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New Appointments

Michael Mahabeer
Michael Mahabeer has joined Prosperity Advisers as a specialist internal auditor and risk adviser. He has an impressive track record in senior leadership positions across internal audit and risk management. Michael led the transformation of the internal audit function at a large government owned corporation in Queensland and has held previous senior roles with Suncorp and PwC.
Bob Hawes2
The Hunter Business Chamber has appointed well-known business leader, Bob Hawes, as its new CEO. Bob was previously the Interim CEO of Dantia and prior to that was General Manager at Hunter Development Corporation, for more than five years. Bob’s knowledge of the Hunter, his previous advocacy experience across a breadth of business issues and his strong reputation and leadership qualities made him well qualified for the role.
Cassandra Lanty
Leah Jay has promoted former East Maitland Manager Cassandra Lanty into the newly-created executive role of Operations Manager. Cassandra will take on a business-wide focus, reviewing the company’s procedures and policies, and helping implement new technologies to further enhance Leah Jay’s service delivery. She will also work closely with the senior property managers to guide and develop team leaders across Leah Jay’s Belmont, East Maitland, Hamilton and Warners Bay offices.
Michael Cassel
Michael Cassel is the new Chief Executive of the Hunter Development Corporation (HDC), as the organisation takes on an expanded role, implementing the 20-year Hunter Regional Plan and coordinating the delivery of infrastructure to unlock new housing and job opportunities. Michael
will retain his role as the NSW Government’s Program Director for the Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program.
Peter Cupitt
SLR has appointed Peter Cupitt as Principal Water/Wastewater Engineer in the Civil and Structural Engineering team based in Newcastle. Specialising in water and sewer infrastructure, Peter’s experience extends to hydrologic and hydraulic modelling of the rainfall/runoff process for a range of applications.He has held various positions for local and foreign water authorities and water specialist companies for the past three decades.
Emma Brokate
Emma Brokate has been appointed to Greater Bank’s executive team as Group Executive Credit and Operations. Newcastle born, Ms Brokate has more than 20 years’ experience in banking, working in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and London. She said she is a proud Novocastrian who will relish the opportunity to again work in and make a difference to her community.
SSimon Debono
Newcastle based office furniture manufacturing company, Experienced Office Furniture has promoted Simon Debono to Workshop Manager. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the industry previously leading production at the Central Coast furniture plant OFD. Simon now leads a team of CAD designers, machine operators and transport staff. Simon brings a strategic, process system approach to manufacturing that has already improved production and quality level.
Michael Bode
Prosperity Advisers have appointed Michael Bode as a business and personal taxation specialist. Having previously been director for many years in the tax consulting division of a global accounting firm, Michael has considerable experience advising on all aspects of taxation for international inbound corporate entities and high wealth private client groups, including mid-cap and family owned businesses.