Meet the Committee

The Executive Committee of The Bays Community Group is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General meeting is held in February of each year. A fresh new Committee was elected this year. Make sure to say hi if you see us out and about!
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Gwynneth Weir

President

We arrived in Australia in 2007 and found the Bays early in 2008. We were meant to be returning to the UK in 2011 but now we are hoping that the Bays will be our ‘forever’ home. I love to be outside enjoying all the outdoor activities the Bays and the Central Coast have to offer. When we moved to Australia in our fifties, we thought it might be difficult to make new friends at that stage of our lives. However, we have met so many friendly and welcoming people in Australia, especially in the Bays, and many now feel like they have been our friends forever. The Bays is a truly special place.

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Ally Chuang

Vice President

In March 2020, I was sheltered away in Wondabyne, living aboard our 28-foot sailing boat with my partner, Max, and expecting our first child. When the pandemic struck, my dreams of home-cooked post-partum meals by our Taiwanese/American families evaporated overnight. Being a pragmatist, I thought… “Better move somewhere with running water and a chest freezer!” Using Google Maps with the terrain layer switched on is how we found Phegans Bay.

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Lina Nguyen

Secretary (joint)

I’m officially the co-secretary with my husband, but to be honest, I really don’t deserve the
title as Dean does most of the work in the role. It’s been a pleasure contributing to the committee. I have to say my proudest moment so far is when our 10-year-old son, Khoa, said he’d like to be the treasurer of the committee one day! He is very supportive of our community’s work and he helps out at the monthly breakfasts when he can. He’s so happy to be involved, especially for Coco Pops and bacon. Our five-year-old, Vinh, also loves the community. It makes me so happy to know we have a whole generation in front of us to continue to build our community’s spirit and maintain its beauty. And what an excellent Committee it is. So much dedication, skill and heart. A great reflection of The Bays and how much we care about this local treasure where we call home.

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Dean Wignell

Secretary (joint)

I live the rat race in Sydney CBD five days a week, but the best part is coming back to a beautiful family on the coast and chilling here on the weekends. Health and fitness is a big part of my life but you may catch me having a cheeky beverage or two at home or with neighbours. I enjoy the local cuisine, however, I find it just as enjoyable staying home and cooking for family and guests.

The community is important to me and I want to instil a community spirit and responsibility to my two young boys, so you will see them often with me helping at community breakfasts and events. Kayaking, bushwalking and fishing with my boys is just awesome and I’m so fortunate to have this as my front yard. The Bays is simply the best.

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Marie Davies

Treasurer

I moved into Phegans Bay in July 2017 and currently work as a TV producer for the ABC. I love nature and have been overwhelmed with the community spirit of the Bays.

I also adore reading, scuba diving, travel, photography and I’m currently writing a young adult novel.

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Zoë Anderson

My husband and I moved our young family to Phegans Bay from Sydney in 2017. We fell in love with the bays instantly and decided it would be the perfect place to raise our daughters. We both still work in Sydney in the television industry, but as soon as we drive down the hill to the bays we feel at home.

I’ve joined the Bays Community as a representative as a way to give back to the area and to help continue the wonderful community environment that we are lucky to have.

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Kate Ayrton

I’m an Aussie but have lived all over the world in big cities like London, New York and LA,
but there is nowhere I’d rather be right now than here in the Bays. Best kept secret ever! I
work in digital media and also teach at University. I love being close to nature and going on
long bushwalks and am an avid photographer in my spare time. Moving to the Bays was one of the best decisions my husband and I made – we love the place just the way it is and think the people are wonderful! Salt of the earth.

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Vivian Cumbo

It was love at first sight when I saw The Bays while house hunting in 2016. Being in the bush with views of the water suited my marine biologist self perfectly. I moved to Phegans Bay in mid-2016 with no idea about the amazing community I was moving into. I have felt so welcomed and supported by a plethora of people within the community; it has been truly amazing. I joined The Bays Committee so I could give back to the community that has provided so much to me, and to continue fostering the community spirit.

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Carolina Schuiling

We moved to Woy Woy Bay from Umina Beach in January 2020. I love living here as we have easy access to the bush and bay. Planning on getting a kayak soon ! Oh and did I mention the views? I commute to North Sydney for my Marketing role but get to work from home quite often. Allows for lovely lunchtime strolls and coffee with a view.

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Ylenna Zajec

I moved from Sydney to the Central Coast almost 30 years ago and have lived in Phegans Bay for 15 years. I love the tranquility, the bush, bay and ocean water views. It’s incredible that we live next to Brisbane Water National Park, home to the infamous Gosford Hieroglyphics, spectacular Indigenous rock carvings and places where we can bush walk, ride our bikes and see a plethora of birds and wildlife.

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Teri Calder

I moved from Randwick to The Bays in November 2020. I work as a producer at the ABC and since the pandemic, I’ve been mostly working from home so that made it an easier decision to make the move without the need to commute to the city every day. I’m so glad I did as I’ve completely fallen in love with The Bays. There’s a wonderful community spirit here and I’m inspired by the beautiful nature we live amongst. You’ll often find me out on the water in my tinnie or kayak exploring the waterways.

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Sue Douglas

My husband and I have been in the Bays since 2008, initially coming up at weekends and holidays but now full-time residents. The best part of living in the Bays is access to the extensive waterways and national parks literally on our doorstep. My favourite time of the year in the Bays is late Autumn and Winter. It tends to be less busy on the water and cool enough to indulge in some homemade stews, roasts and curries.

For a copy of the Bay’s Community Group Constitution click here >>