Monthly Luncheons & Guest Speakers

February 2018 | Mayoral Panel


Harbourview Function Centre
Tuesday, 6 February 2018 –
12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Welcome to our first luncheon of 2018. We are pleased to present our annual Mayor Panel, featuring four mayors from around the region. Each Mayor will explain What council is doing for business in their LGA. Our guest speakers will be:

  • Jeremy Bath (CEO), will now be attending in place of Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes
  • Mayor Kay Fraser
  • Mayor Loretta Baker
  • Mayor Ryan Palmer
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Jeremy Bath, CEO attending in place of Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cr Nuatali Nelmes

Jeremy commenced at Newcastle City Council in May 2017 and comes with 20 years’ experience working in the private sector as well as in local, state and federal governments.

Jeremy was born and raised in Newcastle and graduated from the University of Newcastle where he first worked as a journalist before embarking on a career that took him overseas and then to Sydney where he worked at Fairfield City Council. After eighteen months he accepted a senior public affairs role with ClubsNSW which allowed him to develop strong working relationships with both state and federal governments. He returned to Newcastle with his young family in 2013 to accept a role with Hunter Water Corporation managing its government relations. After two and a half years he was appointed by the NSW Government as Hunter Water’s interim Chief Executive Officer for a period of 12 months.

Upon completion of this role Jeremy accepted a role in Sydney with international political and corporate strategists Crosby Textor. However with the opportunity to lead Newcastle City Council during a period when the City is undergoing an exciting revitalisation that includes a $500 million urban transformation and transport program, Jeremy has now returned to Newcastle as its Chief Executive Officer.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser

Kay Fraser was popularly elected as Mayor of Lake Macquarie City in September 2016. She has lived in Lake Macquarie for more than 40 years and is serving her fourth term on Lake Macquarie City Council.

Cr Fraser is committed to making Lake Macquarie a great place to live, work and visit, building on its superb natural assets of lake, mountains, bushland and sea, its unique sense of community and its growing, fast-evolving regional economy.

At a business level, Cr Fraser has a keen interest in growing new-generation jobs and expanding the digital economy as Lake Macquarie continues to transition from a traditional reliance on manufacturing, mining and power generation.

Mayor of Maitland, Cr Loretta Baker

Mayor Cr Loretta Baker has lived in the area for 35 years and first became a Maitland City councillor in 2008. Loretta made the decision to run for Council as she saw it as an opportunity to further her interest in and commitment to social justice.

Loretta, who became the first female mayor in Maitland’s history in September 2017, is a nurse with a strong interest in social issues, specifically health, transport and housing. For Loretta, being Mayor means that she can be more involved in advocating for equal opportunity for all community members and have a say on the way the city develops over time.

She has been a major supporter of bringing change to Central Maitland, specifically paving the way for people to live in the city to be closer to essential amenities and services. Loretta is also keen to see Maitland’s heritage maintained in a practical way that preserves the integrity and value of our assets.

Mayor of Port Stephens, Cr Ryan Palmer

A lifetime resident of Port Stephens, Ryan was elected Mayor in 2017 – his first stint in local government.

He brings to the office a strong record of supporting local businesses, large and small, including 2 years as President of the Tomaree Business Chamber – a position he relinquished upon being elected to Council.

In his previous life, Ryan was a touring tennis professional, before a move into the finance sector including a period as General Manager of Nelson Bay and Salamander Bay Greater Bank branches.



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