Staff

Growth Corporation Team

The Growth Corporation has been set up as a lean strategic program management office that is staffed by a small number of permanent employees and draws on resources from existing Diocesan organisations and our partner organisation, SDG, to progress the work of the Growth Corporation.

Ross Jones (circle)

Ross Jones

CEO Growth Corporation
P: 9265 1565 M: 0413 019 893
E: ross.jones@sydney.anglican.asn.au

Ross joined the Diocese as the inaugural CEO of the Growth Corporation in September 2019. Previously, Ross worked for 29 years in major infrastructure development; 9 years in Government and then 20 years in engineering consulting with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) and then global consultancy Jacobs, when it bought SKM. Ross is one of two NSW Government Mentally Healthy Workplace Ambassadors due to the work he has done in changing attitudes and practices towards mental illness in the engineering and construction industries.

Ross has held a range of domestic, regional and global business leadership, operational, client and project management roles and was a Company Director of Jacobs. Ross has worked in project management and project governance roles on predominantly major energy, road and rail transport design and environmental projects along the full life cycle of the projects from strategic business case, through concept to detailed design and then construction. 

Ross joined the Growth Corporation in the hope that the skills and background built up in his secular career might make a difference to the way the Diocese plans, designs and funds property initiatives to have a positive impact on ministry and evangelism. He is a firm believer in teamwork and is keen to enhance collaboration between relevant Diocesan organisations and parishes to further the Kingdom.

Ross attends Narrabeen Anglican Church, is married to Sarah and has 4 kids. He is studying towards a Diploma of Biblical Theology at Moore.

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Erica Crout

Executive Assistant to the CEO
P: 9265 1611
E: exc@sydney.anglican.asn.au

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Tim Green

Manager of Operations,
Growth Corporation
P: 9265 1542 M: 0410 046 774
E: tdg@sydney.anglican.asn.au

Tim is Manager of Operations. Supporting the CEO, Tim works to implement Growth Corporation’s Strategic Plan.  Tim’s background is in statutory and strategic urban planning and he has worked in both the public and private sectors.

 

Tim also works as a Student Minister at Bulli Anglican Church and is in his final year of studying a Masters of Christian Ministry through Crosslands (UK). 

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Kim Wares

Manager, Communications and Fundraising,
Growth Corporation
P: 9265 1613 M: 0410 053 556
E: kxw@sydney.anglican.asn.au

Kim is a Fundraising and Communications professional with over 15 years’ experience and has specialised in the not-for-profit sector. She believes that a clear and concise message helps create loyal and committed supporters who understand the vision and mission of the organisation.

Kim has a Bachelor of Communications and Marketing and has worked at Anglican Media, Anglicare, Guide Dogs NSW & ACT and most recently at CMS NSW & ACT as the Fundraising Manager.

Kim is currently at St Marks Anglican Church Berowra where her husband is serving in a locum position.

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Trish Graham

Secretary, Growth Corporation
E: corporatesecretary@sydney.anglican.asn.au

Trish is a governance professional with over 10 years’ experience, and 5 years’ providing company secretarial support to boards and committees, primarily in the not-for-profit sector. She has a passion for governance and loves to help organisations achieve their unique purpose. 

Trish loves using her governance experience to support the work of the Diocese, and her role with the Growth Corporation is to ensure the Board is well supported as it strives to achieve its strategic objectives. 

Trish is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Certificate in Governance. Trish attends Village Church at Annandale.

Scott Lincoln

Manager, Parish Property Services,
Western Sydney, Georges River & Wollongong Regions
P: 9265 1633 M: 0450 007 079
E: sxl@sydney.anglican.asn.au

Scott has been with SDS for 15 years. He is a member of St George North parish where he serves as bible study co-leader and on the sound ministry.

Scott is a qualified town planner, having previously worked in local government assessing development applications, and as a strategic land use planner.

Scott is the point person for parishes for all property-related matters in the Western, Georges River and Wollongong regions assists the Growth Corporation with property strategy and development. He also serves the Mission Property Committee in relation to greenfield church projects.

