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Penny Philpott

“My passion lies in the arts and my ambition is to establish the Northern Beaches as the cultural hub of Sydney.”   – Penny Philpott

Sarah is a Manly Ward Councillor elected in 2017 and is Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF Australia. The Balgowlah Heights resident is mother of 3 busy teenage girls.


Sarah is a qualified Board Director with extensive experience in governance, finance, strategy and risk management – skills that are vital for ensuring the financial performance, accountability and transparency of Council decisions.


She is an active member of Council’s Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the Transport and Travel Strategic Reference Group. She has a proven record of being a strong, independent advocate for the local community on a range of matters that impact them such as the Beaches Link Tunnel, local Bus timetables, the environment and support for local businesses.


During her term on Council, Sarah has delivered improvements to local infrastructure, including our local tidal pools and public amenities. Sarah’s longer term focus is on strategy development, building a resilient community, safeguarding our children’s future and ensuring a sustainable Council.


Sarah Grattan is a Manly Ward councillor elected in 2017. She is the Chair of the Transport and Travel Strategic Reference Group (SRG), is an active member of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee and of the Community and Belonging SRG.


Sarah moved to Manly in 1999 and now lives in Balgowlah Heights with her husband Paul, and her three teenage girls. She loves spending time with friends and family at our local restaurants and taking walks through the many gorgeous places on the Northern Beaches – but especially the Spit to Manly Walk taking in the beautiful surrounds of Clontarf, Tania Park, Forty Baskets and North Harbour!


In 2018 Sarah was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF Australia, responsible for finance, legal, risk, governance, strategy, IT and operations. Since her appointment, Sarah has delivered a digital transformation of UNICEF Australia, strengthened governance and risk management and overseen stronger financial performance including entry into the top 10 charities in the market.


Previously Sarah ran a strategic & management consultancy, The Grattan Strategy, together with her husband. They oversaw a diverse range of projects and industries, having worked a number of years with LEK Consulting and at Sydney Airport.

Sarah Grattan is a great believer in consultation. Whether it is across the boardroom, or crammed into the school hall, Sarah is driven to listen and communicate, problem-solve and find solutions. It’s why she wants to trigger some true community consultation over the future of the northern beaches.


Sarah is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and prior to that, she graduated UNSW with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) with the University Medal and a Bachelor of Laws.

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Clr Sarah Grattan

“As a group of Independents, our loyalty is solely to our community. We work for them.”
– Clr Sarah Grattan

Areas of Immediate Focus:

  • Traffic and transport

  • Financial responsibility 

  • Children and Youth Services

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