HunterNet Future Leaders Program winners announced for 2019

HunterNet Future Leaders Program winners announced for 2019

At a gala dinner held at Town Hall in Newcastle, the winners of HunterNet’s Annual Future Leaders Program were announced.

The ceremony, held on Friday 25 October, announced HealthPort as the winning group for 2019 with their impressive project brief.

These young professionals participated in the 2019 HunterNet Future Leaders Program, which was delivered across twelve sessions. The program was designed to equip young leaders with the skills they need to step into management/senior management roles within their organisation.

Following these sessions, participants were divided into four multidisciplinary teams to consider the project brief, under the guidance of their assigned mentor.

This year’s mentors consisted of;

  • Rebecca Johnston from Barr Property and Planning,
  • Tim Donoghue from TUNRA,
  • Warwick Sommer from Ampcontrol and
  • Ian Winn from One Clan.

The project brief had to include two key aspects;

  1. To develop an identity and positioning concept for the greater Newcastle region which promotes it as a global city and
  2. Identify an ASX-200 listed company which the team believes should establish a new headquarters in Newcastle with the aim to improve the economic diversity of the region.

Under the supervision of their mentors, each team was required to produce a twenty-five page report and deliver a thirty minute presentation to the judging panel.

Jacqui Warren, Industry Advisor at HunterNet and Future Leaders Program Director, said that the aim of the program was to get future leaders to think bigger and better about the future of the Hunter region.

“Our aim was to challenge our Future Leaders to think outside the box and inspire them to develop a passion for the region,” Jacqui said.

“Each of the teams submitted proposals that are both innovative and practical, demonstrating a commitment to the prosperity of the region that is sustainable in the long term.”

The quality of submissions was a credit to the teams, as well as the many volunteers behind the program, Hunter Net expressed.

The winning team, HealthPort, consisted of members;

  • Sam Noakes from Port Waratah Coal Services,
  • Nicholas Oliveri from Bohemia Interactive Solutions,
  • Dr Bin Chen from TUNRA,
  • Chanel Egan from Forsythes Technology,
  • Brodie White from NAB,
  • Andrew Fisher from Ampcontrol and
  • Ian Winn from One Clan who acted as team mentor.

The Health Port teams project centred around attracting health and technology companies to Newcastle to promote economic growth, sustainability and diversity through the establishment of three interconnected innovation precincts.

In attendance at the ceremony were program participants, their mentors, company sponsors and other distinguished leaders from the local business community.

IMAGE | Winning team, HealthPort. Consisting of Andrew Fisher – Ampcontrol group, Sam Noakes – Port Waratah Coal Services, Chanel Egan – Forsythes Technology, Ian Winn – Team Mentor from One Clan, Brodie White – NAB, Dr Bin Chen – TUNRA, Nicholas Oliveri – Bohemia Interactive Australia (left-right)


HunterNet help businesses grow, innovate and thrive – and believe this begins with collaboration. By sharing ideas, developing capabilities, delivering support, and stimulating opportunities, HunterNet spark industry synergy, build strong work communities, unlock business acumen and create brighter futures for all.   

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