Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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A weekly roundup of the latest personnel moves in New Zealand’s dynamic tourism industry. If you have a new hire or a promotion or a change of role that you are happy to share, please do let us know at and we’ll include it in our next On the Job email update.

Thursday, 12 October

Queenstown adventure tourism company Go Orange has appointed Luke Taylor its new GM. He joins from Magic Memories in Australia and is a former Real Journeys operations manager.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism has appointed Jody McGinity as Business Events Coordinator. She has previously worked at MBIE in tenancy support and at Ohaupo’s Windy Ridge Function Centre as wedding and events coordinator.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has appointed Sara MacLeod director of sales for New Zealand. She joins from Mantra Group where she was employed for 13 years, most recently as director of sales.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has appointed Lauren Newbery its Marketing and Events Coordinator. She was previously Events Coordinator at the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Andra Matoi has joined The AOT Group as a FIT Reservations Consultant. Prior to starting with the inbound tour operator Matoi was studying at AUT where she graduated with a degree in International Tourism Management.

Melissa Cullen has joined tourism marketing company ReserveGroup as a Marketing Associate. Melissa brings with her extensive agency experience in New York and London.

Board Moves

Outgoing Meridian CEO Mark Binns is to join Auckland Airport’s board on 1 April 2018. Shareholders will be asked to approve his appointment at the operator’s 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Te Puia’s Mary Tolley is the new chair of BYATA with Haka Tourism Group’s Ryan Sanders vice chair and Chris Barton of Westpac, treasurer. Andrew Annable of Wild Kiwi and Simon Cartwright of YHA join the board.


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has extended the contract of CEO Dr. Mario Hardy for three years from January 1, 2018. He joined PATA in 2012 as COO and was appointed CEO on November 1, 2014.

Sydney Aiport has appointed Geoff Culbert its new CEO. He will start in January 2018. He is currently president and CEO of General Electric Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Thursday, 5 October

Danielle McKenzie is acting manager of Tourism Policy at MBIE until the 13th October. After that, Robyn Henderson will be acting manager of Tourism Policy until further notice.

Christchurch Adventure Park has appointed Mike Chapman as a graphic designer and digital marketer. Chapman previously worked as a sales and marketing specialist for surf brand Body Glove.

IHG NZ has appointed Kelly Eichholtz to Area Director of Sales and Marketing NZ. She joins the Auckland team from her previous role as Director of Sales and Marketing at InterContinental Wellington.

Paula Buchanan has started as Business Development Manager at Highlands Motorsport Park to spearhead a drive into the MICE market. She was previously Sales and Events Manager at The Events Group in Auckland.

John Schuitemaker has joined tourism business management software firm, Ibis Technology, as Business Development Manager. He was an associate at The Headwaters, Glenorchy.

Judy Chen his week started her new role as chief executive of Tourism Export Council after finishing her role as Director of Sales and Marketing with the Hotel Grand Chancellor group.

Jennifer Harper has been appointed general manager of the Heritage Collection Lake Resort, Cromwell. She was previously at the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Pauanui, before travelling on her OE.

Board Moves

Legal and financial specialist Prue Flacks is to replace John Gilks as chair of Queenstown Airport Corporation. Adrienne Young-Cooper is to join as director following James Hadley’s departure.

Tourism Holdings is seeking to elect to its board Catherine Quinn and re-elect directors Graeme Wong and Gráinne Troute at its AGM on 18 October. Christina Domecq leaves the board at the end of the year.

Auckland Airport has nominated Julia Hoare to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2017 AGM on 26 October.

Thursday, 28 September

Sarah Bramhall has joined Enterprise Dunedin as PR and Promotions Advisor. She was most recently at Christchurch Symphony Trust.

Andy Murray is the new Sales & Marketing Manager at Tekapo Springs. His joins from BreakFree on Cashel (Mantra Group).

Amy Menard is the Online Media & Marketing Specialist at Tekapo Springs. She was the Mackenzie Region Marketing Executive with ChristchurchNZ.

At ServiceIQ, Clare Savage is moving over to manage Travel & Tourism, with Suzi Nock shifting across to Quick Service Restaurants at the organisation.

Andrew Milne was previously Training Advisor Taupo and moves to moves to Sector Advisor Travel & Tourism at ServiceIQ.

