The November luncheon has always been a favourite of mine as we celebrate the award winners for the year. The awards have followed an annual tradition where the club has recognised a significant contribution toward the improvement of industry, culture, education, sport or the overall wellbeing of the citizens of Newcastle. I have not attended a prior awards luncheon when on conclusion, I have left feeling either emotional or inspired in some way.
I was delighted to announce this year’s winners at the November luncheon.
Hanna Barry – Young Business Person Winner
Hanna is an Assistant Manager, Chartered Accountant and Xero Certified Trainer at PKF Newcastle. She is also the Vice President of Hunter Young Professionals (2017 is her 2nd year as VP and 4 years on the Board), and Treasurer and Board member of Renew Newcastle; giving her time to these organisations and therefore to the Commonweal of Newcastle. Hanna also presents workshops at The Business Centre on Xero and Accounting to educate members of the business community.
Hanna is a lovely, bubbly, extremely smart young gun with a very bright future ahead.
Jillian Dwyer – 2017 Business Person
Jillian is a consummate professional who is revered by her peers and clients. She is a specialist in the field of Self-Managed Superannuation, credentialed with CPA Australia as a Certified Practicing Accountant. She is regarded as an “advisor to the advisors” in her specialist field.
In addition to her day job, Jillian is the first ever female president of the Newcastle Junior Cricket Association and has been instrumental in implementing a new junior format to get kids involved in cricket. The NSW cricket CEO, Andrew Jones has been seeking direct feedback from Jillian in relation to NSW junior cricket and is rolling out the new format across the state. It is because of her long standing influence at the state level and her impact at the local level, she was highly regarded for this award.
Jillian believes that all kids have an equal opportunity to play cricket, regardless of their socio economic background. She is respected for her ability to fund raise and has gained the approval from council to commission an unused oval for further participation of children in junior cricket.
The Manshake – Organisation Winner
Not only is Manshake locally grown and operated, employing local Novocastrians in a very successful business, it has since 2016 donated over $250k to local charities Mark Hughes Foundation and Newcastle Camp Quality giving back directly to the Newcastle Commonweal. Adam also became a jersey sponsor for his former Club the Newcastle Knights in 2016 for a disclosed six figure amount when they were struggling for financial support. The Man Shake has also helped thousands of Novocastrians lose the kilos and live their best life.
We congratulate all of the nominees this year in what has been a competitive field of outstanding Newcastle talent.
Don’t forget that we have opened up 2018 membership. Normally $90 for new members and $75 for renewing members, for those of you who join or renew before the end of the year we are offering an early bird discount of $65 per person.
See you at the luncheon,
See you at the lunches this year,
Dene Kilpatrick | 2017 President