Meet the Business Western Sydney Team

We work every day to make Western Sydney a better place to do business.

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David Borger

Executive Director

David has led Business Western Sydney since its foundation in 2012. Prior to this, he served as the Minister for Western Sydney, Minister for Housing, Minister for Roads, and Minister assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads in NSW Labor Governments.

He was also the youngest person, at 30 years of age, to hold the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta.

David is currently a Director of Think Planners, Independent Chair of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct, a non-executive director on the boards of the NRMA and Evolve Housing, a Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee. 

Contact David here or on 02 9466 4429.

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Chris Taylor

Executive Manager, Policy & Advocacy

Chris has more than 15 years of experience in media, government relations, policy and advocacy. He has been employed by several peak industry groups including Business NSW, Tourism & Transport Forum and the NRMA and has worked in NSW politics including as an advisor to previous NSW Opposition Leaders. Chris has been intimately involved in successful and award-winning advocacy campaigns including the 10 Big Ideas to Grow NSW, Western Sydney Airport Alliance, Powerhouse Parramatta; Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2, and the $740 million Liverpool Hospital redevelopment.

 

 

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Lauren Rountree

Executive Assistant & Member Engagement

Lauren is an accomplished Executive Assistant with a decade of administrative experience across diverse industries. Based in Western Sydney, Lauren has consistently excelled in executive support and facilitating seamless business operations. With a versatile skill set honed through her work in real estate, e-commerce, retail, insurance, and multiple other fields, including fashion, workplace health and safety, and project management, she brings a wealth of knowledge and adaptability to her role. Lauren's exceptional organisational abilities, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills make her an invaluable asset in optimising efficiency and fostering productive relationships.

 

 

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Nick Ryan
Policy Manager

Nick is a passionate advocate for Western Sydney. He has worked as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and a digital content producer for multinational brands. In more recent years he has been an adviser to mayors, premiers and senior federal members of parliament. Nick has a particular interest in the Arts, urban place making and better connecting the people of Western Sydney to their local environment, particularly rivers. For several years Nick advised the foreign minister on the Pacific region and is still deeply engaged with CALD communities and issues such as regional defence and trade

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Kerrie-Anne McLeod
Venue & Events Manager

Kerrie-Anne is currently the Venue & Events Manager for Business Western Sydney.  She manages the Parramatta Square Business & Events Centre bookings.  She has had previous experience as Events Coordinator for NSW Business Chamber, Regional Coordinator, Office Manager, Receptionist and Executive Assistant.  Kerrie-Anne has been working with the Chamber for 28 years.  Her skills includes event management / logistics, office manager, reception duties, executive assistant skills.  Prior to joining the Chamber when Kerrie-Anne had completed her HSC she was a before and after school assistant.

 

 

 

Bruce McClelland
Partnerships & Engagement Manager

Bruce has been with Business Western Sydney for 8 years, following extensive commercial experience developing both transactional and long-term multi-year projects with private enterprise clients, State & Local Government agencies, across the finance Sector, professional services, IT & telecommunications, servicing some of Australia’s largest commercial and government clients. He is focussed on delivering opportunity & value to Business Western Sydney’s members regional engagement activities.  

 

 

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Alison Kuipers

Venue & Events Coordinator

Alison has grown up in the hospitality industry and has 7 years of experience working in corporate events. She has worked in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains in positions ranging from customer service and catering to now delivering high quality events for our members for over 2 years. She has been an integral part of the evolution of the Parramatta Square Business & Events Centre since its opening and is highly proficient in running our member events as well as external bookings. She prides herself on having strong attention to detail and creating the best experience for any person who attends our events. Outside of this role, Alison is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology and Human Sciences at Macquarie University

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Jamie Horton

Venue & Events Coordinator

Jaime has over 6 years experience in the Hospitality and Events Industry. She has previously worked in the industry executing high quality events through her roles as Assistant Manager and Café Supervisor across venues in The Blue Mountains, Western Sydney. She continues to deliver a welcoming space within the Business Western Sydney team using her previous knowledge and experience in the Events Industry, completing her Diploma of Event Management in 2020. Jaime has lived in Western Sydney her whole life and is dedicated in delivering a positive voice for Business Western Sydney.