Current Committee

2019 Newcastle Business Club Committee

The Newcastle Business Club is able to function only through the hard work and dedication of a volunteer committee.

Clare Ferguson

Clare Ferguson

President

Monica Clare Recruitment
Business Director

0499 033 130
clare@monicaclare.com.au

Clare is a partner in Monica Clare Recruitment. Her background covers 15 years in the Recruitment sector in both Australia and the UK. She is passionate about making a difference in people’s career choices and supporting businesses to hire the very best talent.

Clare enjoys playing hockey, spending time with family and friends and contributing to the Newcastle community.

Clare is excited to take on the role of Vice President in 2019.

Steph Jordan

Steph Jordan

Senior Vice President

Dalton Partners Real Estate
Sales Consultant

0413 452 297

Stephanie is a local Novocastrian who grew up in New Lambton. She studied Business at Newcastle University and worked in the construction industry for seven years before a passion for property prompted a career change to Residential Real Estate Sales.

Stephanie has since been at Dalton Partners New Lambton office where she believes in providing exceptional communication and customer service to her clients.

This is Stephanie’s second year on the committee.

Jim Garis

Jim Garis

Junior Vice President and Treasurer

The Garis Group

Consulting Accountant

0414 526 487
jim@garis.com.au

Jim is the founder of The Garis Group, a professional family owned and operated financial services firm.

“The Garis group aims to build a strong and continuous relationship with its clients built on our valuable, personal, technical and knowledgeable expertise”

The Garis Group are proud partners of B1G1 – Business for Good

Jim is the current Treasurer of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Chairman of The Newcastle Tourism Industry Group, and a Director of the Hunter Business Chamber.

2019 is Jim’s first year on the committee.

Sam Matthews

Sam Matthews

Seargant-at-Arms

Matthews Jewellers

0434 413 323
sam@matthewsjewellers.com

Sam joined the committee in 2018 at which time he joined his family business, Matthews Jewellers. Prior to this he spent 12 years in the corporate world with the Commonwealth Bank in Newcastle, Sydney and Indonesia. Sam oversees four Matthews Jewellers retail jewellery stores at Charlestown Square, Westfield Kotara, Salamander Bay and Singleton.

Sam also enjoys cycling, surfing and spending time with his young family.

Brittany Turner

Brittany Turner

Committee Member

DWF (Australia)
Solicitor

brittany.turner@dwf.law

Brittany is a Solicitor on DWF (Australia)’s Employment, Safety and Regulation Team, practicing primarily in the area of employment law, with a particular interest in employment & post-employment disputes and discrimination matters.

Brittany is a proud Novocastrian and University of Newcastle alumna, holding a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice.

She is also a registered Marriage Celebrant and runs a small local marriage officiant business. When she’s not helping couples tie the knot, Brittany enjoys café-hopping with her husband to find the best coffee on offer or reading a good book (and she always appreciates recommendations for either!)

This is Brittany’s first year on the Committee.

Craig Wellings

Craig Wellings

Committee Member

Hunter Signs
Founder/Managing Director

0401 176 666
craig@huntersigns.com.au

Craig is the founder and owner of Hunter Signs, a leading manufacturer of Signage, print and display products.

Craig has been a Club member since 2014 and was appointed Senior Vice President in June 2018. Craig is a former Vice President of the Maitland Business chamber, a current Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities and passionate advocate for business and community in the Hunter Region.

Holly Martin

Holly Martin

Committee Member

The Marketing GP
Owner/Operator

0403 293 880
holly@themarketinggp.com.au

Holly is the owner of local consultancy, The Marketing GP, as well as the General Manager of local business news website Hunter Headline.

Holly has been a Club member since 2002 and Committee Member since 2004. She was the Junior Vice-President and Editor of VISION magazine and undertook a number of marketing and event management tasks for the Club. In 2018 she was President of the Club and is now Sergeant-At-Arms.

Jodi O'Connor

Jodi O'Connor

Committee Member

Ronnoco

Managing Director

0467 550 600
jodi@ronnoco.com.au

Jodi is the joint founder and Managing Director of local branding and design studio Ronnoco. Her background covers 25 years as a graphic designer, project manager, business analyst and Adobe InDesign trainer. She is passionate about connecting businesses with their audience through strategic brand development with clarity, substance and authenticity.

Jodi enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming, cooking and supporting the local community.

This is Jodi’s first year on the committee.