Scott enjoys helping volunteers in addressing property issues that are common across many parishes in which we can all learn from each other. He is passionate about helping parishes to apply for government grants in relation to property improvements (like solar energy and battery storage).

Penny Barletta

Manager, Parish Property Services,
Northern and South Sydney Regions
P: 9265 1561 M: 0423 895 810
E: pxb@sydney.anglican.asn.au

Penny is in her second round working for the Sydney Diocese having spent the past 3 years in her current role. Her first stint was between 2007-2009 when she fulfilled a similar role. Penny attends Northside Baptist Church.

Penny brings a diverse background to her role. She has had experience across education, small business and corporate, in not-for-profits, Christian organisations and churches. Penny has been a high school teacher, run a community services program for homeless people, been a parish administrator, a café owner/operator and is currently on a Crown cemetery board. Her recent tertiary qualifications include a Masters in Education (Social Ecology), a Grad Dip in Management and a Grad Cert in Pastoral Supervision. 

Penny is the point person for parishes for all property-related matters in the Northern and South Sydney regions that involve the ACPT as the trustee property owner, or the Growth Corporation regarding property strategy and development.

Penny finds property fascinating, and is highly motivated to help parish office holders fulfil their responsibilities and get good outcomes for now and the future, and have property that reflects and is useful for the core work of churches.

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Richard Ollerhead

Managing Director,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

As SDG’s Managing Director, Richard is focused on unlocking the potential of people and property to honour God and serve both local and global communities. He brings a person-centred approach to his work, fostering long-term relationships to deliver successful outcomes. Prior to SDG, Richard worked for Anglicare Sydney, where he implemented a portfolio approach to property development while leveraging the expertise of internal and external stakeholders. He played a lead role in Anglicare’s successful bid for funding in the second round of the State Government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF#2) program. A registered architect, Richard has founded, managed and consulted to a range of real estate-related businesses and organisations over the past 25 years. He has a breadth of experience across the fields of design, property development, education and social development.

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Amanda Thomas

Chief Financial Officer,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Amanda is an experienced CFO with a professional career of over 30 years spanning the UK and Australia with both CGMA and CPA qualifications. She has worked across many industries from aeronautical and automotive to healthcare and, more recently, disability. Many of these organisations have had complex financial structures, providing her with broad experience of financial infrastructure. In her most recent role at The Northcott Society, Amanda was responsible for all NDIS claiming, facilities, IT, Procurement and Finance. As such, she brings extensive experience of managing SDA relationships and leading development projects for new and existing facilities. Amanda has a keen interest in serving her community, and volunteers as a Guide Leader in her spare time.

Jai Sharma

Chief Commercial Officer,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Jai is a seasoned impact investment specialist with a career spanning investment banking, superannuation, social entrepreneurship and ministry. Prior to joining SDG, Jai was co-founder of Embassy Property Advisors, an advisory company assisting Not-For-Profit organisations to redevelop underused land holdings. Jai honed his skills while working at Christian Super on their impact investment portfolio. He later served as an executive director at Brightlight Investment Management, where he worked on several landmark transactions within affordable housing, church renewable energy retrofits and disability housing. Prior to these roles, Jai founded a small but pioneering rehabilitation ministry in India, as well as an online social enterprise fashion retail business, which was acquired in 2016.

Ryan Miller

Head of Client Partnerships and Strategy,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Ryan is an experienced innovator, human centred designer and strategist with a passion for building stronger communities, activating spaces and enriching lives. He has 20 years’ experience gleaned across the fields of Service Innovation, Brand Management, Business Development, Property Development and Market Research within the property, not-for-profit, aged care, education and FMCG sectors. Prior to SDG, Ryan worked for 9 years at Anglicare Sydney, most recently as Head of Customer Strategy and Innovation. In this role, he had oversight for the initiation and development of many new service models and property design concepts across seniors living, affordable housing and integrated settings, embedded a human-centred approach to innovation. He considers the successful tender for funding and subsequent delivery of 550 social and affordable dwellings as one of his most memorable achievements at Anglicare. Ryan holds a PhD in Marketing, awarded by UNSW, and a Business Science Honours degree from the University of Cape Town. 

