Chief Executive Officer
Daryl joined the Stadium in 1998 as Operations Manager nine months before construction of the Stadium was completed. He played a key role in opening the Stadium in March 1999 and was responsible for the day to day management of the Stadium, management of security, coordination of public transport for major events, crowd management and emergency management.
Daryl was also responsible for the coordination of Olympic planning and overlay for the Stadium in the two-year period prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. During the Olympic Games Daryl operated the Stadium on behalf of the Organising Committee which included the Opening Ceremony, all Track and Field events, the Men’s Football Gold Medal Play Off Match and Closing Ceremony. In 2000, Daryl took on a broader role with the Stadium and in 2003 was appointed to position of Deputy CEO.
In this role, Daryl not only continued to oversee the operation of the Stadium, he also assumed responsibility for a number of key commercial areas of the Stadium’s business. In May 2009, Daryl was promoted to the position of Managing Director.
When the Stadium reverted to Public Ownershipin 2017, Daryl became the CEO.
Prior to joining the Stadium team, Daryl worked at a number of sporting and entertainment venues in Sydney and held a senior role within the Venue Management division with the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee (SOCOG) from 1996 to 1998. This provided the opportunity for Daryl to attend and work as part of several world events such as the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics in Atlanta.
Sydney Showground – Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
Darryl was recently appointed to the role of General Manager of the Sydney Showground, the venue and event management business of the Royal Agricultural Society.
Prior to this, Darryl was the Chief Operating Officer, a position he held since 2014.
In his role Darryl is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of all departments of Sydney Showground, a world-class venue that delivers over 100 national and international events each year. Sydney Showground has partnerships with the Australian Football League and Cricket NSW, with the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS and Sydney Thunder utilising the Showground’s main arena GIANTS Stadium for their home matches. Every year, Sydney Showground delivers the RAS of NSW’s flagship event, the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show. Australia’s largest annual event, the show attracts circa 900,000 people.
Prior to his role at Sydney Showground Darryl gained extensive leadership and operational experience from a career spanning more than 13 years in the military. Since 2008, Darryl has channelled those skills into a successful career within the events, leisure, and sports venue industry.
Darryl holds qualifications in Business, Distribution, Production, Procurement and Contracting.
He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Vice President and Treasurer
Vice President of Operations NSW & ACT
Nathan Cox is an experienced Hotelier and the General Manager of Accor Hotels at Sydney Olympic Park
Nathan has over 15 years of experience in the industry, working for various hotel chains in Australia and the UK. Prior to Nathans arrival at Sydney Olympic Park, he was the Executive Assistant Manager at luxury hotel Sofitel Brisbane Central and has been with Accor Hotels for over 9 years. He has a mixture of roles within the industry and has seen him working with wotif.com, Radisson, and Kempinski Hotels.
In Nathan’s current role, he is involved in overseeing the operations of the Novotel and Ibis Sydney Olympic Park as well as the Pullman Hotel.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Business with a major in Hotel Management from Griffith University Queensland, and also an Advanced Diploma in Business Accounting.
Director of Sales
Waterview Venue in Bicentennial Park
Deanne has 17 years’ experience within the hospitality and events industry, working across unique venues, hotels and restaurants and currently working as the Director of Sales at Waterview Venue in Bicentennial Park. Prior to joining Waterview in January 2017, Deanne spent 5 years with leading hospitality and events group, Dockside Group, overseeing and leading the team at iconic waterfront venues, Waterfront, Wolfies and Italian Village. Located in the picturesque Rocks precinct within the historic Campbell Storehouses, Deanne’s primary focus was on a range of intimate and grand domestic and international events.
Deanne obtains a wealth of knowledge surrounding the event sector and is able to meticulously implement appropriate strategies for success while providing an unsurpassed level of service. Deanne is best known in the industry for exceeding client expectations and delivering seamless events time and time again.
