Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Hill

Dr Sarah Hill RPIA (Fellow)

PhD (G), M.Urban & Regional Planning (Hons) (USYD), BSc (USYD), Cert. UK Planning Law & Practice, RPIA (Fellow), MRTPI, MAICD, JP.

Dr Sarah Hill commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Sydney Commission (the Commission) in January 2016.

Dr Hill has led the Commission’s work across State and local government to implement the Greater Sydney Region and District Plans and deliver quality planning outcomes for the people of Greater Sydney. Most recently, she led the collaborative development and delivery of a comprehensive reporting and monitoring framework to measure progress on implementing the plans.

In addition to her role as CEO of the Commission, Dr Hill is also the Deputy Secretary of Strategic Directions and Integration in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. In this role Dr Hill seeks to strategically align the work of the Department and the Commission to collaboratively plan the future of Greater Sydney.

Previously, as a Director of Hill PDA Consulting, Dr Hill specialised as an economic planner with expertise in employment areas, retail, affordable housing and the economic feasibility of development.

Dr Hill was also an independent advisor to government on planning reform and was a member of the NSW Government’s 2012 Affordable Housing Taskforce. She has prior experience in the UK working to deliver affordable housing and the creation of a new planning authority known as the London Olympic and Paralympic Joint Planning Authority responsible for the master-planning and approvals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and their legacy.

A past-President and Fellow of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, 2016–17, PIA NSW and Australia Planner of the Year and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Dr Hill has received two international planning awards including the Mayor of London’s Award for Excellence and the Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Planning.

Dr Hill is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and in 2018 completed her Doctoral thesis on the economics of planning in NSW.

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