Mike Southcombe’s departure to House of Travel sees Elaine Kellett coming in as a Sector Advisor after being in the ServiceIQ customer experience team.

ServiceIQ’s Tom Parsons has shifted into a new role as the organisation’s Maori Engagement Advisor.

Tourism Holdings is seeking to elect Catherine Quinn to its board and re-elect directors Graeme Wong and Gráinne Troute at its AGM on October 18.

Simon and Katie Jolly are taking over Chris Jolly Outdoors on October 1 following the retirement of Sue Jolly.

Thursday, 21 September

Lindsey Schofield is leaving her role as general manager of the Festival of Colour. She is joining Wanaka-based AV company, Entertainment Solutions.

Air NZ has promoted Nick Judd to be its Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer. He takes over from Stephen Jones who is joining Wizz Air.

Kelcey Radford has joined Rippon Vineyard as its new Events Manager. She was previously marketing manager at Touch of Spice.

General Travel has appointed Annette Nicholls to be Product and Contracting Manager. She joins from ATS Pacific where she was GM Product NZ.

Sarah Croskery has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Hotel Grand Chancellor. She takes over from Judy Chen, the new TEC CEO.

MBIE’s Tourism Policy Manager Kate West is leaving to become the Director Policy Services at Internal Affairs. She has been in the role since 2015.

Ziptrek Ecotours has appointed Joe Di-Gesse as its first social media and digital guru.  He has been working as a marketing executive for the company.

Liz McNeill has joined Tourism Bay of Plenty as Visitor Services Manager. She was Trade Development Manager for Whyalla City Council in Australia.

ChristchurchNZ has appointed Nicki Press its Trade Marketing Coordinator. She was at the Christchurch Convention Bureau before heading off on her OE.

Air NZ has promoted Jeff McDowall to CFO. He takes over from Rob McDonald, who leaves take up non-executive board appointments next year.

Emily Hookham has joined Tourism NZ as a Senior Communications Advisor in the Wellington-based Corporate Affairs team. She joins from Stats NZ.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism has appointed Sandy Hickey Marketing Manager while Rebecca Evans is on maternity. Hickey has worked for LIC and NZ Post.

ID New Zealand has appointed Emma Bell its Business Development Manager and she will lead its Bespoke Journeys team.

Thursday, 14 September

Destination Fiordland Tourism Manager Philippa Murrell leaves her role on 29 September. She will focus on the B&B business she operates in Manapouri

Adam Reinsfield joins Transport World from the Mystery Creek Events Centre. He will manage Transport World’s Events Team and Conference Facilities.

Holly Bowen is joining Tourism NZ’s Wellington office as Trade Development Specialist. She joins from Taupo Tandem Skydiving.

Dan Cheshire has recently joined the Auckland Airport as the Manager Aeronautical Commercial Analytics. He joins from Air New Zealand.

Auckland Airport has appointed Jordan Tan responsible for cargo and South-East Asia passenger route development. He was with Changi Airport Group.

Destination Queenstown has appointed Rae Baker Queenstown Winter Festival Director. She is Tauranga City Council’s Event Delivery Manager.

Emma Bauer has joined Weta Workshop’s Tourism department as the Marketing and Sales Coordinator to help increase visitors to Weta Studio Tours.

Michelle Caldwell has been appointed GM Sales & Marketing at Ruapehu Alpine Lifts. She was previously contracting to them via her firm Destinate NZ.

Jean-Pierre Chevalier has been appointed GM Turoa Ski area. He was a member of PSIA National Education Team – the pinnacle of US ski instructing.

The editor of The Press, Joanna Norris, has been appointed CEO of ChristchurchNZ. She begins in October.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Wayne Paton Business Manager at Shotover Jet. He has been interim Business Manager for the past nine months.

The Audi quattro Winter Games CEO Arthur Klap is standing down at the end of the year because of health issues.

Eight new team members this week joined recently-appointed Dig This Invercargill manager Lex Chisolm. The attraction opens on October 2.

Jason Menard has been appointed Mackenzie Digital Marketing Executive. He joins from Alps 2 Ocean where he was Marketing and Sales Officer.

Destination Queenstown has appointed Louise Clark to Convention Bureau Sales and Marketing Manager. She was the International Markets Manager.

Destination Queenstown has appointed Sarah Norton to the  Market Manager – Western position.

Catlins Coast Inc recently appointed Lisa Biginato as Project Coordinator.

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