Our Executive Team

Cindy Shay

Interim CEO

Cindy is a recognised senior executive with an extensive background in transforming organisations to meet the ever changing needs of their client base.  She has worked in executive leadership roles in public and private organisations in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Chicago and Singapore. She has led the transformation of at home healthcare services in the private sector and has a strong background in understanding the impacts of social determinants on communities.

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and other Executive qualifications from London Business School, Harvard University and SAID.

Robyn Roberts

General Manager, Client Services

Robyn has brought a people-focused, entrepreneurial spirit to a range of executive leadership positions in the community services sector and she has also led community and private sector partnerships to deliver ground breaking initiatives in microfinance and family violence prevention.  In 2015, Robyn partnered with private company Protective Group to design and implement a ground breaking national family violence program, that continues to achieve significant outcomes today.  Robyn’s driving motivation is to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people and her work at Wayss provides her with that opportunity as she leads key changes to disrupt people’s experience of homelessness and family violence.

Robyn holds teaching and social work qualifications and has undertaken executive-level studies at Melbourne Business School.  She has also held director and committee roles on several Boards in the community services sector

Bryan Madden

General Manager, Corporate Services

Bryan is an experienced business professional who has a real desire to contribute to his community. After 30 years’ experience in financial markets covering a range of investment asset classes, Bryan decided it was time for a career and lifestyle change which would enable him to achieve his aim of contributing to the community. Having childhood connections with Dandenong, which included playing football for Dandenong in the VFA in the late 1970s and early 1980’s, Bryan found an ideal role with Wayss who he joined in 2017.

Bryan has worked in senior management roles in stockbroking and funds management, including the roles as Managing Director of both an Australian and a US-owned, full-service securities firms. He was also the Managing Director and one of the founders of Australia’s first absolute return fixed income fund manager.

Bryan holds Bachelor of Economics, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Chartered Accountant.

Connie Gardner

General Manager, People & Culture

Connie is a skilled People and Culture senior leader, known for her positive leadership, astute business partnering and for her strategic and operational planning and delivery strengths.  Connie’s diverse experience in leading not-for-profit HR and People and Culture teams in Australia and the UK has spanned disability services, mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. She has also spent significant time in HR leadership roles in health services and local government.

Connie holds a Masters in Business (HR and Industrial Relations), a BSc Hons in Sociology and Industrial Relations, a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and an Advanced Diploma of Collaborative Management. She is also a member of the Australian HR Institute.