Registered Architect, Tim Hayes has been appointed Associate Director at Webber Architects. Tim has extensive experience working in the industry and expertise in project managing small and large scale residential projects, master planning, heritage, and commercial projects in the education, health, aged care, childcare, and industrial sectors. Tim leads a project team and is a member of our senior management team.
Prosperity Advisers Group has grown its financial services practice with the appointment of Luke Styles. Luke has over five years’ experience in the financial services industry, specialising in personal insurance advice for retail clients, and more recently developing a strong focus and keen interest in wealth management strategies. Luke is heavily involved in developing, coaching and guiding his clients to achieve their goals and objectives.
Brian Doyle OAM
Brian Doyle OAM has been appointed as a Director of the WEA Hunter Board. Brian is a former owner/partner of Turnbull Hill Lawyers of Charlestown and was recently awarded the Medal of Australia for his service to the law and his community. He has more than five decades experience as a lawyer and is well known for his tireless charity work for organisations including Life Education, Hunter Youth Mentoring Collaborative and the Hunter Academy of Sport.
Barr Property & Planning has expanded its team to meet a growing demand with the appointment of principal planner Kirsty Tepper. Kirsty has a strong background in statutory and strategic planning. She has worked as a planner in both local government and private sectors and provides broad experience in strategic planning policy and development assessment across city and regional settings. Kirsty is currently studying a Master of Economics and Regional Development
performHR has welcomed Karen Ansen to the team. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge to her role of Employee Relations Specialist, and has a strong belief in a holistic approach to workplace issues. With over 15 years’ experience in both Workplace Law and Employee Relations, Karen is an expert on the legal principles that govern employer-employee relationships, including the Fair Work Act, Workplace Health and Safety Laws, counselling and mediation.
Leah Jay has appointed Senior Property Manager, Michelle McLean, to oversee their Belmont and Warners Bay offices. Michelle has worked in Property Management for 18 years, predominantly in Sydney but has lived and worked in the Newcastle area since 2012. Michelle has managed teams across agencies and locations, and for the past 14 years she has been a committee member of the REI Property Management Chapter.
Samantha Cordell has joined Diamond ICT as Marketing Manager. Having previously worked for Intel, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and more recently Wine Selectors, Samantha will drive the marketing strategy for Diamond’s range of services including Managed Services, Software Development and Telecommunications.
James Warren is the new manager of the Cessnock branch of Greater Bank. James has almost 25 years banking experience in Sydney, Tasmania and regional NSW. He now calls Cessnock home and is looking forward to with local people and businesses as well as getting involved with the charities and community groups Greater Bank and the Greater Charitable Foundation support.
Andrew Gresham has been appointed to the board of HMA. Andrew is an executive with BAE Systems Australia, with experience spanning business leadership roles, strategy, business development and commercial in sustainment, systems integration and manufacturing for Aerospace and Maritime sectors. He has developed partnering relationships to both win new business and effectively deliver support to the ADF. Andrew currently leads BAE Systems Australia's F-35 Program.
Dr Jim Bentley is the new Managing Director of Hunter Water. Dr Bentley has over 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector, including 12 years at the UK’s largest water utility, Thames Water. For the past 10 years Jim has been living in New Zealand, where he served as Executive Director of the Synergine Group, Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Research at the University of Auckland and Chief Executive of Metrowater Ltd.
Chris Seysener has been appointed as a Director of the WEA Hunter Board. Chris is an IT executive who is highly experienced in transformational change, IT strategy and governance and service delivery optimisation. He is the Chief Information Officer and General manager Business Services with Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC) and has worked with AMP, Allianze, Arium and Endeavour Energy.
Luke Keating has been appointed Associate at Webber Architects. Luke plays an integral role in a project team and is responsible for documentation, drafting, modelmaking and presentation material for projects across both residential and commercial architecture. Luke maintains a current knowledge base by actively participating in a continual professional development program.
Andrew Barnard, Registered Architect has been appointed Associate Director at Webber Architects. Andrew has expertise in architecture, landscape design, interior design, cost planning, and master planning for commercial and residential projects. Andrew has a comprehensive understanding of environmental design. Andrew is a member of our senior management team, leads a project team and oversees our quality assurance system.
Samantha Atkin has been appointed to the Board of WEA Hunter. Samantha is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the mining and industrial sectors for more than 15 years and is currently working at WesTrac. She specialises in financial representation, project management, fanatical management and reporting.