Anne Duggan

Program Specialist,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Anne is an experienced infrastructure, construction and real estate professional with a 20+ year track record of delivering exceptional results. She has held senior roles (Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Commercial Director, Risk Director, Development Director) in organisations delivering major project portfolios including Suez Environnement, Landlease, Macquarie Capital and various NSW government agencies. She was a partner in the KPMG Infrastructure and Real Estate team in Sydney, and has advised on projects in Australia, New Zealand, and across Asia. Anne is a trusted adviser to Not-For-Profit entities across the social and affordable housing sector, and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Haven Home Safe board in Victoria. Anne is a solicitor, admitted to practice in NSW, and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

 

Garth Greenaway

Development Specialist,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Garth is a skilled senior executive, with 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector across a variety of asset classes and functions. He has held senior development roles across several top tier firms and agencies, most recently as Director, Portfolio Development with the NSW Land and Housing Corporation. In this role, he had responsibility for all investment and divestment recommendations to investment committees and played a key role in restructuring and improving business operations.  Garth has proven commercial leadership capabilities with a strong track record and reputation for consistently delivering outstanding outcomes. He is a skilled problem solver with extensive experience in complex transaction negotiation, end to end delivering of major mixed-use developments, and portfolio and business management. He finds great satisfaction in working closely with clients and partners to accomplish exceptional results.

Richard Huynh

Senior Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Richard is a qualified architect, with more than 20 years’ experience in the property industry and a Masters in Property Development from UNSW. Over this period he has gained in-depth experience in the delivery of medium density and mixed use residential, aged care, retirement living and commercial projects. Richard has led projects for large and small organisations and is proficient at applying his skills to achieve holistic balance between commercial imperatives and design quality to deliver project success. Richard has an interest in housing affordability, shaped by his role at Anglicare Sydney prior to joining SDG. He was a Lead Development Manager in the organisation’s successful bid for funding to develop, own and operate 550 social and affordable housing apartments across ten sites.

Lachlan Sheehan

Senior Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Lachlan has more than 12 years’ experience across a variety of roles in both the public and private sector including Development Manager, Design Manager, Project Manager and Landscape Architect. He has a post-graduate degree in Property Development and Planning from UTS and has worked on a variety of multi-disciplinary design and development projects in both Australia and China. Prior to joining SDG, Lachlan worked with Communities Plus as a Development Manager for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation. He also co-founded Embassy Property Advisors, an advisory company assisting not-for-profits redevelop underutilised land assets. Lachlan is passionate about improving the environmental and social sustainability of our built environment, the experience of living and working in our towns and cities, and housing affordability.

Jason Squires

Senior Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in the property industry. He has performed a variety of roles across private and not-for-profit organisations including Marketing and Acquisitions Manager, Senior Project Manager and Senior Development Manager, as well as being the MD of a boutique property acquisition and development advisory firm. Prior to joining SDG, he was a Senior Development Manager at Anglicare Sydney. Jason’s work has been recognised by his peers, with awards and honourable mentions from the Master Builders Association and Urban Development Institute of Australia. He is passionate about creating sustainable development solutions that benefit the community, and believes that success is achieved where the needs of the client are heard and understood, and strong collaborative teams are formed. Jason studied business at St Leo University (USA) on an athletic scholarship. He holds an MBA from Newcastle University.

James Cockrem

Senior Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

James is a property development professional with 20 years’ experience in retirement, aged care, health, education, and churches. He holds an MBA from the University of Wollongong, and a Bachelor of Construction Management from WSU.  Prior to joining SDG, James worked for 13 years at a large Not-For-Profit aged care and retirement provider where he managed all facets of the project life cycle including site acquisition, planning, design, construction, and commissioning. He was at the forefront of innovative designs to ensure residents enjoyed optimum quality of life. James has also worked in commercial construction, experiencing a wide range of roles from labourer to Project Manager. This has given him a unique understanding of the construction industry from multiple viewpoints. James actively participates in his local church and is passionate about delivering high quality social infrastructure that benefits local communities.

