Management Team

The HDC management 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.

Michael Cassel

Chief Executive

MBA(Executive), GICD, MProDev, GradCertAppFin, BConMgt(Build)(Hons)

Michael Cassel is Chief Executive of the Hunter Development Corporation and leads the NSW Government’s $650 million Revitalising Newcastle program. 

In April 2018, The Hon. Anthony Roberts, Minister for Planning, Housing and Special Minster for State, also appointed Michael as the CEO of the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation.

In these roles, Michael is leading unprecedented transformation and change by creating vibrant public spaces, new jobs and more homes linked to better transport opportunities. 

Michael has extensive experience in managing complex stakeholders and delivering city-changing outcomes. He is passionate about creating opportunities that see communities thrive.  

Michael Cassel

Valentina Misevska

Valentina Misevska

Chief Operating Officer

LLB, Dip. Legal Practice, B.Com

Valentina is Chief Operating Officer at HDC and is passionate about superior design and urban outcomes. In her role, Valentina leads a talented local team to drive the delivery of new housing, employment opportunities, public spaces and positive environmental outcomes across a portfolio of HDC projects including the Honeysuckle renewal project. With more than 15 years’ experience in property, Valentina is committed to securing positive outcomes in complex property and commercial matters.

Anna Chubb

Director, Strategy & Asset Management

BA, GDipUrbRegPlan, GCertMgmt, EMPA

As the Director of Strategy and Asset Management at HDC, 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.

Anna Chubb

Steve Aebi

Stephen Aebi

Project Leader

BE(Hons), MBA

Stephen is the Project Leader at HDC. 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 region.

Amber Dale

Communications & Engagement Manager


Amber is a communications specialist, and as the Communications and Engagement Manager she oversees the delivery of corporate and strategic communications across all HDC 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.

Amber Dale