Deanne is extremely passionate about fostering strong client and industry relationships while leading and directing her team and remaining well connected and respected within the industry. Deanne is excited to be a part of the growth and development around the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and Western Sydney.
Qudos Bank Arena
Steve Hevern is a respected venue manager and the General Manager at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney (formally Allphones Arena).
Previously, Steve was the General Manager of Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly Sydney Entertainment Centre), a role he occupied since December 2013. Before that, he was the General Manager of Perth Arena from September 2012 following the tragic passing of inaugural General Manager, David Humphreys.
Over the years, Hevern has held an AEG Ogden group role in Technical Operations and was part of the pre-opening teams at Vector Arena in Auckland and Mastercard Arena in Beijing. He has previously worked at Allphones Arena (then the Sydney Superdome) as Operations Manager for five years.
Steve is a Certified Facility Executive (CFE) and was recognised as Venue Manager of the Year 2014 by the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Limited at their annual conference and awards ceremony.
Board Member (Silver Member Representative)
Executive Director, Academic Studies
Western Sydney University – The College
Bio coming soon
Board Member (Silver Member Representative)
Chief Operating Officer
Michael has over 30 years experience in executive roles across a range of industries including Transport & Logistics, Recruitment and HR Consulting, and Sport.
Michael has been at Cricket NSW for over 12 years, initially as Chief Financial Officer and for the last 5 years as Chief Operating Officer. He has also been Company Secretary for over 10 years. Michael has led a range of projects, including the development of their new $60m world class training facility at Sydney Olympic Park – Cricket Central. He has also served on numerous Australian Cricket Steering Committees and work groups, and led the transformation of the Finance function to help build the financial strength of CNSW.
Michael is a fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Michael is a passionate sports lover (watching and playing), and is a strong advocate and believer in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.
Senior Manager – Partnerships
Better roads and transport have been a core focus of the NRMA since it was founded in 1920. Since then, the NRMA has grown to represent over 2.6 million Australians and has played a key role in the mandatory use of seatbelts, the introduction of random breath testing, the establishment of ANCAP crash testing, and lobbying for improvements to NSW and ACT roads.
This tradition of campaigning and research continues today with a growing focus on future transport solutions and tourism, while maintaining the focus on safety and infrastructure challenges affecting regional and metropolitan communities.
Before joining NRMA Sam held several senior government positions as policy and media adviser for various Federal and State government departments.
Board Member (Gold Member Representative)
Vicinity Centres – DFO Homebush
In 2018, Arsania joined Vicinity Centres as a Retail Manager. Two years later, she earned a promotion to become the Centre Manager of DFO Homebush. In her current role, Arsania demonstrates exceptional leadership across various aspects of the centre’s operations, including marketing, administration, customer relations, retailer experiences, and other income sources. Her primary responsibilities encompass ensuring the centre’s financial success, proactively managing retailers and stakeholders, and overseeing operational functions. Arsania also plays a crucial role in coaching and mentoring the on-site management and wider asset team, helping them develop the necessary skills and engagement to meet the centre’s strategic objectives.
Before joining Vicinity, Arsania accumulated over 12 years of experience in Banking and Finance. During this time, she led multiple teams, managed portfolios, and supported Business and Retail customers in achieving their financial goals and aspirations. In her previous role as a Business Customer Executive for Small Business, she led a team of 13 Small Business Bankers across the Inner West and Southern Sydney regions.
Arsania is passionate about delivering excellence in property management every day and continuously explores ways to enhance the experiences of both retailers and consumers. With her extensive career background, Arsania brings a fresh perspective, an inquisitive nature, and a growth-oriented mindset to adapt to our ever-evolving environment.
Board Member (Gold Member Representative)
Senior Asset Manager
Growthpoint Properties Australia is an ASX-listed real estate investment trust (REIT). We invest in high-quality industrial and office properties across Australia. We actively manage our portfolio, investing in existing properties to ensure they meet our tenants needs now and into the future. We are committed to operating in a sustainable way and reducing our impact on the environment.