Co-opted Councillor

Simon Officer is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at the Department of Planning and Environment. Simon joined the Department in August 2014 and has been instrumental in transforming the Department’s financial and operational management and governance. As CFOO for the Planning and Environment cluster, made up of the Department of Planning and Environment, Office of Environment and Heritage, Office of Local Government and several other agencies, Simon has recently led the development of Cluster Corporate Services. This initiative developed Cluster Corporate Services as a central model of Corporate Service delivery across the cluster.

Simon is also the Chief Executive of the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC). Since his appointment in January 2016, Simon has led the activation and redevelopment of Mount Penang, Gosford to stimulate regional economic activity and jobs growth.

Simon has a wealth of experience in re-engineering finance and services functions. In his previous role as CFO at Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, Simon was responsible for the transition of the business from a Westmead Hospital and Sydney University joint venture into a new public company.  While CFO of Mater Health Services Brisbane, Simon delivered significant improvements to finance services, budgeting and reporting across the seven Mater hospitals.  Simon’s prior roles also include CFO Lifetime Care Authority of NSW, where he set up the authority, and CFO Mission Australia, where he established national corporate service operations.  

Simon also served on the Prime Minister’s Charities Consultative Committee for a New Tax System and was responsible for several submissions to Senate Inquiries including A New Tax System and The Definition of Charities.

Simon also runs a big operation at home with 6 boys but he loves to travel and is a very keen skier.