About Us

About Us

The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is not-for-profit association representing the business community in and around the Haymarket.

 

With strong connections with the City of Sydney Council and other government departments, we are able to make representations on behalf of members to advance their interests in promoting and maintaining business growth in the area.

 

From public domain improvements to business opportunities; tourism promotion to commerce development; city planning to cultural enhancement, the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is a strong representative for the local business community.

 

As one of the most influential business organisations in Sydney, the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce comprises a wide variety of businesses including representatives from major Autralian and foreign banks, high profile restaurants, F&B operators in Chinatown/Haymarket and various professional services. 

 

Our vision is to achieve a strong representative and supportive body for the local business community, championing continual improvements to maintain and enhance Haymarket as a vibrant and attractive place to do business.

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce's privacy statement demonstrates our firm commitment to privacy.  The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.

 

Haymarket Chamber of Commerce does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis.  For example; personal information may be gathered from the membership registration process for subscription or services.

 

Personally identifiable information on individual users will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection. 

 

Residents

  • 17,000 residents living in the Haymarket Village Hub area.
  • 3000 businesses
  • Approx. 250 food outlets and restaurants
  • This represents 8% of the total City of Sydney resident population.
  • 6,758 residential dwellings

 

Visitor Accommodation

  •  4197 hotel rooms, 1233 serviced apartments and 1327 backpacker beds
  •  Representing between 25-30% of the city’s total visitor accommodation.

 

Food & Hospitality Industry

  • Area offers 22,000 seats in restaurants, cafes and pavement dining.
  • Additional 1700 seats within food courts.
  • 2,800 capacity in the area’s hotels and bars.

 

Top 5 Industry Divisions by the number of business establishments -

  • Retail and Personal Services.
  • Food and Drink.
  • Professional and Business Services.
  • Tourist, Cultural and Leisure.
  • Finance and Financial Services.

 

Employment

  • Total employment of the Haymarket village hub = 48,000 / 2500 businesses.
  • Represents 13% of the city’s workforce, second only to the CBD.
  • Includes World Square which houses 5,500 employees.

 

Top 10 industries by employment –

 

  1. 7,300  professional & business services
  2. 6,000  government
  3. 5,200  ICT
  4. 4,600  financial
  5. 3,900 food and drink
  6. 3,200 retail & personal services
  7. 3,200 tourism cultural and leisure
  8. 3,200 transport & logistics
  9. 2,800 creative industries
  10. 2,000 utilities

 

 

Note: The information provided in this overview has been taken from a report compiled by the City of Sydney.

 HCC Executive Members 2017-18
 

 

From front L to R: Linda McCreath, Honorary Member George Wing Kee, HCC President Simon Chan, HCC VP Jessie Xiao,  Honorary Member Peter Wong,

 

Aaron Stathi, HCC Treasurer Peter Bannister, HCC Secretary Richard Hughes, Public Officer Jonathon Wong, Anthony Keirann, Karen Soo and Vincent Lim. 

Absent; HCC Treasurer Jason Zheng, Grace Shen and Vaugh de Vocht

 

HCC President

Simon Chan

Art Atrium

Simon Chan is an architect and director of SCA Architects, having practised architecture for 35 years and being a long standing art collector for 30 years, Simon's long-standing commitment to artists and the art community led him to establish of the contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art galleryArt Atrium, in 2009.  During this time Simon has provided invaluable support and holds  official positions for not for profit and community organisations, these include Vice President and Life Member of the Australian Chinese Community Association (ACCA), Community Ambassador for the Art Gallery of NSW, founder / director of the contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art gallery, Art Atrium and Committee Member for Woollahra Council Public Art Advisory Committee. In 2013, Simon was also the recipient of the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Award for Arts & Culture 2013.

 

Vice President

Jessie Xiao

Umi Group

Jessie Xiao is a qualified chartered accountant and began her career as an auditor at Ernest & Young working with major clients and later moving into management roles in the Funds management industry specializing i investment, hedge funds and other investment derivatives and infrastructure projects.  Following her finance career, Jessie has spent almost the last 10 years investing in award winning hospitality and entertainment business ventures both with her husband and business partners.  Throughout this time she also has committed her time and experience giving back to the community by donations to charities and taking up official roles at a not for profit organisation focused on women's health, social development & charitable contributions. Jessie is currently the Vice President of  Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, and hopes to witness the continual growth of the local economy.

