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

Our Board

The Hon John Fahey AC | 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 before 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.

Matt Miller | CEO Office of Sport

With over 40 years’ experience in the Queensland and Australian Governments, Matt Miller currently leads the Office of Sport NSW as the Chief Executive.

Matt’s primary role, as the Chief Executive of the Office of Sport (OoS), is to lead the management and delivery of a significant range of sports-related services and facilities across the State, including the development and implementation of state-wide Sports policy and strategy for NSW, to inform the strategic directions of all divisions in the OoS and to ensure Cluster alignment and whole-of-government coordination. 

Lead, strategically plan and direct the activities of the Sport and Recreation, Venues NSW and Strategic and Business Services divisions of the OoS to ensure the full implementation of Government policy and priorities and maximise benefits for communities. 

As the Agency Head of the OoS, provide collegial/agency coordination support to the NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust (SCSGT) to ensure that the strategic goals of SOPA and SCSGT are achieved within the required NSW Government legislative frameworks.

Prior this current position, Matt led the Australian Sports Commission from 2009 to 2011. In that role, he came to understand the importance of sport and the difference it can make to the lives of people in NSW and Australia, as well as building better communities. Matt has held a number of other executive roles within government, including Qld Commissioner for Fair Trading, and CEO of the Australian Child Support Agency.

He appreciates actions speak louder than words and for Matt it is important to establish personal credibility, trust and rapport. His leadership style is one where he seeks to be accessible, authentic and collaborative. He values engaging with staff and stakeholders at all levels and in receiving frank, honest and open communication. Like you, he wants to have clear direction, priorities and performance targets and to work with an aligned team passionate about making a difference.

Since commencing in the role in Nov 2014, Matt has been working on reforms to deliver improved outcomes for the people of NSW through better targeted and leveraged investment by the NSW Govt in the sector. Matt is passionate about creating a truly aligned and collaborative sports system within both the government sector and sports.

Mr Miller was appointed to the Board in 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, 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

Ms 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.

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 sector. As well as her SOPA role Pippa currently sits on the board of the Infotrack Group, 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.

Romilly Madew | Director

Romilly Madew is passionate about creating sustainable buildings, communities and cities. Since 2006, Romilly has led the Green Building Council of Australia, and has a global reputation as an influential advocate and change agent.

Romilly’s collaborative style has led to many board and committee appointments. She is Deputy President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (Pittwater, NSW) and a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority board. She is a Steering Committee member of the federal government’s Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, sits on the ACT Government’s Planning and Construction Industry Chief Minister’s Reference Group and is a member of the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Roundtable. 

During her long service as a board and executive committee member of the World Green Building Council Romilly drove global efforts of 75-plus green building councils. She was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand, South African, Hong Kong and Indonesian GBCs, as well as the Asia Pacific Green Building Network. Romilly has sat on numerous federal government ministerial panels, including the Emissions Reduction Fund, the National Sustainability Council, National Urban Policy Forum and the China/Australia Services Sector Forum representing construction.

An experienced and charismatic keynote speaker and media commentator, Romilly shares her insights in dozens of publications each year, and was the author of the seminal Dollars and Sense of Green Building (2006), the first report to outline the business case for green building in Australia.

Romilly is an active member of Chief Executive Women, was awarded the 2015 International Leadership Award by the US Green Building Council in Washington and made an Honorary Fellow by the Planning Institute of Australia (2015). She was finalist in the 2014 InStyle Magazine Women of Style awards – environment, named one of the ‘100 Women of Influence 2012’ by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, and was the National and NSW winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2009 (Community & Government). 

Named Pittwater’s Citizen of the Year in 2016, Romilly is President, volunteer lifesaver, surfboat rower and Nipper age manager at Bilgola Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

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