Meet the
Business Hunter team

Our Hunter-based team is here to help with your business needs

BOB HAWES

Chief Executive Officer

Bob joined Business Hunter as CEO in January 2017. He is responsible for driving the organisational strategy and program of thought leadership, policy development and advocacy. He also oversees the delivery of events, networking and member development programs. 

Prior to joining Business Hunter, Bob led the Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) for over five years. This coincided with a period of significant change in the region and a refocusing of State Government priorities and investment to facilitate the revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD. Bob also led Lake Macquarie's economic development organisation, Dantia.

Amy De Lore 

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Amy De Lore is a communications professional with a diverse background encompassing journalism, public relations, marketing, corporate communications and political advisory roles. She has experience across local and state government and has worked for some of the region's leading organisations. 

Amy works with the CEO, Board, members and the Business NSW Policy and Advocacy team to develop and implement Business Hunter's policy agenda. She also manages media liaison, represents the business community on numerous regional committees and forums and engages closely with government and regional stakeholders on business issues.

JACQUI WARREN

Business Manager First and Sponsorship | Business Hunter

Joining the organisation in April 2021, Jacqui is responsible for the Hunter First Membership.

Her role is to co-ordinate exclusive networking events for Hunter First Members and link Business Hunter members with unique and effective sponsorship opportunities to suit their individual business objectives.

Jacqui has a diverse background in law, engineering, event management and leadership. Prior to joining Business Hunter, Jacqui worked as an Industry Advisor for HunterNet Co-operative. 

SUE ELVERS 

Office Administrator

Sue Elvers is the first point of contact with Business Hunter.  She provides support to the Business Hunter team in administration, office management, marketing, sales, events and customer service activities.

Sue is also responsible for accounts payable, receivable and debtor management. 

Sue has been with the Business Hunter since 2012 and is a font of information on memberships and organisational processes, with a depth of experience in member services and office management. 

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Contact Us

We love to hear from our members, the media and business owners in the area.

Phone: (02) 9466 4665 or email: info@businesshunter.com