Chief Executive Officer
Daryl joined ANZ 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 Ownership last year (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 a number of world events such as 1996 Olympics and Paralympics in Atlanta.
Pullman Hotel at Sydney Olympic Park
Nathan Cox is an experienced Hotelier and has recently been appointed General Manager of the Pullman Hotel 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 Accorhotels 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Royal Agricultural Society
Darryl is the Chief Operating Officer for Sydney Showground, the venue and event management business of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), a position he has held since 2014.
In this role Darryl is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of all operational 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 channeled 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.
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.
Director, Place Management
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Susan Skuodas has a career history of over 20 years in the public and private sectors, with experience in stakeholder relations, strategic planning, community engagement, communications, customer engagement, program development, hospitality, event planning and delivery.
As the Director, Place Management at Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Susan oversees the Place team that focuses on delivering high quality, effective and sustainable place outcomes and customer experiences to activate public spaces, build a strong sense of community and drive visitation and engagement.
Susan joined Sydney Olympic Park Authority in 2004. During this time, she has driven reviews of the Authority’s vision for Sydney Olympic Park, corporate strategy, brand strategy, sustainability plan, staff engagement and digital communications. She has overseen the Authority’s corporate communications, stakeholder relations, international visits programs and community engagement strategies, and was heavily involved in the review of Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030.
Over the past 14 years, Susan has showcased Sydney Olympic Park and the legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games to delegations from across the world, including Olympic host cities Athens, Beijing, London, Brazil, and most recently Japan. She facilitated the visit by Dr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee in April 2015 and was involved in Prince Harry’s visit in June 2017. Susan was invited to present at the Sasakawa Sports Federation Olympic Legacy Symposium in Tokyo, Japan in June 2016 and represented the NSW Government at meetings with senior officials from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and organising committees for Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
Susan is highly skilled in diplomacy and building relationships and communication strategies that inform and engage with the diverse stakeholders that make up Sydney Olympic Park and the neigbouring precincts of the Olympic Peninsula. These stakeholders include international, federal, state and local goverment and, community organisations, companies based in Sydney Olympic Park and their employees (and those with a commercial interest in the area), sporting organisations, developers, investors, residents, students, tourists and leisure visitors.
Susan has a thorough understanding of how events and stakeholder engagement can drive urban renewal and deliver significant and lasting benefits for the community.
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Board Member (Shared Role)
The GPT Group
Ken is a Development Director with The GPT Group.
He has extensive experience in the creation and development of complex retail and urban projects with a focus the retail, leisure, entertainment development sector for the past 30 years.
Ken studied economics and urban geography and has a deep interest in the workings and functioning of our urban environment, particularly how social, economic and cultural shifts are translated into profitable retail and town centre environments.
Board Member (Shared Role)
Senior Development Manager
The GPT Group
Ben has worked in the real estate sector for over 19 years working in development, asset & property management, sales & leasing in both the public and private sectors.
Ben has experience with residential, commercial, industrial and retail property and in depth knowledge of Victorian state government transport sector.
Board Member (Secretary and Silver Member Representative)
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Gift & Homewares Association
Wayne is the CEO of the Australian Gift and Homewares Association which has been based in the precinct for more than 12 years.
AGHA is the peak national industry association representing thousands of wholesalers and retailers in the gift, homewares and fashion sectors. AGHA organised the first event at the Sydney Showground in 1998 and is responsible for running major gift fairs annually at the Showground and is a major supporter of Sydney Olympic Park.
Before commencing at AGHA Wayne was Director, Meetings and Events, Australia & New Zealand for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and prior was National Manager of Events and Publishing at the Australian Water Association for more than seven years.
Wayne has more than 25 years’ experience in the major exhibitions and events as Managing Director of some of leading industry businesses including Total Concept Exhibitions, Haymarket-IPMG Events and Special Events Management.
Wayne has taught business management and events at some of Australia’s leading tertiary institutions and is heavily involved in the not-for-profit and membership based sectors.
Board Member (Silver Member Representative)
General Manager, Operations
Sydney Kings Basketball
Lorraine Landon has enjoyed a life time involvement in all levels of basketball both in Sydney and Australia and internationally. An accomplished sports administrator well-versed in sports leadership from club to international level.
Lorraine was involved with the commencement of both the NBL and WNBL in 1979 and 1981 respectively. With the merger of the two Sydney teams in the NBL in 1981, Lorraine was General Manager of the Sydney Kings between 1988 and 1998.
Lorraine Landon was responsible for the delivery of the 1998 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Sydney.
Appointed Competition Manager for basketball for the Sydney Olympics and Sydney Paralympics, Lorraine was responsible for the delivery of the Olympic basketball competition and the wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and basketball for Intellectual Disability athletes in the Paralympics. The IOC acknowledged the delivery of the basketball competition with the awarding of the IOC Golden Olympic Rings in recognition of services rendered to the Olympic Movement for the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the sport of basketball.
FIBA awarded Lorraine the FIBA Merit Award in November 2000 in recognition of management of the basketball competition in the Olympics.
Appointed by FIBA in 2002 as the Commissioner for Women’s basketball, a position held until 2014.
Lorraine was also awarded the IOC Women in Sport award in 2004.
Following the Olympics, Lorraine was appointed as General Manager of National Teams and Competitions with Basketball Australia a position held until September 2012.
Was responsible for the development of the High Performance program for all national teams including the Australian Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair basketball teams. During this period the Australian teams won Gold medals in 2008 Paralympics and 2010 World championship, silver medals in 2004 and 2012 Paralympics for men and silver medals for the women in 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics. Have attended 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics and World Championships in 2006 and 2010. FIBA also appointed Lorraine as a Technical Official for three Olympics – 2004, 2008, 2012. Was manager of the Australian Opals at 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
For her contribution to basketball and wheelchair basketball Lorraine was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours in January 2011 and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in December 2011.