Kris Leck - President
Principal, Catalyst Project Consulting
Kris brings over 20 years’ success as a project construction management professional in the Australian commercial construction industry. Kris has been involved in the management of over $1B in projects and lead a team of over 20 design and specialist consultants.
Kris has extensive experience as a Director of Newcastle NOW Limited, Newcastle’s Business Improvement Association, Director and Chairperson of Renew Newcastle and Sergeant at Arms and Past President, Newcastle Business Club.
Kris is a Lake Macquarie resident and a family man and is passionate about the development of Lake Macquarie to ensure his children’s future.
Joanne Jarvie - Vice President
Commercial and Financial Manager, Solar Power Australia
Seven years ago Joanne joined her family business in Warners Bay as the Finance and Commercial Manager.
Joanne is passionate about small business and loves that every day brings a new challenge. Her key objective is to have an impact on reducing carbon emissions through promoting the use of renewables – particularly solar power.
Joanne is part of the team that won the 2016 Excellence in Innovation Award at the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Practising Accountant.
Shane Fox - Director
Owner, Merchant Business Brokers
Shane has been a business broker in Newcastle now since 2003 and has a passion for small business. Shane always enjoyed economics, business law and marketing so it is no wonder he has combined areas of study and interest to find a career in business broking. Shane has listed, sold or been involved with businesses from under $100,000 up to $10M and covered most industries from cafes to heavy manufacturing and everything in between.
As a Director and founder of Merchant Business Brokers Shane is passionate about helping buyers and sellers realise their goals. Our new innovative software, marketing reach and extensive experience is just the beginning for Merchant Business Brokers.
Director & Chair of TVEC
Gordon Maxwell - Director and Chair of Tourism and Visitor Economy Committee
Operations Manager, Belmont 16's
A native of Scotland, Gordon has been involved with tourism for over 30 years and has previously sat on a number of Tourism Boards both here and in the U.K.
He holds the position of Operations Manager at the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, this following General Manager & Regional General Manager roles in the U.K & Hunter region & a Director of Sales & Marketing role at Hunter Valley Gardens.
He is a passionate advocate of the visitor economy & all that it brings to the region in terms of employment & amenities for the local population.
Kate Cramp - Director
Manager, Property & Business Development, Lake Macquarie City Council
With over 20 years experience in project, construction and business management roles within local government, mining, and private development organisations, Kate has formal qualifications including a degree in Construction Management (Building), Masters of Business Administration, and a Diploma in Project Management.
Kate is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently completing their governance course. Kate also holds professional membership with the Australian Property Institute and the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Kate is responsible for ensuring compliance with and implementation of Council decisions, policies, budgets and Organisational Plans; delivery of statutory property services; management of Council’s Holiday Parks; and identification of opportunities for value generation through leveraging off existing Council assets, resources, and development projects.
Director & Company Secretary
Suzie Leask - Director & Company Secretary
Senior Associate at Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
Born and bred in Lake Macquarie, Suzie is a trusted legal advisor to local and international business owners and is passionate about assisting businesses to find commercial solutions to legal problems while proactively maintaining compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
Her uniquely commercial approach stems from her experience working at an international law firm including a secondment to Singapore and as in-house Legal Counsel for a global gaming company with responsibility for subsidiaries across Asia Pacific.
Suzie is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia, active member of the Rotary Club of Lake Macquarie, Women Lawyers Association of NSW Newcastle Chapter Committee, Newcastle Law Society, Hunter Young Business Mind Awards Steering Committee, Finalist for the 2014 Hunter Business Chamber Young Business Executive Award, Finalist for the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Community Legal Centres Awards (2013-2015).
Suzie is looking forward to utilising her Corporate Governance and legal expertise to continue to build on LMB’s pursuit of best practice and business excellence for the benefit LMB’s members the local business community.
Director & Immediate Past President
Benjamin Connell – Director and Immediate Past President
Director, Emerge Business Advisory – Belmont
Benjamin Connell is a Director and co-owner of Emerge Business Advisory. Benjamin works with local business owners on a constant basis so he has a good understanding of the challenges faced by businesses in the Lake Macquarie area.
Benjamin was the President of Belmont Chamber of Commerce during the setup of Lake Macquarie Business Limited and is a very passionate leader in this area. He has joined the Board of Lake Macquarie Business to assist all businesses in their efforts to promote Lake Macquarie as a provider of world-class services and products.
Benjamin’s experience in local business will be a valued asset to the new Lake Macquarie Business organisation.
Bob worked for QBE Insurance for 37 years in various management roles at Adelaide, Wollongong, Port Moresby, Port Vila, Newcastle and Sydney.
Currently a Director of Rapid Solutions and Business Growth Centre, Bob has been involved with other NFP Boards, Newcastle Community Transport, Hunter Community College and Wheeling & Able.
An Honorary member of Newcastle Rotary Club, having served as President on 2 occasions, he is interested in community events.