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Key functions and leaders

The key functions and leaders of the department include:

Key functionLeaders


Marcus Ray, Deputy Secretary

Tim Raimond, Deputy Secretary
Planning and Land Use Strategy

Brett Whitworth, Deputy Secretary
Planning Policy

Amanda Fairley, A/Deputy Secretary
Delivery, Coordination, Digital and Insights

David Gainsford, Deputy Secretary
Development and Assessment

Abbie Galvin, Executive Director
Government Architect 

Independent Planning Commission
Office of Independent Planning Commission

Environment and Heritage

Atticus Fleming, A/Coordinator General

Andrew Nicholls, A/Deputy Secretary
National Parks and Wildlife Service

Tony Chappel, Chief Executive Officer
NSW Environment Protection Authority

Dean Knudson, Deputy Secretary
Biodiversity Conservation and Science

Sam Kidman, Executive Director
Heritage NSW 

Suzie Christensen, Chief Executive
Lord Howe Island Board


Jim Bentley, Chief Executive Officer

Amanda Jones, Chief Executive Officer
Water Infrastructure NSW

Grant Barnes, Chief Regulatory Officer
Natural Resources Access Regulator

Homes, Property and Development

Leon Walker, Deputy Secretary

Simon Newport, Chief Executive
Land and Housing Corporation

Famey Williams, A/Chief Executive
Aboriginal Housing Office

Crown Lands and Office of Local Government

Melanie Hawyes, Deputy Secretary

Jennifer Hickey, Chief Executive
Cemeteries and Crematoria

Ally Dench, Executive Director
Office of Local Government

Sydney Olympic Park

Liz Develin, Chief Executive Officer

Corporate functions

Shaun Smith, Deputy Secretary
Corporate Services

Madeleine Thomas, A/General Counsel
Governance and Legal

Bianca Jordaan, Chief Digital and Information Officer
Digital Information Office

Doug Walther, Executive Director
Ministerial and Government Services