bright* Advisory Group are a panel of industry leaders for the communities around Darling Square
Our bright* Advisory Group is a panel of trained voluntary industry leaders. The group oversee the smooth running of the program and look for strategic areas of growth to support the local community. The Advisory Group is chaired by Neil Arckless, from funding member organisation and international property and infrastructure company, Lendlease.
The Advisory group includes senior leaders from Commonwealth Bank, Places Management NSW, Committee for Sydney and Lendlease.
Neil Arckless, Head of Development NSW - Lendlease Urban Regeneration
Neil ArcklessNeil has over 20 years’ experience working in property development, project management and delivery across various large scale mixed use projects in Australia, the Middle East and the UK.
Neil has until recently been the Project Director of the $3.4b Darling Harbour Regeneration project including a 590 room 5 star Sofitel Sydney hotel, 1500 residential apartments, a 26,000sqm commercial building, accommodation for over 1500 students, a landmark community building and multiple revitalised public spaces including a new city square, urban laneways and over eighty new shops. Neil now oversees the regional team, and has a specific interest in building relationships with government and the private sector.
Some of the other major projects Neil has led include Leeds Eastgate Quarters, a £1b 10Ha mixed use Urban Regeneration project in Leeds, UK and a $1.5b retail precinct in Cairo, Egypt.
Jennifer Saiz, Executive General Manager, Property & Security - Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Jennifer SaizAt Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Jennifer Saiz is responsible for the workplace experience. This extends from the organisation’s property strategy, leasing and transaction activities, the creation and operation of CBA workplaces, to protective security, business continuity and crisis management. Jennifer leads a team of over 300 employees across the country.
Sarah Cleggett, Director Partnerships, Activation & Customer Experience - Property NSW
Sarah CleggettSarah Cleggett is a customer experience and marketing leader for retail, food & beverage and tourist destinations and is passionate about creating experiences customers love. Sarah currently leads the Customer Experience, Events, Partnerships and Marketing for Property NSW’s Place Management division which is responsible for managing State-significant precincts including The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Prior to joining Property NSW Sarah led customer experience and marketing teams at Scentre Group (Westfield) in the UK and Australia.
Eamon Waterford, Deputy CEO and Director of Policy - Committee for Sydney
Eamon WaterfordEamon Waterford is the Deputy CEO and Director of Policy at the Committee for Sydney, an influential business-led urban policy think tank. Eamon has led urban policy development across Greater Sydney and across diverse policy areas, including co-authoring Committee reports on density done well, value capture, road pricing, smart cities and affordable housing. Eamon is a passionate advocate rebalancing jobs and opportunities across Sydney.
Prior to working at the Committee, Eamon was the Head of Policy for Youth Action, the Peak Body for young people, and small and large not-for-profit agencies in the human services industry. Eamon is also a Board member of the NSW Council of Social Services.
Amanda Shaw, General Manager Social Sustainability Australia (Property + Building)
Amanda ShawAmanda is responsible for Social Sustainability across the Property and Building business in Australia. She has worked on the $3.4b transformation of Darling Harbour from the beginning and holds the renewal of this area very close to her heart.
Amanda has a passion for cities and how people connect with them. She is acutely aware of the important obligation Lendlease has to deliver something quite special for both the local community and the wider city when they are entrusted with the opportunity to renew such important spaces.
Some of the other major projects Amanda has worked on include the $7.9bn Barangaroo South development, the redevelopment of the iconic St Pancras International station in London and The Thameslink Programme, a £6bn transformation of the UK rail network.
Cara Wood, Strategic Community Development Manager, Australia (Property + Building), Lendlease
Cara is driving the strategic direction for community development across the Lendlease Australia business, for Property and Building. She is deeply committed to bringing people together, harnessing cross sector collaborations and driving impact outcomes. All too aware of the company’s social responsibility to community, the driver for Cara is a resilient local economy where people are valued and don’t feel isolated.
Brad Chan, CEO of Banna Property Group
Brad ChanBrad Chan is CEO of Banna Property Group, a 3rd generation family business with a vision to transform its shopping centres into community hubs. Brad is also founder of HaymarketHQ, a start-up hub with a particular focus on helping start-ups grow into Asian markets. The hub also provides space for events and talks around subjects such as innovation, business in Asia and promoting culturally diverse leadership.
Brad acts as a mentor to both start-ups as well as individuals and retains a personal interest in angel investing. Previously, he is on the Executive Committee of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (previously President for five years), sat on the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Advisory Committee and was the first President of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong. He currently is a Board Director of Northcross Limited, a primary school whilst also President of the school P&F and remains involved with community and local government committees. In 2018, he joined the Board of DAWN, a purpose-led business with a vision to build culturally diverse leaders in the future. In 2016, he established the Banna Foundation, the family group’s philanthropy arm which currently supports a range of charities.
Brad has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Land Economics), Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, Masters in Real Estate and Masters of Town Planning. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.