• Kim Ellis Parks and Places

    Meet Kim Ellis, CEO of Centennial Parklands


Just over a week ago, Centennial Parklands’ CEO Kim Ellis, received a special guest at his front door – Simon Marnie from radio station ABC 702.

Simon was dropping into the Ellis’ home for a Sunday Brunch – a popular segment of the Weekends program.

Conversation ranged from career to books, military to movies, and even uncovered what Kim plays on his iPod as he walks Centennial Park every morning (you may be surprised what the head of the Parklands listens to!).

In Centennial Park’s 125th Anniversary year, we thought many of you may be interested to hear the interview and learn a bit more about the people behind your favourite Parklands!

(Spoiler alert – we hadn’t suspected The Princess Bride would top his favourite movies list!).

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A quick overview of Kim’s background

  • Kim retired from a 24-year career in the Australian Army in 1997, where he had worked in port and terminal combat support logistic roles in Australia, the United States and the Antarctic. He specialised in air and sea terminal operations in Sydney and Darwin, which culminated in command of the Army’s Port and Terminal Operating Regiment.
  • He was Head of the Passenger Services Group at Sydney Airport, where he was responsible for all airlines-related operational activities on Sydney Airport including Airport Security, Ground Access, International Terminal Operations and Airport Maintenance. Kim led the 120 strong Passenger Services Group team through the $600 million International Terminal upgrade, and the Sydney Olympic operations in 2000.
  • Kim was Chief Executive Officer of BAC Airports Pty Ltd from 2001 to 2010 where he had responsibility for the business and operational management of Bankstown, Hoxton Park and Camden Airports, including large scale property development and the establishment of new infrastructure and services.
  • He took over as the Centennial Parklands’ Director and Chief Executive in 2011. He has responsibility for the operation, preservation, sustainable development and financial viability of 360 hectares of Sydney’s most valuable and highly used inner city open space.


Kim doesn't send his staff to do anything he won't do himself! Up a tree with the arborists!

Kim doesn’t send his staff to do anything he won’t do himself! Up a tree with the arborists!


Helping to maintain the gardens at Paddington Gates with our horticultural team.

Helping to maintain the gardens at Paddington Gates with our horticultural team.


Heading underground in Reservoir No. 1, Centennial Park

Heading underground in Reservoir No. 1, Centennial Park


That last photo was part of a fascinating blog post we previously posted on ‘Peeking inside a reservoir‘. Check out this once in a generation opportunity!

- posted by Craig Easdown

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Follow Kim on Twitter! @_kim_ellis


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