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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 improving the customer experience and the implementation of the new Community Strategic Plan and in doing so, meeting the diverse needs of our community in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner. 

Acting General Manager


Wayne Rylands
Qualifications: MBA (Technology Management), Grad Dip Business, BE (Civil)
Appointed: 2022

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.

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 (Acting 2016-2017)

Angela’s extensive career in local government has spanned 31 years to date and encompassed a diverse range of roles and responsibilities. This includes leading and managing large and diverse business units, financial management and budgeting, performance management, negotiation and dispute resolution, and the development and implementation of organisational change and workplace strategies.

In her time at the City of Ryde, Angela has developed strategies and initiatives in the areas of customer and community engagement, communications, digital media, market research and surveys, events management, regulatory services, library services, community services and at Council’s Ryde Aquatic and Leisure Centre. These platforms have created a customer-centric environment and customer and community services culture that support the goals and objectives outlined in the Community Strategic Plan.

Prior to this, Angela worked for 20 years at the City of Sydney where she helped shape its organisational development, human resources and regulatory services functions. 

Angela also travelled to the United States to attend Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Forum focusing on Innovation Strategies for a Changing World.

Her expertise in human resources also resulted in her being appointed a head judge at the Australian HR Leadership Awards for a number of years. Prior to working with Local Government, Angela was employed as an Acoustic Engineer with a private consultancy firm.

Director, City Planning and Environment

liz coad

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

Liz has 35 years experience working in Local Government including Randwick and Ku-ring- gai Councils before joining City of Ryde. She has expert knowledge of statutory and land use planning and the associated political and legislative processes.

Liz is responsible for the portfolios of Urban Strategy, Development Assessment, Environment and Health and Building which provide the policy and frame work to manage growth while ensuring the ongoing liveability of the City in line with community expectations as articulated in the Community Strategic Plan and the Local Strategic Planning Statement. 

She also manages critical regulatory, enforcement and environmental services.

Liz has the lead role in advocacy through the Ryde Coordination Group run by the Greater Sydney Commission focused on Macquarie Park and the Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct.

Acting Director, City Works

Charles Mahfoud

Qualifications: BE (Civil), Grad. Cert. (Business Administration), Dip. Project Management, Dip. Leadership & Management
Appointed: 2022

Charles is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Engineers Australia) as well as a Registered Practising Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ) with over 20 years experience in both the private and local government sectors across a broad range of civil, construction, project management and infrastructure fields.

Throughout his 12 years at the City of Ryde, Charles has been responsible for managing the majority of Ryde’s infrastructure assets such as roads, footpaths, roadside infrastructure and furniture, stormwater drainage networks, bridges, and carparks.

In more recent years, Charles’ focus has been on asset management and the use of technology and systems to improve asset reporting, asset information and strategic asset planning. During his time at the City of Ryde, Charles was instrumental in the implementation of a new asset management system for the organisation that allows for operational, strategic and mobile asset management solutions.

This has enabled Council to deliver efficiencies in time and effort, and the ability to ensure the appropriate allocation of funding towards the asset classes. This strategic and automated approach allowed the organisation to have a consistent approach focused on processes, the integrity of data, defined asset criteria and embeds a forward-planning approach to asset management.

Charles has a great passion for promoting young engineering professionals in local government and was part of the team that has managed to implement an engineering program which has enabled young engineers to gain exposure to local government engineering and industry practices.

Last updated on 8 June 2022