Georges River Council Executive
Administrator – John Rayner PSM
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 City Council where he was General Manager for 33 years. 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.His extensive career and dedicated public service has been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list with a Public Service Medal (PSM).
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.
John has also held a variety of board positions including State President of Local Government Managers Australia, now known as Local Government Professionals.
General Manager – Gail Connolly
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.
Also, 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.