Wayside is guided by a highly experienced and diverse range of people from across the private, government and NGO sectors.

Ian Martin AM, Chair

Ian Martin joined the Wayside Board in early 2005 and was elected Chairman in June of that year.  Ian has over 30 year’s experience in senior management positions in investment management, superannuation, investment banking, and financial services.  Ian has held a number of senior management and served on numerous boards in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  In the commercial  sector, Ian is currently Chairman of QIC Limited and also UniSuper Limited.

Rev. Kent Crawford, Board Member

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.

Nym Kim, Board Member

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.

Cassandra Michie, Board Member

Cassandra is a partner at PwC, and a member of PwC’s Board of Partners, with over 26 years of finance and accounting experience as an Australian Chartered Accountant. Cassandra is a former director of the NSW Public Interest Law Clearing House and is passionate about fairness and equity and serving the local community. She has been a Wayside volunteer for years in the kitchen and is the co-creator of the Sunday roast.

Simon Perrott, Board Member

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, Non-Executive Director of Lendlease Retirement Benefit Fund; and a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Simon retired from investment banking in 2014 and joined the Wayside Board to assist in making a positive impact in the community.

Graham Rich, Board Member

Graham Rich has been a member of The Wayside Chapel’s congregation since 2010 and joined the Board in October 2013. He is a pioneer of retail managed funds research in Australasia, and of financial planning in New Zealand. Since selling his research business and establishing brillient! in 2002, Graham has specialised in publishing innovative, independent professional development services for professionals involved with portfolio construction.

Cilla Robinson, Board Member

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, Board Member

Chris Selby is a Non-Executive Director and Advisor at Escala Partners and on the Advisory Board 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, Board Member

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. Before joining Coca-Cola, Sarah spent two years 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.

Richard Wylie, Board Member

Richard Wylie is a health communications expert, serial business upstarter and philanthropist. For the past 20 years he has worked in a range of communications related businesses to bring creative thinking to modern health challenges. Following the sale of his advertising agency ‘Ursa’ in 2012, Richard is now focusing on a better health mission, as the General Manager of Marketing and Strategy at The Heart Research Institute.

Jon Owen, Pastor and CEO

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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