Media Release 18.04.2018

Future Leaders Program Scholarship awarded to Teegan Bell

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Newcastle Airport employee Teegan Bell is set to propel her career after being named the inaugural recipient of the Kristen Keegan Future Leaders Program Scholarship. 

The scholarship, a joint initiative between HunterNet and the Hunter Business Chamber, honours Kristen Keegan’s legacy as the Hunter’s first female business chamber chief executive and passionate and tireless advocate for the region. The scholarship covers the tuition for one participant in the HunterNet Future Leaders Program 2018.

“This year’s candidates were all of a very high calibre which makes Teegan’s success even more significant. We look forward to seeing the benefits this program brings to Teegan’s future development,” says Tony Cade, HunterNet CEO.

The 12-week Future Leaders Program challenges participants to share their individual experiences from their various industries, and leverage their shared knowledge, making this program one of the most dynamic of its kind.

A key aspect of the program is the major project where the participants form multi-disciplinary teams and work within a competitive business environment on a topic relevant to the business world today. 

The 2018 project is set to have a local and international focus, and leading industry professionals will mentor the team. The judging panel will also consist of business executives who are leaders in their own right.

Teegan works at Newcastle Airport full time as a Customer Experience and Airport Operations Officer, while studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice part-time through Open Universities. Teegan decided to apply for the scholarship to develop her leadership skills outside of the standard workplace and study environments.

“I believe that being a part of this program is beneficial to self-growth, career development and supporting others. I am excited and look forward to learning from others in the program and the business people involved,” Teegan said. 

Commenting on the scholarship announcement, Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock said, “This is an outstanding achievement for Teegan, and a credit to her efforts both academically and professionally. The application process not only focussed on the individual's commitment to professional development but also more broadly on their commitment to driving positive outcomes for the region.

“Teegan is a valued member of the Newcastle Airport team and we wish her every success as she embarks on this leadership journey!”


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