Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce

...a fusion of 21st Century urban living just a short stroll from the heart of Sydney

Brigid Kennedy is an expert chef, established catering and events director and successful author.

New Zealand-born, she trained at the well- known Cordon Bleu Institute in London, and La Varenne, Paris. She owned and ran a catering business in London, then became a personal chef to the rich and famous as they cruised the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

In Sydney, Brigid owned and operated the successful Simmer Café in Potts Point for 3 years before setting up Simmer Catering and Events in 1996. She has been Managing Director of Simmer on the Bay, Walsh Bay, since 2005, and has recently embarked on a new venture in the Southern Highlands, The Loch, for weddings and farm stays. 

Brigid has also written two books, Small Food and All Fired Up, and is working on a third. Slave to Flavour. She teaches regularly at a number of cooking schools, and is widely respected as an inspired creator of memorable events.

" Walsh Bay is an excellent location for business. It is already well-established as a leading arts centre , with huge potential for restaurants and commercial businesses. By working together, we can get the message out to the world ....."

Simmer on the Bay
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Andrew Deane joined ATYP in May 2013 and as Development Manager is working to increase the number of advocates for ATYP and raise awareness amongst the community of ATYP's need for greater philanthropic support.

Andrew recently moved to Sydney after some four years working at the University of Melbourne's Advancement Office. At Melbourne, Andrew gained broad experience in best practice alumni relations, fundraising and stewardship activities including telephone fundraising. Andrew's legacy there came from three years supervising a successful student volunteer-led fundraising program that raised money to help other students on campus.

Over 15 years, Andrew has worked in education both in Australia, Japan and China. He speaks fluent Japanese and functional Mandarin. While he has had many roles such as project management, English teaching and administration, Andrew has been motivated by working for institutions delivering programs that bring out the very best in young people.

Australian Theatre for Young People
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Sally is a Yuin woman from the South Coast of New South Wales with strong ties to the La Perouse and Wreck Bay communities. Sally studied at the University of Sydney completing a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) in 2009 and is currently the Development Coordinator at Bangarra Dance Theatre.

She has held previous positions in TV Publicity at the ABC, Indigenous and Marketing departments at Screen Australia and most recently the Marketing department at the Sydney Opera House. Sally is also a valued WBAC committee member and advocate for Walsh Bay. 

Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Kim Mahaffy is the general manager at Pier One Sydney Harbour, the inaugural Australian property in Marriot’s Autograph Collection of international luxury hotels.

Kim's experience across Australia and South East Asia, most recently in Hong Kong, brings Pier One Sydney Harbour a solid international foundation of hotel knowledge and global understanding of guest expectations at the luxury level.  

Known and respected within the Marriott International Group, she has a reputation for creating unique guest experiences, inspiring her staff to constantly improve and refresh the entire guest interaction and finesse the details.




Candaice O’Brien is Head of Marketing and Communications at Trippas White Group and new WBAC Committee member, taking up the role of Retail Chair in 2017.

Launching new venues, rebranding and developing new and exciting events and campaigns for Trippas White for more than two years Candaice was promoted to head up the group’s marketing and communication efforts six months ago. 

On her role as Retail Chair as part of the WBAC Committee Candaice says: “I am very excited to join the WBAC Committee, although I am fairly new to the team I am already working with local members and businesses to drive awareness of the Walsh Bay precinct and its wonderful offerings. Having been in the arts district for nearly two years I understand it is a tight knit community focused on really helping each other. Together I hope we can all uncover new ways to reach Sydney and beyond to drive visitation to the area and its businesses."

Gabrielle has been with Sydney Theatre Company as Marketing Manager, Campaigns since May 2015. She looks after all the single ticket campaigns for all STC shows. This involves advertising, print, design, distribution, partnerships and promotions and direct mail.  

Gabrielle joined WBAC Committee as Retail/Arts Chair in 2017 and has a clear goal for the business community along with a desire to cement Walsh Bay’s place iconic visitor destination. “I think it’s very important that the Walsh Bay community continue to talk to one another and to collaborate." Her focus is to assist with communications and the representation of WBAC's arts members and to continue to help local businesses learn, grow and develop.

Dennis Tritaris is the Coordinator of WBAC. Having previously worked in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors Dennis is able to harness his extensive experience in marketing and events to bring together Walsh Bay's thriving business community and help promote it to new audiences.

Walsh Bay Arts & Commerce
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