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Patrick Lane 2010
secretary, manager corporate planning and government
regulation and manager assets.
He is also chairman of the Water Services Association of
Australia, a director of Together Today and a director of
the Hunter Valley Research Foundation.
With revenues of more than $6 billion, OneSteel is a fully
integrated, global manufacturer and distributor of steel
and steel products, self-sufficient in iron ore and scrap
metal, and Hunter resident Geoff Plummer is its managing
director, chief executive officer and non-independent
OneSteel has major manufacturing facilities in Whyalla,
Melbourne, western Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, and
smaller facilities throughout regional Australia. It has more
than 40 facilities in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific and
eight in the United States, in total servicing more than
30,000 customers, offering more than 40,000 products
globally and employing more than 11,500 people.
Appointed a director in 2004 and becoming managing
director and CEO in 2005, Plummer joined OneSteel in
2000 from BHP after 22 years with the group, where his
roles included president Rod and Bar Products (BHP
Steel), general manager of the joint venture company
Bekaert--BHP Steel Cord, president of Australian Logistics
Services in BHP Transport and management positions in
BHP wire operations. He is also a director of the World
Robson was appointed chairman of the Hunter Water
board in 1995 after being a director since 1992.
Prior to its winding up he was chairman of the Regional
Land Management Corporation, which was created by
the state government to manage industrial land around
Newcastle, including former BHP land.
He is a director of the Hunter Development
Corporation, a director of Robson Health Care Pty
Limited, chairman of Banlaw Pipeline Pty Ltd, chairman of
Cromford Pty Ltd, chairman of Australian Film and Pipe
Pty Ltd, chair of Copper Chem and patron of Newcastle/
Hunter Valley Rugby Union as well as being a past director
of the Newcastle Knights.
As chief executive of Hunter New England Health, Dr
Lyons is responsible for all services across more than 120
sites, from small rural community health centres to major
tertiary referral hospitals.
Hunter New England Health has more than 14,000 staff,
an expenditure budget of $1.3 billion a year and provides
services to a community of more than 840,000 people
across an area of 130,000 square kilometres.
Dr Lyons has served more than 20 years as a health
service manager across metropolitan and rural services and
has served on the Workforce and Allocation Committee
of the NSW Postgraduate Medical Council for seven years,
including as chairman and member of the executive from
2000 to 2003, and is on the board of the Hunter Medical
The secretary of Newcastle Trades Hall Council, Kennedy
is also a director of Hunter Water and serves on the
Hunter Development Corporation and the new Regional
Development Australia Hunter, which replaces the Hunter
Economic Development Corporation.
He is also chairman of Newcastle and Cardiff Panthers
and a director on the group board of the Penrith Panthers,
holds positions on the Industry Development Centre and
Disability Advocacy Services Hunter and is the chair of the
IDC Human Resource Committee. He was previously the
NSW president of the Communications Workers Union.
Moving into the maritime unions after joining the
Australian Merchant Navy in the 1970s, the present Labor
Member for Swansea, Coombs is a former Maritime Union
of Australia NSW secretary and national president.
He is also an executive member of Unions NSW and
a board member of the Seafarers Retirement Fund,
Stevedoring Employees Retirement Fund, Maritime Workers
Credit Union, Sydney Seafarers Club and Radio 2KY. He
supports education for the Australian Aboriginal community
and is a past chairperson of the Tranby Aboriginal College
in Sydney. In parliament, Coombs is Caucus chairman, chair
of the Children and Young People Committee, a member of
the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters and is the
Hunter Labor Taskforce chairman.
AMONG hundreds of other people of influence in the
Hunter there's Sheridan Ferrier, the CEO of Hunter
Tourism and board member of the Hunter Sports
Authority Trust, Lindy Hyam, the vastly experienced
general manager of Newcastle City Council, and Jennifer
Collison, the regional co-ordinator for the Hunter
Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Peter Shinnick is the CEO of the Hunter Business
Chamber and prior to that was general manager of the
Hunter Valley Training Company. Before that he spent 24
years in the RAAF, ending his career as commander of the
Williamtown RAAF base.
Tony Sansom is the regional manager of the Hunter-
Central Coast Enterprise, Small Business and Regional
Development Unit, Industry and Investment NSW, while
Todd Williams is new at the helm of Regional Development
Australia Hunter, a joint state/commonwealth initiative to
support regional development that is replacing the state
Hunter Economic Development Corporation and the
federal Hunter Area Consultative Committee.
Rod Harrison still manages to live in the Hunter despite
being Deputy President of both the Industrial Relations
Commission of NSW and the nation-wide Fair Work
Australia industrial relations system.
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