Chamber announces Bob Hawes as new CEO

Chamber announces Bob Hawes as new CEO

The Hunter Business Chamber has appointed well-known business leader, Bob Hawes, as its new CEO.

Chamber President Jonathan Vandervoort said Bob would take up the appointment in early January. Bob is presently the Interim CEO of Dantia and prior to that was General Manager at Hunter Development Corporation, for more than five years.

Jonathan said 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 eminently qualified for the role of CEO.

“Bob will work closely with Hunter First members, advising the Board and NSW Business Chamber on issues relating to HBC’s broader membership base while advocating on behalf of all businesses throughout the Hunter to make the Hunter a better place to do business,” Jonathan said.

“On behalf of the Board and members here at the Chamber, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Bob. We’re looking forward to working with him to achieve positive outcomes for the business community throughout 2017 and beyond.”

Bob said he was excited by the challenges and the opportunities the position will provide.

“There a number of challenges that not only the region faces, but businesses within in it,” Bob said. “I am looking forward to getting started as I think there is a new frontier the Chamber faces. We need to make sure businesses within the region are getting the best benefits, advice and advocacy.”

IMAGE | Bob Hawes

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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