Leading our City
The City of Sydney is represented by a Lord Mayor and 9 Councillors who are elected for a 4 year term. The Deputy Lord Mayor is elected by the Councillors each year.
All Councillors represent the entire local area as the city is not divided into wards.
You can read all about our current Councillors in this section.
- Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Lord Mayor Clover Moore
- 02 9265 9229
Clover Moore is Lord Mayor of Sydney, currently serving her third term. She is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and previously served on the City and South Sydney councils.
From March 1988 Clover was continuously elected to represent the Bligh/Sydney electorate as an independent MP in the NSW Parliament. She was forced to resign on 21 September 2012 after a state law made it illegal for her to continue in both roles.
An opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald once said: "In her 20 years as MP, with more successful private member's bills than anyone in a century, Moore has done more to keep the bastards honest than Don Chipp ever did.”
Throughout her public life, Clover has championed progressive policies.
Small bars, freedom of information laws, whistleblower protection, disclosure of government contracts, boarding house protection, tenant's rights, strata title reform, making it illegal to incite hatred against members of the GLBT community and making same sex adoption legal are among her achievements.
When she held the balance of power alongside other independents in NSW she delivered a charter of reform, called the most radical state political reform agenda of any Westminster Parliament in the 20th century.
As Lord Mayor, Clover has led the development and implementation of the City's internationally renowned long term plan – Sustainable Sydney 2030. The plan includes ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Under her leadership, the City has developed a global reputation for delivering award winning facilities, protecting open space, promoting design excellence, delivering new transport options, championing sustainability and initiating progressive solutions to complex city social problems.
Clover is an arts graduate of Sydney University. She has 2 children, Sophie and Tom. She lives in inner-Sydney Redfern with husband Peter and staffy-kelpie cross Bessie.
- Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis
Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis
- 02 9288 5915
Councillor Robyn Kemmis (BA(Hons) (UNE), MA (Essex), HonDUniv (UTS)) is an experienced administrator who was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Prior to joining UTS, Robyn held a number of senior management positions within the NSW public service. She has studied and worked at the University of New England and the University of Essex as a researcher and tutor, and has worked in publishing and tourism in London.
Robyn has a long-standing interest in equal opportunity and has pursued that interest both personally and in her professional life, as advisor to the then NSW Public Service Board on matters affecting women in the public sector, as chair of the management committee for the women’s executive development program within the Australian Technology Network of Universities, and through ongoing involvement in women’s action coalitions.
In 2002 Robyn was awarded an honorary doctorate by UTS recognising her outstanding contribution towards achieving the university's mission. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in business leadership.
Robyn is committed to engaging community members in local government matters and decisions that affect their lives. She has a particular interest in community building, in Council’s work to support the local economy, to assist business in the City and in village high streets, and in programs that support young people and kids.
Robyn is committed to enhancing the City's long-term sustainability - environmentally, physically and financially.
- Councillor Robert Kok
Councillor Robert Kok
- 02 9265 9427
Councillor Robert Kok is a practising lawyer and currently the deputy chair of the Major Development Assessment Sub-Committee and a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee.
Robert was elected to Council in 2008 and served as Deputy Lord Mayor for 2011-12 and was re-elected to Council in 2012. He has chaired the City's Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group for the past 5 years. Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is the single most important event for the Chinese community and has grown to be the largest Chinese New Year event outside of China.
Robert immigrated to Australia with his family in 1987. Due to his Malaysian origin and Chinese heritage he has a strong understanding of Chinese culture as well as the City’s diverse Asian communities. Robert is a passionate advocate for cross cultural awareness and is committed to further strengthening the vibrant relationship between the City and its Asian communities. His support for the Chinatown Improvement Plan has assisted in revitalising this historic area into a world renowned attraction and business hub.
Robert is an alumni of Macquarie University and Bond University as well as Asialink. He is also a Governor of WWF-Australia.
- Councillor John Mant
Councillor John Mant
- 02 9288 5911
Councillor John Mant (B.A. LL.B., Dip. T&CP Syd.) has worked in senior positions in federal and state governments. He has consulted to the World Bank, undertaken other international consultancies and projects, and been a partner in a major Sydney law firm.
One of Australia's leading experts on planning systems and local government management, John's expertise spans the fields of:
- planning law
- housing policy
- development control
- organisation design and development
- urban management.
