Councillors

Hornsby Shire Council has nine councillors and a popularly elected mayor.Councillors

Has local government reform affected Council representation?

In May 2016 the NSW Government transferred the Hornsby Shire Council area south of the M2 Motorway to the City of Parramatta Council and abolished Hornsby’s three-ward structure.  As a consequence, the councillors who were elected in 2012 for each of the three wards now have responsibility for representing the whole Shire.

How does the proposed merger with Ku-ring-gai Council affect elections?

The current Council was elected on 8 September 2012 and were expected to serve a four-year term. The NSW Government’s proposal to merge Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby councils, has, however caused the elections scheduled for September 2016 to be delayed. It is now likely that the next election for the Hornsby Shire Council will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017.​

More information about the next Council election

More information on the proposed merger.

Committees and working groups

Each Councillor serves on committees and working groups. For a list of these, download Councillor Representation list - 50kb

Mayor

Mayor Steve Russell

Steve Russell

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6604
Mobile: 0409 735 313
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: srussell@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Steve Russell has lived in and around Hornsby Shire for over 30 years because he believes Hornsby Shire is a great place to live. Steve was employed in a senior managerial role after selling his own business of 26 years in 2000. He resigned after being elected Mayor in 2012.

He was elected to Hornsby Council in 1999 and served until 2004. For the four years from 2004 he concentrated on his business career. Steve was re-elected to Council in 2008 as an A Ward representative. In 2012 he was elected to Council as the popularly elected Mayor.

Steve wants to encourage more business activity throughout the Shire because he recognises the positive knock-on effects of local job creation and a strong local economy. He also recognises the potential of the Hornsby CBD and other town centres and wants to realise that potential to ensure the centres are vibrant exciting places. He believes there is an urgent need for workable plans for Hornsby’s ‘Westside’ and will work towards developing those plans.

Steve is a great advocate for the rural area and the many sporting clubs in the Shire. He was part of the team that successfully sought additional funding to improve and upgrade local facilities including drainage, sportsgrounds and ovals, and has pledged to deliver many more improvements to local facilities during this term of Council.

Steve is a vocal supporter of reform of local government in NSW.

Cr Mick Gallagher

Cr Mick Gallagher

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0418 112 675
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: mgallagher@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Mick Gallagher served as a Councillor on Hornsby Shire Council from 1991 to 1995 including the positions of Deputy Mayor in 1994 and Mayor in 1995. After 17 years Mick was re-elected to Council as an A Ward representative in 2012.

Mick joined the Royal Australian Navy at age 16 and had a long naval career that saw him travel to many places including, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Since then he has also visited Canada, the USA (including Alaska & Hawaii), the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji, UK, Ireland, France, Morocco, Turkey, India and Kenya.

Mick now lives in Mt Colah having retired from a full time naval career, and is an active member of the Neighbourhood Watch Program in the area. He is also a guest journalist with the local news publication The Bush Telegraph Weekly.

Mick is well known for his proactive role in the community having supported a wide variety of local activities including fundraising and other campaigns.

Cr Nathan Tilbury

Cr Nathan Tilbury

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0403 227 560
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: ntilbury@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Nathan Tilbury was born in Hornsby Hospital in 1971 and grew up in Berowra. In his mid-20s he left the area to reside in South America, returning in 2005. After living in Hornsby for seven years he now lives in Berowra Heights with his partner and two young daughters. He brought his family to the Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai area because of its unique bushland, proximity to city, strong sense of community and sense of safety.

Nathan was elected to Hornsby Shire Council as an A-Ward Councillor in September 2012. He balances the position with his job as National Sales and Marketing Director of a mid-sized ($20 million per annum) family-owned plastic injection moulding manufacturing company based in south-western Sydney.

He is well known for his contribution to local sporting groups. He was previously the President of Berowra Cricket Club and is current President of Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association, which has 4,000 members. He is also on the Executive of the Ku ring-gai Netball Association, which has 4,500 members.

Nathan was part of the original committee that was responsible for delivering the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS), which opened in January 2015, and is currently on the Board as Chairman of the HKWS Fundraising Committee.

Councillor Tilbury is also a strong advocate and supporter of local government reform.

Cr Antony Anisse

Cr Antony Anisse

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0433 888 031
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: aanisse@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Antony, with his family, has lived in Hornsby Shire for most of his life.  He values the unique characteristics of the Shire such as the bush land, the sense of space, the proximity to various town centres, schools, universities, employment areas and the great transport links.Antony was elected to Council as an A Ward representative in September 2012 and his priority for his term in office is to deliver better services and better infrastructure at a lower cost so that Hornsby Shire is an even better place to live.

As a strong advocate for doing more with less, achieving smart growth and working closely with local communities, Antony is passionate about the sustainable growth of cities.  His other strong interests include the viability of small businesses, mentoring and guiding young people and advocating on behalf of those experiencing poverty and inequality.

Antony studied a double degree in Economics and Law at Macquarie University and was a corporate lawyer with TressCox Lawyers for several years.  He continues to hold a practicing certificate.  Antony now works at Parramatta City Council where he manages major urban renewal and regeneration projects.

