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.

Dr Roger Hayward - Vice President

Dr Roger Hayward has over 15 years experience in education leadership, significantly as Principal for 10 years of St Leonard’s College, Melbourne. Board member of the Prahran Mission (Melbourne) and of the Centre for Strategic Education (Melbourne), Chair of the Consortium of Coeducational Schools (Melbourne). Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Dr Jeanette Martin

Jeanette is a recently retired Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with over 45 years’ experience in clinical medicine, then psychiatry and psychotherapy. She worked in both public and private practice, and as an educator in psychotherapy for various NSW Health Department Areas . Has a longstanding interest in ethical behaviour and practice, and continuing professional education. She has served at all levels on many related committees for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry, and was the founding Chair of their Binational Interest Group in Philosophy and Mental Health. Jeanette brings an understanding of clinical health governance, group dynamics, and the development of innovative and supportive interventions in community mental health. Jeanette owned and managed her own clinical practice for over 40 years.

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.

Chris Styant

Chris Styant

Chris has been a Chartered Accountant for over 25 years with extensive international experience in public practice and a variety of commercial industries including change management, management reporting and organisation procedures and controls. He has been involved in a diverse range on volunteer organisations at all levels including serving on boards. Chris has a keen interest in facilitating the financial accountability and transparency within organisations, and is a member of CA ANZ