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Senior Staff

Acting General Manager 

George Dedes

George Dedes
Qualifications: Associate Diploma in Project Management, Diploma In Management, BA Dip Ed, Grad Cert Workplace Relations
Appointed: 2013

For more than 26 years George has managed public work assets at both local and state government levels. At City of Ryde his portfolio includes the delivery and maintenance of city wide infrastructure, project delivery, traffic and business infrastructure management as well as waste, plant and fleet, properties, and construction material recycling. Current initiatives include the development of a 10-year Asset Management Plan, a Geospatial Integration Management System and improved business planning.

Director Corporate and Organisational Support Services

Roy Newsome

Roy Newsome 
Qualifications: Assoc. LG Admin GACID 
Appointed: 2004

With more than 35 years experience in local government, Roy has extensive experience and knowledge of service delivery to the Council and community. This background enables him to strengthen and improve Council’s governance framework through the delivery of essential corporate services including Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources, Customer Services, Governance and Legal. His current key focus areas are optimising IT systems to improve service delivery, strengthening customer service (including the opening of a new Planning and Business Centre in 2011), investigating options to increase revenue sources, and maintaining the current sound financial position.

Acting Director City Works and Infrastructure

2017-05 Joe So

Joe So
Qualifications: B. Bus. F Fin.
Appointed: 2017

With over 17 years' experience in banking, consulting, and local government, Joe brings a broad range of experiences to the City Works and Infrastructure Directorate. His background enables an innovative and modern approach in the management of The City's assets and delivery of essential services. His portfolio includes the end-to-end asset planning and delivery of The City's annual Capital Works Program, along with asset maintenance, waste management, and the development of Council's commercial and operational properties. Joe's current initiatives include the establishment of financially sustainable asset management models, the advancement of Council's Geospatial Integration Management System for civil works planning and delivery, along with the implementation of Council's property strategy.

Acting Director Customer and Community Services

Angela Jones Blayney 2013-2014
Angela Jones-Blayney

Qualifications: B. App. Sci (Environmental Health), Dip. Project Management
Appointed: 2012

Throughout Angela’s extensive 26- year career in Local Government she has a proven track record of fostering a culture in which excellence in service is pursued by all staff and is front of mind when dealing with our customers. Angela is responsible for the implementation of communication and community engagement strategies and strategic customer service programs to support and improve the interface between the City of Ryde and its customer base. She is also responsible for managing internal and external media communications for the Council. Her recent achievements include undertaking the comprehensive, award-winning community engagement program underpinning the City of Ryde’s Special Rating Variation application.

Acting Director City Planning and Development

Liz Coad
Liz Coad
Qualifications: BTP, Diploma of Management
Appointed: 2015

Liz has almost 30 years experience working in local government, with extensive experience in statutory and land use planning and in-depth knowledge of the political and legislative process. She has expertise in service delivery and business improvement and has worked in various leadership roles at City of Ryde. Liz also took on the role of mentor in the 2015/16 City of Ryde Mentoring Program and helped to deliver another successful year of this program.


Last updated on 19 May 2017