The first day of Spring saw four high profile business leaders and two recent graduates from the HunterNet Future Leaders Program battle it out in a debate on the important topic: “The Next evolution of the Hunter’s economy.” The debate was the key drawcard for the inaugural HunterNet Future Leaders alumni luncheon held on the 1st September 2017 at the Central Hotel by Matilda Bay on King St, Newcastle.

Central to the debate was the theme of Regional Leadership – with the 2 teams debating the Hunter’s leadership of the past vs the future.

The panelists included:

Samantha Alford Inbound Addons
Peter Cock Newcastle Airport
Lyndell Fogarty PerformHR
Tegann Kelly Environmental Property Services
Glenn Thornton WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Rick Evans Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter


Moderated by Ed Riley, the afternoon was exciting and thought provoking and an opportunity to network with emerging leaders and senior leaders of the Hunter region.

The highly successful HunterNet Future Leaders Program is in it’s third year and designed to equip emerging leaders with the skills, contacts and confidence to lead companies.

Delivered across 12 sessions, participants are exposed to core business and team leadership skills. Sessions are delivered by current leaders and professional practitioners.

The final 7 weeks of the Program has the participants developing a team based submission, supported by an experienced Industry mentor. The HunterNet future Leaders Program expands participants’ networks, linking them with the best from the Hunter, supported by mentors drawn from a cross-section of Hunter businesses.

Panellist and PerformHR CEO said of Friday’s event, “the event really did highlight what the region needs to continue doing, and doing more of – bringing people to the table to collaborate, debate and create future thinking together.”

The afternoon was an opportunity to learn about the HunterNet Future Leaders program, participants and employers alike.

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