Our Team

Reverend Graham Long AM, Pastor and CEO

Rev Graham Long joined Wayside in 2004 and has become an oracle of Kings Cross. He has been instrumental in creating a 'community of no 'us and them' at The Wayside Chapel - a place free of judgement where people can come to just 'be'. Each day, Graham is a listening ear to those on and around the streets of Kings Cross.

Graham trained for ministry from 1979 to 1982. After a few years in church ministry, Graham became a chaplain to Parramatta Prison and he ran a church welfare agency. After ordination, Graham pursued studies in philosophy achieving degrees from Catholic Theological Union and from the Catholic Institute of Sydney. A Masters with honours degree was halted when a near fatal motorcycle accident changed all of life's priorities in 2001. Prior to joining Wayside, Graham was on a sabatocal as a Postie - he had just learnt to master his little bike when Wayside called him to be the next Minister.

Graham is an accomplished author and speaker. His two books include; Love over Hate: Finding life by the wayside (2013) and Stories by the Wayside (2011). Graham was admitted to the Order of Australia as an AM in 2015. He has been married to Robyn for 40 years. They have a daughter Mandy. Their son James died in 2009.

Read Graham's full bio here.

Graham is joined by an accomplished team of almost 70 staff and some 600 volunteers each week at The Wayside Chapel, including his Executive Management Team as below.

Graham Anson, Executive Minister - Bondi Beach
Rev Graham Anson joined Wayside in 2015 with the responsibility of overseeing the Wayside mission being lived out in our recently expanded activity in Bondi Beach. After a few years as a trainee accountant Graham moved into community-based ministry in 1985, starting as a youth worker in Redfern. This included running a drop-in centre and youth groups for kids who would otherwise have been on the street. It was during this time the he developed a passion for creating spaces and moments of connection based on acceptance and inclusion, compassion and love. After another similar role in the inner-city he had two lengthy placements in regional oversight of youth work in the Uniting Church. He was ordained in 2008 while in placement at Campbelltown, where he was a community-based minister. Add in a short stint in a state-wide role promoting and supporting new initiatives, and Graham brings a wealth of experience in innovatively growing and developing communities – where everyone’s experiences are respected and their contribution is valued. Along the way Graham has completed degrees in Theology and Sociology.

Craig Corby, Chief Financial Officer
Craig joined Wayside in 2014 as Business Manager responsible for all aspects of Wayside’s Support Team including financial planning, reporting, risk management, human resources, strategic planning and the Op Shop. Prior to joining Wayside, Craig held a number of finance and project management roles within the not-for-profit sector and Qantas Airways. Craig is a Chartered Accountant and Project Manager and has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management alongside accounting, project management and theology degrees. Craig previously had volunteered in a consulting project alongside Graham Long outside of Wayside and when the role of Business Manager came up jumped at the opportunity to be part of the Wayside team – to create community with no us and them.

Wendy Suma, Head of Programs
Wendy joined Wayside in 2007 to design and implement the Day to Day Living program. Wendy is now Manager, Community Building Programs and is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Wayside Café, along with the Day to Day Living program. Wendy has held a wide range of roles in the welfare sector including support worker, crisis centre co-ordinator, outreach services manager and logistics manager. Wendy spent two years living in the Klong Toey Slum in Bangkok, where she taught English and implemented a youth football league for slum children. She also volunteered in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Wendy is a board member of the UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development Unit and holds a Bachelor of Theology and Diploma of Counselling (Hons).
Guy Cooper, Head of Community Development
With over 20 years experience as a youth and community worker, Wayside was a logical next step for Guy. He started in 2011 as Community Development Manager and is responsible for transitioning Wayside from being seen primarily as a crisis centre into a broader community centre serving the needs of all members of the local community. Before joining Wayside, Guy worked for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service and had his own consultancy focusing on workplace training and managing traumatic stress. Guy holds several diplomas in management, OHS, welfare and theology, as well as a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.
Laura Henry, Head of Marketing and Fundraising
Laura started at Wayside as a volunteer in the Community Services Centre in 2010 and was instantly hooked by the vision of love over hate. When a marketing role became available in late 2011, Laura jumped at the chance to combine her professional experience in corporate communications with her passion for making a difference. Laura is now Head of Marketing and Fundraising and holds responsibility for raising funds to support the programs and services delivered by Wayside and for raising awareness and increasing the public profile of Wayside, as well as the issues facing people who access services. Laura has a Bachelor of Communications. After starting out as a journalist, Laura worked in communication roles in the Australian financial services sector, the UK government and the Canadian tourism industry.
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