Stuart Plumb

Senior Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Stuart is a strategic thinker, influential leader and specialist in the management of property development projects across the residential, commercial, infrastructure and not-for-profit sectors. A qualified Civil Engineer with 18 years industry experience in project and development management both in Australia and the UK, he is proactive and outcome-focused, with strong technical knowledge. Stuart is a collaborator who values cohesive stakeholder relationships and effective decision-making. He has worked for a broad range of organisations of varying size, from large construction companies to boutique property developers. Exposure to high-risk projects has honed his ability to manage and mitigate risk throughout the project lifecycle and effectively communicate with key partners. Stuart has extensive planning and design experience to strategically navigate the complex and challenging authority approval process. He believes that strategic front-end planning sets a project up for a successfully delivery phase to achieve profitability targets and intended social outcomes.

Kent Bull

Assistant Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Kent is an experienced town planning and development professional, with an Honours degree in Planning (UNSW). Prior to joining SDG, Kent worked for over 5 years as a Planner for Northern Beaches Council assessing a range of Development Applications of varying type, complexity and scale. He provided advice on Planning Proposals, land release areas and the redevelopment of Mona Vale Hospital. Kent has experience presenting before Local Planning Panels and acted on Council’s behalf as an expert in Land and Environment Court proceedings. While at Northern Beaches Council, Kent was a key contributor to the early drafting of the consolidated Northern Beaches LEP and DCP, while also helping reform its Development Advisory Services. Kent is committed to volunteering within his local community, serving as both a Parish Councillor and Youth Leader at Seaforth Anglican Church. He continues to serve on executives and committees on the Northern Beaches, including with his RSL sub-branch.

Wilson Kelly

Assistant Development Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Wilson is a recent graduate of UNSW, with a Bachelor of Construction Management and Property that combined both onsite and high-level delivery expertise. Wilson has served in volunteer positions for various Christian organisations focused on young adults, youth, and individuals with disability. He has a background in healthcare that enabled him to work with patients of all walks of life, fostering a strong desire to care for the most vulnerable. He is passionate about the potential incorporation of special disability accommodation, affordable housing, crisis accommodation and community hubs alongside ministry facilities within integrated developments.

Lisa Jackson

Operations Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience working for large firms such as Deloitte and Dexus. Lisa began her career providing tax and business services to small and medium businesses and individuals and completing audits on small not-for-profit organisations. Moving to Deloitte provided her with a breadth of exposure to different roles, industries and clients including performing audits and providing advisory services and technical accounting advice to large government agencies and both ASX and non-ASX listed private entities.  Her keen interest in real estate was exercised at Dexus, where she held the position of Finance Manager of their flagship commercial investment fund. Working for SDG has enabled Lisa to combine her skills and experience with her interest in real estate and passion for social justice.

Ruth Lam

Operations Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Ruth has over 20 years’ experience in financial and management accounting, analytical and statutory reports, budgeting and process improvement in multinational and listed companies. As a qualified accountant of ACCA UK, she has worked in various industries in both Australia and Hong Kong including property development, property management, financial institutions, and business services. Ruth also holds a post-graduate degree in Accounting and Finance from UTS. Prior to returning to Australia, she worked for NAB Private Wealth Advisory and Nomura in Hong Kong. Ruth is a professional and ethical accountant with strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

Pascal Donfack

IT Manager,
Sustainable Development Group (SDG)
E: concierge@sdg.org.au

Pascal is a creative Telecommunications Engineer with Experience in ICT systems, project management, hardware and software installation, cloud administration and relationship management. With a lifelong passion for information systems, he has over 15 years’ experience in complex and changing organisations of varying sizes. He takes a customer-centric approach to his work, leveraging his knowledge and understanding of LAN, WLAN and WAN, the Microsoft Windows Server platform, Microsoft Azure platform and other virtualization platforms. He also manages network infrastructure, including firewalls, routers, and switches. Prior to joining SDG, Pascal held positions including Network Administrator, IT Field Support Officer and Security Analyst Officer across public and private sector organisations.