Andrew Hughes – Chairman
Andrew started his professional career as an accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick where he worked on a number of high-profile insolvencies and company restructures (including L J Hooker, Alan Bond’s companies and Spedley Holdings), in addition to the audits of a range of international financial institutions. For the next decade or so Andrew was immersed in the legal industry at a litigator in criminal law, common law and commercial fields, ultimately becoming chief client partner in a national firm with 800 staff. He appeared as Counsel in a range of Australian Courts including the High Court of Australia, and had the carriage of a range of high profile matters including defending the Commonwealth in multibillion dollar litigation. For the last decade Andrew has been an Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, and Resilience Expert based in the Hunter region while working with clients throughout the East Coast of Australia. Due to Andrew’s professional background and experience he is highly qualified in the areas of corporate governance and risk, expertise augmented through AICD training modules including ‘The Role of the Chair’ and ‘NFP Director Round Table’. Andrew also serves on the Board of another Hunter Valley based NFP, Endeavour Group Australia, where he has gained significant experience in planning and implementing formal Governance and Risk frameworks.