LGP Board


John Truman

Chairman John Truman has served on the LGP Board since 2005. He is a former National President and NSW President of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, having been elected a NSW IPWEA Director for 15 years. John was the founding chair of NSW Roads Directorate and is currently Group Manager Civil Services at Ballina Council.

John’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and was awarded an Emeritus Membership of IPWEA in 2015. John was also a founding board member of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government. 




Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth is an executive, lawyer and sourcing & procurement professional with 20+ years’ experience in the banking & financial services and professional sectors. She was a senior manager and commercial director at Westpac, including Director of Strategic Sourcing, Director of the WorkSMART Program and Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer. Previously she worked in both investment banking and as a Senior Associate at major Australian law firm Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Elizabeth is currently Commercial Director at boutique advisory firm Nyungga Black Group.

Elizabeth works as a consultant to the business and legal sectors in venture capital and business start-ups & expansions. She also has over a decade of direct experience working with Australian Indigenous organisations, focussed on commercial and economic development. She was previously a director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.




Penny Holloway

Penny has 30+ years’ experience at senior executive level in state and local government in Victoria and NSW, including CEO of Lord Howe Island Board, General Manager at North Sydney Council and CEO at Latrobe City Council. She is currently a Board member on the Victorian Planning Authority, Alternate Chair of Local Planning Panels at Willoughby, Burwood and Camden Councils, Independent Expert on the Local Planning Panel of The Hills Shire Council, a State Member on the Northern Regional Planning Panel and a Member of Northern Sydney Local Health District Audit and Risk Committee.

Penny’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, Master of Urban Planning and Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 




Peter Dennis

Peter is an engineer with over 35 years water industry and local government experience. His is currently the Managing Director at Hunter H2O.  His previous roles have included CEO at Seqwater, CEO at Armidale Regional Council, General Manager System Strategy at Hunter Water Corporation and Chief Operating Officer at Hunter Water Australia. His Board experience includes ICON Water, Australian Water Association, Mackay Regional Council Water Board and Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources.  Peter is also currently a Conjoint Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle.

Peter’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Environmental Studies, Postgraduate Diploma of Management and Corporate Director’s Diploma. His major awards include being named in the ‘Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’ by Engineers Australia in 2014 and 2015, and ‘Professional Engineer of the Year’ by the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia  in 2009. As a leader in community education, Peter established the ‘Water For Life’ program for South East Queensland.




Robert Lagaida

Robert has 25+ years’ experience in the NSW public health system managing delivery of health services, undertaking procurement and management of assets, goods and services for NSW public hospitals. He was Director of Clinical Operations and Director of Finance and Commercial Services in a number of NSW Health entities, and also held senior policy positions in the NSW Ministry of Health. Robert is currently a Board Director of Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW and LiveBetter Pty Ltd, an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees at Blacktown City Council and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, as well as a member of the NSW Medical Council and the NSW Board of Psychology of Australia.

Robert’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Commerce, Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In the Australia Day 2018 Honours List, Robert received a Public Service Medal (PSM) in recognition of his financial management contributions to the NSW public hospital system. 




Susan Budd
Associate Director

Susan is a lawyer and governance professional with 30+ years’ experience in public and private sector legal practice. As well as her extensive knowledge of legal issues arising in the context of the NSW planning system Susan has strong experience in corporate governance, including corruption prevention. During her career, Susan has worked in a number of senior executive roles with the NSW Department of Planning and Local Government NSW and legal roles in the private sector. 

Susan is currently Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary for Local Government NSW, and an alternate member of the Sydney and Regional Planning Panels.

Susan has a Master of Environmental Law, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, all from the University of Sydney. Susan is a member of the Law Society of NSW and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.