The Board of Directors

The directors of Hunter Founders Forum Ltd have a passion to assist innovative enterprises in the Hunter and adjoining regions to reach their full potential. As directors of a not-for-profit company, they provide their support on a voluntary basis.

The Directors of the Board are:

John Coyle – Chair of HFF and has been a director for 4 years. John was previously CEO of the HunterNet Co-operative for 11 years, and is currently a director of HunterNet Group Training Company. He is also deputy chair of the Hunter TAFE Institute Advisory Council, director of Varley Group, director of the Hunter Community Foundation and Hunter Manufacturing Awards. John holds a B. Com (Ecs) and GAICD and was a board member of Hunter Innovation (University of Newcastle) for 10 years.

Wayne Lowe – a director of HFF since 2011, Wayne is a director of Hunter Angels Pty Ltd (an angel investor group located in the Hunter Valley), a director of Dantia (the Lake Macquarie City Council’s Economic Development Company) and a director of The Lake Macquarie Foundation (a charitable community foundation created for the people of the Lake Macquarie community). He is an experienced financial services executive working at the Link Group, a chartered accountant, is qualified in real estate, financial planning and superannuation management, is experienced in commercialising businesses and is an owner of a number of tourism accommodation businesses.

Andrew Feehely – Prior to his appointment as a director of HFF, Andrew was a nominated advisor/mentor for HFF. He holds a Masters degree in Management with a specialisation in product development. He has over 20 years’ experience in business and product development in the energy sector and carbon markets. Andrew has held directorship positions with several companies over the past 15 years, ranging from international joint ventures to carbon trading.

Grant Sefton – A director of HFF since incorporation (2006). Grant is chair of Hunter Angels Pty Ltd (an angel investor group located in the Hunter Valley), principal of Seftcorp Law and a consultant with Moray & Agnew, Lawyers. He is the exclusive commercial law member in Australia for IR Global (a rapidly growing network of professional services firms in over 150 jurisdictions throughout the world) and is co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum of IR Global. Grant holds a BEc. and LLB and is a committee member of Adamstown Rosebud Tennis Club. He is also the Board’s representative on the Hunter Region Incubator Steering Committee referred to below.

Hunter Region Incubator Steering Committee

For HFF’s role in assisting with the development of the Hunter Region Incubator, including its employment of the Expert-In-Residence, the HFF board is supported by a steering committee, comprising of representatives from The City of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie City Council, AusIndustry, University of Newcastle, CSIRO and other stakeholders, as well as HFF director Grant Sefton.

Project Partners

Newcastle City Council Lake Macquarie City Coucil University of Newcastle AusIndustry Business NSW Department of Industry Hunter New England Health Newcastle NOW CSIRO