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Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW structure

Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) is led by an independent expertise-based board. It is appointed by, and responsible to the Hon. Paul Toole MP, Minister for Lands and Forestry and Minister for Racing.

The CCNSW board

The board is Chaired by Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, former Chair and CEO of the Community Relations Commission of NSW and its predecessor the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW from 1989 to 2014; concurrent President and CEO of the Anti-Discrimination Board from 2003 to 2016. From 1980 to 1989 he was the foundation head of SBS Radio.

The board has three other voting members including:

  • Abigail Goldberg, Deputy Chair, who has over thirty years of experience in planning, property, infrastructure and transport across both the private and public sectors. She was formerly CEO of Metro Transport Sydney, General Manager of South Sydney Development Corporation and Assistant Director of the Urban Design Advisory Service.
  • Scott Hawker, who has extensive financial and risk management expertise having held a number of senior executive positions in Perpetual, Macquarie Private Bank, Commonwealth Bank, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, UBS and Salomon Brothers.
  • Christopher Zinn, who has worked for 25 years within the print media, broadcasting and consumer organisations in Australia and overseas as a journalist, presenter, producer, media spokesman and campaign director.

There are also seven non-voting board members comprising representatives from:

  • Department of Industry (Crown Lands & Water Division)
  • Department of Planning and Environment
  • NSW Fair Trading
  • NSW Health
  • Office of Environment and Heritage, and
  • a local government expert.

A specialist business unit of Department of Industry, Lands & Forestry employees, led by Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Lees, supports the board and enables CCNSW to carry out its functions.

Consultative groups

To ensure ongoing engagement and communication with the interment industry and the wider community, the board has established two consultative groups.

Industry Consultative Group

  • comprised of representatives from the funeral industry, Crown cemetery trusts, private sector cemetery and crematoria operators and local government
  • ensures an industry-wide strategic focus on current and emerging issues
  • helps CCNSW to understand industry views and enables enhanced decision-making and transparency
  • provides advice regarding cemetery and crematorium policy to the CCNSW board

Community and Consumer Consultative Group

  • comprised of representatives of major religious and ethnic groups and includes general community members
  • ensures the diverse views of communities and consumers are taken into account in policy development
  • provides advice from a community perspective to the CCNSW board, on a range of matters including key objectives of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013