David Pitchford

22 July 2013 – UrbanGrowth NSW has a new chief executive officer, David Pitchford.

And according to early reports, he seems to be well prepared to deliver on the state government’s promise for the land development agency to pave the way for private sector residential development rather than direct delivery. As well as a continued focus on driving better sustainability outcomes.

Among Mr Pitchford’s most interesting and biggest challenges will be the recently announced development corridor along  railway land between Central Station and Eveleigh.

But he’s worked on bigger projects. Over the past four years he has been executive director of the UK’s Major Projects Unit with a portfolio of around $800 billion.

He has also been general manager for Palm Jumeirah City for Nakheel Corporation in Dubai. And in Australia his roles have included CEO of the City of Melbourne, CEO of the Australian Centenary of Federation and chief operating officer of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

In his home town of Tasmania, Mr Pitchford started his career in the Office of the Tasmanian Governor where he became chief of staff.

He will start the role on 30 September, replacing Sean O’Toole, who has been CEO since 1996.

UrbanGrowth chairman John Brogden told The Australian Financial Review on Monday that , “UrbanGrowth has a special role to play in making NSW the number one state and David is the person to make this happen.”

In the UK, Mr Pitchford had control of $800 billion worth of government projects and earned comments from minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, that he succeeded in the job “brilliantly”, the newspaper said.

According to Robert Sullivan, general manager corporate marketing for UrbanGrowth, Mr Pitchford will inherit the agency role to improve its sustainability offering.

“We won’t be so much hands on delivery but our ability to champion sustainability will still be part and parcel of driving good sustainability outcomes both environmentally and socially. And David has inherited that mantra,” Mr Sullivan said.