Mr Tate is the proprietor of a local automotive industry company and has extensive experience in small business. John served as a councillor for the City of Newcastle from 1980 and was popularly elected as Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 1999, to his retirement in 2012. John served as Chair of the Hunter Economic Development Corporation, and as the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia - Hunter. He has been a director of the Regional Land Management Corporation, the Newcastle Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Honeysuckle Development Corporation and Hunter Development Corporation.
Minister's community representative
Ms Hyam is a consultant providing strategic business and leadership advisory services. Lindy served as General Manager of Singleton and Newcastle councils during which time she worked closely with the community and mining related organisations along the supply chain in the Hunter Valley and organisations with a focus on environmental issues. Lindy also served as a Board Member of Hunter Councils and Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism. Previously Lindy held roles including the Executive Director of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and CEO and Board roles for a number of agricultural Commonwealth statutory bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Krey has served as a community representative on the committee since 2014. John is president of the Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association.
Ms MacBain has been a member of the committee since its inception in 2011. Formerly representing Singleton Council until 2013, Lyn is currently a community representative. Lyn is a member of the Singleton Healthy Environment Group, amid her many interests. Lyn has a long standing commitment to raising awareness of air quality, environmental and heritage issues in the Singleton Shire and the Upper Hunter.
Mr Sharrock joined the committee as a community representative in 2013. Geoff has lived the Hunter Valley since 1985. Geoff served as a councillor on the Singleton Shire Council from 2004 to 2008. Geoff is Chair of the Broke-Fordwich Private Irrigation District. He was the inaugural Chair of The Alliance, a community liaison group for the communities of Broke, Fordwich, Bulga and Milbrodale.
Coal mining industry representatives
Mr Speechly is Manager of Environment and Community with Coal and Allied Operations in the Hunter Valley. In this role, Andrew is responsible for environmental performance and community programmes, including air quality monitoring. Andrew has 17 years' experience in mining environmental management across alumina, nickel, uranium and coal operations in Australia. Andrew has represented the coal industry on the committee since 2012.
Mr Watson is the Environment and Climate Change Manager for Glencore Coal Assets Australia and has been in this role since 2009. John is responsible for liaison with Glencore's NSW operations and driving improvement in the areas of compliance and assurance, air, water and noise management, as well as energy and greenhouse data management across Glencore's Australian coal assets. John has represented the coal industry on the committee since its inception in 2011.
Power industry representative
Ms Gidley-Baird is Environment Manager at AGL Macquarie's Bayswater and Liddell power stations near Muswellbrook. Morgana is responsible for environmental compliance at the power stations and for driving continual improvement programs for air, water and waste management. Morgana has over 10 years' experience in the mining, construction and power generation industries. Morgana has represented the power generation industry on the committee since 2015.
Equine industry representative
Dr Catherine Chicken
Dr Chicken holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Microbiology. Catherine is a consultant to the Scone Equine Hospital on pathology and infectious disease, a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in medicine of horses, a former member of Equine Veterinarians Australia Executive, a previous Scientific Editor of the Australian Equine Veterinarian and a former Superintendent of Scone Equine Hospital Clovelly ICU. Catherine heads the Scone Equine Group Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Catherine has worked in mixed and equine practice in Australia and England and in stud practice at Newmarket Equine Hospital. Catherine is based at the Scone Equine Hospital Laboratory and consults to various farms in the investigation of specific disease outbreaks. Catherine has served on the committee since 2013.
Upper Hunter Shire Council representative
Mayor Bedggood represents Upper Hunter Shire on the committee. Wayne is an Upper Hunter Shire councillor and has been Mayor since 2015. Wayne is General Manager of a large thoroughbred horse stud outside of Scone. Wayne is a committee member of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (Past President), a director of the Muswellbrook Race Club, Vice-chairman of the Scone Volunteer Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Chairman of the Transcare Board. Wayne is committed to environmental conservation and protection and played a major role in the development of the Hunter Great Eastern Ranges Initiative. Wayne represented the equine industry on the Committee from its inception to 2013.
Muswellbrook Shire Council
To be advised.
Singleton Shire Council representative
Concillor Jenkins has represented Singleton Shire Council on the committee since 2015. Hollee is operations manager for an installations company. Hollee serves on Council's Roads Committee, the Youth Programs Advisory Committee, the Association of Mine Related Councils, the Hunter Valley Community Consultative Committee, and Redbank Power Community Consultative Committee.
Dr Craig Dalton
Dr Dalton is a public health physician at Hunter New England Health and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School Medical Practice and Public Health, University of Newcastle. Craig has been involved in human health risk assessment and communication related to a wide range of environmental health issues in the Hunter since 1997.
NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Mr Harrison is Director Compliance - Operations at the Department of Planning and Environment. Ben has over 12 years' experience in environmental regulation across multiple industry types including mining, quarrying and infrastructure projects.