Leadership team

The HCCDC leadership team has vast experience in strengthening communities through the delivery of dynamic and complex urban development projects and programs. The team works in partnership with Government agencies and local stakeholders to deliver quality projects that transform the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

Valentina Misevska

Valentina Misevska

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

LLB, Dip. Legal Practice, B.Com


Valentina has been an integral part of the HCCDC team for 11 years and is passionate about superior design and urban outcomes.

As COO, Valentina helps lead a talented local team driving the delivery of new housing, employment opportunities, public spaces and positive environmental outcomes across a portfolio of HCCDC projects including the Honeysuckle renewal project.

With over 15 years’ experience in property, Valentina is committed to securing positive outcomes in complex property and commercial matters.

E. valentina.misevska@hccdc.nsw.gov.au

Anna Chubb

Director Strategy

BA, GDipUrbRegPlan, GCertMgmt, EMPA


As the Director Strategy at HCCDC, Anna is responsible for working across all levels of government, industry and the community to deliver the Hunter Regional Plan 2036. This plan will guide the NSW Government’s land use planning priorities and decisions across the Hunter over the next 20 years. Anna is a town planner with tertiary qualifications in urban and regional planning, social geography and environmental management. She has worked in strategic and statutory planning, sustainability policy and practice, planning and housing policy as well as land development.

E. anna.chubb@hccdc.nsw.gov.au

Anna Chubb

Steve Aebi

Stephen Aebi

Project Leader

BE(Hons), MBA


Stephen is the Project Leader at HCCDC. He is an engineer and development manager with 20 years’ experience in the urban development industry. He has extensive experience in the management and delivery of residential, commercial and industrial developments, with expertise in land development, project management and design management. Stephen leads the urban transformation delivery of the NSW Government’s Revitalising Newcastle program, and oversees other development opportunities across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

E. steve.aebi@hccdc.nsw.gov.au

Amber Dale

Senior Communications Manager



Amber is a communications specialist, and as the Senior Communications Manager she oversees the delivery of corporate and strategic communications across all HCCDC projects and programs. With diverse experience working across different sectors in New Zealand and Australia, Amber leads a team that is highly skilled and experienced in delivering informative communications and engagement programs to keep the community informed and involved.

E. amber.dale@hccdc.nsw.gov.au

Amber Dale

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Fiona Cushing

Director Finance and Commercial



Fiona is the Director Finance and Commercial and is responsible for establishing and maintaining the frameworks and processes for strategic commercial business and financial management within HCCDC.

Fiona has been working in the financial and government sector for over 20 years. Her career started at PricewaterhouseCoopers and more recently she worked in a number of roles in the finance and business services area of Hunter Water Corporation including as Chief Financial Officer. Fiona is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fiona also served as a Director of the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW from 2014 to 2018.

E. fiona.cushing@hccdc.nsw.gov.au