Sydney Olympic Park - Aerial of Sydney Olympic Park at Dusk - photography by Ethan Rohloff

Our Board

The Hon. John Fahey AC, GCSG | Chairman

The Hon. John Fahey AC has been a figure in public life for more than 30 years. He has shown exemplary leadership and integrity at the highest level of government, sport, community organisations and business.

Mr Fahey was New South Wales Premier from 1992-95 prior to entering federal politics and serving as the Minister for Finance and Administration in the Howard government until 2001. He was prominent in securing the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, acting as Chairman of the bid team.

In 2002 Mr Fahey was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the NSW and Australian Parliaments, international relations through the Olympic Bid success, and facilitation of industry growth and industrial relations reform.
Five years later he became President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a position he held until November 2013. In this role Mr Fahey was a driving force behind moves to increase and enhance drug testing in sport around the world.

Mr Fahey is currently the fourth Chancellor of Australian Catholic University. Mr Fahey has also served as a Director and Chairman of the Bradman Foundation, Chairman Australian Rugby League Development for 10 years and a Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Mr Fahey was appointed as Chairman of the Sydney Olympic Park Board on 1 June 2016.

Pippa Downes | Director

Pippa Downes is a respected Executive and Non-Executive Director with over 25 years of distinguished career achievements in the international business and finance sectors. As well as her SOPA role, Pippa currently sits on the board of Australian Technology Innovators Pty Limited, ALE Property Group, ASX Clearing and Settlement companies, and the Pinnacle Foundation.

Pippa has had a successful international banking and finance career and has led the local derivative and investment arms of several of the world’s premier investment banks. Her most recent role was as a Managing Director and Equity Partner of Goldman Sachs in Australia. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women Corporate Directors, and in 2016 was named as one of the Westpac/AFR’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in diversity.

Pippa was previously an appointed Independent Director on the Board of Swimming Australia and the Swimming Australia Foundation. She has a Master’s in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) from University of California, Berkeley. Pippa was a dual international athlete having been a member of the Australian Swim Team and represented Hong Kong at the International Rugby Sevens. She is a volunteer lifesaver and enjoys an active lifestyle with her two children, Matthew and Sophie.

Ms Downes was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2016.

Mr David Baffsky AO LLB | Director

Mr Baffsky was formerly Executive Chairman of Accor Asia Pacific, the largest hotel management company in the Asia Pacific region (between 1993 and 2008). In particular, Mr Baffsky oversaw the construction of the Novotel and Ibis Hotels at Sydney Olympic Park, the first of the Accor Group’s four hotels now located within the Park.

He is Chairman of the ASX listed Ariadne Australia Ltd and Chairman of Investa Property Group. He is also on the boards of Destination NSW, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and the George Institute.
Amongst previous roles, Mr Baffsky was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, Chairman of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Ltd, and a member of the Business Government Advisory Group on National Security. He was a member of the federal government’s Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce and a Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

In 2001 Mr Baffsky was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, and in 2003 he received the Centenary Medal. In 2004 he was recognised as the Asia Pacific Hotelier of the Year. In 2012 he was awarded the Chevalier in the Order of National Légion d’Honneur of France.

Stepping down from the day-to-day running of Accor Asia Pacific in 2008, Mr Baffsky brings a keen understanding of the convention, exhibition, tourism and hospitality industries to the Board.

Mr Baffsky was appointed to the Board on 26 October 2009.

Jill Davies BEc, CA, GAICD | Director

Jill Davies is a chartered accountant and management consultant.

For the last 15 years Jill has been assisting a range of corporate, event, sporting and government organisations in Australia and abroad with strategy and business planning, change management and organisational design. She was formerly a senior manager within the Organising Committee for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Ms Davies joined the Board of the Authority in July 2012.

Matthew Dunn OAM | Director

Matthew Dunn has extensive experience in property and sport.

Matthew is currently a Director of Savills Capital Transactions team with a focus on commercial investment and institutional transactions.
Prior to joining Savills, Matthew provided property advice to institutional investors and developers. As a development executive he advanced commercial, residential, mixed use and industrial property for institutional and private property development groups.

As an athlete, Matthew was a member of the Australian Swimming Team for over 10 years, which included competing at three Olympic Games, achieving four world records, six Commonwealth Gold medals and 33 national titles.

He has maintained a strong involvement in aquatics as a Board Member of FINA (International Aquatics Federation) since 2012 and is a Board Member of Oceania Swimming Association.

Matthew was a former Board Member of Swimming Australia, a member of the FINA Athletes Committee and a member of the World Anti Doping Agency’s Athletes Committee.

In 2009 Matthew was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia and he has a Masters of Commerce (Commercial Law and Accounting) from the University of Sydney.

Mr Dunn joined the Board of the Authority in May 2018.

Romilly Madew | Director

Romilly Madew commenced as Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia in April 2019.

Recently awarded an Order of Australia in acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Romilly is recognised around the world as a leader and advocate for change in the property and construction sector. She led the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years, representing over 650 companies with a collective annual turnover of $40 billion, and presiding over the Green Star rating system which has seen more than 2,250 projects certified across the country.

Romilly holds Board positions with Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Chief Executive Women, and has sat on numerous ministerial panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Urban Policy Forum and the China/Australia Services Sector Forum.

Her achievements have previously been recognised with national and international awards, including the 2015 International Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council and the 2017 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award. An honorary fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Romilly has been named one of the ‘100 Women of Influence’ by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, and is a National and NSW winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Award.

Ms Madew was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2016.


Ms Karen Jones | Director

Karen Jones currently leads the NSW Office of Sport as Executive Direcor of the Sports Infrastructure Group

In this role Karen oversaw the delivery of sport infrastructure across the state making a difference to local communities, sporting organisations and the sporting sector. Following the retirement of the Chief Executive of the Office of Sport, Karen was asked to fill the role in an acting capacity and so has been leading the Office of Sport since late April 2019.

Prior to joining the Office of Sport, Karen was the Director of Transport Assessments at the Department of Planning and Environment where she managed the assessments of the State’s most critical infrastructure and transport projects, including the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, NorthConnex, Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail, the Pacific Highway upgrade and WestConnex.

Karen Jones was appointed to the Board July 2019.