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.

Tim Robertson

Executive Director, Strategy and Operations

Tim Robertson joined the Authority in January 2017 as Executive Director Strategy and Operations. He is responsible for the corporate strategy, planning and design, transport, remediation 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.


Stuart Pauly

Executive Director, Finance and Legal

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.

Sandra Bender

Executive Director, Activation and Place Management

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.