Local networking group, hyp (Hunter Young Professionals) has elected a new Board for 2021.
The group has also kickstarted the year with a line-up of sold-out events, including their annual launch event which was held at the Lucky Hotel. It was at this event when they proudly announced Harry’s House was their chosen local charity partner for 2021.
Hyp’s non-executive Board is made up of eight fresh recruits; Michael Kekovski, Tom Gulliver, Kiraley Muller, Steve Moore, Mary Ann Wen, Daniel Drayton, Rebecca Tighe and Katie Thompson.
These new board members will be led by hyp’s experienced executive team, who will guide and show them the ropes.
Kate David will serve her third year on the hyp Board and her second year as President, as will Danielle O’Neill in the role of Vice President. Meanwhile, Jessica Cole takes on her fourth year on the hyp board as Treasurer. The executive team is also joined by Mitch McCormack who was elected hyp Secretary.
With a great mix of fresh and familiar faces, there is a lot for the hyp community to look forward to in 2021.
Every year, hyp choose an annual event theme. This year, following the challenges that came with 2020, the theme is resilience.
“We hope that this years’ events will provide attendees with tools to help build resilience in both their professional as well as personal lives,” Kate said.
“After an isolating 2020, we are aiming to bring young professionals back together by delivering engaging events where those in attendance are given the opportunity to learn new skills, connect with each other and overall have a great time.
“We have some big goals for hyp this year and the ticket sales from our launch and March event shows that our members are engaged and are excited to get out networking.”
Their most recent event was a personal branding workshop with Holly Martin which was held on 28 April 2021 at Marina Views Wedding and Function Centre.
The event was a great success and saw several new members in attendance.
“We are proud to report that our membership base continues to grow in numbers. Since 2017, we have grown from 1,500 members to now over 2,500 members,” Kate said.
“We are aiming to continue to expand our membership base over the next 12 months both by diversifying and reaching out to young professionals working in a wider range of industries.”
Hyp Vice President, Danielle O’Neill says that with the new Board, they plan to ensure 2021 makes up for networking losses in 2020.
“The new board has hit the ground running and we are invigorated to make 2021 our biggest and most successful year of networking,” she concluded.
IMAGE | Hunter Young Professionals 2021 Board members.
Hunter Young Professionals (hyp) is a not-for-profit organisation that engages young people in the local business environment through professional development and social networking opportunities. Ultimately hyp creates opportunities for young people to connect, be inspired and develop themselves beyond their education.