He has formulated development management systems that are easier to administer while at the same time delivering better environmental results and increasing transparency.
In urban management, John has shown how the structure of organisations affects the outcomes they produce and he has restructured many organisations accordingly. He simplified local government management legislation in NSW by removing barriers to flexible governance, which has influenced the reform of local government in most other Australian states.
John was recently president of the Paddington Society and deputy chair of Common Equity NSW, the not-for-profit holding company for NSW cooperative housing organisations. He is also co-editor of the Local Government Law Journal.
- Councillor Jenny Green
Councillor Jenny Green
- 02 9288 5913
Councillor Jenny Green (B.A. Modern Asian Studies, Grad. Dip. TESOL, Master of Adult Education) is the Academic Director of the National Judicial College of Australia.
Jenny has operated a successful consultancy in learning and development for more than 25 years and has extensive experience consulting with both public and private sector organisations in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
In addition to her training consultancy business, Jenny established and operated a wholesale/import business from 1998 to 2003. This small business involved the design, manufacture and sale of homeware products from India, China and Thailand to retailers in Australia and Asia.
She is an active community advocate and supporter of small business and has a special interest in the revitalisation and diversification of retail and entertainment precincts within the LGA.
Jenny is a long-time sponsor of a number of aid organisations and is currently a volunteer director on the board of Trade Winds, a not-for-profit fair trade organisation that imports tea and coffee from Sri Lanka and East Timor. She also supports her local community in Kings Cross by volunteering at the Wayside Chapel.
Elected to the City of Sydney Council in September 2012, Jenny holds positions on a number of committees: She is the deputy chair of the Cultural Sub-Committee, co-chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Advisory Committee, a member of the Eora Journey Public Art Working Group and an alternate member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee.
- Councillor Irene Doutney
Councillor Irene Doutney
- 02 9265 9700 or 02 9265 9812
Councillor Irene Doutney (B.A. History) has served on Council since 2008. Her background is in history, theatre and the arts. She also worked in NSW Parliament with Sylvia Hale MLC and David Shoebridge MLC.
As a member of the community group REDWatch, Irene is dedicated to serving the residential needs of the Redfern, Eveleigh, Darlington and Waterloo areas. She has served as part of the Factory Community Centre management committee and has also played a leading role in the Lift Redfern campaign, which seeks to make Redfern train station accessible to all.
Over the past 4 years, Irene has focused on helping disadvantaged members of society and protecting the natural environment. She is committed to helping people within the City who are being left behind by urban growth and development, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, public-housing tenants, seniors and people with disabilities. She is also a public housing tenant, living in Redfern.
Irene considers some of her biggest achievements on Council to be securing a wide range of essential maintenance improvements in public housing estates throughout the City and helping to preserve urban biodiversity.
Irene is Deputy Chair of Council’s Environment Committee, alternate co-chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel and alternate member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee. She is also the City’s representative and member of the executive on the Sydney Coastal Councils Group and a delegate to the Green Living Centre Reference Committee, as well as an alternate representative on the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and the Green Square Advisory Committee.
In her second term on Council she is looking forward to working with other Councillors to make the City more inclusive.
- Councillor Edward Mandla
Councillor Edward Mandla
- 02 9288 5919
Councillor Edward Mandla’s career spans three decades in business intertwined with making voluntary contributions to the broader community. Edward has held leadership roles in Australian and multinational organisations culminating in holding a variety of Board positions, mainly in high growth companies. He continues as General Manager in Mandlason Search, leading with research and headhunting techniques to help organisations secure the talented people within their markets.
Edward has sat on a number of federal government ministerial task forces and mentored young entrepreneurs under the Step Up Program. He has advised on technology policy and is a former President of the Australian Computer Society where he was made an Honorary Life Member in 2007. Edward is Vice President of the Consensus Australia Technology Association and also a judge at the annual Consensus Software Awards.
Edward has written columns for “The Australian”, “The Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age”, ”The Daily Telegraph” and a number of magazines. He has also made numerous radio and television appearances.
Academically, Edward has a distinguished record. He received a First Class Honours Degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales majoring in Information Systems. He won the 'Datec Prize' for best honours thesis about Information Systems Techniques used for Commercial Applications. He was also awarded the first University Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Information Systems.
