Inaugural Business Leadership Forum a big success

16 September 2013

2013 Business leadership Forum

NSW Trade & Investment held its inaugural Business Leadership Forum on Tuesday 3 September 2013 at Doltone House, Hyde Park, Sydney.

The event, hosted by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner, was a resounding success, with more than 250 Government, industry and business leaders attending the new annual event.

Established to strengthen industry-government partnerships, the event brought together a highly influential group of business, industry and Government leaders, including executives from the top 100 ASX companies and NSW Government Ministers, to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges for the State's economy.

Key themes discussed included global competitiveness, how to raise business confidence in NSW, entrepreneurship and raising the global profile of Sydney and NSW.

Leadership Forum CommitteeDan Labbad, Group Chief Operating Officer, Lend Lease and Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Chair of The Committee for Sydney with Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.

The forum, which was webcast live, featured high calibre industry speakers including:

  • Ian Thomas, President Boeing Australia and South Pacific
  • Louise Herron AM, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House
  • Jost Stollman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tyro Payments
  • Graham Bradley AM, Chairman, Infrastructure NSW
  • Steve Sargent, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Australia and New Zealand
  • Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Chair of The Committee for Sydney 
  • Michael Harte, Group Executive, Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Dan Labbad, Group Chief Operating Officer, Lend Lease.

The Business Leadership Forum is a focal point for NSW Trade & Investment's cross-sectoral engagement with priority industry sectors. It provided a good opportunity for Government to hear feedback and better understand what industry needs from Government to restore business confidence, create jobs and grow the NSW economy.

The event also provided an opportunity for the NSW Government to report on the progress of 2013 priority actions and the implementation of the NSW Economic Development Framework, which was launched in December 2012.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment Andrew Stoner said the forum will become an annual flagship event within a sustainable program of business engagement.

"Only by working together can we achieve the potential that I believe is within our grasp…the potential to restore economic growth and establish NSW as the first – and best place in Australia to do business."