How would you describe a strong leader? Are you hungry to learn more about how you can thrive and inspire as a future leader?

A growing number of business commentators, writers and management experts hold the view that today’s organisations are over-managed and under-led. Contemporary managers are often seen to struggle with the leadership aspect of their job.

Join us for a three-part Leadership Forum at UoN’s NeW Space on Tuesday 18 June to find out how you can become a better leader and continue to evolve in your career.

Part One

James Hunt

Transformational Leadership – is it still the gold standard in today’s organisations?

We have joined forces with James Hunt, Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Newcastle. James will share decades of stories, knowledge and insights in leadership, organisational change, organisational behaviour, and strategic HRM.

James will examine the wide range of leadership approaches evident in the modern working arena – from authoritarian, Machiavellian and narcissistic approaches, through to transformational, authentic and servant leadership styles – with a view to establishing a clear understanding of the circumstances in which each of these leadership approaches is likely to thrive and remain preeminent. It has often been suggested in politics on the world stage that nations get the leaders they deserve. Can the same be said of our modern organisations?

Part Two

Hear from an exclusive panel discussion made up of UoN MBA Candidates who are highly regarded leaders in Newcastle organisations. The floor will be opened up to hyp members and guests to ask the experts questions about their leadership styles and experience in leading local organisations.

Introducing our panel:

James Hunt / MBA Program Convenor + Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Newcastle

James was educated at Sydney University, and at the University of Kent in the UK.  He has worked in the university sector in the area of management education for 27 years, commencing at the University of Newcastle in 1990.  Since then he has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Newcastle and Sydney, and has presented his research at international management conferences in Europe and the United States.

In the 1990s, James spent time at the Sydney Graduate School of Police Management in Manly where he taught leadership and strategic command management.  

James’s primary area of teaching is organisational behaviour, and his primary research focus is on the personality determinants of leadership style.  He is the author of more than 50 published journal articles, book chapters and books, the most recent of which is a co-authored book on Leadership published by Cambridge University press in 2018.  James is the MBA Program Convenor at the University of Newcastle, a position he has held since 2011, and is regularly involved in the delivery of executive leadership programs in Sydney and the Hunter Region.

Jessica Redman / Organisational Development Manager at nib health funds

Jessica is a passionate Organisational Development Specialist with a focus on designing and delivering engaging and high-quality OD initiatives. She partners with organisations to provide solutions focussed on building the right skills, knowledge and support to improve organisational capability, enhance performance, and deliver on organisational goals. Currently at nib health funds, Jessica manages a portfolio which includes change management, leadership and management development, talent management, capability framework, training, development & succession planning, job clarity & performance management, reward & recognition, and mentoring. Jessica is a MBA Candidate at the University of Newcastle.

Kate Dash / Senior Accountant, Accounting Standards and Taxation – Newcastle Permanent Building Society

Kate comes to the hyp June event to share over 15 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and financial analyst predominately in the banking and FinTech industries.  With international experience in taxation and regulatory compliance, Kate has served as an adviser to senior executive teams in London, Brisbane and Newcastle.  Her current role at Newcastle Permanent sees her implementing new accounting standards and ensuring statutory obligations are met by developing and maintaining effective tax and statutory governance frameworks. Kate is an active member of the Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club and is on the finance committee for Hunter Surf Life Saving; whose vision is “to save lives, create great Australians, and build better communities”. She is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Newcastle.

David Hunter /Research Engineer at Evocra
David is a Research Engineer at Evocra, a water solutions company that utilises cutting edge technology to deliver superior environmental and economic outcomes to multiple markets. He graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2018 as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering and doggedly pursued his passion in this highly specialised area. During this time he was a Research Assistant at the Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources for Professor KevinGalvin involved conducting research into a new process technology for density separation called the Reflux Classifier. David is also currently an MBA Candidate at the University of Newcastle.

Matthew Chantrey / Business Relationship Manager at Newcastle Permanent
Matthew is a business banking professional with a passion for helping small business’ succeed. He is currently employed at Newcastle Permanent as the Business Relationship Manager where he looks after a portfolio of small-medium business clients with the aim to help them achieve their goals. Matthew has an extensive banking background in organisations such as Newcastle Permanent, National Australia Bank and Westpac, and is currently a Director at Hunter Life Education where they are committed to working alongside Life Education (NSW) in delivering Life Education to children of the Hunter Valley. Matthew is currently an MBA Candidate at the University of Newcastle.

Part 3: Networking – It’s Who You Know

Following the Leadership Forum, hyp members and guests will have opportunity to network with each other and current MBA candidates.




When | 5.30pm, Tuesday 18 June 2019
Where | NeW Space, The University of Newcastle, Hunter St & Auckland St, Newcastle
Cost | $30 pp + bf
Dress Code | Business


NeW Space is a $95 million landmark education precinct in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD, harnessing the latest in technology and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver a world-class student experience. NeW Space is part of UON’s City campus and the impressive building has been designed to maximise the commanding views to surrounding landmarks with views through to Stockton, across the harbour and up to The Hill.

hyp Community Partnership

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

Thanks to our Sponsors

hyp is sponsored by City of Newcastle, PKF, University of Newcastle, Sparke Helmore, Jirsch Sutherland and Hunter Travel Group.



NeW Space, The University of Newcastle, Hunter St & Auckland St, Newcastle


18 June 2019 at 5.30pm