Ampcontrol Supports Hunter’s Future Business Minds

With a continued commitment to providing young people with access to STEM related career pathways, Ampcontrol proudly supported the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards on November 28.

Now in its second year, the awards program encourages the region’s youngest innovators and entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for a business, product, service or solution, with the prize money enabling each category winner to have their idea brought to life.

“At Ampcontrol we’re passionate about creating a link between industry and the community, as we’ve already seen amazing things from the young people who’ve connected with us as part of our existing P-TECH and ME Program outreach activities,” said Leigh Stefanszyn, Ampcontrol General Manager – People and Engagement.

The 2018 Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards included STEM, Young Indigenous Entrepreneur, Creative Industries, Social Enterprise categories and provided participants from year 5 – 12 to let their entrepreneurial and creative spirit soar.

“Getting behind initiatives like the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards means we can help play a part in fostering the enthusiasm, courage and creativity it takes to develop something that is truly innovative. To see these characteristics in young people is amazing and something we are proud to support”, said Leigh.

“We celebrate our 50th anniversary this year and one of our most enduring values has been innovation and an attitude of saying yes to challenges when other can’t. This has set us apart in business and to see so many young people with this same attitude, it is exciting to think what the future holds for these young innovators in the Hunter”, added Leigh.

The 2018 Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards is an initiative of the Hunter Region Local Chambers of Commerce and the Hunter Futurepreneurs Program.


Ampcontrol team members from sites across Newcastle came together to support the Mark Hughes Foundation ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer’ fundraising campaign.

Speaking to almost 100 of Ampcontrol’s Newcastle employees, Mark shared his personal story and talked about why it’s important to live for the now after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013.

Mark highlighted some sobering statistics about brain cancer, with it being the leading cause of cancer death in children under 10 and adults aged under 40 in Australia.

“I was diagnosed at age 36 after a routine scan triggered by a couple of days of what I thought was a migraine headache. That scan showed something in my brain and initially it was unclear whether that something was a tumour, with a possibility at that time it could have been the result of a stroke. A follow up scan a month later confirmed a tumour,” he said.

“What followed my diagnosis was an overwhelming level of support from family, friends and the community which helped me to maintain a positive mindset and a year later we launched the Mark Hughes Foundation,” he said.

Now with the ongoing support of the NRL plus countless community fundraisers like Ampcontrol, what started as selling a few thousand beanies locally in the Hunter Valley, has turned into 200,000 beanies being sold across Australia and beyond.

The Mark Hughes Foundation raise funds for research along with the support of a brain cancer bio bank, travel grants program and clinical trials across Australia for a disease which has no cure and still has mostly unchanged mortality rates over the last 30 years.

“I am inspired to work harder than ever to find answers to this disease and make this year’s Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign the biggest and best yet!” said Mark.

To support the Mark Hughes Foundation through a donation or to purchase a beanie, check out their website.

Ampcontrol Supporting STEM in Schools

As a business focused on innovation through engineering and technology, Ampcontrol recognise the importance of STEM in education. That’s why we’re proudly supporting a number of STEM programs in high schools across NSW and QLD.

Ampcontrol have initiated the inaugural Junior Secondary STEM robotics award at the 2017 Emerald State High School awards night.  In association with the Emerald State High School, Ampcontrol funded a Raspberry Pi for the award recipient to extend their learning and skills in basic coding with some hands on equipment.  Ampcontrol were excited to be a part of the event, partnering with community to recognise outstanding effort.  The robotics program is new to the Emerald State High School, and Ampcontrol have recognised the importance of this field for the community into the future.

Ampcontrol have also signed on to P-Tech, a Federal Government initiative to partner schools and industry in a STEM focussed learning opportunity. The program will see official P-Tech work placement students from Hunter River High School connect with our Tomago based operations from early 2018. Working together, schools and industry enable innovative approaches to the way learning is delivered; approaches that would not be possible if schools, or industry, acted in isolation.

In 2018, Ampcontrol will celebrate 50 years of making a powerful difference within local communities.