Networking opportunities

Hunter First Events 

Exclusively for Hunter First Members

Hunter First Exclusive Events 

One of the benefits of becoming a Hunter First member is access to exclusive, free Hunter First events. These opportunities include CEO Connect Events, round tables and meetings with government and industry leaders. 

CEO Connect 

Hunter First CEO Connect is an events program designed to give Hunter First member CEOs and senior executives exclusive opportunities to network with key stakeholders throughout the Hunter, see behind the scenes of some of the Hunter’s key organisations or infrastructure facilities, preview new facilities or operations, and hear from regional business, industry and government leaders.

The program allows for members of the Hunter First cohort to host a function in order to showcase their organisation and resources to other Hunter First members.

Events are promoted exclusively to executives of our 100+ Hunter First member organisations, an influential network of business leaders representing the Hunter region’s foremost companies and organisations.

The host organisation provides the event space and catering for the function and sets the agenda and topic for the event. 

Government and Industry Leaders

Business Hunter regularly hosts visits from government and industry leaders. These visits often provide unique opportunities for Hunter First Members to meet and hear from influential leaders, raise issues of concern for their industry and receive first-hand information from government decision-makers. 

If attendance is limited, Hunter First members are invited on the basis of membership level or the relevance to their business of the topic or portfolio. 

Recent guests

  • Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison
  • Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
  • Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
  • Dr David Gillespie, Member for Lyne
  • Barnaby Joyce, Member for New England 
  • Senator Matt Canavan
  • Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government 
  • Rob Stokes, NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, 
  • Tania Constable, Minerals Council of Australia CEO

For more information contact Business Manager Hunter First and Partnership, Alex Brennan via or 0424 756 233.