Graham Rich joined the Wayside Board in October 2013 and was appointed as Chair in November 2020. He has been a member of the Wayside Congregation since moving to the Potts Point/Kings Cross community with his wife in 2010, where they live along with their two dachshunds. Graham is Managing Partner & Dean of Portfolio Construction Forum, a specialist investment continuing education service for Australian and NZ wealth management professionals. Prior to establishing Portfolio Construction Forum in 2002, Graham owned a managed fund rating business for 20 years, which he started in New Zealand before moving to Sydney in 1995. Graham strongly believes that his business life reflects Wayside’s mission of no ‘us and them’. His work aims to contribute to the financial wellbeing of Australians, while recognising the responsibility all of those who are more fortunate have for those who are less fortunate in our society.
Cassandra Michie joined the Wayside Board in 2016 and was appointed as Deputy Chair in 2020. Cassandra is a partner at PwC, and a member of PwC’s Board of Partners, with over 30 years of finance and accounting experience as an Australian Fellow Chartered Accountant. She is also a trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Cassandra has been a Wayside volunteer for years in the kitchen and is the co-creator of the Sunday roast and passionate about fairness and equity and serving the local community.
Rev. Kent Crawford is the Executive Minister for Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT. Ordained in 1999, he has previously served at West Epping as well as Engadine-Helensburgh Uniting Church congregations, as well as 2 years with the NSW/ACT Synod Board of Education. Trained in Psychology, Theology and Governance of Not-For-Profit Organisations, Kent is passionate about developing healthy, thriving and inclusive communities.
Sangeeta Leach brings to the Wayside board a passion for philanthropy and 25 years of experience developing robust business, marketing and brand strategies. She has spearheaded strategies for major blue-chip organisations and smaller boutique specialist firms across 4 continents in her career as a senior executive in global advertising agencies, before successfully co-founding her strategic advisory business, The Leach Partnership. Her key strengths are articulating bold visions and the pathways to success, the ability to simplify complex problems and a rich understanding of the power of diversity and inclusivity.
Nym Kim’s previous incarnations were as a television presenter hosting movies and arts at Australia Network, and Arts Presenter at SBS hosting Masterpiece, Arts on Saturday, Opera Viva and various other programs. She came to be involved with Wayside through her work in the rooftop garden and has since become a member of the Wayside Board. With a background in music and performing, Nym has represented Australia as a concert pianist, recorded with artists such as Crowded House and Vince Jones, and co-founded international film sales and financing company Arclight Films.
Simon Perrott has a wealth of experience from a career spanning 30 years in investment banking. He is a Non-Executive Director of LendLease Real Estate Investments Ltd and Global Commercial Trust (Singapore). Simon retired from investment banking in 2014 and joined the Wayside Board to assist in making a positive impact in the community.
Cilla Robinson is a Partner in the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Group at Clayton Utz, and brings over 17 years’ experience advising in all aspects of industrial relations and employment matters. Committed to pro bono at Clayton Utz, Cilla has far exceeded her pro bono targets each year and she has personally invested a lot in understanding and servicing Wayside for many years. Cilla has been the Co-Chair of the Gender Stream of Momentum (the firms Diversity Committee) and a member of the Clayton Utz Community Connect Committees for many years, demonstrating her genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion and Clayton Utz Community Partners.
Chris Selby is Vice-Chairman of Escala Partners and an Executive Director of Sturt Capital Partners. Chris has had an extensive career in global financial markets, with over 30 years with Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. His responsibilities included Debt and Capital Markets, Structured Finance, Asset management and Private Wealth. He initially began volunteering in the Wayside cafe, and is now lending his professional skills and experience to Wayside Board.
Sarah Susak is a Business Unit Legal Counsel for Coca-Cola South Pacific, and before that spent more than seven years with Colgate-Palmolive, starting as Corporate Counsel for the South Pacific business and spending time in Paris and New York advising Colgate as Legal Director Marketing Innovations for Africa Middle East, Europe and South Pacific. Before joining Coca-Cola, Sarah spent two years passionately managing partnerships at The Wayside Chapel where she was responsible for designing and implementing funding strategies, including attracting new funding from both the government and corporate sectors. She also proudly serves on the Board of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
Richard Wylie is a marketing, communications and fundraising professional. For the past 30 years he has worked within (and founded) a range of leading communications businesses. His advertising agency ‘Ursa’ created the much loved ‘Love over Hate’ brand icon for Wayside. Richard’s passion is to bring creative thinking to modern health challenges. Following the sale of Ursa in 2012, Richard is now continuing his ‘for purpose’ journey, as the Director of Fundraising & Brand at The Heart Research Institute.
Jon Owen began as Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel in July 2018, taking over from Rev Graham Long after he announced his retirement from the role of 14 years. Jon was the lucky candidate, chosen from 50 potential applicants after a robust and independent selection process conducted by Wayside’s Board. Jon was already a big part of Wayside, working as Assistant Pastor and Head of People and Culture since November 2016 and all of our community was delighted with this decision.
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