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About us

Our small dedicated team and board members are focused on offering local support for small business unlock the opportunities & investing in the new west” is key to the growth potential for small businesses locally. The Corporation is an integral partner linking the right people to assist business, especially at this time of growth for the Western Suburbs.  Penrith is fast becoming a growing major city of lifestyle and business and with the experience and local connections of our team and board we look forward to working with local businesses for the strategic focus on the economic growth for their businesses.

Our VISION

To activate key initiatives for new dynamic growth in the CBD. Create a sense of vibrancy, inspiration & togetherness in delivering economical and socially sustainable motives for the betterment of CBD Businesses.

Our MISSION

To promote and activate a progressive urban development plan to drive real change and improvements to the Penrith CBD

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Staff Members

Gai Hawthorn

Gai Hawthorn

CEO

Gai has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and brand management. She has worked at a senior level within local businesses, including 11 years at Panthers World of Entertainment and 7 years with The Good Guys Penrith.

Gai is a recipient of the Local Women of the Year 2013 Award (nominated by Stuart Ayres) also the Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award and is extremely passionate about the future of Penrith.

Phone: (02) 4722 5556
Mobile: 0437 506 517
Email: gai@penrithcbdcorp.com.au

“Gai is looking forward to reinvigorating the Penrith CBD through dedication, hard work and partnering with key stakeholders including all local CBD property owners to achieve a thriving vibrant Regional City CBD”

BOARD MEMBERS

Darren Latty

Darren Latty

CHAIRMAN

Owner of PRD Penrith and has worked for over 25years in the industry working closely with Property owners, developers and Penrith Council.

“Penrith needs encouragement to develop and grow, working with the new Penrith CBD Corporation will promote the strengths of all our key partners, PCC, Chamber & Western Sydney Business Centre in bringing bigger development in the future.”

Barclay Judge

Barclay Judge

VICE CHAIRMAN / TREASURER

Director of Judge Accountants. A passionate tax accountant and proactive business advisor to many Penrith businesses.

“I have seen the great work that the Penrith CBD Corporation has done and the impact it has made on the local businesses I work with everyday. There is a lot of opportunity in the future of the Penrith CBD, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that future.”

Michael Todd

Michael Todd

SECRETARY

Chief Executive Officer at OnePointHealth, MIEF, B Bus(Mktg) DIP. Bus, TAE, Co-founder of GenYQ & Chairman of St Dominic’s College.  Michael was previously at the Western Sydney Business Centre for 8 years as a Business Advisor to small businesses.  He is now the CEO at OnePointHealth, the largest Allied Health Centre in Sydney with over 55 employed.

“I’m looking forward to working and representing small business along with a health and well-being focus to achieve a sustainable future for Penrith”

Ian Hicks

Ian Hicks

DIRECTOR

Managing Director, Operations & Customer Service HIX Group, Board Member Panthers, Panthers Football Club, Panthers on the Prowl and The Western Sydney Business Centre.

“I have been on the Board for some time and am most impressed by the great achievements being made by the Penrith CBD Corporation for the CBD of Penrith”

I am very excited by future planning and working with Penrith City Council to achieve those outcomes

Vic Shipley

Vic Shipley

DIRECTOR

Owner – Powersmart Electrical Services

“Having lived and worked in Penrith for a number of years I’m passionate about making Penrith a greater place to live and do business and to ensure more opportunities for local employment and local new businesses to be created and assist where ever I can to promote this great place of Penrith that we call home”

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

DIRECTOR

Acting Centre Manager Westfield Penrith – Scentre Group

“it has been amazing to be a part of the Penrith CBD Board and to see how much activity and change the team has brought to the CBD.  I look forward to being a part if the planned activations in 2017 and to many more other great achievements in the year aheaad”

 

Anthony Walker

Anthony Walker

DIRECTOR

Anthony Walker – Franchise Owner of BOQ Penrith for 12 years.  Over 28years experience in Banking and Finance.

Passionate about people and community.  “I believe in giving back to the community through service in my business and supporting local community groups.”

“Having lived in Penrith for my entire life and now raising my own family in Penrith, I am excited about the development and growth in the area.”

Cr Karen McKeown

Cr Karen McKeown

DIRECTOR

Cr Karen McKeown was elected to Council in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and served as Mayor in 2015-2016 and Deputy Mayor in 2006-07.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from WSU Majoring in Management with double sub-majors in Law & Employee Relations and the Executive Certificate for Elected Members from UTS.

Cr McKeown and husband also own and have operated a small business in Penrith for a number of years.

Marie Chitos

Marie Chitos

DIRECTOR

Owner of Duck In – Gift and Homewares Store and has over 25 years of local experience in the gift and hospitality industry.

“I have been impressed with the Penrith CBD Corporation and all the work they have done to date.  Penrith is growing quickly and it’s exciting to see so many projects coming to life.  I’m passionate about my local community and I am looking forward to working with council and small business to achieve continued improvement”

 

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