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Senior Staff

General Manager 

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

Director Corporate 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.

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 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.

Director City Planning and Environment

Liz Coad

Liz Coad 
Qualifications: BTP, Diploma of Management
Appointed: 2018

Liz has 31 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.

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 3 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 21 August 2018