 

 

Honorary Member

George Wing Kee

P and G Mode Realty

George Wing Kee is one of the founding member of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and a third generation Australian Chinese, George has witnessed Australia’s progressive embracement of the Chinese community as well as the demographical and physical transformation of the Haymarket precinct over the past century.  George Wing Kee is well known for his charismatic historical tours through Chinatown during the Chinese cultural festivals, where he enthralls visitors with intriguing stories of the Chinese culture, customs and mythologies.  At the age of 78, George is still going strong with his part-time job in consulting to P&G Mode Realty and is also a Justice of The Peace.  

 

Honorary Member

Brad Chan

Banna Property

Brad Chan is currently CEO of the Banna Property Group, a third generation family business. He is currently Chair of the Children’s House Montessori Preschool, was President of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce from 2009 until 2014, and has also been involved with various civic committees including the CIty of Sydney Chinese New Year Committee. Brad’s academic pursuits include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Land Economics), Post Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investment, Masters of Real Estate and Masters of Planning. Brad’s wife and three young children now occupy most of his spare time, with regular exercise an ever increasing challenge.

 

Public Officer

Jonothan Wong

Avantro Group

Jonathan Wong is the director of Avantro and has a been the Chamber's public officer for over 2 years.  As a dedicated Executive member of the Chamber and with over 15 years legal expertise he brings a wealth of experience and legal acumen to the Chamber.

 

Treasurer

Peter Bannister

Sine Iactvra

Pete Bannister is the Managing Director of Sine Iactura Pty Limited (ACN 139 153 692) a small firm consulting to government economic agencies in Australia and China on governemnt economics and public finance.

 

Treasurer

Jason Zheng

First Class Accounts

With over 10 years experience in accounting, Jason has extensive knowledge and enthusiasm in managing the bookkeeping franchise First Class Accounts, through his expert skills in bookkeeping and financial management.

Jason has an abiding passion for small business, brought about by growing up in his own family’s business, Jason is driven to see small to medium businesses thrive. He understands implicitly how challenging running a small business can be, and he is dedicated to sharing his natural affinity with numbers, to make the working lives of his clients less complicated.

Jason’s passion and enthusiasm doesn’t stop at his bookkeeping. He is completely dedicated to community involvement, and as a result, at the end of each financial year, he donates 1% of his businesses total revenue to Variety, the Children’s Charity (http://www.variety.org.au/). He is driven to improve the lives of others, in all aspects of his life, and he will prove to be a most valuable asset to any business he works with.

 

Secretary

Richard Hughes

Hughes & Co Solicitors


Richard Hughes has been a member of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce since 2010, an Executive Committee member since 2012 and since 2014 the Secretary. By occupation he is a solicitor and a notary public.  After 11 years based in Chifley Square in 2004 he moved his legal practice to Pitt Street near the corner with Liverpool Street when he purchased new premises there for his practice.

 

Richard was born and has lived most of his life in Sydney but has also lived in Melbourne, London (where he went to grammar school), Armidale and Muswellbrook.  He has practiced as a solicitor since 1978 and a notary public since 1992. He conducts his own legal practice as Hughes & Co Solicitors and which is principally conducting commercial law and litigation particularly in equity and commercial law and has a speciality in international trade law. He does a lot of specialized legal work for other solicitors.

 

His qualifications and academic awards include from the University of New South Wales a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in politics), a Bachelor of Laws, and Certificate of International Commercial Arbitration and from the University of Technology Sydney a Masters of International Trade Law.  As a director of mechanical engineering manufacturing companies since 1986 he has also been a member of Law Society committees for over twenty years mostly in the areas of professional conduct and arbitration and mediation. Most recently Richard has been the Vice President of the New South Wales Chapter of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association and continues as the Secretary of the Owners Corporation for the building where his office is located, and the Treasurer of the Anglo Australasian Lawyers Society. 

 

Away from work he enjoys travel, reading, house renovating and entertaining. He speaks and writes basic levels of French and German.

 

 

Executive Committee Members:

Peter Wong leads P & G Mode Realty which is one of Haymarket's leading and long standing property companies. With strong ties across the local business community and goverment groups, Peter's leadership and commitment to the Chamber drives the growth of the organisation and its membership.

