Current Committee2017 Newcastle Business Club Committee
The Newcastle Business Club is able to function only through the hard work and dedication of a volunteer committee.
Cooks Hill Consulting Group
Dene Kilpatrick is a Certified Practicing Accountant with Cooks Hill Consulting Group. He is a trusted sounding board and adviser to small and medium businesses.
This year is his third on the Committee and he takes up the mantle of Senior Vice-President for 2016.
Just Holly – Marketing, PR, Communication
Holly is the owner of local boutique consultancy, Just Holly – Marketing, PR, Communication, as well as the Editor of local business news website Hunter Headline.
Holly has been a Club member since 2002 and Committee Member since 2004. She is the Junior Vice-President and Editor of VISION magazine and undertakes a number of marketing and event management tasks for the Club.
Immediate Past President
Strategic Business Adviser
Jo has 25 years experience working amongst the Newcastle business community. She is a proud Newcastle resident and is passionate about growth within the region.
Joining Evolution Personal and Business Advisers in 2012, Jo combines her busy work life with family and travel. She also helps to promote awareness of the benefits of philanthropy and the need to be philanthropic by overseeing the smooth running of the Lake Macquarie Community Foundation.
Jo has been a committee member since 2015 and is the President for 2016.
Catalyst Project Consulting
Kris is the Director of a Project Management firm, Catalyst Project Consulting. His background includes over 18 years in commercial construction and project management.
Kris is also a Director of Renew Newcastle, Director of Newcastle NOW and co-owner of Jimmy Figg’s Bare-knuckle Barber. During 2011 Kris was President and this is his seventh year on the committee.
Savvy Staffing Solutions
Kate has spent the last 22 years working as a senior consultant for recruitment companies in the local market.
As a director of her own recruitment business, Savvy Staffing, she now utilises her knowledge and experience to offer an affordable and flexible recruitment service to HR Managers and SME’s.
This is Kate’s sixth year on the committee.
Greg is a born and bred Novocastrian who is committed to the betterment of the community, demonstrated through his involvement over the years in many honorary positions.
Greg assists businesses to provide succession by process, not from crisis, through his company Succession Ready Pty Ltd.
This is his sixth year on the committee.
Harris Wheeler Lawyers
Anna is a Property and Estate Planning Lawyer for Harris Wheeler Lawyers. She acts for some of Newcastle’s major institutions including RMS, Port Stephens Council and Hunter Development Corporation as well as businesses, developers and private clients.
Anna enjoys yoga and spending time with the family.
Anna has been on the committee since 2013.
Newcastle Buyer’s Agent
Licensed Real Estate Agent & Principal
Tiron has over nine years experience in the Newcastle real estate industry, acting for both sellers and buyers. He is a Newcastle Buyers Agent, helping people buy a home or an investment property.
Tiron has been a member since 2008, joining the committee since 2011, the President during 2014 and secretary since 2015.
Consultant – Project Management
Josh is a Project Director at Coffey and has provided project management and delivery expertise to infrastructure and commercial construction projects in and around Newcastle for almost 20 years.
This is Josh’s second year on the Committee.
Helen has been the Managing Director at WHO Printing, since she and her late husband Wayne Ogle founded the business in 1985. Helen has built strong client relationships over the past 30 years within an extensive range of local, national and multinational businesses, non-for profit and government organisations.
WHO Printing is an environmentally sustainable business and Helen uses her knowledge and experience to guide clients on the best solutions for their companies branding, marketing and communications through print.
Helen and WHO Printing support many charity and non-for profit organisations and believe in contributing back to the community that supports them.
Outside of work life, Helen balances her time with travel, dining with family and friends, reading, meditation and continuous self development and learning.
Helen rejoined NBC in 2014 and has been a Committee member since 2015.
Sonya is a born and bred Novocastrian, passionate about this city and the opportunities it provides.
As part of the professional team at Doyle Partners since 2008, Sonya enjoys maintaining strong client relationships, networking and marketing for the firm. Outside of working life, if you can’t find Sonya in local restaurant, dance class or café, she is studying for her law degree.
This is her first year on the Committee.
JSA Financial Planning
Director & Senior Financial Planner
Michael is a Director and Senior Financial Planner at JSA Financial Planning with over 10 years experience in the industry.
Michael is extremely client focused and works with clients at various levels of financial needs. Michael’s professional, yet relaxed attitude allows him to deliver advice in an easy to understand way, enabling the clients to engage in the financial planning process which translates to them being able to achieve their overall financial and lifestyle goals.
This is Michael’s first year on the committee.