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.

Sheena Martin

SHEENA MARTIN

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Sheena is an accomplished communications and media specialist with a passion for advocacy. Prior to Business Hunter, Sheena worked in her own business, providing communications leadership for clients working across a range of industries including critical minerals, emerging renewable energy technologies and start-ups.

Prior to starting her own business Sheena led the University of Newcastle media team for several years, working at the intersection of research, education and communications. Her work has a global footprint, appearing in outlets including the BBC, ABC, CNN, TIME Magazine, Reuters, The Australian, SMH and AFR.

Keenly aware of the power of content to achieve change, Sheena is looking forward to helping progress the goals of Hunter businesses.

Alex Brennan

ALEX BRENNAN

Business Manager Hunter First and Partnerships

Alex joins Business Hunter having spent the past several years launching and building his own business, ASR Recruitment. Alex’s experience and insights gained through business ownership and member of Hunter business community means he has a unique and specialised understanding of the context of business in the region, and also the valuable role our organisation plays in connecting and advocating for local businesses to all levels of government and industry stakeholders.

We look forward to Alex meeting the Hunter First community, using skills gained in executive leadership and consulting positions across Australia and Asia. He is passionate about using his networks, his time and his abilities to contribute to the growth and development of the Hunter’s businesses.

Alex Brennan

ANNALISA CECCATO

Events and Marketing Coordinator

Annalisa Ceccato joined Business Hunter in October 2021 as the Events and Marketing Coordinator. She is responsible for the organisation and management of successful Business Hunter events and promotion of the Business Hunter brand.

Annalisa has a strong background in events and engagement as well as having a big part of the sporting community while at Northern NSW Football.

Prior to joining Business Hunter, Annalisa worked as the Marketing and Events Manager at South Newcastle Rugby League Club.

Annalisa graduated from The University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations. 

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

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