Business Hunter welcomes first female Life Member

Business Hunter welcomes first female Life Member

Business advocate, Katie Brassil has been bestowed Life Membership of Business Hunter at their recent Annual General Meeting in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the region’s business community.

Katie is the first female to receive the organisation’s highest honour and joins a select group of individuals to hold the title.

Business Hunter President, Tony Rhodes congratulated Katie on behalf of the Board and Management, acknowledging her exceptional service.

“This title is reserved for those who have left a profound imprint, not just on our organisation but the broader business community that Business Hunter exists to serve,” Tony said.

“Threads of Katie’s immense legacy are still evident at Business Hunter and this honour picks up on that. Katie takes her place today among the greats and we’re delighted to take this opportunity to thank her for her service.”

First appointed as a Director to the Business Hunter board in 2008, Katie served until 2014, completing a six-year term. During this time she also served as Business Hunter’s representative on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) Board, which she continues to service on today.

Working with former Business Hunter CEO, Kristen Keegan, Katie was instrumental in establishing the Hunter Business Mining lunch series, which launched in March 2012 and continues to operate today as a forum for discussion, collaboration and knowledge sharing across the broader theme of energy.

Incoming Business Hunter President, Lauren Eyles said Katie was a stalwart of the Hunter business community and acknowledged her role in increasing diversity and representation in male-dominated domains.

“This award pays homage to Katie’s achievements and efforts over many years in her industry, board rooms and in the community,” Lauren said.

“A genuine pioneer, she has achieved many firsts throughout her career, and we’re grateful she’s now helping women to see themselves represented at every layer of our organisation.”

Katie said she was honoured to receive the award and acknowledged the contribution her peers make to the Hunter business community.

“I am truly surprised and thank Business Hunter for bestowing such a huge honour,” Katie said.

“I appreciate the significance whilst also acknowledging in the Hunter we are blessed with an abundance of business leaders who are just as deserving.

“Being a passionate ambassador and advocate for the Hunter is easy with our rich and proud history, diverse regional economy and a future full of exciting new opportunities and projects that will see us continue to be NSW’s powerhouse.”


IMAGE | Katie Brassil, Business Hunter Life Member and Lauren Eyles, incoming Business Hunter President

Business Hunter

Business Hunter is the new name for the organisation formerly known as the Hunter Business Chamber. We are the largest regional peak business group in Australia, representing members across all business and industry sectors. Business Hunter is a not-for-profit member organisation dedicated to connecting people in business with what they need to succeed.

We have been the voice of business in the Hunter since 1886. Our members are part of a network of more than 2,500 businesses across the region. That network includes members of 20 aligned local chambers across 10 local government areas, stretching from the Mid North Coast to Lake Macquarie and inland to Scone. From main-street retailers to ASX 100 corporates, our member businesses power Australia's strongest regional economy. 

The name Business Hunter was adopted in February 2020 to better reflect the vibrant and diverse businesses the organisation represents. The new name also aligns with our affiliates Business NSW and Business Australia.

Business Hunter has been through a number of name changes; what has never changed is our commitment to helping our members do business better, to drive growth and prosperity in the Hunter region.

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