Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and Crowne Plaza Newcastle have appointed Michelle Borkowski as their new Director of Sales. With a 6 year career in the hospitality industry and a previous finance background, Michelle comes with proven experience and success. In her previous role, Michelle was responsible for driving the Leisure and Meetings performance of her hotel cluster which included four Regional NSW Oaks Hotels & Resorts in Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley.
Hunternet has appointed Renae Gifford Project Director. Renae has a proven track record in Project Management, including large infrastructure and industrial projects, along with smaller local projects. She has been working in the Hunter Region for over 20 years, and has had dealings with a number of HunterNet members. Renae has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Masters of Business Administration. She is also undertaking a Masters in Professional Economics through the University of Newcastle.
Rebecca Bagnall has joined the PKF Newcastle as a Trainee Accountant for the Business Advisory Services team with a background in commerce. Her previous experience include being an Accounts Assistant with Puratos and an Admin Trainee/Customer Service Officer with Maitland City Council.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has elected Sean Yeomans as the Hunter Region President for the next two years. Sean is the Director of Kitchens for Living, a local kitchen designer, manufacturer and joinery company. Sean sat on the HIA Hunter Regional Executive Committee for a number of terms and volunteered his time to serve on both HIA national service committees and the Hunter Regional Executive.
Davies Collison Cave Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys have appointed Lauren Eade as a senior associate. Lauren is based in Newcastle and has over 15 years’ experience helping businesses across all industries with their intellectual property needs. She is committed to tailoring intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies to meet commercial objectives and resourcing requirements, and is looking forward to working in Davies Collison Cave’s Newcastle office.
Rachel-Alyce Foster is the new Senior Accountant in the Superannuation team at PKF Newcastle, bringing with her over seven years’ experience from Bentleys NSW, Titan Partners, ESV Chartered Accountants and Bishop Collins.
Victoria Dawes has joined PKF Newcastle as a Senior Accountant in the Business Advisory Services team. She has over seven years’ experience from firms such as Maxim Accounting and nib Health Funds. Victoria loves being a part of the community and is in her third season of playing AFL for Newcastle City.
Grant Williamson has been elected as the Hunter Region Housing Industry Association (HIA) Vice-President for the next two years. Grant is the Managing Director of Winspace Constructions, a company that specialises in home extensions and renovations. Grant sat on the HIA Hunter Regional Executive Committee for a number of terms and volunteered his time to serve on both HIA national service committees and the Hunter Regional Executive.