The independent chair of the Association is Graham Baker. Graham Baker
Graham’s interest in shared work hubs generated from his five years of work on the Central Coast of NSW representing the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Industry in promoting industry innovation and local economic development.

The Central Coast of NSW has 40000 people commuting to work in Sydney each day. Along with a group of local stakeholders, Graham led the group to develop a regional telework strategy that promoted the use of shared work spaces as an alternative to working from home and commuting to work. A series of trials were conducted that led the region to be identified by the State Government as a region to receive funding for two Smart Work Hubs at Gosford and Wyong.

The Association was formed in December 2014 by a group of hubs around Sydney and Graham was asked to be an independent chair. With his background on the Central Coast with telework, his innovation facilitator background and regional industry development experience, Graham has been able to lead the Association to transition into a national industry organisation representing not only smart work hubs but co-working spaces, incubators and serviced offices.

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