Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber
David was appointed by the Chamber in 2012 as inaugural Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
The Western Sydney First program works with members to engage with decision makers and advocate for enlightened public policy that drives the region forward.
David led a campaign in support of the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek including establishing the Western Sydney Airport Alliance. He has collaborated with chief executive officers, managing partners and Vice Chancellors to support campaigns like the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta, the Westmead and Liverpool Innovation Districts, Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta Light Rail and West Metro.
Prior to this, he served in the NSW Labor Government as the Minister for Roads, Minister assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads, Minister for Housing, as well as Minister for Western Sydney.
As Housing Minister, David oversaw the construction of approximately 9,000 new social housing dwellings – including 6,300 through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. David has also worked as an Urban Planner and adviser to the Minister for Planning.
He was also the youngest person, at 30 years of age, to hold the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta, where he served for three terms.
David is currently a Director of Think Planners; and serves as a non-executive director on the boards of the Sydney Festival, Evolve Housing, and the Westmead Medical Research Foundation as well as a member of the advisory board of the Southern Cross Group.