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Our Organisation

Georges River Council has four operational groups consisting of City Assets and Infrastructure, Environment and Planning, Chief Operating Officer, Community and Culture reports directly to the General Manager.

Executive Team

John Rayner


John Rayner is the appointed Administrator of Georges River Council until the next local government elections are held on 9 September 2017. As one of the most respected and highly regarded leaders in local government, he brings a wealth of experience to this role. John has worked in local government for over 50 years, most recently for Sutherland Shire Council where he was General Manager for 33 years. His extensive career and dedicated public service has been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list with a Public Service Medal.

His expertise spans across building and delivering organisational resilience along with community consultation. He has-in depth knowledge and understanding of the complexities and legislative requirements for local government, and works to ensure that change management processes and work cultures are innovative and focused on continuous improvement for the long-term.

The size, complexity and dynamics of Sutherland Shire Council made for a challenge however with sound policies and processes in place, and by working closely with the community, the Council was able to achieve a balance between the natural environment and the needs of metropolitan living. This blend of experience will be integral to John's representation as Administrator of Georges River Council in the coming months.

Finally, John has also held a variety of board positions including State President of Local Government Managers Australia, now known as Local Government Professionals.

Gail Connolly

General Manager

Gail Connolly brings more than 20 years of local and state government executive experience to her role as General Manager of Georges River Council.

Most recently, Gail was General Manager at City of Ryde. Her expertise spans many areas including managing urban growth, infrastructure and transport planning for local government areas and metropolitan growth centres.

Gail has taken a leading role in transformational leadership and organisational reform, business improvement and cultural change. Her communication and service delivery skills give her a strong foundation on which to build the future vision of Georges River Council.

Gail has held other executive roles at several councils including City of Gold Coast, City of Sydney, along with Campbelltown and Blacktown Councils. She has been a Director on numerous public and private sector Boards including the Whitlam Institute, the Central Sydney Planning Committee, Place Leaders Asia Pacific and the Western Sydney Parklands Board.

Gail has held senior executive roles in NSW State agencies, including NSW Transport and Infrastructure and the Department of Planning, where she led the preparation of whole-of-government strategies such as the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy and the Metropolitan Transport Plan.

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Laurie O'Connor

Acting Director City Assets and Infrastructure

With nearly 30 years’ experience in Local Government, Laurie O’Connor is currently the Acting Director of Assets and Infrastructure. Laurie holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology and has completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Local Government Engineering.

Laurie commenced his engineering career in 1986 with Botany Bay City Council where he was employed as a Junior Engineer. After nine years of service and attaining the role of Executive Engineer Laurie took the position of Managing Engineer Administration at Hurstville City Council in 1995. Laurie has remained at Hurstville since that time and held several senior management roles before progressing to his current position of Director of Assets and Infrastructure in the newly formed Georges River Council.

John Maunder

Acting Chief Operating Officer

John Maunder has over 22 years of financial, accounting and management experience including over 17 years in Local Government. John is a CPA and holds a Commerce Degree from University of Wollongong, an MBA from Deakin University and is currently undertaking studies in a Master of Local Government.

As Chief Financial Officer at Kogarah City Council, John was responsible for financial management leadership, the development of Council’s financial and operational strategy, establishing Council’s financial management framework, the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve council assets and to report accurate financial information. John’s expertise includes strategic financial planning, treasury, taxation and accounting.

Rod Logan

Acting Director Environment and Planning

Rod Logan has over 30 years experience as a town planner working expressly in the Sutherland/St George area. Over the years and in various roles, Rod has had responsibility for ensuring high quality planning outcomes at the local government level, serving the last 10 years as Director of Planning and Environmental Services. Rod has particular expertise in heritage management matters and has had long experience in guiding urban design outcomes from the broader townscape level, through master planning or Development Control Plan projects, to design influence on significantly scaled individual projects.

Alison Murphy

Acting Director Community and Culture

Alison Murphy has extensive experience in Local Government, in particular in community strategic planning, facilitating community partnerships and leading a variety of community programs and services. As Executive Manager at Kogarah City Council, Alison was responsible for a range of community outcomes, including growing quality children's services, developing community and cultural programs and developing a customer-focused culture in the library network.

Alison's key focus will be on strengthening customer service, community engagement and working in partnership with our community to deliver a range of excellent facilities and services for Georges River Council.

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