Bringing Your Ideas To Life!

Meet the HYBMA Team

Having a great group of people around you who believe in your vision and idea is an important ingredient for success. Meet the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards Team

Hunter Young Business Mind Awards - Steering Group

Responsible for the setup and delivery of Hunter Young Business Mind Awards Program 

Duncan Burck - HYBMA Team

Duncan Burck, NSW Business Chamber - Hunter

As the Local Chamber of Commerce Relationship Manager for the NSW Business Chamber in the Hunter Region, I was given the task, by the Hunter's Local Chamber of Commerce network, to develop a program which would see them having more opportunities to work with schools and young people in their local area.

The Hunter Young Business Mind Awards has come a long way since we started toying with the idea a couple of years. Our goal in the first year is to validate the value of the program and have it become a regular fixture on the region's award calendar.

Personally, my hope for the program is to see it play a role in creating greater connections and relationships between the business community, educators, parents and other agencies. If we can all genuinely collaborate in the support and development of our region's young people, the region will be much better for it. 

Cheryl Royle HYBMA Team

Cheryl Royle, CEO Hunter Futurepreneurs Program

As the Hunter Entrepreneurship Facilitator my role is to promote and encourage entrepreneurship and self employment in our young people and I am so excited to be involved with The Hunter Young Business Minds Awards. This is a fantastic initiative which is designed to inspire our next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers. In my experience, most young people given an opportunity to pursue their dreams, will amaze you with what they can do.

I am looking forward to being amazed.

Melanie Nicholson HYBMA Team

Melanie Nicholson, Director Melanie Nicholson Consulting

I'm very passionate about mentoring young people to develop their emotional intelligence and ‘soft skills’ to help them communicate their entrepreneurial dreams and bring them to life.  

As the Chairperson of Regional Angels, a regional-based start-up investment fund, and a board member of “Roost Creative, a co-working space for entrepreneurs, I am part of the network here in the Hunter which is supporting our startup community.

The Hunter Young Business Mind Award Program is about helping more young people in our region get excited about turning on their ideas.

I'm very excited to be part of the HYBMA team and look forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas to come out of the program.


Bob Hawes HYBMA Team

Bob Hawes, CEO Hunter Business Chamber

I believe that the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards program is a great opportunity for the Hunter business community to support and encourage our region's youth and build stronger relationships with our educators which will be beneficial for our region into the future.

Clare Monkley HYBMA Team

Clare Monkley, President Throsby Basin Business Chamber & Director of Love Finance

I am so pleased to be part of the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards, our children need to be allowed to explore and expand their creative minds, to be great communicators, have confidence, dream big and be risk takers.

It’s our responsibility as parents, community members and business leaders to encourage our future entrepreneurs.


Suzie Leask HYBMA Team

Suzie Leask, Senior Associate Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

Suzie is a Director and Company Secretary of Lake Macquarie Business, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia, active member of the Rotary Club of Lake Macquarie, Women Lawyers Association of NSW Newcastle Chapter Committee, Finalist for 2017 Australian Law Awards Commercial Team of the Year, Finalist for the 2014 Hunter Business Chamber Young Business Executive Award, Finalist for the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Community Legal Centres Awards (2013-2015).

Suzie is delighted to be able to utilize her legal expertise to give back to her local community through the HYBM Awards program and hopes to "pay it forward" by working with youth and future business leaders in the Hunter.

Jennifier Holland HYBMA Team

Jennifier Holland, CEO & Founder Throat Scope Pty Ltd & Holland Healthcare Inc

Jen is an entrepreneur and inventor who has successfully ideated, designed, developed and patented the world’s first all-in-one light and tongue depressor, Throat Scope and developed the first Oral Health Telemedicine App.

Jen did not hesitate in joining the HYBMA team or signing on as the Program's Ambassador.