Member of the Month

We have teamed up with Hunter Headline for our Member of the Month series, 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 selects one member from the list of nominees for the title of hyp 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 online here. 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 successful nominees are selected by the hyp board.
  • Nominations must be for hyp members only.
  • The successful nominee will be contacted prior to hyp publishing them through our media platforms.
  • The successful nominee will also have an opportunity to be promoted as the Hunter Headline’s Young Gun.


NOVEMBER member of the month

Quinton Andrew l Oral Health Therapist | Live Life Smiling Orthodontics

Quinton is an Oral Health Therapist at Live Life Smiling Orthodontics in Broadmeadow. His role includes placing and removing braces, managing the oral health of patients, and adding the final aesthetic touches to teeth. Quinton studied at Griffith University in the Gold Coast, before moving to Cairns to begin his career. Quinton moved to Newcastle 2 years ago and is finding the Newcastle lifestyle great. In his free time, he likes to stay active, playing cricket and touch football.

Read more about Quinton.


OCTOBER member of the month

Hayden Asper l Chartered Accountant | Jirsch Sutherland

Hayden Asper is a Chartered Accountant and manager at Jirsch Sutherland, a local firm that specialises in providing options and solutions to financially distressed businesses and people. Hayden is a proud Novocastrian who looks for ways to give back. In addition to his day job, Hayden is the Treasurer for Disability Advocacy NSW, the Mid-North Coast Community Legal Centre and the Bean Counters Ball.

Hayden attended the University of Newcastle and is a professional member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association.

Read more about Hayden.


SEPTEMBER member of the month

Claire Pavey l HR Professional | WesTrac

Claire Pavey is a 23-year-old aspiring HR professional. After obtaining a Bachelor of Business in 2017 with a double major in Management and Human Resources, Claire started her career as an Agency Recruiter focusing on the IT space and later moving to the blue-collar sector. She has recently transitioned to an internal recruitment role with WesTrac and it has been an awesome adventure so far.

Claire has a passion for Human Resources and loves being able to utilise her knowledge of the markets and her ever-growing network to provide people with the opportunity to be successful in their dream career.

Read more about Clare.


AUGUST member of the month

Gabriella Sainsbury l Corporate & Commercial Lawyer | Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Gabriella is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. She contributes to a number of boards as a company director, including as Deputy Chair and Company Secretary of Newcastle University Sport—the organisation that manages University Sport at UoN and The Forum health and fitness centres.

Read more about Gabriella.

JULY member of the month

Dominic May l Founder & Managing Director | CoastXP

Dominic May is the Founder and Managing Director of CoastXP. CoastXP is Newcastle’s Newest Experience offering coastal sightseeing, whale watching, cruise and event-based tours along the Hunter Coast.

Dom is an Ocean Enthusiast whose passion for the marine environment led him to working in some Australia’s most scenic coastal locations including Heron Island, North Stradbroke Island, Coffs Harbour, Lord Howe Island, Port Stephens and Sydney.

Read more about Dom.

JUNE member of the month

Matthew Clements l Partner & CFO | Newcastle Financial Group

Matthew Clements is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer at the locally based financial advice business, Newcastle Financial Planning Group (NFPG). His role as CFO involves management of five businesses across financial planning and property while also enjoying time with clients as a Financial Adviser working largely with young families and young professionals.

Read more about Matthew.

MAY member of the month

Alex Wheeler l Associate | Sparkle Helmore Lawyers

Alex Wheeler is an Associate at national law firm Sparke Helmore Lawyers. He primarily practises in property and development law, acting for local and national clients as they work to redevelop and revitalise the Newcastle CBD, Honeysuckle and greater Newcastle region.

Read more about Alex.

APRIL member of the month

Bree Stedman l Female Head Talk Expert

For 13+ years, Bree has worked with women in a leadership, mentoring and personal transformation role. She has personally lived through and witnessed the struggle that women experience when it comes to creating a life of their dreams – regardless of skills and capabilities, the common denominator that affects results is the way women speak to themselves.

Read more about Bree.


MARCH member of the month

Jess Cole l Commercial Manager | DSI Underground

Jess completed a Bachelor of Commerce through Newcastle University and spent some time studying in Maastricht in the Netherlands. She graduated with Distinction in a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a Marketing Major. She has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Competitive Systems and Practices. In 2017, she was awarded Hunter Manufacturing Awards’ Rising Star.

Read more about Jess.


FEBRUARY member of the month

Krystal Rees l Human & Workplace Synergist | Being More Human

Krystal Rees started her profession in HR 10 years ago, working in generalist roles and developing a passion for workplace culture and leadership development. Last year she decided to branch out into HR Consulting to work at Being More Human so that she could apply her knowledge to a variety of businesses and help them grow.

Read more about Krystal.


December member of the month

Jimmy Fay l Chiropractor | Healing Wave

Jimmy Fay is a young passionate Chiropractor who is looking to help improve the health of the local community and the world through education and inspiration about health and wellness. Not surprisingly his clinical interests include children, family and long-term preventative care. Outside of chiropractic, Jimmy loves the beach, exercise and motorcycles.

Read more about Jimmy.


November member of the month

Sally Davies l Solicitor l Jenkins Legal Services

Sally is a born and bred Novocastrian with over 10 years experience working in a range of specialised areas of law. She has been involved in NSW Young Lawyers for 6 years, being Vice-Chair and then Chair of the BushWeb Regional Issues Committee since 2011, and an Executive Councillor since 2013. Away from the law, Sally is a passionate playwright, having had multiple short plays performed around the world. Her first full-length play, Festive Spirit, was performed at Newcastle Theatre Company last year.

Read more about Sally.


October member of the month

Brenden Lowbridge l Finance Strategist and Propery Developer/Investor l Money Links

Brenden has been working in the finance and property industry since 2009. From losing his job during the GFC to gaining his next opportunity through meeting a local mortgage broker in the gym, he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge and now runs his own property development company Koslow Property Group while also working as a broker for Money Links. He sure is a busy man but strives to bring his clients (and himself) the freedom to make the choices they want in life.

Read more about Brenden.



Dr Natasha Perry | Clinical and Health Psychologist working as an Allied Health Clinical Leader | Hunter New England Local Health District

Dr Natasha Perry is a passionate Clinical and Health Psychologist working as an Allied Health Clinical Leader, at Hunter New England Local Health District; and a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which took her to on an extensive worldwide trip investigating the efficacy of treatment programs for young people with substance use problems and related complexities.
Read more about Natasha.



Tessa Boer-Mah l Newcastle Cultural Heritage Manager l RPS Australia Asia Pacific

Tessa has over 15 years experience in professional heritage services. Her key achievements include completion and supervision of over 200 projects of varying scales, publications in professional journals and she is currently the nominated chair of the Hunter Heritage Network. Her passion is the future directions which can be realised by combining the old and the new.
Read more about Tessa.


July member of the month

Ryan McCathie | Owner/Exercise Physiologist | Hunter Rehabilitation and Health

Ryan McCathie is the Owner/Exercise Physiologist at Hunter Rehabilitation and Health based in Wickham and Raymond Terrace. Ryan is passionate about getting people back doing what they love after a specific injury or illness. He helps his clients to achieve this by providing structured and personalised rehabilitation plans with a clear finish line and goal to be achieved.
Read more about Ryan.


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.
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. 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.