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Executive Team

In June 2016, Georges River Council's Senior Staff Structure was approved. On this page you will find everything you need to know about the people who lead planning and service delivery in the local government area.

Learn more and view our Organisational Chart.

For all general enquiries and service requests, please contact our Customer Service Team on 9330 6400. 

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Phone: 9330 6400 (24 hours,7 days a week)
Post: PO Box 205, Hurstville BC NSW 1481


Gail Connolly

Position: General Manager
Phone: 9330 6256

Gail Connolly brings more than 30 years of local and state government experience to her role as the General Manager of Georges River Council.

Prior to joining Georges River Council, Gail was the General Manager of the 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 executive roles at several Councils including City of Gold Coast, City of Sydney, and 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 also 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.



Meryl Bishop 

Position: Director Environment and Planning
Phone: 9330 6166

Meryl has over 25 years experience working in local government, with extensive experience in statutory and land use planning, policy and program development covering economic planning, place management, affordable housing and social and recreation/open-space planning. Prior to joining Georges River Council, Meryl worked at Marrickville and Waverley Councils and has also held leadership roles at the City of Botany Bay and City of Ryde for close to 15 years.

Recently, Meryl led the Strategic City Department and the City Strategy and Planning Directorate, which in addition to the aforementioned areas of expertise, saw her oversee Health and Building regulation, Environmental Sustainability activities, and Development Assessment. Meryl brings an exciting mix of skills and experience ranging from project management, community consultation and  policy development and implementation to management and executive leadership.




Andrew Latta

Position: Director Assets and Infrastructure
Phone: 9330 6001

With a career spanning more than 25 years within both the public and private sectors, Andrew brings extensive executive level leadership experience to the role of Director Assets and Infrastructure.  Andrew’s formal qualifications include a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with honours from the University of Wollongong.

Prior to becoming a member of the Georges River Council Executive team, Andrew held a number of general management and senior roles in the construction materials, services and state-owned electricity industries, as well as Director and executive posts on numerous company boards and industry associations.  Andrew is highly experienced in leading organisational and cultural change, service delivery, business improvement programs and large scale engineering and construction projects.   

Andrew joined Georges River Council as the Executive Manager Engineering Operations in 2017.  With his unwavering passion for delivering quality services to the community and ongoing commitment to the development and welfare of his staff, Andrew has successfully led the amalgamation of Council’s outdoor workforce through transformational change and structural enhancements that have driven significant improvements to delivery standards across a range of essential services in the local government area.



David Tuxford

Position: Director Business and Corporate Services
Phone: 9330 6055

David is a Local Government professional with a career spanning over 30 years and across two states within the industry. David is highly experienced in many areas of Local Government, including: finance, governance, information technology, human resources, risk management, community services, libraries, childcare, events management, policy formation and service delivery.

Prior to joining the Executive Team at Georges River Council in October 2016, David was the General Manager of Kyogle Council, where he was instrumental in leading the organisation through the Local Government Reform process. He also introduced a new organisational structure as part of his agenda for organisational reform and changing the culture of the Council at Kyogle. Furthermore, he worked closely with other northern river Councils to promote and encourage new and existing industry to relocate or expand within the area.

David is passionate about Local Government and about seeing the industry prosper.  He is focused on promoting Local Government interests, and champions the work of Councils through his active participation the Local Government (LG) Professionals NSW Board, of which he is currently Vice President.  His understanding of Council operations and the connections he has established within Local Government organisations across NSW place him in good stead to lead the Business and Corporate Services Directorate at Georges River Council.


Rebekah Schulz

Position: Director Community and Culture
Phone: 9330 6131

Rebekah is the Director Community and Culture who works with the Georges River community to support community development, foster creative talent and artistic endeavours, and deliver a positive customer experience. Rebekah believes that the best outcomes are achieved by working with the community and understanding their expectations. Working in local government for almost 20 years across a diverse portfolio of services including the Office of the General Manager, library services, entertainment facilities, and museum and gallery services, has given Rebekah the knowledge, expertise and community networks to best serve the Georges River community.

Prior to joining the newly proclaimed Georges River Council Rebekah held management positions at Hurstville City Council and successfully headed-up the NSW Premier's Department's feasibility study for the Discovery After Dark project which saw 25 museums and galleries in the Sydney CBD open at night, free of charge. Rebekah was selected to participate in a Rotary International Exchange program in 2010 which afforded her the opportunity to explore museums, galleries, libraries and local government in Connecticut, USA.


Sue Weatherley

Position Director City Strategy and Innovation
Phone: 9330 6054

Sue is a passionate and successful urban planner and senior local government executive with over 20 years of experience in senior local government executive roles in NSW and QLD, including Townsville and Ryde. Sue worked at the City of Parramatta prior to her appointment at Georges River as Director City Strategy and Innovation. Sue has helped drive strong outcomes across a broad range of Parramatta’s strategic objectives, managing significant growth the area and playing an integral role in discussion with the NSW Government on a number of planning and infrastructure initiatives and providing the vision for what will be a critical driver of Parramatta’s future.

Sue has been on the NSW Architect Registration Board since 2014 and the Chair of the Planning Task Force for Committee for Sydney.

Her contribution to Local Government has been twice recognised, in 2012 and 2016, as the recipient of the Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government. In November 2018, the Planning Institute of Australia named Sue the Planner of the Year at its annual excellence awards.



Jenny Ware

Position: Director Legal Services and General Counsel
Phone: 9330 6018

Jenny Ware has over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sector as a lawyer specialising in planning, environment, development and local government law.  Before her appointment as Corporate Lawyer to Hurstville City Council (as it then was) in 2013, she worked in private practice including major top tier law firms.  During that period, she worked for proponents on many of the major development sites around Sydney such as the Walsh Bay Precinct, South Sydney Corporate Park, Sydney Fish Markets, Penrith Lakes, Sharp Building (North Sydney) and Cabarita.  She was appointed Acting General Counsel of Georges River Council following its amalgamation in May 2016 and was subsequently appointed General Counsel in February 2017.  Her role as General Counsel involves the overall management of and strategic direction for Council’s legal services.

Jenny’s experience in local government includes litigation and advisory work as well as the full range of corporate governance and probity matters.  She also has broad litigation experience acting predominantly in the Land and Environment Court but also the Supreme, District and Local Courts, as well as NCAT and the IRC.  Jenny has a particular interest in utilising alternative dispute mechanisms to resolve legal issues between parties.

Jenny has also sat on the Board of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (2003-2007) and has been actively involved in her local community on the Board of Sylvanvale (2005-2007) as well as president of her local Community Pre-School (2009-2011) and P&C Association (2013-2016). 




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