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.
Amanda Rogers is a Director of WLM Financial Services. She has 20+ years’ experience as an accountant, 10+ years as a CFO and more recently 11+ years in Public Practice. She is passionate about supporting her business clients, her professional services clients and her not for profit clients. Initially Amanda came to Coast Community Connections via WLM to assist in Xero implementation and budget preparation. Amanda has a keen interest in applying her business know how to not for profit organisations and with her knowledge gained of operations within Coast Community Connections she provides valuable insight on the Board. Amanda is married with two children, a Fellow of CPA and a CA, MBA qualified and a registered tax agent.
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.
John has lived on the Central Coast since 1976 and has been heavily involved in the community for over 30 years, which includes 8 years as a Wyong Shire Councillor and Deputy Mayor. He has been integral in the development of sport and community facilities on the Central Coast and has worked at Mingara Recreation Club since 1996 as Community Services Manager. John has worked with local Aboriginal organisations to achieve positive outcomes for Aboriginal students with Wyong Shire Council's Youth Coordinator. Some of John's community work includes Chairperson of the Central Coast Red Shield Door Knock Appeal, Founding Chairperson for the Central Coast Sports Federation, Chairperson for the Wyong Club Grants Committee for 6 years since 2000 and a member of Tuggerah Lakes Industry Links Committee from 1998 - 2011.