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See you all Wednesday night!

Just a reminder to everyone that registration for Wednesday night’s event will open at 5:30pm sharp (in the anteroom- same as last time).

So get in, grab a drink from the bar and a canapé or three and be front and centre for the interactive presentation from Jason Roberts. For some information on Jason and the work he does in Emotional Intelligence prior to Wednesday – check out our LinkedIn group (and join LinkedIn if you haven’t already, it’s the best way to contact other members).

Can’t wait to see you all there!

More on our presenter Jason Roberts

Workplace Culture Outcomes
Hunter Business Chamber Magazine – ‘The Leader’ August, 2010

When, in 2005, faced with the challenge of building an organisational culture that fosters reativity, initiative, leadership and productivity, Lake Macquarie City Council General Manager, Brian Bell decided to focus on developing ‘Emotional Intelligence’ (EI) within LMCC leaders. In partnership with Jason Roberts Business Consulting (JRBC), Mr Bell has since then led a program of EI-focused leadership development, along with incorporating a behavioural focus within the Council’s recruitment and selection process.

To objectively assess LMCC’s EI growth and its relationship to variables such as ‘commitment’ and ‘job satisfaction’, Swinburne University was engaged in 2007 to annually research and report on the program. Year-on-year evidence has consistently trended positively. Jason Roberts says that the success of the five year program is attributable to two essential components – the consistent approach to leadership development using an EI-focused approach, and the constant support of the General Manager and Executive team. The results of the research are currently being prepared for submission to the International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management.

This HR Club Event is proudly sponsored by Humanomics.

Event: HR Club Newcastle Presents – Emotional Intelligence at Work with Jason Roberts

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:30pm registration 6:00pm presentation

Location: Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach


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You’re Invited!

HR Club Newcastle Presents ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’ with Jason Roberts


Date:            Wednesday 25 August 2010

Time:            5:30pm for 6:00pm

Venue:          Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach

                           Cnr Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street

Members and guests are invited to join us for an interactive session on ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’ with Jason Roberts.

The bar will be open in the cocktail lounge from 5:30pm for pre-session networking. We’ll then move to the promenade room for the session at 6pm.

Remember- The more the merrier, so feel free to bring along anyone who is interested or who you feel might contribute to the club.

Jason Roberts

 Jason Roberts

Jason is a Workplace Learning and Development Consultant with more than 15 years experience. He has a Bachelor Degree in Training and Development and Psychology Studies, is a three-times Commonwealth Games medalist and former employee of the South Australian Sport Institute. Informed by research recording the transition from being an elite athlete to a non-sporting life, Jason has a profound understanding of how people manage and deal with change. He has also carried out African wildlife conservation work and in 2005, was an invited judge for the Australian Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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Our next HR Club Event will be held on Wednesday 25 August and will again be supported by our lovely friends at Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach. (They did such a good job for our last event – seamless!)

If any members’ organisations are interested in providing sponsorship for the August event. Please contact me at

We have an exciting guest speaker in the works and some plans for an interactive session with some great learning outcomes so it should prove to be a fun session!

Please forward this link on to any and everyone you think might be interested in coming along (remember they can be anyone associated with or interested in HR in any way).  It would be great to crack the 150 member mark on LinkedIn so please encourage those who are interested to get on the site and join our group. The more the merrier I say!

I can’t wait to see you all again – last time was such a fun evening.

More details to come on this event…stay tuned…

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Photo Gallery Update!

Big thanks to everyone for coming along last week to the second HR Club Event. Despite the rain, everyone came out in force to hear from our panellists on how HR can better work with business leaders.

There were some interesting, insightful and even some intriguing views put forward from both the panel and our audience which made the night interesting and I hope worthwhile for all who attended.

Thanks again to our wonderful panel Peter Shinnick, Melanie Kneale and Samantha Alford.

Be sure to check out the photos in our Photo Gallery to see if you were captured on film on the night.

I’d also love to hear from you all as to what you thought of the night as an attendee /panellist / ring – in or helper! So please post your comments below or send an e-mail to with your comments or suggestions for topics.

Stay tuned also for more posts from me here. I promise I haven’t forgotten about you all between events and will have some posts coming your way shortly.

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Event Update!

Important Update: HR Club Newcastle Presents – Newcastle Business Leaders Panel

Due to unforeseen circumstances, some of our panel members for Wednesday night event have been revised. We will however, aim to play host to Mark Fitzgibbon and Sue Mather at a later date.


Peter Shinnick – CEO, Hunter Business Chamber

Melanie Kneale – Chief Operating & Technology Officer, NIB Health Funds

Samantha Alford – General Manager Operations and Administration, Scenic and Evergreen Tours

Peter, Melanie and Samantha are all exceptional business leaders in our community with defferent experiences and perspectives when it comes to HR. I look forward to hearing their ideas about how leaders and HR can work better together.

IMPORTANT – Questions for the Panel!

 We have had a few good questions sent in so far for the panel – please send yours to or post it in the comments section below.

 See you at Noah’s on Wednesday night 5:30pm for a 6pm sharp start!

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You’re Invited!

 HR Club Newcastle is proud to present:

The Newcastle Business Leaders Panel.

You’re invited to join us for an evening of networking with Newcastle’s foremost business leaders.

Mark Fitzgibbon, Peter Shinnick and Sue Mather will be answering questions from the audience on the topic:

What do business leaders really expect from HR?

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Be quick, limited places available!

For those of you who have questions you would like answered by the panel, comment below and I’ll make sure they are asked on the night! 

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2010.

 Time: 5:30 for a 6pm start.

Venue: The Promenade Room, Noah’s on the Beach.

This HR Club Newcastle Event is proudly sponsored by:


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Panel Complete!

I can now confirm that Sue Mather will be the third and final panellist for our Hunter Business Leaders Panel at the next HR Club Newcastle Event!

Details for your Diary

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2010.

Time: 6pm.

Venue: The Promenade Room, Noah’s on the Beach.

Invitations for this event will be sent through LinkedIn so if you aren’t already a member of the group get LinkedIn  HERE and you will be added to the invitation mailing list.

HR Club Newcastle Hunter Business Leaders Panel

Sue Mather – Director of Corporate Services, Life Without Barriers

Sue has a background in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, mainly in the Financial Services and Pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining Life Without Barriers she was Executive General Manager, People & Performance, for Suncorp Metway in Brisbane for six years and undertook other corporate services and line management roles in her career up to that point.

Sue is passionate about  people, their relationships with each other, with their clients and key stakeholders. Her focus is to support the people who are supporting the clients, to contribute to their development and fulfilment and to help create a vibrant environment in which both the individual and the organisation can thrive and be successful.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Economics and has completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Development Program.

Mark Fitzgibbon – CEO, nib 


nib Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fitzgibbon joined nib in 2002 with a mandate to reposition the company to better meet future challenges. Since 2002 nib has increased its membership by almost 70% and revenue by more than 100%.

Today, nib covers nationwide over a quarter of a million people and has annual revenue of over $800 million. In November 2007 nib became the first private health insurer in the country to list on the ASX.

Mark has a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Arts. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the Australian Health Insurance Association.

Peter Shinnick – CEO, Hunter Business Chamber


 Peter Shinnick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hunter Business Chamber, a position he has filled since January 2008. Prior to that Peter spent six years as the General Manager of the Hunter Valley Training Company, the largest private Group Training company in NSW with over 1400 employees and 100 staff.During his six years with that company Peter increased turnover from $25 to $60 million, and gained many large contracts including the Australian Technical College Hunter.

Peter has a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

So be sure to SAVE THE DATE in your diary !


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