As a keen sportsman, Edward is the 2012 and 2013 Australian Masters category Olympic Weightlifting Champion as well as a current NSW Masters Record Holder.
Elected as a Councillor in 2012, Edward is passionate about providing civic leadership, creative thought and an interface between the residents of Sydney and Council. He brings a problem solving, common sense approach to public office. For full details of Edward’s work in office see www.mandla.com.au
- Councillor Christine Forster
Councillor Christine Forster
- 02 9288 5921
Councillor Christine Forster was elected to the City of Sydney Council in September 2012. Prior to that she had a long history of involvement in her local community, participating in a wide range of volunteer and charity work since the early 1990s. Christine spent more than a decade in elected leadership roles managing a community-based child care facility, and on a number of school-related parent committees. She remains an active volunteer in community-based organisations within the City of Sydney.
Christine has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years for Platts, the world's leading information provider for the energy and metals industries, and she is the company's most senior writer covering the Australian energy sector. In her role she provides information and insights to help customers make sound trading and business decisions, which has contributed to markets performing with greater transparency and efficiency.
Christine is currently the Chair of the City's Floodplain Risk Management Committee, the City's representative on the Cooks River Alliance, Co-Chair of the NSW State Government's Thai Ministerial Consultative Committee, and an Ambassador for Pride in Diversity's Sapphire Program for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in the workplace. She was also an Ambassador for Bicycle NSW 2014 Gear Up Girl ride.
Christine is committed to the principles of common sense government, genuine sustainability, free enterprise and respect for the individual. She is passionate about representing all of her consituents and ensuring they have a voice in a Council that works to deliver for the community.
Christine has 4 children and lives with her long-term partner Virginia in Surry Hills.
- Councillor Angela Vithoulkas
Councillor Angela Vithoulkas
- 02 9288 5909
Councillor Angela Vithoulkas has built a successful career as a small business owner, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. Her business experience has been achieved through hard work and passion for results in Sydney's city centre over the past 20 years, as well as her ongoing management of the flagship VIVO Café. Running an inner-city business that focuses on customer service has provided Angela with a unique understanding of the issues that are relevant to residents, workers and visitors to the City of Sydney. Her desire is to ensure that Sydney is now and always will be an innovative, engaging, safe and accommodating place for everyone to live, work, visit and enjoy.
Angela's successes have been formally acknowledged with a number of business awards including:
- City of Sydney Business of the Year
- City of Sydney Café of the Year
- NSW Entrepreneur of the Year
- 2007 Telstra Women's Business Owner of the Year.
Elected to Council in 2012, Angela represents both residents and small business owners and brings a real voice to Council. As well as her role on the City's standing committees, Angela is a member of the Green Living Centre Reference Committee. She represents the city on the Program Delivery Committee and is a delegate to the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and the Floodplain Risk Management Committee. Prior to being elected to Council in September 2012, Angela was a member of the City's Retail Advisory Panel. She is also a panel member for the Australian Taxation Office Small Business Partnership. Angela has embraced innovation and technology with the establishment of her online radio station, Eagle Waves Radio. Angela offers City of Sydney residents and business owners the opportunity to come and have a chat about what matters to them.
Angela is very proud to be the first Australian-Greek woman to be elected to the City, for which she has been recognised by the European Council. Born, raised and educated in Sydney, Angela is fluent in English and Greek.
- Councillor Linda Scott
Councillor Linda Scott
- 02 9288 5917
Councillor Linda Scott (B.Sc. Psych.) was selected as Labor's candidate for the City of Sydney Council election in a historic ballot of over 4,000 inner-city residents as part of NSW Labor's first community preselection process.
Linda has always been actively involved in her local community. She has been the chair of the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and a member of a range of inner-city community organisations. She is an elected member of the NSW ALP Policy Forum and is a past co-convenor of Labor for Refugees. Linda is also the deputy chair of Council's Community Sub-Committee.
First elected to the City of Sydney Council in September 2012, Linda is committed to values of equality and social justice. Linda is passionate about ensuring Council invests in community services and infrastructure to improve the lives of all the City's communities. She is particularly interested in child care, public and affordable housing, the environment, the arts and preserving the City's heritage.
Linda lives with her husband and 2 young children in inner-city Erskineville and works as a researcher. She has previously conducted research on alcohol-related crime, and currently investigates the world of work at the University of Sydney's Workplace Research Centre.