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Building the Hunter podcast

Interview series with tips and tricks to run a successful business.

Building the Hunter podcast

Interview series with tips and tricks to run a successful business.

HIA Building the Hunter Interview series takes you on a journey across the residential building industry right here in the Hunter region. Hear from industry experts as they share their insights, personal experiences and tips and tricks to run a successful business. This is a series not to miss!

Hosted by HIA Hunter Executive Director.

Craig Jennion

Executive Director - Hunter



Communication is key

Hamish Geddes

Commercial, Construction and Litigation Lawyer

Hamish Geddes is a commercial, construction, and litigation lawyer based in the Hunter Region who partners with national, regional, and local businesses to provide effective legal solutions.

He joins the Building the Hunter Interview series to discuss the concerns in the building industry of price increases and delays, best practices with HIA contracts, and how your business can monitor material and labour supply chains.


The perfect fit

Madi Sorensen

Business Manager

Still in her twenties, business manager Madi Sorensen is bringing her life experience and in depth knowledge to her parents design and planning firm, and their clients couldn’t be happier.

After various roles working abroad in China and Italy, Madi found herself back home in Port Stephens. With a business management degree behind her, Madi was able to jump into small tasks within the business and quickly worked her way to Business Manager.

Craig sits down with Madi to hear about her experiences in the construction industry and her future ambitions.


Respect above all - Part 1

Colin Robards

Managing Director, Kingston Building

Kingston Building is a household name and a leader in the industrial, commercial, and residential construction industry.

This first part of a two-part series has Managing Director Colin Robards join HIA Hunter Executive Director Craig Jennion to chat about how he landed in the building industry, the challenges to business operations, and what he expects for the future of Kingston Building.


Respect above all - Part 2

Colin Robards

Managing Director, Kingston Building

The second part of Colin Robards interview with HIA Hunter Executive Director Craig Jennion explores the current skills shortage in the industry, future challenges, and the importance in recognising quality workmanship with industry awards.


Apprentices are our future

Laurence Antcliff

Northern NSW Apprenticeship Manager

In this episode Craig is joined by Laurence Antcliff - HIA's Northern NSW Apprenticeship Manager, to chat about all things Apprentices.

Whether you are looking to put one on, you are considering a career in the residential building industry, or just want to know the benefits of using a GTO, there is something in this episode for everyone.


National recognition

Brayden Burgess

2022 HIA Jim Brookes Apprentice of the Year

The Hunter's Brayden Burgess was awarded the 2022 HIA Jim Brookes Apprentice of the Year. Here we sit down with Brayden along with his employer Paul from PB Quality Constructions to see what impact this win has had and where the future will take Brayden.