The Community Consultative Committee (CCC) is made up of people who are regular users of the Parklands and who wish to be actively involved in its preservation, effective utilisation and ongoing improvement.
Patrick St John (Chair)
Patrick has lived in Coogee and Randwick for the last 30 years, and is a Parklands user on a daily basis.
Patrick's use of the Parklands has evolved over the years. From pushing prams, holding family picnics, attending children’s birthday parties, teaching his daughters to ride their bikes, walking, exercising, cycling, cheering from the sidelines of school sport, walking his dogs, enjoying concerts and movies and walking the labyrinth.
Patrick believes we are incredibly lucky to have the Parklands in Sydney and that it is very important to maintain, protect and improve them for future residents. Patrick's professional background is in legal practice and management of a large professional services business. He brings to the CCC a knowledge of law, politics, infrastructure development, finance, corporate governance, organizational development, consensus building, change management, design thinking and strategy.
Peter is inspired to serve the community to both protect and improve Centennial Parklands and help make the Parklands a better place for all. His association with the Parklands spans over 30 years, today being a hub for many events and activities with family, friends and local community organisations – accessing picnic spots large and small, gardens, playgrounds, playing fields, duck ponds, bike tracks, water play, bush adventures, not to mention being the venue to celebrate both his wedding and childrens' christenings.
Peter is passionate about the Centennial Parklands as truly extraordinary places which brilliantly combine beautiful natural and man-made heritage. He is keen to increase understanding of the Parklands’ rich history and significant events, including the Federation of Australia, which makes the Parklands a very unique and special site in the history of our country.
He brings extensive professional experience to support the work of the Committee. A senior commercial and finance executive, currently at Qantas, he has particular experience in aviation, property and facilities management, strategy, enterprise risk management and restructuring, together with strong financial acumen as a Chartered Accountant.
Emily’s connection to Centennial Parklands began as a young child, when she would travel with her family from Western Sydney to the Former Showground lands for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. In 2008, Emily and her partner moved to the City of Sydney local government area – originally living in Waterloo, before moving to Redfern in 2020. During this time, Emily and her family have been frequent visitors to Centennial Parklands for a variety of recreational activities including golf, organised sport, use of the playgrounds, dining and special events.
Emily is an economist with 14 years’ experience working in agricultural and environmental consulting. She has strong interpersonal skills, and a passion for connecting and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to maximise outcomes.
Emily is genuinely passionate about the natural environment and the importance of ensuring the community (particularly in metropolitan areas, where outdoor space is often constrained) has ready-access to world-class facilities of cultural, social and environmental value.
Sydney born Sarah Nelson has lived in New York, London and Melbourne and delivered high profile public projects for the NSW government including Barangaroo and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.
A Waverley resident, married with two daughters and a new kelpie puppy, Sarah has three and a half decades of wonderful memories and diverse experiences at Centennial Parklands. Sarah is a principle driven, creative and strategic thinker passionate about the obligation of public projects in delivering practical yet inspiring outcomes for the community.
Sarah’s expertise in operations and engagement will help support the Parklands ongoing innovation and new partnerships to showcase the daily accomplishments of operating and such an important area for Sydney to enjoy.
Peter is a retired pharmacist and has been a member of the Centennial Park Residents Association (CPRA) for over 30 years, and has previously been a member of the CCC.
Mr Tzannes is also on the Members Advisory Group of the SCGT and alternate to the Trust Advisory Group of the SCGT.
Andrew is a frequent user of the Parklands and its sport and recreation facilities. He has been a regular golfer and board member of Moore Park Golf Club, holding the positions of Vice President, Club Manager and Treasurer. He is a daily user of the park for personal fitness cycling. His family also enjoy the open space and the facilities and events hosted within the parklands.
Andrew has 25 years of professional engineering and commercial experience working on major transport infrastructure, energy and industry projects. Andrew’s expertise spans asset and project life cycle management, business administration and accountancy . Andrew is committed to supporting the Parklands for the diverse benefits it provides to the whole community.
Sharon is an active local resident and walks in the park daily with her old dog Spud. She is an urban beekeeper and member of the Sydney Bee Club. Sharon is passionate about the interaction the Parklands and local environment plays in the lives of so many people in Sydney.
Sharon is a strategic thinker and in her professional life has many years’ experience in stakeholder and change management in complex environments. She keeps the Parklands connected to the southern border local community context.
Sharon is a non-executive director of a national NFP public health advocacy organisation, an experienced technology executive and community diversity champion.
Tricia Klinger is a Woollahra resident of 20 years and regular Centennial park runner. As a third generation Centennial Parklands advocate, Tricia is passionate about ensuring the parklands continue to be maintained and improved for the pleasure and leisure of future generations of Australians.
Tricia is a professional Non Executive Director and brings to the CCC extensive experience in corporate governance, marketing and communications.
Megan Brewer is a Queens Park resident who uses the Parklands daily with her two young daughters, husband and ridgeback dog. As a mother recently returned from maternity leave, she could regularly be seen pushing her young daughters in a pram around Grand Drive, supervising them in the playgrounds (flat white in hand), or letting the dog play off leash in Queens Park.
As a management consultant and former diplomat, Megan brings strong strategy experience and community consultative skills to her role on the CCC.
Megan is keen to increase the connectivity of the Parklands with the local area, and to ensure it continues to be sustainably-managed for the benefit of future generations. She looks forward to creating many more years of happy memories in the Parklands.
Maddy and her partner have lived in Redfern and Surry Hills since they moved to Sydney from New York a few years back. She is a Parklands user on a daily basis for walks/runs with her partner, bootcamp workouts with her gym crew, yoga or biking. As a certified yoga teacher, she also takes donation yoga & meditation classes for the community. She brings her 8 month old kelpie puppy to the Centennial dog park and has celebrated many occasions like birthdays and summer picnics in Centennial Parklands.
Maddy believes that spending time in nature is important for mental and physical wellbeing. Having lived near Central Park in New York and contributing to the Central Park Conservancy, Maddy continues to use her professional skills to support the cause of Environment and Ecology. Maddy is also a Committee Member of the James Street Reserve Community Garden and supports in administrative tasks and garden upkeep.
Professionally, Maddy has ~11 years of experience as a Management Consultant, specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions, Executive Remuneration and Board Advisory. Her work involves analysing and interpreting data, regulations and financial information to prepare reports and advise Boards and Executive Management on strategic business decisions including in specific contexts like acquisitions, divestitures, integrations.
She has global experience in advising Private Equity clients, Boards and Management teams. Maddy does pro bono consulting for social enterprises and is actively engaged with supporting initiatives promoting Diversity and Inclusion.