About Us

About Us

New South Wales Leaders inspires the next generation of leading companies. It achieves this through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital.

New South Wales Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession planning and evaluate entry and exit strategies for their business.

Using this experience and its networks, New South Wales Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

These initiatives include:

New South Wales Leaders has a vision that includes:

  • Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
  • Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
  • Developing greater link to local, national and international capital markets;
  • Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.

Advisory Board

New South Wales Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading executive and non-executive directors to assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the network and aide in the growth and development of Members. This Advisory Board includes:

Tim Rossi

Tim is the Managing Director at Symphony Leadership. He has been supporting corporate leaders offering advising, facilitating, training, mentoring, coaching and coaching supervision services for 25 years. His early career centered on senior management roles with investment banks, including an executive directorship with Hill Samuel Australia (Now Macquarie Bank). Tim’s teams played a leading role in the rapid growth of Australia’s Money Markets.

Hon. Andrew Stoner

Andrew has extensive work experience in both business and government, including in a variety of managerial roles and as a Human Resources professional. More recently, he performed the role of Member of Parliament (16 years), Leader of The National Party (11 ½ years), Minister, and Deputy Premier of NSW (3 ½ years).

During his time as Deputy Leader of the NSW Government, his achievements included:

  • Leading the NSW government’s international engagement strategy, including trade missions and establishment of trade offices in priority markets;
  • Substantially delivering the $4 billion redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention Entertainment & Exhibition Precinct at Darling Harbour;
  • Co-leading the government’s asset recycling strategy, via private sector ownership/operation of key economic assets including ports and electricity infrastructure;
  • Overseeing more than $13 billion of infrastructure investment in regional NSW, particularly road, rail and water infrastructure aimed at enhancing the productivity of regional industries.

Darren Clark

Darren has owned and grown more than 30 private organisations including the Ocean Group, one of the largest Events and Entertainment organisation in the country.  He is currently a Founding Partner of Encite, A Director of Knoego Investments and a Director of Creative Media Warehouse. He has served on State and Federal Government Ministerial Advisory Groups and on numerous boards.   

James Paulsen

James started his career with Corporation Builders and worked his way up to Executive Director.  He also founded Enterprise Angels, one of the first business angel networks in Australia.  In 2006 he founded Queensland Leaders, an initiative to work with Queensland's leading private companies to assist them become national or international market leaders.  James studied accounting at QUT and then completed an MBA with Bond University. 

Nominate Now

New South Wales Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 25 Executive Leaders and 16 Future Leaders are selected each year.