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One of the great networkers of the Hunter, Richard Jones
was appointed general manager of the Westpac Rescue
Helicopter Service in 1995.
Since taking over the position he has overseen major
improvements at the Broadmeadow base and the
establishment of the service at Tamworth for the New
England and North West.
Prior to joining the rescue service Jones was manager of
South Newcastle Leagues Club after first becoming known
as a rugby league player with St George in Sydney and in
the Hunter with South Newcastle and Singleton.
Scruton has been CEO of the Hunter surf life saving
movement for about 13 years, after spending four years as
voluntary administrator before that.
In total, through her involvement with Swansea-Belmont
club, she has had almost 25 years involvement in the
When the Hunter Business Women's Network gave
the breast cancer survivor its hall of fame award in 2005,
they praised her as being a life saver, mentor, facilitator,
counsellor, teacher, coach, friend and mother.
Among other achievements she was the first female
CEO in NSW surf life saving, introduced programs where
more than 10,000 school children a year are educated in
surf safety, introduced a water safety program for overseas
and country students through Newcastle University, and
was Woman of the Year for the Newcastle electorate for
International Women's Day in 2004.
Lawler is the chairman of Life Without Barriers, a
Newcastle story that began in 1995 with people in the
community wanting to improve the quality of life of those
With the belief that its clients should receive care within
their community the service grew, spreading across NSW
and then Queensland, South Australia and the Northern
Territory, until it is now the largest provider of out-of-
home care in the nation with a workforce of more than
3000 supporting almost 2000 clients.
Lawler, the managing director of Lawler Partners in
Newcastle, has been chairman since 2002, his experience
as a chartered accountant providing business, internal
audit, operational and strategic advice.
The Hunter Business Chamber's Business Person of the
Year in 2002, Lawler was a director and chairman of the
Knights from 1993 to 1996, chairman of Newcastle Port
Corp from 1990 to '96, chairman of the NIB Foundation
and a director of the Rail Infrastructure Corporation and
various other companies.
Shevels is the CEO of the Samaritans, the welfare arm
of the Anglican Church of Newcastle that operates from
north of the Hawkesbury River to Taree and through the
Hunter Valley to Muswellbrook.
It is Australia's largest regional welfare organisation with
more than 490 employees and 450 volunteers providing
services for children, youth, families and people living >>
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PEOPLE OF INFLUENCE
Launch 'Our Town'
commence Hunter Surf
Life Saving sponsorship
opens our 10th branch
expands into the
Central Coast with
the opening of our
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