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Meet our new CEO

An introduction from Daniel Hunter

Firstly, thank you for the warm welcome you’ve given me since starting as Chief Executive, it’s appreciated. It’s been very reassuring to hear from you about your business and your passion for this organisation.

While there are significant challenges ahead, I’m enthusiastic about the opportunities that are presented as our economy rebuilds from this pandemic. COVID-19 is not only a once-in-a-generation health challenge, it’s a once-in-a-generation economic challenge. I have no doubt the recovery from the economic challenge will be business-led.

A bit of back story

On official documents I'm a Daniel but please call me Dan. I grew up in New Zealand and I’m the proud son of parents who worked very hard every day in a farming business. I experienced first-hand the ups and downs of my family's business. It’s made me the person I am today and is certainly fundamental to my core values.

Since those early years, I’ve worked with large private and public sector organisations in senior operational and finance roles. Most recently I was the Chief Financial Officer for NSW Health, a very large, very complex organisation with an annual budget of $29 billion.

This past year has been the most challenging of my career. Every decision we took and every recommendation we made to Government was to ensure the safety of the community and to keep the economy open so that businesses could keep operating. 

I may be biased but I believe NSW has done an outstanding job on both counts. We are the only major state that has not had a large-scale or city-wide lock-down in over 12 months, which is a credit to everyone!

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 I experienced first-hand the ups and downs of my family's business. It’s made me the person I am today and is certainly fundamental to my core values.

A strong start

It’s been an incredibly busy time since I started in early May, with a Federal Budget in my second week! I know many of you appreciated the quick-turn-around of the Budget analysis we provided on the night; you can expect the same when the NSW Budget is delivered on 22 June. Our policy team will again be inside the lock-up, scrutinising the data (and the rhetoric) and providing you a detailed analysis of what it means for business.

We held our quarterly State Council meeting mid-May which was my first opportunity to meet many of the Regional Presidents and Councillors that make up the governance of our organisation. Thanks again to everyone who attended and for the welcome you gave me. 

It was a terrific day of policy and membership discussion with the issues that impact you at the forefront; the skills shortages in many industries and regions, the housing challenges and of course the broader economic issues affecting all business owners. We'll continue to push for the improvements needed to get our economy back on track

I’ve also held in-person meetings with several State and Federal Ministers and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. From years of member-first, non-partisan advocacy, Business NSW has earned its significant access to our nation’s decision makers. I am committed to continue championing reform on both our current policy agenda and new issues as they arise. Irrespective of politics, I’ll not pull a punch if I feel your voice, the voice of business in NSW, is being stifled.

I am committed to continue championing reform on both our current policy agenda and new issues as they arise. Irrespective of politics, I’ll not pull a punch if I feel your voice, the voice of business in NSW, is being stifled.

The road ahead

Head office may well be in Sydney, but I don’t view things through a Sydney-centric lens. I’ve already started accepting the many generous invitations from Regional Presidents to visit their respective regions.

While it is important to address the Local Chambers wherever I travel, I'm also quite keen to meet with you in your workplaces, to hear your stories and those of your employees. I’m currently co-ordinating with our Regional Teams to get out and meet you as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if there’s anything we can do to help please let us know.

Thanks again for the warm welcome and for sparing me these few minutes to formally introduce myself. It’s an honour to be the leader of such a remarkable, unique organisation that gets its strength from you, the members.

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