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Barry Mann is the new UrbanGrowth CEO

September 14, 2017

An artist's impression of a redeveloped White Bay Power Station. Photo:L Supplied

The NSW government has appointed former Lendlease and Stockland executive Barry Mann as the new chief executive officer of the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.

Mr Mann takes over from former chief executive David Pitchford, who left the position late last year.

Mr Mann was head of projects at UrbanGrowth, and before that the director of property and significant assets at the City of Parramatta Council. He joined UrbanGrowth in November last year.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Mr Mann’s 30 years of experience in the property industry made him well qualified to lead UrbanGrowth “at this exciting time in the State’s development”.

“With the NSW government making record investment in infrastructure, Mr Mann’s experience in construction, project management and strategy on major revitalisation projects will be crucial,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Barry has vast experience having initiated the $2 billion Parramatta Square project when he worked for Parramatta City Council and more recently in roles across the UrbanGrowth NSW’s project portfolio including Bays Precinct, Parramatta North, Waterloo Estate and Green Square Town Centre and Oran Park Town.”

Mr Mann started his career with 14 years with Lendlease in Sydney, Indonesia and Singapore and then moved to Stockland to lead its residential development business in NSW.

He then joined Parramatta City Council and UrbanGrowth.

Mr Mann is joining the NSW transformative arm at time when questions still linger over the future of the Bays Precinct, 95 hectares of largely government-owned land and 5.5 kilometres of harbourfront 2 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

Earlier last year, after having fast-tracked the bidding for the high-profile White Bay power station at the precinct, UrbanGrowth rejected all 13 bids as “non-conforming and non-compliant.”

Google, one ot the rejected bidders, then entered one-on-one negotiations to develop the 10-hectare White Bay with the government and move its Australian headquarters there but announced it was abandoning that initiative in April this year.

Mr Mann will commence his role on September 25.

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