SHBC CEO lunch – Building a resilient and self-sufficient economy

Attending the annual Sydney Hills Business Chamber CEO lunch is more important than ever for local businesses of all sizes.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejklin said: “2020 has been a challenging year for Australia, with bushfires, the ongoing drought and now COVID-19. We are only just beginning to face its economic consequences and rather than just repairing the economy, we need to think about how to rebuild it to be even more resilient and self-sufficient.”

The Sydney Hills Business Chamber is following the Premier’s lead and bringing together key industry leaders such as; Property Council Australia, Infrastructure NSW, National Australia Bank and the Hills Shire Council for an insightful panel discussion.

The Zoom event on Wednesday, September 23 will feature keynote speaker Tom Gellibrand from Infrastructure NSW, Ross Grove from the Property Council and Tapas Strickland from NAB.

They will be joined by Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne for a panel discussion facilitated by Nick Kallipolitis from Coleman Greig.

The virtual lunch will be an opportunity to hear first hand on where we are as a region, and what opportunities there are for local businesses now and in the future.

TOM GELLIBRAND as the Head of Projects NSW is responsible for the delivery of High Profile High Risk State Government infrastructure Projects. During a career spanning 25 years, Tom has held senior executive positions in the areas of strategic urban, transport and infrastructure planning. He has also led infrastructure delivery at both the state and local government level. This work has involved the coordination of the private and public sectors in the planning and development of land, the provision of urban services, and the successful delivery of major utility, transport and social infrastructure.

TAPAS STRICKLAND is Director, Economics at NAB and provides commentary and insights on the economy and financial markets. He spent some years in NAB’s London office and continues to work with NAB’s diverse range of clients, from SMEs to institutions, both in Australia and abroad. Prior to NAB, Tapas spent six years at the Reserve Bank of Australia and also worked as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising the Gillard, Rudd and Abbott governments.

ROSS GROVE is the Property Council’s Western Sydney Regional Director. He represents an industry accounting for more than 15% of all local jobs in The Hills district. He advocates for the reform of the state’s broken planning system to reduce unnecessary delays, lower costs and ensure a steady pipeline of activity to assist in the recovery of Western Sydney’s regional economy.

Prior to joining the Property Council, Ross accumulated an extensive portfolio of experience advocating for Western Sydney’s future, most recently serving as a Senior Policy Advisor with the City of Parramatta Council and as a Councillor with Cumberland Council. In previous roles, Ross provided a range of government relations advice and support to companies in the property, pharmaceutical and med tech industries in Western Sydney.

Date: September 23. Start 12.30pm.
Cost $10 members and $15 guests.
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