Profiles


Christine McLoughlin

Christine McLoughlin

Chairman

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, 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. 

Appointed April 30, 2017

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John Quayle

John Quayle

Deputy Chairman

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.

Appointed 2 March 2012. Reappointed 30 April 2017

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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 30 April 2017

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Lesley Grant

Lesley Grant

Board Member

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.

Appointed 30 April 2017

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Ian Hammond

Ian Hammond

Board Member

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 is a Director of Queensland Trustee Pty Ltd, a related entity of Perpetual Ltd. He 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

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Phil Kearns AM

Phil Kearns AM

Board Member

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. 

Appointed 30 April 2017

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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

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Glenn Turner AM

Glenn Turner AM

Board Member

Glenn Turner AM 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.

In June 2019, Mr Turner was apointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List, for his significant service to the Hunter community.

Appointed 2 March 2012. Reappointed 30 April 2017

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Paul Doorn

Paul Doorn

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Doorn is the Chief Executive Officer of Venues NSW – the organisation responsible for a portfolio of publicly-owned sports and entertainment venues in NSW, including ANZ Stadium and the new Western Sydney Stadium in Parramatta.

Paul previously held senior executive positions within the Office of Sport, providing leadership and direction for NSW’s sport and active recreation infrastructure and facilities.

From 2009 to 2012, he was the CEO of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (NSW Division). He has also worked with Community NSW and NSW Department of Education.

He holds a Masters of Education from University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma, Public Administration from University of Sydney.

Read more about Paul Doorn on I work for NSW.

Appointed 1 February 2017

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Joe Achmar

Joe Achmar

Chief Financial Officer

Joe is a highly experienced finance executive. He joined Venues NSW in September 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  His responsibilities include funds and capital management, financial management, reporting, treasury, administration and the compliance functions ensuring the financial sustainability of VNSW and the achievement of commercial, operational and environment objectives. Mr Achmar has extensive property and infrastructure experience ranging from facilities management, property management and funds management having worked for Ernst & Young (8 years), AMP Capital (15 years) and most recently as CFO of the Campus Living Villages Fund (7 years).  

Appointed September 2017

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Kristin Haynes

Kristin Haynes

Chief Customer Officer

Kristin is a seasoned customer experience executive with a focus on improving customer and employee advocacy as an enabler for organisational growth. She has pioneered the design and delivery of innovative and meaningful customer experience programs across the telecommunications, banking, and media sectors. Kristin was an early adopter of the Net Promoter Score program which she launched at Vodafone Australia in 2008 and, in 2014, was the recipient of the Telstra CEO award for her innovative customer connection program. In 2017, Kristin was awarded ‘Customer Experience Leader of the Year’ at the annual CXO Leaders’ Summit for her contribution to Customer Advocacy at News Corp Australia. With a background that spans Sales, Service, and Marketing, Kristin is a passionate advocate for ensuring organisations understand their customers and can deliver positive, sustainable, and measurable change to the customer experience.     

Appointed December 2018

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Dianne Rigg

Dianne Rigg

Chief Operating Officer

Dianne Rigg has an impressive 25-year career history across the leisure, tourism, and entertainment industries, having held key senior leadership positions both nationally and internationally. Dianne has an incredible wealth of knowledge with expertise that lies in successfully driving superior operations and overall corporate performance in a highly competitive market. A transformational change agent, Dianne brings experience across internal staff transformation, creating operational efficiencies, and revitalising community engagement programs for the benefit of the general public and local communities. Prior to her appointment to Venues NSW, Dianne held several executive positions within Village Roadshow Theme Parks.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from James Cook University and was awarded an academic medal for these studies.

Appointed January 2019

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