In recognition of his talents and expertise he was selected as a Global Shaper in 2013.  Global Shaper is an initiative of the World Economic Forum for young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

Cr Nick Berman

Cr Nick Berman

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0422 021 031
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: nberman@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Nick Berman was first elected to Hornsby Shire Council as a B Ward representative in September 1999. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 as the popularly elected Mayor.  In 2012 Nick was re-elected as a B ward representative.

He has worked at all levels of government and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Nick has lived most of his life in the northern suburbs of Sydney and has always had an active interest in sport. Nick and his family chose to live in Hornsby Shire because of the quality of life the Shire offers local families.

Achievements on Council with which Nick has been associated include: the widening of the Duffy Avenue Bridge; the construction of the Thornleigh Indoor Sports Centre; redeveloping childcare centres in Cherrybrook and Asquith, and further improving local parks and playing fields.

Nick was also the driving force behind the project to seek funding for replacing and repairing local facilities and services, including replacing the Hornsby Aquatic Centre.

Cr Robert Browne

Cr Robert Browne

Address: PO Box 460, Pennant Hills NSW 1715
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0434 568 828
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: rbrowne@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Robert was born locally and has lived in our Shire for over 50 years. He has had an extensive career mostly in the Banking and Accountancy professions and has also served our community in various capacities for more than 20 years.

Robert has been re-elected to Council on a number of occasions since 1999. He has previously served a term as Mayor and Deputy Mayor and has been an active chair and member of many important committees particularly in the areas of environment and sustainability, finance, development, heritage, community and cultural facilities, roads and transport, employment and infrastructure facilities. He has been Chairman of Council's Heritage Advisory Committee for many years.

Robert is a strong advocate for resident’s rights and amenity. Whilst supporting progressive solutions for tough problems, he will continue to encourage input and participation from our community. He strongly believes in the development of a long-term vision for our Shire through greater emphasis on forward planning within the framework of a sustainable future.

His priorities for this term are many. The most challenging includes the speedy completion on budget of the new Hornsby Aquatic Centre, Council finances, housing and employment strategies, Hornsby Quarry, North West Rail Link and Pennant Hills Road. Topmost on his mind are the development of more community, cultural, green space and sporting facilities as well as continuing to pursue State and Federal Governments for infrastructure needs as the result of population pressures.

Cr Gurdeep Singh

Cr Gurdeep Singh

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0424 071 174
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: gsingh@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Gurdeep Singh is a civil engineer and has had an independent practice for over 21 years. Gurdeep is also an active life member of the Council of Indian Australians, a life member of the Australian Sikh Association and a Vice President of the Indian Australian Association of New South Wales, and is perhaps the first Sikh in Australia to be endorsed by the Liberal Party to contest an election.

When he came to Australia 21 years ago he chose to live in the Hornsby Shire for its good quality of life, the bushland setting, the proximity to good schools and the good transport links.

Gurdeep Singh was elected to Council as a B Ward representative in September 2012. His vision for the Shire is to improve liveability while preserving local heritage, and improve local services and facilities. He is also keen to cut red tape and ensure Council’s processes are effective and efficient.

Cr Michael Hutchence

Cr Michael Hutchence (Deputy Mayor)

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0466 008 375
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: mhutchence@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Michael Hutchence has been a resident of Hornsby Shire for over 21 years. He has been educated locally in Carlingford and at Hornsby and is currently studying Business Management at Macquarie University.

In 2008 Michael was elected to Council as an A Ward representative and was re-elected again in 2012.

Michael owns and operates a successful telecommunications and information technology consultancy business servicing clients around the country. Having worked in business from a young age, Michael has developed the organisational and personal skills required to deal with multiple and complex tasks systematically and efficiently.

Michael’s sense of social responsibility is reflected in his desire to make a difference in local government by listening to what people want for their community and translating those wishes into action. Michael is part of the councillor team that oversighted the funding for replacing the Hornsby Aquatic Centre and for maintaining and improving local facilities and services.

Cr Jerome Cox

Cr Jerome Cox

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0408 333 664
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: jcox@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Jerome Cox is endorsed by the Liberal Party and was elected to Council in September 2012 as a C Ward representative. The Liberals action plan for Hornsby is:

  • Build essential infrastructure and sporting facilities
  • Fight inappropriate development
  • Cut Council waste

Cr Bernadette Azizi

Cr Bernadette Azizi

Address: c/- Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby NSW 1630
Phone: (02) 9847 6666
Mobile: 0409 365 360
Fax: (02) 9847 6909
Email: bazizi@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Bernadette Azizi has been a resident of Hornsby Shire for 15 years. She has lived with her family in Epping before spending the past 10 years living in Beecroft. Bernadette is married with three children, who currently attend schools in Cheltenham, Beecroft and West Pennant Hills.

Bernadette is an author of teen fiction, and has been speaking and mentoring students in the local community encouraging reading and writing. She is also a proud supporter and sponsor of many charity organisations.

In September 2012 Bernadette was elected to Council as a C Ward representative, and is keen to support safety improvements around schools and sporting venues in the Shire.