Chief Executive Officer, Western Parkland City Authority
Dr Sarah Hill has a great passion for creating thriving cities.
As CEO of the Western Parkland City Authority, Sarah is delivering the vision for ‘a metropolis of three cities’, a vision she co-created as the inaugural CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission, to fundamentally change the way we think and plan for Greater Sydney.
Sarah led the Commission to develop new ways of engaging with citizens, to measure and monitor key planning outcomes and to better align growth with infrastructure through new methods such as Australia’s first Place-Based Infrastructure Compact.
With this legacy, Sarah is well-placed to lead the Western Parkland City Authority in its ambition to build a city in a parkland: Australia’s newest citizen-centric city and its smartest and most sustainable. A place that will attract national and international investment, deliver high quality jobs and education, and drive economic recovery in NSW and Australia.
Sarah will continue to build on the strong culture of collaboration she fostered at the Commission and during her time at Hill PDA Consulting and in London, though partnering with local councils, NSW Government agencies, the community and industry to deliver the Western Parkland City.
Sarah has a strong focus on the economics of cities and the feasibility of development, completing her Doctoral thesis on the topic in 2018.
Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. She is a Fellow and a past-President of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia. She has received numerous professional awards locally and internationally, including the 2015 NSW and 2016 PIA Australian Planner of the Year.