President's Message

Welcome back!

Welcome to the first edition of Vision for 2019, the monthly e-news from the Newcastle Business Club.

I trust after a break over Christmas/New Year, whether short or long, you feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenges and opportunities to grow and thrive both personally and in your business throughout this year.

The opportunity to lead the Newcastle Business Club in its 86th year is indeed a privilege, continuing the rich tradition of providing a forum for building relationships (we also call it “networking”) and sharing the stories and wisdom of some of the leading lights of our
region and beyond.

I’ve been a self-employed businessman for over three decades – Newcastle born and bred – and whilst I’ve seen many changes during that time in my own industry – signwriting – I’m equally fascinated and enthused by the evolution I’ve seen and continue to see in Newcastle and the Hunter. No longer is our city a little steel making industrial town, but a commercial and cultural hub that continues to mature, creating opportunities for generations to come thanks to initiatives, leadership and funding at all levels of government and
the private sector.

In 2018 we finished strong with a Christmas networking event, generously supported by valued partners such as Peter Drayton Wines and IronBark Hill Brewhouse. I’m excited to share with you that Peter’s support will continue in 2019, with his wines and his story
shared at several of our luncheons – stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

The Newcastle Business Club is at its core an organisation that exists to provide value to its members. This includes first access at reduced pricing for our monthly luncheons and our highly regard member-only event. This year we continue to raise the bar in the calibre of speakers who, whilst diverse in their backgrounds and industries, share the common thread of informing, inspiring and engaging the business community of Newcastle and the Hunter.

In this vein, at our first Luncheon on February 5, members and guests will hear from the LGA representatives from Newcastle, Maitland and Port Stephens Councils, who will share how their strategies, programs and services can support businesses across our diverse local goernment areas.

Our 2019 luncheons will cover topics as diverse as the future development of the Hunter, the business of sport, the economic benefits of health and wellbeing in the workplace and the value of strategic partnerships across industry sectors.

These luncheons are made possible thanks to the time, energy and passion volunteered by our committee. I acknowledge the support and commitment from Senior Vice President Clare Ferguson, Junior Vice President Steph Jordan, Sergeant-At-Arms Holly Martin, Secretary Sam Matthews, Treasurer Alex Nicolaidis and committee members Sonya Hughes, Alyssa Gill, Steven Wendtman and Jodi O’Connor.

In signing off, I’d like to encourage you to take full advantage of becoming or renewing as a member for 2019 and look forward to serving you as President in what is sure to be a significant and evolutionary year in our city, in your business and the Newcastle Business Club’s history.

Craig Wellings | 2019 President