Our People - Board of Directors

Board members are elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. All board members are voluntary representatives of the community and Coast Community Connections is indebted for their support and contribution to the organisation.

Sharryn Brownlee - President

Sharryn was a Pro Chancellor at Newcastle University, and a recent recipient of a very rare awarding of their ‘Medal for Exceptional Service’ for her role in ensuring the highest levels of governance were met through ethical and transparent structures. She is a past President of the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens’ Associations and an inaugural member of the NSW Institute of Teachers Council. Sharryn has also held several other state and local Board positions including the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority. Sharryn shares her experience and understanding of business and government agencies across education, health, housing and community services. Sharryn is also a small business owner.

Rebecca Gale Collins

Rebecca Gale Collins

Rebecca Gale Collins is a working mother of two and married to her husband, Josh Collins. With over 15 years community engagement experience, Rebecca brings community awareness across multiple sectors. Rebecca has worked across employment areas such as Federal Government, Tertiary Education, Marketing, Communication, Employment and Disability. Rebecca’s drive is to ensure all voices are heard across the community especially our elderly, children and people with a disability.

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw BA(Juris), LLB(Hons), GAICD, MAHRI

Madeleine Shaw has over two decades of experience, working across a range of sectors from professional services, small business, large corporates and government. With an exceptional legal background in top tier firms in Australia and internationally, Madeleine is an experienced leadership consultant and facilitator who brings a rare and invaluable combination of breadth of perspective together with a strong commitment to community service. Madeleine is committed to utilising her wide-ranging skill set to serve the staff, volunteers, clients and community of Coast Community Connections.

Ross Barry

Ross Barry

Dr Ross Barry has over 27 years' experience working in financial markets across a range of areas, from Government policy-making and derivatives trading to advising and representing superannuation funds. As Head of Systematic and Impact Investing at one of Australia's largest superannuation funds, First State Super, he leads the development and implementation of the multi-billion dollar organisation's internal shares management capability and its Impact Investment Platform. Ross lives in Wagstaffe with his wife Sophie and four children and looks forward to supporting the Peninsula community as a member of the Coast Community Connections Board.