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.
Phillippa and her family are regular users of the Parklands, enjoying the venues, playgrounds and events as well as taking great pleasure from the open spaces and beautiful landscapes.
Phillippa is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and a former Artist in Residence at the Botanic Gardens where she became passionate about Centennial Parklands as a natural, sustainable and heritage place that supports community diversity, connection and celebration.
Phillippa is also member of the City of Sydney Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel and a board member at the Centre for Universal Design Australia. In this role Phillipa is keen to support the Parklands on matters relating to participation and inclusion by providing advice on the most up to date strategies and policy.
Alexander is a dedicated and passionate athlete who has had a strong connection with the Centennial Parklands for many years. Alexander is actively involved with a number of the community groups who regularly use the park and its facilities.
As former triathlete and current avid running Alexander exercises in the park on an almost daily basis, he is well placed to understand the needs of all park users – while maintaining an appreciation for the open spaces and natural landscape. This is supported by his professional career where he has strong communication and stakeholder engagement experience and a demonstrated aptitude for strategic thinking and delivering results.
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.
Harvey or his family are in the parklands for recreation most days and have also been users of the parks for school sport and family and corporate functions. Harvey lives in Randwick and manages agricultural operations throughout NSW and Queensland and this background, as well as with his late father’s work in public landscaping gives him a particular interest in the natural resources and attributes of 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.