Designed by Royal architect Edward Blore and completed in 1845 for the 9th Governor of New South Wales, Sir George Gipps; Government House Sydney stands proudly on the shores of Sydney Harbour within the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is the official residence of the Governor of New South Wales and the venue for many Vice Regal functions, Executive Council meetings and community and cultural events. It also holds great historic significance for Australia. The house and grounds are regularly opened to the public and we welcome thousands of domestic and overseas visitors each year.
I was employed to oversee the operational, financial and administrative requirements and services of the House and Grounds.
This was an incredibly sensitive time for Government House. Changes in Governorship, a change of use from museum venue to vice regal residence and the business transfer between government agencies meant I was tasked with analysing potential conflict, addressing complications and challenges, devising and initiating strategies and solutions, communicating, documenting and providing guidance and support to stakeholders and teams across the organisation.
The successful transfer from Sydney Living Museums to the NSW Dept of Premier enabled us to meet the changing domestic and security needs of the house whilst retaining community access to the historic residence, continuing use as a function venue and preserving the architectural integrity of the building and the art and furniture collection within.