 

Linda McCreath (伦桂玲律师) is the founder and Principal Lawyer of Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers, a Sydney-based legal practice that specialises in Australian visa and migration services. As a registered migration agent herself, Linda leads a professional team comprising native English, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers and has 30 years of corporate and small business experience across Hong Kong, London and Sydney. Linda McCreath (伦桂玲律师) is the founder and Principal Lawyer of Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers, a Sydney-based legal practice that specialises in Australian visa and migration services. As a registered migration agent herself, Linda leads a professional team comprising native English, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers and has 30 years of corporate and small business experience across Hong Kong, London and Sydney.

 

Anthony Keirann is the Area General Manager for Events Cinemas based at George Street which is also a member and sponsor of HCC.  Event-s- Cinemas George Street is arguably Australia's busiest and most famous cinema complexes in the country.  Reknowned for its large scale premieres and events with local and international stars featured in international blockbuster films.  Events Cinema hosts a dozen Film Festivals anually and works with Community groups to provide them the opportunity to see Films from around the world that appeal to diverse cultural groups that reside within the CBD and surrounding areas.  Anthony sits on the City of Sydney Council Retail Advisory Panel and is involved in supporting initiatives within the CBD precinct.  Recent Cult Classics Programs has see a re-surgence in the experience of guests with theatrical entertainment at these screenings. Anthony has a BA of Arts, Anthony has also worked in theatre, film and television.

 

Aaron Stathi

has been a keen HCC supporter for over 4 years having provided HCC with his excellent photography, design and IT knowledge.  Aaron currently is the General Manager for Australia's leading corporate wine company Best Cellars

As an Australian with a Macedonian background with a strong passion for Asian culture.  With his technology, hospitality, design and start up background, Aaron’s endless interest and curiosity between Asia and the West includes philosophy, foods, cultures, music and art and believes in particular that food is a great enabler in bridging the gap between East and West in building respect, tolerance and unity in a community. Aaron has been a lifelong Chinatown supporter whether it is sharing Korean BBQ or a Chinese Banquet with friends, or simply walking around this unique part of Sydney

Aaron is keen to take on a greater level of responsibility with HCC and he looks forward to participating and contributing towards HCC’s Executive team in real and meaningful decisions that will have impact to the local area and community.  Aaron hopes his contribution can be positive and encourage next generations enjoy the area the same way he has during his early years and as he does still now.

 

Grace Shen

is the founder and managing partner of Global-Education Migration Law. She worked for the Shanghai China Government for five and half years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a MBA.  She is a Justice of Peace for NSW. Grace has been a registered migration agent since 2003. She is specialised in student visas, business visas and appeals. She has extensive experience in servicing high net worth clients with a particular focus on mainland China. Grace’s firm provides, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese services. Grace has shown her love of youth and sports by sponsoring a soccer teams for Australian International students and the male and female basketball team for her Chinese high school.

 

Vaughn de Vocht

is the Managing Director of Prestige Strata Services with over 15 years experience in Facilities Management after an extensive career in IT. Vaughn has broad experience working in residential, commercial and government property management for Colliers Int. CBRE, Investa, JLL, Ipoh and is currently with Brookfield's. Vaughn is focused on providing a high degree of customer service and attention to detail whilst providing cost savings and energy efficiencies for all stakeholders.  Linkedin profile  https://au.linkedin.com/in/vaughn2002

 

Vincent Lim is the Executive Director of SUMO SIV and investment manager of the SUMO SIV Managed Funds both of which are Significant Investor Visa (SIV)-compliant managed funds registered by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).  Respected as a trusted financial adviser and emerging entrepreneur in Australia and across Asia, Vincent is also a director of VTS Lawyers and a director of the general partner of the StartMesh Innovation Fund (an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership set up by SUMO in collaboration with StartMesh), and a director of SUMO Group’s property funds management company, Jaxen Funds Management.

 

Vincent graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Accounting), a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Laws. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and he has been a Fellow of FINSIA since 2002.  A very well respected business man in Sydney CBD, HCC is very excited to welcome Vincent to HCC’s Executive Committee.

 

Karen Soo is international business marketer with over 15 years experience working with SME, startups and multi-national organisations across IT, Retail, FMCG, Placemaking and Entertainment in the London, New York, Shanghai and Sydney.  With a Communications degree majoring in philosophy and writing, Karen is passionate and committed to social enterprises, culture and the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce.  As the founder of Red Soozi consultancy, she is currently the Membership and Advisory Director at the Diversity Council of Australia and is a strong advocate for education, leadership, innovation and social change.