Meet the JTSSE team

JT Strategic Solutions (JTSS): The project team

John Trevillian, the Managing Director of JTSSE, has played a key role in the development of Australia’s major events industry. Highly regarded in the industry as an outstanding event practitioner, John’s expertise and strong networks ensure success for JTSSE projects.

John grew up in the Hunter and he will combine his experience and passion for events with his strong personal commitment to the region. John’s project team of Sharon Boyd, Kevin Simmonds and Bill Tatnell have extensive experience in working with all levels of government in a variety of senior roles, including on inter-jurisdictional major events projects.

John Trevillian’s contribution to Australia’s event industry

A national and international leader in the major events industry for over 25 years, John was the first person inducted into the Festival and Events Association Hall of Fame in 2003. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Events Industry Association in 2015.

John’s career spans government and non-government sectors. His leadership roles on events that have been “firsts” for Australia include: the 1988 Bicentenary; the Centenary of Federation; the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games City Live Sites Program; and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2015.

John has shaped some of our iconic national events through his leadership of government coordination services for events such as Sydney’s New Year’s Eve, Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Australia Day celebrations and Sydney’s City to Surf Fun Run. John’s event coordination systems have been picked up by other Australian states and by international cities hosting major events.

Sharon Boyd’s career in government, policy development and strategic planning

Sharon has nearly 20 years’ experience in policy development, project governance and coordination in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). This includes place management projects, urban development and planning policy, major projects coordination, social policy, and organisational review. The majority involved navigating interjurisdictional arrangements, complex multi-stakeholder management, and delivering project outcomes aligned to government priorities.

As the Director, Event Strategy, in DPC from 2010 to 2015 she led the team oversighting NSW obligations for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. She has also worked on the assessment and analysis of major event proposals before the NSW Government for bids for the FIFA World Cup, the G20 Leaders’ Meeting 2014 and the UN Habitat World Urban Forum 2018.

Kevin Simmonds’ event experience and career highlights

Kevin has nearly 30 years in the events industry in a range of roles requiring strategic planning, complex negotiation and contract management skills.  His resume includes positions with the NSW Premier’s Department, Department of State Development, Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Limited, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee, NSW Major Events Board, Events NSW and Destination NSW.

A seasoned event professional with a strong background in event development and implementation, Kevin’s particular expertise is in the planning and negotiation of major sporting events. His appointments to the sports events portfolio of Events NSW, and later,  Destination NSW, saw him leading the strategic planning for many of the high profile sporting events in NSW during his time with these organisations.

Kevin’s recent consultancy projects for Tourism and Events Queensland include major sporting event bids and other sport event projects.

Bill Tatnell’s experience

Bill is the Director of Strategic Vistas, a consultancy specialising in community development and engagement, issues management, governance and strategy development.

Venues NSW is one of Bill’s clients and his role with them to progress the development of the Hunter Sports and Entertainment Precinct brings valuable insights to the JTSSE project team.

Previously the Hunter Region Director for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Bill has a thorough knowledge of the Hunter. He also has extensive experience of the big issues for regional communities and governance in coastal and inland New South Wales, having lived and worked in six regional communities as a senior officer and senior regional executive in the NSW Government.

Bill has achieved significant results through his leadership of major government reform programs, and coordination of multi-stakeholder groups on infrastructure planning, major events (including the 2015 AFC Asian Cup), regional employment and land-use diversification initiatives, strategic governance reforms and disaster resilience.