Executive team

Craig van der Laan

Chief Executive Officer

Craig van der Laan was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority in August 2014 and confirmed as Chief Executive on 1 July 2015.

He is a senior executive and business leader with an extensive international career in the private sector working with large public companies in operational, functional, project leadership and special advisory roles, including the leadership of large and complex M&A transactions, restructurings and special projects.

Prior to joining the Authority, Mr van der Laan was Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Brambles Group, President of Brambles' CHEP logistics/network business across China, India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as being Brambles’ Group General Counsel and Group Company Secretary for many years. 

Mr van der Laan has also held senior executive and advisory roles with the Westfield Holdings Limited Group, Transurban Group, Leighton Holdings Group, Lendlease Corporation and Foster’s Group.

Sandra Bender

Sandra Bender joined the Authority in November 2016 as Executive Director, Activation and Place Management. She has a career spanning 20 years across all areas of the contemporary arts throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

Most recently Ms Bender was the CEO of CITS, a concert hall and multidisciplinary arts venue in Canada. She has worked as a senior executive with a range of events and organisations from SXSW, Venice Biennale, Parc Forum, Australia Council for the Arts, Presidente del Consejo Asesor de Vaicheboa Eventos, Canada Council for the Arts, Musee du quai Branly, National Gallery of Canada to SBS Subscription TV and Foxtel.

She has also toured throughout Asia, South America, Europe and North America with performing artists and travelling exhibitions and as guest curator for independent art and music festivals and major events.

Ms Bender specialises in developing audiences, with a focus on larger-scale immersive experiences to engage audiences through partnerships and collaborations with local, national and international artists, festivals and organisations.

Peter Funder

Peter Funder is the Development Director responsible for Central Barangaroo and Barangaroo Reserve. He joined the Authority in 2009 . 

He has formal qualifications in planning, design, property and construction and has international experience working on the St Pancras Station and Allen & Overy projects in the UK, and The Lagoons project for Sama-ECH in Dubai. In Australia, during his time with Leighton Contractors in Melbourne, Mr Funder was involved with the East Link, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Nextgen Network projects.

Rhian Greenrod

Rhian Greenrod is a Development Director, responsible for the development of the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort. He has been an executive with the Authority since 2012 but his involvement with Barangaroo goes back to the project's inception in 2005. Mr Greenrod has formal qualifications in property valuation and project management, and more than 20 years' experience as a property development professional across government, private sector and tertiary sector property classes.

He has been involved in multiple Public Private Partnerships, major projects and complex property transactions. He has held senior development roles with Campus Living Villages and University of Sydney.

Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter joined the Authority in November 2016 as Executive Director, Remediation. He was previously General Manager for Darling Harbour Live Partnership, responsible for the delivery of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct.

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has extensive experience in managing complex multi-disciplinary infrastructure, civil engineering and property projects including management of design, tenders and construction implementation in both the private and public sectors.

Mr Hunter has worked in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK, and his portfolio spans road, rail, reclamation, residential, retirement living, education, mixed use, industrial and convention centre sectors. He is a member of both the Australian Institute of Project Management and UK Institute of Civil Engineers.

Stuart Pauly

Stuart Pauly joined the Authority in September 2016 and is the Executive Director of Finance and Legal.

He has an economics degree and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mr Pauly's career has spanned a range of industries including professional services, entertainment, advertising, infrastructure, asset maintenance, retail energy, property development, education and community services. He has held senior roles in Macquarie Telecom, Angus Knight, AGL Energy, Val Morgan and Babcock & Brown.

Tim Robertson

Tim Robertson join the Authority in January 2017 as Executive Director Strategy and Operations. He is responsible for the corporate strategy, planning and design, transport, and communication functions of the organisation.  

He has formal qualifications in urban planning and extensive experience in government and the private sector including planning and property industry policy for the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Before joining the Authority, Mr Robertson spent two and a half years as a Senior Adviser to the NSW Premier, specialising in economic and land use policy. Prior to that he spent three years as a Policy Director to the NSW Planning Minister.