David Pitchford

UrbanGrowth NSW chief executive David Pitchford will leave the organisation at the end of the year, chair John Brogden announced today.

Chief financial officer Michael Brodie will step into the position while a replacement is sought.

Mr Pitchford said he was leaving the position to pursue new challenges.

“Since announcing my decision to leave the organisation within the next 12 months, I have had significant interest from across the world and in Australia to pursue other projects, in addition to my new role as a professor of practice at the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment,” he said.

“Now is a great time for me to move into new challenges and I am leaving an organisation that I believe is set up to succeed.”

Mr Pitchford joined UrbanGrowth in 2013, as its first chief executive. He has over 35 years of experience across government and the private sector in a range of executive roles, specialising in major project delivery.

Mr Brogden said the board wished to thank Mr Pitchford for his “outstanding contribution and public service over the past three years”.

“Urban transformation is a long game and David has left his mark on an organisation that will continue to lead very complex and difficult projects that will change our cities for the better,” Mr Brogden said.

“I wish to thank David for his significant contribution to the establishment of UrbanGrowth NSW and for all that he has accomplished.”