FORMER Muswellbrook resident Steven Bentham is eyeing off a director's position on the NRMA Board for the Howe region.
And, he's asking for some local support as the upcoming election, which takes place every four years, approaches.
The Howe region extends from the Hills Shire in Sydney to the Central Coast, the Hunter and Mid-North Coast.
Within this area, there are more than 360,000 members who are eligible to vote.
Mr Bentham understands the local issues as he has lived and worked in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Upper Hunter for 37 years.
He was one of the original employees when Dartbrook Mine was built at Muswellbrook.
He's an electrical engineer and has worked in the mining industry for more than four decades - work that has taken him across Australia and throughout the world.
Mr Bentham is a well-respected leader in his field, representing Australia at numerous forums overseas, including the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
His vast experience, demonstrated management and leadership skills, and post graduate qualifications stand him in good stead to be a strong representative for all NRMA members across the Hunter.
"I understand the value of hard work and the challenges people encounter in terms of shifts, fatigue, time management and making ends meet," Me Bentham said.
"I'm also aware of the trials and tribulations facing our transport network and the cost of simply getting from A to B.
"All of which affects family life.
"Over the past few weeks, I've been out talking to members about their issues.
"If elected as director, I promise to listen to members in the local community and be a strong advocate for all of them."
Mr Bentham is also a devoted grandfather to nine grandchildren and a keen caravaner.
He and his wife have travelled extensively overseas.
He loves seeking out new ideas and concepts from other countries and how they could be adapted in Australia.
Anyone wishing to contact Mr Bentham may do so at Steve.email@example.com
Voting takes place from September 23 until October 28 and can be online or by post.
Members will receive advice from NRMA on how to vote.