About

About

The Sydney Business Chamber is a leading advocate for Sydney as a competitive and liveable global city with policies focused on: reforming Sydney’s local governance; urban renewal and planning reform; recycling state assets to fund new transport and infrastructure projects; and supporting the evolution of Sydney as a leading service economy with a strong reputation in the arts, tourism and for international education. Headed by Patricia Forsythe as Executive Director, the Sydney Business Chamber is a key player in shaping government policy and has worked hard to enhance Sydney as a city that attracts global investment and global talent. 

The Sydney Business Chamber developed Sydney: Connected, Productive, Liveable to identify priorities and actions needed to lift Sydney’s international status as a global destination for business and leisure and position Western Sydney as a new economic powerhouse with a strong focus on the benefits the Western Sydney Airport will bring to the Sydney economy and reshape Western Sydney as a place to live, work, study, visit and play.

Since 2012, The Chamber’s efforts in Western Sydney, under the leadership of David Borger have focused on advocating ideas to grow economic opportunities across the region to provide a stimulus for existing businesses and to attract new businesses. Central to its advocacy was its successful campaign for the Badgerys Creek site to be named by the Federal Government with support from the Opposition and NSW Governments as the site of Sydney’s second airport.
 
Image credit: Destination NSW

History

Tracing its heritage back to the Sydney Chamber of Commerce established in 1825, the Sydney Business Chamber provides a strong voice for Sydney’s leading businesses by identifying, developing and promoting a positive agenda for economic activity and
growth in Sydney.

In recent years, the Sydney Business Chamber has been a leading advocate for reforming Sydney’s local governance, recycling state assets to fund new transport and infrastructure projects, and supporting the evolution of Sydney’s cultural and tourism offerings.

The Sydney Business Chamber established a presence in Western Sydney in 2012 to reflect the emergence of Western Sydney as a growing economic force and to ensure businesses across the greater Sydney basin had adequate representation. Since 2012,our efforts in Western Sydney have focused on advocating ideas to grow economic opportunities across the region to provide a stimulus for existing businesses and to attract new businesses.

Bios

Patricia Forsythe

Sydney Business Chamber
Executive Director

Patricia has held this position since September 2006.

Patricia represents the Chamber on the City of Sydney Retail Advisory Panel and the Sydney Airport Planning Coordination Forum.

Patricia has represented the Chamber on a number of NSW government committees including the Light Rail Delivery Phase Roundtable, Sydney’s Competitive Positioning Steering Committee and the Retail Expert Advisory Committee for the Department of Planning and the Environment.

In addition to her role at the Sydney Chamber Patricia serves on boards in the Government and NFP sector: Business Events Sydney; Destination NSW; Council of Macquarie University; Port Authority NSW, Cricket NSW and is chair of the NSW International Education Advisory Board for Study NSW. 

Previous board appointments have included: the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW; Hunter Development Corporation; Hunter Medical Research Institute and the Advisory Board of UTS Business School.

Patricia served as a Member of the NSW Legislative Council from 1991 to 2006. From 1995 to 2005 Patricia served on the Opposition frontbench in a number of shadow portfolios.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education (Newcastle University) and is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Borger

Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney
Director

David has held this position since 2012.

David led the Sydney Business Chamber 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 as the Minister for Roads, Minister assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads in the NSW Labor Government, 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.