Wednesday, 27 September 2023

They are familiar faces representing our community and last night Councillor Sue Heins was re-elected as Mayor while Councillor Georgia Ryburn was appointed Deputy Mayor by their peers.

Councillor Heins and Councillor Ryburn will hold these positions for a 12-month period as per the Local Government Act 1993.

A little more about them:

Mayor Sue Heins

Councillor Heins has served as a councillor since 2012, on both Warringah and Northern Beaches Councils. She has served as Deputy Mayor for three terms.

Councillor Heins has lived and worked on the Northern Beaches for over 25 years. She has supported the local small business community passionately for many years, running networking events and facilitating mentoring programs. She is the former President of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Councillor Heins is also involved with several charities and is currently Chairperson of Women & Children First (domestic violence services) and Women’s Healing Sanctuary. In 2015, Cr Heins received the Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government for her outstanding contributions to Council and the community.

Deputy Mayor Georgia Ryburn

Georgia Ryburn is a Senior Manager at a professional services firm and has demonstrated expertise in leadership and strategic thinking. As a management consultant, Georgia specialises in evidence-based policy reform, strategy, process improvement and stakeholder engagement, having worked across multiple industries and sectors.

She has a BA (Media and Communications) and Masters of Business Management from Sydney University, both on full academic scholarships, and was awarded Dean of Business Scholar Award for outstanding academic excellence. She is a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Councillor Ryburn is a fourth-generation Northern Beaches local, and having grown up here and now raising her family here, knows the everyday pressures of her community.

Raised in Balgowlah, she attended Balgowlah Heights Primary and then St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why. Georgia and her husband of seven years recently welcomed their second baby in June 2023.

Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council may elect one of its members as Deputy Mayor and they may exercise any function of the Mayor at the request of the Mayor or if the Mayor is prevented by illness or absence.

Find out more about the elected Council here.