John Lydon has been appointed as Economic Commissioner. Mr Lydon spent over 25 years working internationally for McKinsey & Company, including as Managing Partner of McKinsey Australia and New Zealand. Current roles includeIndustry Professor with the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School andco-chair of The B Team Australia’s Climate Leaders Coalition.
Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts AM said Mr Lydon’s deep leadership experience and economic expertise would be a significant asset to the Commissioner cohort, which includes social, environmental and district expertise.
“Mr Lydon’s appointment comes at a critical moment, as communities look to lift productivity and start the economic recovery, and with population and labour market shifts creating new opportunities for well-managed and sustainable growth,” Mr Roberts said.
Joining the Commission’s Executive team,and based on the Central Coast,business executive Sarah Winter has been appointed to lead the Commission’s work on the Central Coast jobs and economic strategy and the Macquarie Park innovation precinct.
Ms Winter will commence as Executive Director Central Coast and Macquarie Park on 31 January 2022.
She joins the Commission from Deloitte, where she has been Partner for Investment, Infrastructure and Impact.Earlier roles included leading teams and strategies to provide human rights policy and funding advice to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the United Nations in Haiti and PNG and the Australian Council for International Development, and she has served on children’s legal services, community housing and advocacy boards for over a decade.
The Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Mildwater said she was delighted to be adding to the Commission’s leadership team as the organisation transitions to support city shaping strategic planning and precincts for the broader city region, in addition to Greater Sydney.
“Ms Winter will drive the Commission’s work to boost jobs and economic activity on the Central Coast. She will also join an exceptional leadership team who are developing New South Wales’ innovation precincts, including Tech Central and Westmead,” said Ms Mildwater.
“Macquarie Park includes a world class university, a key regional hospital and a high-tech employment hub and we look forward to continuing work with stakeholders to realise the significant opportunities it offers.”