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Who we are

About Committee for Sydney

The Committee for Sydney is an urban policy think tank. We are advocates for the whole of Sydney, developing pragmatic and innovative solutions to the most important problems we face.

We are funded by a group of Sydney’s leading corporations, government departments and cultural institutions.

Our goal is to make Sydney the best city in the world.

Board and Team

We all share the same passion Sydney — and the role it plays as Australia’s global city.

Michael Rose AM


Sue Horlin

Deputy Chair, Committee for Sydney and Sydney Managing Partner, PwC Australia

Martin Blake

Chair, Finance, Risk and Audit Sub-Committee and Lead Partner, NSW Government

Virginia Briggs

Partner, MinterEllison

Attila Brungs

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

How we work

While seeking practical solutions to immediate challenges, we develop long-term, city-shaping thinking. We aim to be visionary, ensuring that Sydney retains and enhances its competitive, global status and key economic role for Australia. Our experienced Board and Team work with our members and stakeholders to develop innovative, best practice policy and advocate for the enhancement of Australia’s global city. Through our research, advocacy and events programs we stimulate discussion and provide expertise to support decision-makers and promote action on the issues which really matter for Sydney.

We are ambitious for our city and build effective coalitions with those who share this perspective. We promote new kinds of partnerships between the public and private sectors to tackle the issues and opportunities facing Sydney. We have become a ‘go-to’ organisation for government and firm allies of those pursuing the bold reforms that Sydney needs. We provide members with an effective conduit for communication with government and a voice in the public arena on the most important issues for our city.

The Committee has six Taskforces and a number of Working Groups aligned with our priority areas. These groups drive the agenda within these priority areas, provide thought leadership and help identify actions that can be delivered by members or by government. We offer our members knowledge sharing events and briefings with domestic and international speakers. We also facilitate invaluable networking opportunities with key decision-makers, in both the public and private sectors. We regularly publish our research, position papers and submissions. Through effective engagement with the media we leverage our research and ideas to further drive our agenda, influence policy development and enhance the civic dialogue in Sydney.

Bringing together the resources of our Team with the expertise and strategic input from our members, we develop original, evidence-based research and policy development which has traction with decision makers and which provides valuable insight for members.

What people say about us

“Sydney’s ability to move to the next echelon of global cities will, in part, be determined by whether its leadership class will make smart, empirically grounded decisions–the very agenda identified and led by the Committee.”


“Successful cities usually have great city leaders. They increasingly also have civic leaders who know how to make a difference. Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Institutions, Media, and Infrastructure owners are the civic leadership of a city if they are willing to act in the common interest of the citizens, be organised, push agendas that have long term benefits beyond political cycles, inspire innovation and convene collaboration. This is what the Committee for Sydney does to extraordinary effects. Bravo!”


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