GOVERNANCE

Business Hunter exists to support and speak for business in the Hunter region. We advocate to government at all levels for business-positive policies that promote investment and growth to deliver flow-on benefits to all in our community.

Organisational Structure

We are an independent, member-funded, not-for-profit organisation affiliated through a Deed of Agreement with the NSW Business Chamber, trading as Business NSW and Business Australia.

Business Hunter is overseen by a Board of Directors drawn from our membership, including one representative of the Business NSW board and one director representing our local chamber alliance partners.  Board elections are undertaken every two years. Businesses must be financial members of Hunter First or Business Hunter to be eligible to vote or stand a candidate for election to the board. 

Formerly the Hunter Business Chamber, we adopted the name Business Hunter in 2020.

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Business Hunter Annual General Meeting 2021  

The 2021  Annual General Meeting will be held at the Broadmeadow Room, MacDonald Jones Stadium at 12.30 pm AEDT on Friday, 3rd December 2021.

The AGM will be held as a live event subject to COVID safe requirements, as such attendance numbers at the meeting may be limited. Subject to the response to attend the AGM, HBC will consider and advise members of any arrangements in relation to limits on attendance should this be necessary.

The Proxy Form for the 2021 AGM must be completed and lodged with the Company Secretary no later than 5.00pm AEDT on 26 November 2021. Members wishing to propose an item of Other Business at the AGM are to put their request in writing to the Company Secretary to be received by 5.00pm AEDT on 26 November 2021. The Company Secretary can be reached at info@businesshunter.com; PO Box 607 Hamilton 2303; or Level 1, 165 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow.

Apologies for the AGM can be submitted to info@businesshunter.com.  Click to review the 2020 AGM Minutes & Presidents Report. The Annual Report 2021 and Accounts are also available to view.  This notice of meeting is available for download.

Click to view previous Annual Reports: Annual Report 2020;  Annual Report 2019Annual Report 2018; Annual Report 2017Annual Report 2016

Life Members

Kyle Loades
David Le Marchant

Peter Evans OAM
Peter Rundle

Paul Murphy OAM
Neville Sawyer AM

Ian Pedersen
Richard Anicich AM

PAST PRESIDENTS

Business Hunter traces its beginnings back to the establishment of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1886.  The organisation was later known as the Newcastle Hunter Business Chamber and partnered with the Chamber of Manufactures in the late 1990s to become the Hunter Business Chamber. We became Business Hunter in 2021.

2020-

Tony Rhodes

2018-2020

Hennie du Plooy

2016-2018

Jonathan VanderVoort

2014-2016

Ross Taggart

2011-2014

Richard Anicich AM

2009-2011

Brett Derwin

2007-2009

Karen Howard

2006-2007

Stephen Davidson

2004-2006

Kyle Loades

2002-2004

Paul Murphy OAM 

2000-2002

Paul Murphy OAM

1998-2000

Robin Chenery 

1996-1998

Ian Pedersen

1994-1996

Paul Murphy OAM

1992-1994

Colin Chapman

1991-1992

Scott Derwin

1989-1991

David Le Marchant

1987-1989

Peter Rundle

1985-1987

Laurie Molyneux

1983-1985

Peter Evans OAM

1981-1983

Clem Varley

1979-1981

George Keegan

1977-1979

Tony Samway

1975-1977

James Moodie

1973-1975

Peter Doyle

1971-1973

Bill Gilbert

1969-1971

J H Greig

1968-1969

E G A Hallet

1966-1968

James Evans

1964-1966

Alex Young

1962-1964

Sheldon Chadwick

1960-1962

Athal Levey

1958-1960

Eric Armstrong

1957-1958

A McWilliams

1955-1957

S A Dalton

1953-1955

P A Vasey

1952-1953

P E Trevella

1950-1952

L B Saddington

1948-1950

C Mills

1947-1948

P F Moroney

1946-1947

G Turner

1945-1946

K R Winn

1943-1945

G R Beath

1936-1943

Hon. T Armstrong, MLC

1932-1936

W E Alexander

1929-1932

W A Winn

1928-1929

J McMeekan

1927-1928

G E Alexander, J McMeekan

1925-1927

J McMeekan

1924-1925 

M C Reid

1920-1924

J Paton

1919-1920

H Ireland

1916-1919

John C Reid

1912-1916

H C Langwill

1909/1912

T M O'Neil

1908/1909

C S McIntyre

1905-1908

J M Hyde

1904-1905

J B Brown

1901-1904

W B Sharp

1900-1901

Hon. G F Earp, M.L.C

1899-1900

G F Earp

1898-1899

R A Wallace

1897-1898

H J Brown

1896-1897

G Bewick

1895-1896

S Keightly

1894-1895

D J McLean

1893-1894 

J R Hall

1892-1893

Hon. A Brown, M.L.C

1891-1892

R B Wallace

1890-1891

W B Sharp

1889/1890 

S Keightley

1888-1889

Hon. A Brown, M.L.C

1887-1888

H E Stokes

1886-1887

R B Wallace