Our History

Hunter Young Professionals (hyp) has been thriving as the leading community for young professionals in the Hunter Region for over 25 years.

hyp originally started as an incorporated association named ‘Newcastle & Hunter Junior Chamber of Commerce’ in 1993, which used to be part of the Junior Chamber International, however, it was decided by the members that the affiliation wasn’t providing many benefits and it was therefore ceased. Throughout our history, we became closely linked with the Hunter Business Chamber and continue our association to this day. The ‘of commerce’ was eventually dropped in its name, and then was again shortened to NHJC. In July 2013 we rebranded to become Hunter Young Professionals or hyp (pronounced ‘hype’) for short.

The Member of the Month program was launched in 2016 to shine a light on the many high achieving young professionals throughout the Hunter Region. And in this same year, the board implemented an internal subcommittee structure to address four priority areas – membership, partnerships, events, and communications – to deliver the initiatives, programs, and experiences on offer to members.

In 2017, the Alumni in Focus series was introduced to provide a connection to members of the past to see where they are now, how they got there and the benefits they received from being a part of our community.

hyp launched a digital community on Facebook in 2018, so that our members can network and collaborate online with other young professionals and supporters of hyp. This same year we also introduced the Community Partner program, where we collectively get behind a cause each year by engaging a local charity to raise funds and awareness for their cause, and underwent a strategic planning process to identify hyp’s Vision, inclusive of formalising our values, purpose, and mission to guide future generations of the hyp Board.

In 2019, hyp redesigned the website and introduced the Speaker Spotlight feature to catalogue the impressive lineup of speakers who offer up their precious time, and share their knowledge and insights with us each and every year. Later that year hyp partnered with Forsythes Recruitment and HR to provide complimentary leadership coaching via the Member of the Month program.

Over the years hyp has continued to grow through the ongoing support and commitment of our members and sponsors. Today we are over 1,500 members strong and continue to upskill and empower our members through skill development workshops, social networking, masterclasses and social or cultural events and experiences.

Where to next for hyp? We are committed to supporting current and future generations of leaders in the Hunter, and will continue to empower young guns for generations to come. We are always looking for ways to take things to the next level and offer more value for our members, so watch this space.

Past Presidents