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About us

We work with key partnerships in our CBD including Penrith City Council, Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, Penrith Business Enterprise Centre and Penrith Business Alliance… together we are growing a stronger Penrith for the future and ensuring sustainability for local business and ensuring our Regional City Penrith has opportunities in the future for SME and our local residents.




Gai Hawthorn


Gai has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and brand management. She has worked at a senior level within local businesses, including 11years at Panthers World of Entertainment and 7years with The Good Guys Penrith.

Gai is a recipient of the Local Women of the Year 2013 Award (nominated by Stuart Ayres) and extremely passionate about the future of Penrith.

Phone: (02) 4722 5556
Mobile: 0437 506 517



"Gai is looking forward to reinvigorating the Penrith CBD through dedication, hard work and partnering with key stakeholders including all local CBD property owners to achieve a thriving vibrant Regional City CBD"




Owen Rogers


Owner and local resident, family orientated business employer, and investor in the Penrith area. Owen has backgrounds in Banking, accounting, business strategy, relationship and mentor building.

"I'm passionate about Education, Growth & development for our local youth. Currently Vice Chair of the NADO board I’m invested in the awareness of people with disabilities in our area and their future needs.  Extremely passionate about the visions for the CBD and the partnerships and opportunities for local business owners, I’m looking forward to a economical vibrant Regional City future."


Darren Latty


Owner of PRD Penrith and has worked for over 25years in the industry working closely with Property owners, developers and Penrith Council.

"Penrith needs encouragement to develop and grow, working with the new Penrith CBD Corporation will promote the strengths of all our key partners PBA, PCC, Chamber & BEC in bringing bigger development in the future."


Warwick Stimson


Town Planner Private Sector, Warwick is a town planning consultant with over 16 years public and private sector experience. Throughout his career he has led town planning and project teams in the fields of development assessment, stakeholder consultation and planning consultancy. A large part of his career has been working for local government authorities in Western and South-Western Sydney. He works on projects across metropolitan sydney and also regional New South Wales.


Councillor Bernard Bratusa -  Penrith City Council


Over 30 years’ experience in Penrith. Former Managing Editor of The Western Weekender newspaper, and now currently working as Office Manager for Fiona Scott, Federal Member for Lindsay

 "As a regional city Penrith is perfectly positioned to become the engine room for employment and recreational growth in Western Sydney. Multiple Olympic sites, a national sporting franchise and the gateway to the largest employment precinct in the Southern Hempishere, Penrith is set to become the jewel in the NSW crown."


Vanessa Graydon 


Owner Skipton’s Café & the Business Arc - serviced office. Over 20 years experience in credit management, sales, marketing & recruitment.

"Keen to bring Penrith into a cosmopolitan lifestyle for locals and visitors alike." 


Michael Todd 


BEC Marketing & Business Manager MIEF, B Bus (Mktg) Dip. Bus, TAE Co-founder of GenYQ & Vice Chair of St Dominic’s College. Michael’s main role is business advisor to small business.

"Looking forward to working with small business to achieve a sustainable future for Penrith." 



Ian Hicks


Managing Director, Operations & Customer Service HIX Group

 "I have only recently joined the Board and am most impressed by the great achievements being made by the Penrith CBD Corporation for the CBD of Penrith" """"




Vic Shipley


Owner - Powersmart Electrical Services
“Having lived and worked in Penrith for a number of years I’m passionate about making Penrith a greater place to live and do business and to ensure more opportunities for local employment and local new businesses to be created and assist where ever I can to promote this great place of Penrith that we call home”       


Paul Stonebridge


Centre Manager Westfield Penrith - Scentre Group

Having just joined the Penrith CBD Board it is exciting to see how much that has been achieved in the first 12 months of operation. I look forward to seeing and contributing to many more great achievements in the year ahead”