Your Committee

Allan Davies

President

Allan has recently returned to Cessnock after many years working both overseas and within Australia. Allan has held C-level positions within large global companies with responsibilities across IT, Property and Administration throughout the Asia Pacific region. Allan is the Practice Manager at Smyth Turner Wall, Lawyers and Conveyancers, and has joined the Chamber because he believes not only in giving back to the community, but also recognises how important it is for local businesses to have the tools and medium to support each other within the Cessnock community. He strongly believes in the positive role the Cessnock Business Chamber can offer in this regard and is pleased to be elected not only as a member but as the current serving President of the Cessnock Business Chamber.

Brad Burgoyne

Vice President

Brad quickly fell in love with Cessnock, when he started working in the community as the sales representative of The Advertiser in 2017, and has been actively involved in the Cessnock business community over the last 4 years. Although Brad’s time at The Advertiser has come to an end, he still actively works with businesses throughout the region as the Sales Manager of Newcastle Live, assisting them reach their business & marketing goals. Brad joined the Chamber to be more involved in the local community, and lend his experience of online & traditional media to the board and members.

Rienna De Visser

Treasurer

Rienna joined the Chamber in 2014 after starting Exquisite Cakes by Lennert along with her husband Lennert a year earlier. Since that time she has held a number of positions on the Board being Vice President for 2 years and is now the Treasurer. Despite having sold Exquisite Cakes in 2019, Rienna remains on the board as a representative for the local AirBNB community hosts, as well as to further improve the town that she has made her home since 2007. Rienna currently works on the STOMP project as her main activity within the Cessnock Business Chamber.

Clint Ekert

Secretary

Clint has a long history of involvement with the Business Chamber in a variety of roles. Clint has been involved in business in Cessnock for almost 20 years and currently owns and operates Hunter Print & Design a local print manufacturing firm. Clint also supports several family businesses Balloon Worx, Bella You Beauty & Cessnock Maintenance Services. “Our family operates four businesses within the Cessnock LGA employing 15 local people. I am proud of our town and am very passionate about business in Cessnock”

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.

Matthew Evans

Committee Member

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.

Natalie Kelly

Committee Member

After studying a Bachelor of Business in Tourism, Natalie has been in venue based roles as Conference & Event Coordinator for Star City, Peppers Manor House and Sales and Marketing Manager for Raffertys Resort, Nelson Bay Golf Club and Cessnock Hospitality Group. Natalie has been on the other side of the spectrum by working as an Event Organiser for Macquarie Bank and the Australian Stock Horse Society. Currently working for Cessnock Hospitality Group as their Marketing Manager for Cessnock Leagues Club, Vincent St Kitchen and Bar, Paxton Bowling Club and Wine Country Motor Inn. This role encompasses website design, social media management, branding, B2B networking, AI market research, direct marketing, incentivisation and implementation. Natalie has joined the Chamber to help be an advocate for the Cessnock business community locally and statewide on both an economic and social aspects. Natalie is also on the HVWTA Business Events sub-committee and Domestic and Family Violence Network.

Kellie Cuskelly

Committee Member

Kellie has worked at TAFE NSW for the past 14 years in numerous roles including Business Development, Customer and Stakeholder Relationships. Prior to this Kellie has extensive knowledge in the retail industry. Kellie holds formal qualifications in Leadership and Management, Human Resources, Project Management, and Training and Assessment. Kellie has recently been appointed as the TAFE Services Coordinator for TAFE NSW Cessnock and has joined the Cessnock Business Chamber to support local businesses and community.

Stacy jacobs

Committee Member

Stacy Jacobs is the current Student Support Officer at Cessnock High School, which is a unique role working not only within the school, but within the community. Stacy is working as an education representative within the Cessnock Business Chamber. Stacy is highly passionate about promoting Cessnock and its amazing population whilst improving the social justice for all. Stacy is currently working within the Cessnock Customer Service Awards Team and on a project to highlight transport needs within Cessnock. Currently Stacy sits on the Boards of Cessnock PCYC and Cessnock Family Support Service whilst providing support for Cessnock Driving Success.

Anthony Burke

Town Coordinator

Anthony joined the Business Chamber in 2018 as the Town Coordinator and has supported all of the Chamber projects in the last 4 years. Anthony has been a leader in growing the Cessnock STOMP Festival and supporting board members in their project roles. Anthony has lived all his life in Cessnock and thrives on supporting locals be the best version of themselves. As a business mentor he supports and encourages many businesses in the local community.