Are you an aspiring board director or looking to take the next step in your career?

hyp has teamed up with our sponsor Sparke Helmore to bring you a Board Ready Masterclass to develop your corporate governance skills and strategic business acumen.

Throughout 2019, hyp members have been encouraged to evolve in their professional lives and take their career and personal journey to the next level. Maybe you are considering nominating yourself for a board position or looking to take the plunge into a workplace committee? It is so easy to feel intimidated before you even step foot into the boardroom, and this workshop will help you feel empowered and ready to stride right on in.

This two-part Board Ready Masterclass on Tuesday 24 September to find out all you need to know about joining a board or committee and acing your governance know-how.

Part One

In Part One of this workshop, you will hear from Alan McKelvey of Sparke Helmore as he shares his tips, tricks and advice on getting on board in 2019 and delivering positive outcomes for your organisation. Alan will also take us through the governance essentials, providing guidance on the importance of good governance.

As a result of this workshop, hyp members will feel empowered and ready to take the next step in their careers and seek out opportunities on boards throughout the Hunter Region and navigate their way up the corporate ladder.

Alan McKelvey

Alan is a Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, specialising in NSW planning, environment and mining law and has extensive litigation experience, particularly in the NSW Land and Environment Court. Alan has a strong local network. For the past three years he has sat on the Board of the Newcastle Golf Club where he is now the Club Captain. He is the chair of the clubs Development Committee, Match Committee and Disciplinary Committee. He has had an important role in driving major change at the club directed at ensuring its long term sustainability. He also currently sits on the committee of the Hunter Chapter of the UDIA and has previously been on the committee of the Hunter Chapter of the NSW Property Council.

Alan is passionate about the continuing development of Newcastle and uses his position on the Boards and Committees to deliver positive outcomes for the organisations he is involved with.

Part Two

Part Two of the workshop will see Alan joined by Kyle Loades, Samantha Martin-Williams and Claire Braund to form an impressive panel of company directors who will give you that much-needed advice on how to take your first step into the boardroom.

Kyle Loades FAICD

Kyle is a Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Advisor with more than two decades board experience across the community, public and commercial sectors with a particular focus on banking/financial services, automotive/mobility, technology, innovation/start-ups and medical research industries. He has a great interest and experience in transforming business in the face of disruption. Currently he is a Non-Executive Director of Credit Union Australia, Chairman of Drive Yello, Chairman of the Australian Transformation & Turnaround Association, Chairman of Hunter Medical Research, Conjoint Professor of Practice at University of Newcastle and an advisor to international and domestic companies.

Kyle was the Chairman of NRMA until December 2017. During this time he presided over a period of change which included diversification, board and executive renewal, and introduced an aggressive strategy to become one of Australia’s foremost providers of transport and tourism services. Other roles have included Deputy President of the Australian Automobile Association and a Non Executive Director of Committee for Sydney and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. In an executive capacity he established, grew and managed Auto Advantage, an independent car broking business that disrupted the motor vehicle retail industry. The company was purchased by ASX listed company A.P Eagers. He is a Fellow of the AICD and AUSTTA, completed an MBA from the University of Newcastle, a Disruptive Strategy course at Harvard Business School and a Transformational Leadership Program at Australian National University.

Samantha Martin-Williams FAICD

Samantha is an experienced C-Suite executive with expertise in strategic transformation, commercial change, P&L management and delivering value to customers. She is currently a Non-Executive Director for Newcastle Permanent, an MBA Advisory Board Member for The University of Newcastle and the General Manager Corporate Services & Company Secretary at Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator. Her past board experience includes The Salvation Army, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, Hunter Region Venues Authority, Fitness Australia, TAFE NSW, HMRI Foundation, and the NSW Business Chamber.

Samantha has a strong track record of leading cultural change, lifting performance, strategy and people across complex and highly-regulated industries, including financial services, resources, logistics and supply chain, health and education. Samantha is also a conjoint lecturer at the Graduate School of Law and Business at the University of Newcastle and a former winner of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award NSW.

Claire Braund

Claire is a social entrepreneur who co-founded Women on Boards in 2006 and has been at the helm of the company ever since, growing it to 22,000 women across Australia from its head office in Gosford on the Central Coast. Claire sits on the boards of both Women on Boards (WOB Pty Ltd) and its sister company in the United Kingdom, which she co-founded with Australian and British colleagues in 2012. She also serves on the board of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, which is the third largest in NSW., and formerly served on the not-for-profit board of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women and various incorporated bodies. She regularly works with organisations and aspirant directors seeking board roles.

A former journalist and public relations manager, Claire’s expertise is in communications, marketing and advocacy which she has used to great effect to grow the Women on Boards business. She is a highly respected speaker on a range of topics including equity and diversity and is an informed and entertaining presenter and renowned networker. In 2011 Claire became a Churchill Fellow for her research into gender balance on boards in Norway, France and the UK. She is also a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program.


When | 5:30pm, Tuesday 24 September 2019
Where | Sparke Helmore, 28 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Cost | $30 pp + bf
Dress Code | Business

hyp Community Partnership

$1 from every ticket sold for HYP events in 2019 will be donated to the Mark Hughes Foundation through our community partnership. You can also make an optional extra contribution when you purchase your ticket.

Thanks to our Sponsors

HYP is sponsored by City of Newcastle, Jirsch Sutherland, and Sparke Helmore.



Sparke Helmore, 28 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle


24 September 2019 at 5.30pm