The Board

The Venues NSW Board has a strong focus on the commercial viability of Venues NSW to secure its position as independent and financially sustainable. Priorities for the Board are to deliver modern, contemporary infrastructure within sport and entertainment precincts, and present the highest quality content in New South Wales, now and into the future. 

The nine Board members are leading independent business people with a range of expertise from infrastructure and construction, sports administration, financial services, IT, customer experience, stadia management, corporate and public affairs.

Christine McLoughlin, Chairman

Appointed 30 April 2017
Christine McLoughlin is an experienced Non-Executive Director with extensive expertise across a range of sectors, including financial services, insurance, mining and resources, telecommunications, health and education. She is Chairman of Suncorp Group Ltd, and a Director of nib Holdings Ltd (since 2011) and the McGrath Foundation. She was Chairman, Stadium Australia Group (ANZ Stadium) from July 2016 to April 2017, and other former roles include Director of Whitehaven Coal Ltd, Director of Spark Infrastructure Group, Deputy Chairman of The Smith Family, inaugural Chairman of the Australian Payments Council, Director of each of Westpac’s Insurance businesses, a Director of ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation), Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission, the St James Ethics Centre and the AMP Foundation.

Ms McLoughlin’s extensive executive career includes 25 years with ASX top 30 companies including IAG, AMP and Optus. She has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) / Arts from Australian National University, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. Ms McLoughlin is also co-founder and Chair of the Minerva Network.

She is a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year with a passion for sport and community engagement.


John Quayle, Deputy Chairman

Appointed March 2012. Reappointed 30 April 2017
John Quayle is an experienced sports administrator with an extensive background in the club industry, and sports and venue management.

He was Chief Executive of the Australian and NSW Rugby League and General Manager of Venues and Precincts for the Sydney Olympic Games. He was a founding member of MI Associates and was a consultant for the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2006 Asian Games and 2007 Pan American Games.


Danny Bhandari

Appointed October 2016. Reappointed 30 April 2017
Danny Bhandari served as co-founder and CEO of Tibra Capital, a global business combining electronic securities trading with world-class technology and talent development. He is an active investor, adviser and collaborator in the areas of sport, financial technology and the shared economy. He served as the inaugural Chairman of the Sydney Thunder Advisory Board. 

Mr Bhandari founded both the Tibra Foundation and the Taj Foundation to facilitate his corporate and personal philanthropic endeavours. He is an experienced non-executive director in commercial, financial, sporting and not-for-profit areas.  


Lesley Grant

Appointed 30 April 2017
Lesley Grant is a senior business executive and non-executive director with extensive experience in the aviation industry across customer; brand; marketing; digital; operations; financial services and loyalty.  She has been CEO Qantas Loyalty since 2012 and a member of the Qantas Group Management Committee since 2009. Ms Grant is a non-executive Director for Taylor Fry Pty Ltd, a Director of Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and a member of Chief Executive Woman. She was previously a Director of Unicef Australia for eight years. 


Ian Hammond 

Appointed 30 April 2017
Ian Hammond brings considerable experience in finance and risk management to his role on the Venues NSW Board. He is a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Ltd and Perpetual Ltd, and of not-for-profit groups including Chris O'Brien's Lifehouse and Mission Australia. Ian was a Director of Citibank and a Director of Stadium Australia Group (ANZ Stadium) from July 2016 to April 2017.

He is a former partner of PwC Australia, where over 26 years, Mr Hammond held a range of senior management positions including lead partner for several major financial institutions.  He has previously been a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and represented Australia on the International Accounting Standards Board.


Phil Kearns AM

Appointed 30 April 2017
Phil Kearns is Managing Director and CEO of InterRISK Australia Pty Ltd, an equity partner business of ASX-listed Austbrokers Holdings Limited.

His former roles include Director, Stadium Australia Group (ANZ Stadium) and Director of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (12 years) and he spent more than a decade leading organisations specialising in financial services, IT recruitment and training.

Phil was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through support for charitable organisations, to business, and to rugby union at the elite level. Phil played 67 tests for the Wallabies (1989-1999) and captained the team ten times, currently commentates for FoxSports and founded non-profit organisation Balmoral Burn.  He has an Arts Degree majoring in Economics and Economic History from the University of NSW. 


Sally Loane

Appointed 30 April 2017
Sally Loane is a senior business executive and company director with extensive experience across a range of sectors including the media, financial services, food and beverage manufacturing, professional sport, community organisations and corporate affairs. She is CEO of the Financial Services Council, the peak industry body for superannuation, life insurance, funds management, advice licensees and trustee companies. 

She is a former Director of Media and Public Affairs with ASX-listed Coca-Cola Amatil, and prior to that had a 25-year career in the media as a journalist, radio and television broadcaster, and newspaper columnist. 

Ms Loane is Deputy Co-Chair of the Committee for Sydney, a Director of the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, a governor of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, an Ambassador for Business Events Sydney and a member of Chief Executive Women. She is a former Director of Waratahs Rugby and SCEGGS Darlinghurst.


Elena Potenza

Appointed 1 November 2019
Elena Potenza is an experienced Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director, with a career spanning more than 30 years in the property, construction and infrastructure industry. She has a Bachelor of Building (Hons) and Master of Commerce (Land Economics) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Oceania (RICS).

In addition to operating a Strategic Advisory consultancy in major infrastructure and construction, Elena is currently a Non-Executive Director at Tracey Brunstrom & Hammond (TBH), and a Board Member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. She formerly held Board positions at Ghella S.p.A. (Rome), Roads Australia, Taylor Construction, and NSW Government Advisory Council.

Ms Potenza’s career commenced in site engineering and, as Executive General Manager at Lendlease Engineering, she was responsible for strategy and a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of major civil infrastructure projects in Australia.

Elena was awarded CBRE Business Woman of the Year Award (NAWIC) in 2013.


Glenn Turner AM

Appointed 2 March 2012. Reappointed 30 April 2017
Glenn Turner has a 30-year career as a senior executive in the mining services, manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors in Australia, the USA, China, South America, South Africa and India. He occupies non-executive roles in public and private companies in a variety of industry and services sectors. 

He was the Chairman of the former Hunter Region Sporting Venues Authority, and is the former Chairman of the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Glenn was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the Hunter community. His input and chairmanship enabled the Hunter Medical Research Institute to become a celebrated leader in translational research focused on clinical practice, and his tireless commitment has assisted the advancement of Newcastle’s emerging city vibrancy.

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  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
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