Member of the Month

Welcome to HYP Member of the Month!

Over the past few years we have gone through major increases in membership, have found our members to be more engaged, and have increased our profile within the community. We have progressed through leaps and bounds to become one of the most well known and respected organisations for young professionals in Newcastle and the Hunter, but none of this would ever be possible without YOU, the members!

Because of this, we have teamed up with Hunter Headline to introduce the HYP Member of the Month, which recognises our extraordinary members; those excelling in their careers and those who go above and beyond to benefit the community. Each month the HYP membership committee will choose one member from the list of nominees as the Member of the Month. To be selected, a fellow member, work colleague, boss or friend, must recognise the hard work you put in and they must nominate you by sending an email to mail [at] hunteryoungprofessionals [dot] com [dot] au. If you know of a member who deserves the recognition for their hard work please tell us in 200 words or less why they deserve to be the HYP member of the month.

Some general rules:

  • Anyone can nominate, but voting is done by the HYP membership committee.
  • Nominations must be for HYP members only.
  • As per our constitution people aged over 40 cannot be nominated.
  • The successful nominee will be contacted prior to HYP publishing them through our media platforms.
  • The successful nominee will have an opportunity to be promoted as the Hunter Headline’s Young Gun



Karen Hearnden | Senior Policy & Project Officer – Land Negotiation | Department of Industry – Lands

Karen is a policy maker and land negotiator. Professionally, she ensures that the NSW Crown estate is managed in the best interests of the people of NSW. Since falling into a Bachelor of Environmental Science some 13 years ago, Karen has worked for the NSW Government in a variety of roles and for the previous and current Ministers for Lands and Water. Unprofessionally, she is a bit of a creative muse, uninhibited and spontaneous, although also known to be anally retentive.
Read more about Karen.



Matthew Nelson | Owner | Matthew Nelson Videography

Matt Nelson currently works at the University of Newcastle in postgraduate digital marketing, specialising in technical solutions. Outside of his 9-5, Matt can be found doing some freelance videography, doing the beach run on his motorcycle or surfing down at Merewether Beach. Matt grew up in Port Macquarie and moved to Newcastle in 2009 to start an undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in digital media and entertainment.
Read more about Matt.


Jesse Mulligan | Director | Mulligan Property Group

After being in the Real Estate industry for 5 years, Jesse decided to open the doors of Mulligan Property Group. Being aged in his mid-twenties, Jesse has faced countless obstacles in the business world and still does today. The MPG company philosophy adopts two words which are Determination and Resolution. When asked why, Jesse believes that is what best decides his personality.
Read more about Jesse.





Alex Nicolaidis | Managing Director and Founder | Booksmart Accounting Solutions

Alex is the Managing Director of Booksmart Accounting Solutions, a business she established in 2014 as a sole operator and has since grown the business at a rapid rate, moving offices three times for more space and now has a team of 6 members. A proud Novocastrian, Alex has been honoured to be featured in the Hunter Business Review’s ‘Women in Business’ issue in 2015, as a Hunter Young Gun for Hunter Headline in 2017 and on Novabuilt Marketing also in 2017.
Read more about Alex.



Jye Smith | Branch Manager | Greater Bank

Jye has spent that past six years helping the Greater Bank service their customers and expand its business. Jye is a very community focused individual and his involvement with the Greater Charitable Foundation has helped fund practical, life-changing initiatives which directly support families and communities.
Read more about Jye.



Alex Hardy| Senior Manager | Prosperity Advisers Group

Alex has spent that past ten years building a growing client base in the audit and advisory industry. Alex was recently honoured with the prestigious Rising Star award at the 2016 Australian Accounting Awards in Sydney. Alex’s work often takes him across the country and overseas in his quest to build the advisory firm of the future with his colleagues at Prosperity.
Read more about Alex.



Anne-Laure Peaucelle | Co-Founder | NewieVentures

Anne’s unique background has given her some valuable insight which has led her to be invited to speak on panels, start her own Meet Up group and most recently be nominated for three awards including Best Tech Start-Up at the Lunatick Society’s NEWi Awards.
Read more about Anne-Laure.



Jesse Wilton | Real Estate | Villager Property

Jesse is a relative new comer to the real estate game after being victim to the mining downturn that hit so many Novocastrians. It was at this stage where Jesse was able to follow his true passion and start a fresh career in real estate. With his mentor about to open a new real estate business, the stars were aligning and it was all systems go for this young gun.
Read more about Jesse.

september member of the month

Anna Farthing | Founding Director | Doughheads

Anna has been cooking up a storm for the last 6 years and has recently opened the doors to the Doughheads flagship store in The Junction. Anna has developed Doughheads from humble beginnings to a household brand name across the region with a loyal customer base.
Read more about Anna.



august member of the month

Welcome-Block_Dan ColliersDane Crawford | Director of Residential project marketing | Colliers International

Our inaugural member of the month has been selected by the HYP board and goes to Dane Crawford from Colliers International. Dane has a vast experience in residential real estate transactions across the Newcastle region having previously worked at Creer Property and McGrath Property.
Read more about Dane.