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Senior Staff

General Manager 

Our General Manager is appointed by the Council and manages the organisational structure and operations, as well as providing strategic advice to the Mayor and Councillors.

George Dedes

George Dedes
Qualifications: Associate Diploma in Project Management, Diploma In Management, BA Dip Ed, Grad Cert Workplace Relations
Appointed: 2017

George has over 25 years’ experience in local and state government across various senior management and executive roles, leading and developing high performing multidisciplinary teams in complex and dynamic political environments to deliver essential services for the community.  

He has extensive experience in leading cultural and organisational change, undertaking significant improvements spanning council’s operations.  George has implemented continuous improvement strategies at all levels of the organisation and his expertise in infrastructure and strategic planning puts him in a unique position to guide the future of our vibrant City.

The breadth of experience that George brings to Council allows for the implementation of significant complex projects whilst strengthening the commercial and customer focus across the Council, improving services for the residents of Ryde.

His current key focus includes the implementation of the new Community Strategic Plan andin doing so, meeting the diverse needs of our community in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner. 

Executive Team 

Our Executive Team brings together a wealth of experience and skills. 

Our directors are responsible for overseeing four directorates that span corporate services, city works, customer and community services, and city planning and development. They sit on Council meetings and set the strategic direction of their directorate, as well as providing leadership and support to their management team and staff.

To find out more about the City of Ryde Executive Team, read the biographies below or view our Organisation Structure.

Director, Corporate Services


Mark Eady
Qualifications: B. Commerce (Accountancy and Management)
Appointed: 2021

Mark has 32 years public sector experience in state and local government. He has previously led corporate and community functions at City of Sydney, Derwent Valley (Tasmania) and Yass Valley Councils. He has led the development and implementation of community strategies and plans, managed reform and change projects, and ensured critical infrastructure was delivered for the community.  Mark has developed recommendations to improve the transparent and efficient operation of many NSW government agencies and councils during his four years at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Director, Customer and Community Services

Angela Jones Blayney

Angela Jones-Blayney
Qualifications: B. App. Sci (Environmental Health), Dip. Project Management
Appointed: 2018

Throughout Angela’s extensive 29-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, community engagement program underpinning development of The New Heart of Ryde, Ryde Central. 

Director, City Planning and Environment

liz coad

Liz Coad 
Qualifications: BTP (UNSW), Diploma of Management
Appointed: 2018 (Acting 2016-2017)

Liz has 31 years of experience working in local government, including for Randwick and Ku-ring-gai councils before joining City of Ryde.

Liz brings to her current role 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. Most recently she has overseen the portfolios of Urban Strategy, Development Assessment and Environment, Health & Building.

Director, City Works

Wayne-Rylands.jpg Wayne Rylands
Qualifications: MBA (Technology Management), Grad Dip Business, BE (Civil)
Appointed: 2018

Wayne has over 25 years’ experience in local government. He recently completed three years as the Director, City Delivery at Campbelltown City Council where he oversaw the provision of the Council’s infrastructure, asset management, open space, city safety and security, and operations functions. Prior to that, he was the Executive Manager (Director) Open Space and Urban Services at Lane Cove Council for 10 years. Prior to moving into senior management roles, Wayne was extensively involved for more than 15 years in traffic and transport functions at Lane Cove, Woollahra and Botany Councils.

The management experience Wayne brings to his role will enable him to fit seamlessly into the City of Ryde senior management team to work closely with them in delivering the vision and objectives of the Community Strategic Plan and Council’s extensive capital works program that is contained within the Delivery Plan.

Last updated on 18 August 2021