The Executive Team

Kate Foy
Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement

Kate’s career spans front line service delivery in the non-government sector with children and young people. Then various government agencies including Department of Premier and Cabinet, Transport, Planning and more recently the NSW Telco Authority.

Kate recently joined the Department of Premier and Cabinet as Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement. Kate leads the policy strategy and delivery of services in Aboriginal Affairs, Arts and Culture, Employee Relations as well as NSW Heritage. Kate maintains a passion for supporting our front line to provide the best possible service to the people of NSW.

Contact Kate:
Kate Foy
Deputy Secretary
Community Engagement
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Kate.Foy1@dpc.nsw.gov.au

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Grainne Brunsdon
Head of Screen NSW

Grainne has more than 20 years’ experience working in the creative industries; in addition to previous roles at Screen NSW and Arts NSW, she has worked in leadership positions in international cultural relations with the British Council, with arts organisations in Sydney and teaching design studies at tertiary level.

Contact Grainne:
Grainne Brunsdon
Head of Screen NSW
+61 2 8289 6471
grainne.brunsdon@create.nsw.gov.au

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Alex Bowen
Director Partnerships & Policy

Alex’s experience in the arts and cultural sector as a senior executive, spans the three tiers of Government, including State and Federal funding bodies, regional galleries, contemporary art spaces, festivals, as an educator and practitioner. Alex specialises in executive management, cultural infrastructure development, business modelling and creative problem solving.  Most recently Alex headed up the Creative City department at the City of Sydney which included the City’s major events, Sydney New Year’s Eve through to a network of nine libraries, cultural funding and advice, creative placemaking, business development and cultural infrastructure.

Contact Alex:
Alex Bowen
Director Partnerships & Policy
+61 2 8289 6422
alex.bowen@create.nsw.gov.au

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Sue Procter
Director Business Operations, Investment & Governance

Sue has worked for nearly 30 years in the not-for-profit art sector – providing guidance and support to major performing arts companies and the small to medium arts sector on both a strategic and operational level. Sue holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Philosophy and is a qualified Accountant.  Prior to joining Create NSW,  Sue was Chief Operating Officer of the National Art School.  She has also held many positions across the sector including at the Australia Council, Sydney Symphony, Belvoir and Film Australia.  She also ran a successful consultancy practice for 15 years with clients including Carriageworks, The Song Company, Performing Lines and PACT.  Sue has sat on many arts boards including Artspace, Griffin Theatre and Legs on the Wall.

Contact Sue:
Sue Procter
Director Business Operations, Investment & Governance
+61 2  8229 2939
sue.procter@create.nsw.gov.au

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Annette Pitman
Head of Create Infrastructure

Annette is passionate about creating public spaces that inspire and delight, and leading the talented teams that deliver them.  She has led some of Australia’s most transformational cultural and sport projects, including Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall Redevelopment and the Melbourne Park Tennis Centre Redevelopment.  Her career spans public and private sector leadership roles in Melbourne, Sydney and the United States and has focused on project delivery, strategic planning and organisational development.

Contact Annette:
Annette Pitman
Head of Create Infrastructure
+61 2  8275 1117
annette.pitman@create.nsw.gov.au

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Tarek Barakat
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Greater Sydney

Tarek has over 10 years’ experience working across the public sector in both Local and State Government with extensive policy and project management experience focussing on place management, economic development and regulatory policy and strategy.

Tarek has worked extensively with a broad range of stakeholders, from grass roots community organisations and small businesses, to high profile international companies. Most recently, Tarek has held senior policy roles at the Department of Justice and comes to Create NSW from his role as Manager – Policy & Legislation at Liquor & Gaming NSW. Prior to this, Tarek managed the Community Places and Economic Development Units at Sutherland Shire Council and brings skills in stakeholder engagement, project delivery and policy development to Create NSW.

Contact Tarek:
Tarek Barakat
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Greater Sydney
+61 2 8289 6469
tarek.barakat@create.nsw.gov.au

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Julia Pucci
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Priority Projects & Regions

Julia has over 25 years’ experience in complex transactions and project management.  Julia has worked in the cultural infrastructure space for the past 15 years, most recently as Project Director for the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Renewal Project (now part of the Walsh Bay Arts & Cultural Precinct) and prior to that at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong and Sydney Opera House, where she was Director, Venue Partners & Safety. Mid way through her career Julia completed a Masters of Arts Administration at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) as a transition from a former life as a banking and finance lawyer, working in the private sector in Sydney, New York and London and as corporate counsel for a publicly listed Company.

Contact Julia:
Julia Pucci
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Priority Projects & Regions
+61 2 8289 6565
julia.pucci@create.nsw.gov.au

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