Your Committee

Sarah Pascoe


Sarah Pascoe has worked in the Cessnock LGA for many years. Sarah is the owner of Cessnock Plaza News & Gifts. Not only is Sarah a hard working business owner, she is also a hard working mother and an amazing wife. Sarah has re-joined the board after a small break and is ready to support local businesses.

Matthew Evans

Vice President

Matthew has been a great asset to the Board for many years now. A local business owner of Matthew Evans Podiatry & Sport Services, Matthew knows the importance of supporting small Business. Matt has been the lead role for the Laneway Project and has been involved in both the Cessnock STOMP Festival and the Cessnock Customer Service Awards.



Our treasurer role is currently vacant, with board members executing this duty.

Geoff Walker

Membership Officer

In recent years, Geoff stepped back from full-time work and with his wife, Julie decided that after almost 20 years of operating their retail small business, to take the opportunity to explore new interests and activities. Besides his family, Geoff devotes his energy to involvement with the Cessnock community and is on a number of local boards and organisations, providing his knowledge, experience and learnings in assisting other businesses with their direction and strategies. Geoff has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in marketing & business management, is a Justice of the Peace and an advocate for local business. As the Membership Officer, Geoff provides assistance and encouragement to new business ventures while ensuring the needs of existing businesses and supporters of the Chamber are a consistent priority.

Kristy Davies


Kristy is new to the Business Chamber in 2023 as The Sunshine Celebrant. With a background in special education within the Cessnock LGA, she has a passion for all things community, from the wine tourism industry to the advocacy for Aboriginal communities and disability. Kristy is keen to learn more from the other Business Chamber members as she develops her business skills and gets involved in all of the great projects that the Chamber promotes.

Anthony Burke

Board Member

Anthony has re joined the volunteer board after a hugely successful term as Town Coordinator. Anthony is currently Manager of Weston Workers Club, and looks forward to supporting businesses right across the LGA

Graham Ekert

Board Member

Graham has recently retired after a long successful tenure owning and operating a local maintenance business. Graham has always been hands on to support the Business Chamber and has now taken it a step further to be involved in the volunteer committee.

Krystal Sellars

Board Member

Krystal is a wearer of many hats – mother, wife, storyteller, student and more. She is the Community Engagement Manager at Cessnock Hospitality Group, where she began working in February 2023. Prior to this, she was a journalist at the Cessnock Advertiser for 16 years, and worked closely with the business chamber to help promote its initiatives over this time. Krystal is also studying a Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation at the University of Newcastle, and is a columnist for the Newcastle Weekly. She is excited to join the chamber in a formal capacity and work on its projects while helping to steer the newly-formed group, Cessnock Women Connect.

Vacant Position

Board Member

This position is vacant and we would love your help! for more information please reach out via the below email address.

Vacant Position

Board Member

This position is vacant and we would love your help! for more information please reach out via the below email address.

Clint Ekert

Town Coordinator

Clint Ekert has recently been appointed the Town Coordinator. Clint brings a wealth of knowledge with the Cessnock Business Chamber to the role and looks forward to working with all local businesses.