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Ryman Awards 2022-Victorian finalists

Written by Margot Taylor
on September 30, 2022

Australia’s most outstanding Rymanians of 2022 are set to jet to New Zealand to toast their success at the biggest night on the Ryman calendar.

Clinical and construction team members, village and sales stars and two Victorian construction sites are in the running for seven categories of the annual Ryman Awards.

The gala event, to be held in Christchurch on October 10, will be particularly special after COVID-19 forced the awards to go virtual for the past two years.


Deborah Cheetham Retirement Village Manager Charisse Spence is one of three finalists in the ‘Leader of the Year’ category.

Her team said she was a natural leader.

“Charisse is a great leader as she continually strives to build a positive and trusting team who work together as one,” they said.

Charisse joined the village last year, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare sector to her role.

New_adj (Large)Deborah Cheetham Retirement Village Manager Charisse Spence.


At Ryman's Highton community Charles Brownlow Retirement Village Personal Care Worker Anna Brayshaw’s unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of residents has also been acknowledged.

The dependable and vibrant Personal Care Worker is a ‘Caregiver of the Year’ finalist.

John Flynn Retirement Village Resident Services Manager Meagan Spicer said the news she was in the running for ‘Support Team Member of the Year’ had left her 'almost speechless'.

“I work with the most supportive people, so I’m very grateful to be nominated under this category,” she said.

“When I saw I had been listed as a finalist, I was almost speechless (not a common occurrence!)

“I feel truly honoured to be considered.”

At Ryman’s first Australian village, Weary Dunlop, Sales Advisor Kay Murdoch has been lauded for commitment to achieve the best outcomes for future residents.

Area Sales Manager Angela Barraclough said she was thrilled Kay was a finalist for ‘Sales Advisor of the Year’.

“Kay is an absolutely integral member of the sales team,” Angela said.

“Her attention to all lead opportunities and excellent communication has resulted in Kay achieving one of the highest conversion rates in the company.”


Victorian construction sites and team members have exemplified the Ryman characteristics of resilience and striving for excellence with six COVID-19 lockdowns not getting in the way of their huge success.

The recently completed Raelene Boyle construction site, led by Project Manager Connell Bergin is in the running for ‘Construction Site of the Year’.

Connell said his team’s success required unwavering determination.

“The team at Raelene Boyle showed real grit and resilience to get the job over the line, and hit all three staged handover dates on time,” he said.

Deborah Cheetham construction site is also a finalist, while Site Manager Brett Johnson is a finalist for ‘Construction Team Member of the Year’.

Project manager Andrew Hilbert said his team were ‘thrilled’ to learn they were finalists.

Brett said his role was full of enjoyment.

“I am genuinely enthusiastic about my role and enjoy interacting with all Ryman teams, contractors and consultants,” he said.

DJI_0032 (Large)An aerial shot of Deborah Cheetham Retirement Village (back left) in August 2022.


Bert Newton Retirement Village construction site Health and Safety Advisor Frank Ryan’s innovative approach to the wellbeing and protection of all site members has earned him a place as a finalist in the ‘Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award’.

Project manager Nathan McPherson said Frank’s work was first class.

“Frank’s approach to health and safety on site is second to none,” Nathan said.

“Health and Safety is a tough job, but Frank’s approach is that of providing regular education rather than just compliance.”

While the finalists will celebrate their achievements with the wider Ryman team in New Zealand, hundreds of Rymanians in Victoria will cheer them on from across the ditch.

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