Our 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 seven 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.


Ian Hammond

Ian Hammond

Chair

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.

Appointed 30 April 2017. Reappointed 23 June 2020.


Danny Bhandari

Danny Bhandari

Board Member

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 environments.   

Appointed 1 August 2016. Reappointed 23 June 2020.


Noel Cornish AM

Noel Cornish AM

Board Member

Noel Cornish AM is Chairman of Snowy Hydro Ltd, Chairman of IMB Ltd and holds non-executive directorships of Forestry Corporation NSW and UOW Global Enterprises. His former roles include National President of Ai Group, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Chief Executive of BlueScope Ltd’s Australian and New Zealand steel manufacturing businesses and President NorthStar BHP LLC in Ohio USA.

Noel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for his outstanding service to business leadership and the community. He has a Bachelor of Science (Metallurgy) and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Newcastle. He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed 23 June 2020.


Rosheen Garnon

Rosheen Garnon

Board Member

Rosheen Garnon has extensive professional services expertise with over 29 years’ experience in the accounting industry. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Rail Track Corporation; Chair of Alexium International Group Limited; and a non-executive director of Resolution Life Australia. She was recently appointed Chair of the Board of Taxation. She is a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, a Non-Executive Director of The Smith Family, and a Non-Executive Director of Creative Partnerships Australia.

Rosheen was formerly a senior partner with KPMG and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting Major) and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rosheen is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Appointed 23 June 2020.


Lesley Grant

Lesley Grant

Board Member

Lesley Grant is a non-executive director with extensive senior executive experience in the aviation industry.

Ms Grant was a member of the Qantas Group Executive Management Committee from 2009 - 2019.  She held several senior executive roles including Group Executive Customer and Marketing; Chief Executive Qantas Loyalty and Group Executive People Culture and Corporate Affairs. 

Her experience has been specifically in customer experience; digital marketing; leading transformation programmes; managing large scale operations across multiple jurisdictions; financial services; building new business ventures and loyalty programmes.  

Ms Grant was previously a Director of Unicef Australia for 9 years; Qantas Foundation;  Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Taylor Fry Pty Ltd.  She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Appointed 30 April 2017. Reappointed 23 June 2020.


Phil Kearns AM

Phil Kearns AM

Board Member

Phil Kearns 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. 

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

He has an Arts Degree majoring in Economics and Economic History from the University of NSW. 

Appointed 30 April 2017. Reappointed 23 June 2020.


Sally Loane

Sally Loane

Board Member

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.

Appointed 30 April 2017. Reappointed 23 June 2020.


  • Venues NSW
  • ANZ Stadium
  • Bankwest
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre