Michael (Mick) Cassel
MProDev, GradCertAppFin, BConMgt (Build)(Hons), GICD
Mick was appointed Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment in December 2021.
Mick has thirty years’ experience in the construction and real estate industry, and for 15 years served as a permanent firefighter in the NSW Fire Brigade (now Fire and Rescue NSW). He has expertise in managing complex stakeholders and delivering city-changing outcomes, and is passionate about creating opportunities that encourage and support thriving communities.
Mick formerly led the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) as Chief Executive, delivering greater access and choice of housing, and addressing social housing shortages across the state.
Before joining LAHC, Mick help positions as Chief Executive of the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) and Program Director of the Revitalising Newcastle program, where he led significant and sustained urban transformation and economic revitalisation programs, including the Light Rail.
Mick is a graduate of the renowned Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He also holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW), a Master of Property Development, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Our leadership team
The leadership team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in urban and regional planning, natural resources, environment, heritage, Aboriginal and social housing, and governance.
The team sets the strategic direction for the cluster, delivering an integrated approach across the department to support the efficient and effective delivery of government priorities for NSW.
Key functions and leaders
The cluster has a diverse portfolio with over 8,000 employees and around $81 billion of state assets.
Key groups, agencies and functions
Marcus Ray, Deputy Secretary
Tim Raimond, Deputy Secretary
Brett Whitworth, Deputy Secretary
Amanda Fairley, A/Deputy Secretary
David Gainsford, Deputy Secretary
Abbie Galvin, Executive Director
Monica Gibson, Executive Director
William Power, Executive Director
Independent Planning Commission
Atticus Fleming, A/Coordinator General
Naomi Stephens, A/Deputy Secretary
Michelle Dumazel, A/Deputy Secretary
Louisa Mamouney, A/Executive Director
Mia Garrido, A/Executive Director
Sam Kidman, Executive Director
Suzie Christensen, Chief Executive
Alan Goodwin, A/Chief Executive
Cameron Kerr, Chief Executive
NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA)
Tony Chappel, Chief Executive Officer
Amanda Jones, A/Chief Executive Officer
Ingrid Emery, Chief Executive Officer
Grant Barnes, Chief Regulatory Officer
Leon Walker, Deputy Secretary
Simon Newport, Chief Executive
Famey Williams, Chief Executive
Neisha D’Souza, Executive Director
Peter Graham, Executive Director
Stace Fishwick, Executive Director
Vy Nguyen, Executive Director
Stewart McLachlan, Executive Director
Melanie Hawyes, Deputy Secretary
Jennifer Hickey, Chief Executive
Ally Dench, Executive Director
Mark DeWeerd, Executive Director
Dr Liz Develin, Chief Executive Officer
Valentina Misevska, Chief Executive
Shaun Smith, Deputy Secretary
Chris Martin, Chief Financial Officer
Bianca Jordaan, Chief Digital and Information Officer
Caroline Myers, Executive Director
Kyleigh Laughlan, Executive Director
Rochelle Davis, Executive Director
Mathew Paine, Executive Director
Somerset Hoy, A/General Counsel
Madeleine Thomas, Deputy General Counsel
Brendon Jenkins, A/Deputy General Counsel
Simonne Daly, Executive Director
Office of the Secretary
Douglas Walther, Executive Director