella

Executive Director, Leasing

Olga has over 16 years’ experience leading and managing teams of diverse property experts, maximising commercial, financial and community outcomes in the public and private sectors. Olga was appointed to this role in July 2016 after previously occupying the roles of Acting Executive Director and Director, Commercial Transactions within Property NSW.

 

JENNIFER PALMER

Executive Director, Operational and Housing ServicesJennifer Palmer

Jennifer has a wealth of experience in managing and leading through change, having been involved in the decommissioning of Service First and the transformation initiatives for State Fleet and State Records. She has diverse public sector experience, including roles at the NSW Health Department and the NSW Attorney General’s Department. Jennifer commenced at Property NSW as Executive Director, Operational and Housing Services in July 2016.

 

STUART PICKERING​Stuart Pickering

Executive Director, Public Works Advisory

Stuart has over 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 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.

 

STUART CRAWFORD

Executive Director, Property Financial Services

Stuart has over 20 years’ experience in financial and operational management and has worked at the senior executive level 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 Property NSW’s property portfolio and has provided practical advice to the agency and other stakeholders regarding the financial and accounting implications of property strategies.
 

BILL FRITH

Executive Bill FrithDirector, Strategy

Bill has over 25 years' experience working with global organisations to develop and implement their business strategies. Bill joins us from Recall, where he was working as Senior Director, Investor Relations. Prior to taking up the role at Recall, Bill spent 10 years working for Deutsche Bank in London. During his career, Bill has executed transactions worth over $50 billion dollars.