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SGS appoints two new board members: Non-Executive Director Sue Holliday and Executive Director Yilong Shi

Posted October 06, 2022

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SGS is proud to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors to help further carry out its commitment to shaping more sustainable places, communities and economies.

Our two new Board members are Sue Holliday and Yilong Shi.

Sue Holliday

Sue Holliday brings significant industry and Board experience to SGS. She has had a long career in planning in the NSW public service and has demonstrated a continuing commitment to the major urban policy issues facing Australian cities. She was Director General of Planning in NSW between 1997 and 2003. She ran her own consultancy practice, Strategies for Change and was appointed Practice Professor of Urban Policy at UNSW between 2011 and 2020.

Sue has held many Board roles and high level advisory roles at the national level. She was National President of the Planning Institute, President of the NSW Building Professionals Board, a member of the Urban Policy Forum and the COAG Expert Panel on Cities. She was a member of the National Housing Supply Council and a member of the High Speed Rail Advisory Council. She chaired the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council. Sue is also Chair of Hume Community Housing Association.

SGS Economics and Planning Sue Holiday

Yilong Shi

Yilong Shi is a Partner and Associate at SGS. With qualifications in urban planning and business administration, and over a decade of experience working with public and private sector clients nationally and internationally, Yilong brings solid business acumen to the SGS Board. Yilong joined SGS in 2011 and became a partner in 2017. He understands SGS' core purpose and values and is committed to growing the business for more impact.

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Sue and Yilong join Peter Galvin (Chair), Julian Szafraniec (Executive Director and Partner), Jeremy Gill (Executive Director and Partner) and Rowena Phua (Executive Director).

Andrew McDougall has stepped down as Executive Director after 12 years on the SGS Board. During his Board tenure, Andrew contributed to SGS in innumerous ways, including helping to reshape SGS’ corporate structure from a traditional partnership to a for-purpose, employee-owned business. Andrew will continue as Principal and Partner leading assessment and appraisal services at SGS.

We say farewell to Elizabeth Crouch who has been on the SGS Board since 2016, and Chaired the SGS Board between 2019 and 2021. Elizabeth has been a calm and guiding presence through many changes at SGS — including during the global pandemic. We extend a heartfelt thank you to Elizabeth for her immense contribution, industry leadership and focus on purpose; we would not be the growing and impactful business we are today without her. Elizabeth will remain a close friend and alumni of SGS.