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News | The Greater Cities Commission welcomes Stephanie Barker into the role of Head of Strategic Planning, and Petra Andrén as Head of Innovation Districts, as the Commission embarks on delivering the Six Cities Region for NSW.

Stephanie Barker has most recently served at the Western Parkland City Authority as Chief Planner and lead for the Delivery Office of the Western Sydney City Deal. She previously worked to develop and deliver major strategic city-wide plans as Executive Director of City Planning Strategy for the then Greater Sydney Commission, for which she was awarded 2019 PIA NSW Planner of the Year.

Commencing in August, Ms Barker will return to the Commission on secondment as Head of Strategic Planning to oversee the delivery of the Six Cities Region Plan, alongside the development of City Plans.

Petra Andrén is a global business executive, former CEO of Cicada Innovations, an innovation leader, experienced board member and tech investor with more than 20 years of experience. She will also begin at the Commission this month, stepping into the role of Head of Innovation Districts, to maintain the momentum of growth and collaborative opportunities across the innovation ecosystem, which include the Commission’s Tech Central, Westmead Health & Innovation District and Macquarie Park.

“Strategic planning and thriving innovation districts form the foundation of the Six Cities vision, so it is terrific to have Stephanie and Petra join us at this pivotal time,” said Greater Cities Commission CEO Elizabeth Mildwater.

“Globally significant innovation districts, such as Tech Central and Westmead Health and Innovation District, demonstrate the advantages of place-based collaboration championed by the Commission. Both Petra and Stephanie have the skills, experience and depth of knowledge the Commission requires to maintain our momentum, and I am excited to welcome them to our executive team,” said Ms Mildwater.