Want to hear what the Hunter Young Professionals (HYP) has in store for YOU in 2018?

We’re inviting you to an inspirational social evening to formally launch the concept for our 2018 event, where the ‘Contribute’ journey will be explored. Set in a brilliant foreshore and harbour view location, this is your opportunity to kick-start the year by getting involved in what HYP is all about: meeting cool people, in cool places, to discuss cool things.

Whether you’re an existing HYP member, thinking about becoming a member, coerced by a mate or just wanting more, you are sure to be engaged by what this night has to offer!

For $30 +bf you get a drink on arrival and can graze over those mega cheeseboards that look like something a Greek god/goddess would have been served.

If you’re still thirsty, there will be a cash bar – but no ATMs. While the second drink aint free, the view is priceless!


CHRISTOPHER SAUNDERS, General Manager Renew Newcastle

Christopher Saunders has worked as a social change initiator for over 20 years. He has been part of Renew Newcastle for six years enabling creative enterprises to flourish and bring life back to a desolate cityscape whilst at the same time informing urban development decision-making.

Christopher helped establish and worked as a creative producer for 15 years with national arts and social change organisation Big hART.

Christopher is an enabler with a “hands-on” collaborative approach. He has helped deliver some extraordinary benefits for whole communities such as the restoration of the iconic Regal Cinema in Newcastle and a national voice for public housing tenants in the infamous Northcott Building in Sydney.

Christopher is an alumnus of Social Leadership Australia’s Sydney Leadership program. He is the former chair of Tantrum Youth Arts, an Advisory Board member for the Centre for 21st Century Humanities and a member of the Restorative Newcastle Advisory Group at Newcastle University.

BEN MITCHELL, Illustrator and Academic

Ben Mitchell is an illustrator and academic, based in Newcastle NSW. He is currently completing a PHD on Visual Narratives at the University of Newcastle, and has developed undergrad courses in Design, Communications and Primary Teaching. Ben has worked at The Roost Creative as a commercial illustrator for several years, working in animation, branding, graphic design and storyboarding for small businesses and the entertainment industry. Ben is an established cartoonist and feature creator in the Australian independent comic book database Ownaindi and his latest comic book, Ghost Beach, was nominated for a Ledger Award in 2017 and is distributed internationally by Birdcage Bottom Books.



The Barracks at Fort Scratchley


8 March 2018 at 6pm