Current Committee

2017 Newcastle Business Club Committee

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

Dene Kilpatrick

Dene Kilpatrick

President

Cooks Hill Consulting Group
Principal

4926 7100
denek@cookshillconsulting.com.au

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.

Holly Martin

Holly Martin

Senior Vice-President

Just Holly – Marketing, PR, Communication
Owner/Operator

0403 293 880
holly@justholly.com.au

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.

Bernie Garrett

Bernie Garrett

Junior Vice-President

Author | Coach | Speaker

0417 422 058
bernie@foundationleadership.com.au

This is his first year on the committee.

Jo Bright

Jo Bright

Immediate Past President

Evolution Advisers
Strategic Business Adviser

0418 265 520
JoBright@evolutionadvisers.com.au

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.

Kris Leck

Kris Leck

Sergeant-At-Arms

Catalyst Project Consulting
Director

4925 2244
Kris.leck@catalystpc.com.au

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.

Kate Grob

Kate Grob

Secretary

Savvy Staffing Solutions
Partner

kate.grob@savvystaffing.com.au

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.

Ty Brennock

Ty Brennock

Committee Member

Monica Clare
Senior Consultant

0412 428 240
ty@monicaclare.com.au

Ty is a proud, born and bred Novocastrian with over 10 years experience in recruitment.

Ty joined the committee in 2014 and was the President for 2015.

Greg Valentine

Greg Valentine

Committee Member

Succession Ready
Owner

info@successionready.com.au

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.

Anna Bailey

Anna Bailey

Committee Member

Harris Wheeler Lawyers
Solicitor

anna.bailey@harriswheeler.com.au

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.

Tiron Manning

Tiron Manning

Committee Member

Newcastle Buyer’s Agent
Licensed Real Estate Agent & Principal

0438 502 371
help@newcastlebuyersagent.com.au

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.

David Carey

David Carey

Committee Member

ConnectAbility
CEO

4962 1000
DavidC@connectabilityaus.org.au

This is his first year on the Committee.

Josh Fullerton

Josh Fullerton

Committee Member

Coffey
Consultant – Project Management

0438 799 246
Josh.Fullerton@coffey.com

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 Ogle

Helen Ogle

Committee Member

WHO Printing
Managing Director

0408 860 126
helen.ogle@whoprinting.com.au

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 Hughes

Sonya Hughes

Committee Member

Doyle Partners
Corporate Services

4929 5400
shughes@doylepartners.com.au

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.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Committee Member

JSA Financial Planning
Director & Senior Financial Planner

4908 0999
michaelw@jsagroup.com.au

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.