With an extensive background in sport, both as a professional player and coach, Richie brings with him a wealth of knowledge in developing teams. Alongside having spent more than 14-years working across education, both in high-schools and at a tertiary level, he has transferred his education and sports skills into the business environment at corporate, SME and non-for-profit sectors. Richie is the director of P.R.I.D.E Business Coaching and has been assisting businesses for more than 25-years in identifying and fulfilling their potential.
A Director of CHD Partners, Michael’s passion is to work with owners and directors of small to medium business to develop systems and procedures relevant to their business to protect them from prosecution, disgruntled employees and unethical customers. Prior to the formation of CHD Partners, Michael spent 15-years working for NSW Police.
Trent is a Principal with PKF’s Business Advisory Services team and is based in Newcastle. He has more than ten years of experience as an accountant and has focused on providing quality advice to his clients that operate across a diverse range of industry sectors.
At just 23-years of age, Jacks brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the media and broadcast space, along with a strong understanding of the challenges which face young people in the region. The director of Oasis Media, Jack is also the founder of non-for-profit organisation, Project Aurora, and is a member of the NSW Regional Youth Taskforce.
Michelle O’Toole has been a resident of Lake Macquarie all her life and is an advocate for sustainable growth of the region. Michelle completed her studies locally as well including a Diploma of Hospitality Management at Hunter TAFE before then moving on to complete a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management.
Michelle has over 25 years experience in Sales, Marketing and Public Relations in the Corporate, Not-For-Profit and Government sectors but is most passionate about Tourism in the Lake Macquarie region as well as the growth of small businesses.
Narelle is a respected business owner that has owned several businesses over the past 28 years as well as having worked for several large Newcastle companies. She has had 16 years’ experience working in local Chambers of Commerce holding board positions ranging from Secretary of Warners Bay Chamber to President of Business Charlestown. She was also a founding member and past Director of Lake Macquarie Business. Narelle was a Director on the Hunter Business Chamber from 2016 to 2020 and has also been invited by LMCC onto several of their business and community committees. Narelle is passionate about helping other businesses succeed and in 2014 she was awarded the Lake Macquarie Business Person of the Year.
Liz Sealey is a genuine, warm and committed individual that has a passion for fostering meaningful and trusting relationships.
By nature, she invests the time needed to understand people’s needs and is committed to delivering positive outcomes for all parties, an attribute that serves her well in both personal and professional environments. Her desire to join the Chamber is to contribute to the development of successful businesses, improve employability options in our region and be a voice that represents the youth of our community.
Liz is a Senior Consultant in recruitment services at ASR Recruitment. She loves consulting as it offers the opportunity to work with candidates to help identify their strengths and values, and align those with an aspirational job opportunity. Similarly, taking time to understand her client’s needs and growth plans allows her to offer strategic solutions for their businesses.