Kerry Hallett is the manager of Hunter Region BEC (HRBEC), a not for profit organisation assisting the SME sector in both start-up and existing businesses. Kerry has had a long and varied business career, with 16 years in the Rural (& subsequently State) Bank, assisting her husband in managing cattle, sheep and chicken farms, cellar door sales and managing doctors surgeries, before joining HRBEC as administration manager. She was appointed Business Facilitator in 2006. When the manager’s position became vacant in 2010, Kerry applied and was successful. She still mentors NEIS clients, as well as offering business advice and guidance to a number of clients who have requested her specifically.
Kerry and her family also have a small reptile “hobby business”.
As well as the many years of experience, Kerry has a belief in continuous improvement, undertaking many courses. She now has TAFE Certificate 4 IT and Diploma of Business Management (with distinction) as well as Certificate 4 Training and Assessment, Certificate 4 Practice Management through University of New England, Post Graduate Certificate Business Administration and MBA through University of Newcastle, and is presently studying for her Doctorate, Certificate 4 Frontline Management and Governance.
Kerry has previously been president of Maitland BPW and was on the Maitland Chamber Executive as well as 2 subcommittees – membership marketing and events, and Policy and Advocacy for a number of years. She is currently on the advisory boards of Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre, Hydro Community Reference Group and State Training Services Aboriginal Programs as well as a committee member of Kurri Kurri Chamber and Australasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators.