Industry connections

Food and Beverage Industry Partners

Watch this video and discover how our Food and Beverage industry partners interact with us and our students.

AUT's School of Hospitality and Tourism is well connected with industry professionals and organisations. These include an Industry Advisory Committee advising on our curriculum to ensure our qualifications are relevant to industry, working with researchers on an area specific to the industry, employing students or offering workplace experience and sponsoring top students at our Awards Ceremony.

Watch this video and see how we interact with our Hotel Industry Partners.

Industry and Community Partners on the School's Industry Advisory Committee

Name Sector Organisation Title
Event Management
Councillor Cathy Casey Event Management Auckland Council Councillor
Daniel Harrison Event Management Auckland Council Event Organiser
Keri Hickmott Event Management Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd Business Events Co-ordinator
Fergus Clark Retail Travel United Travel Retail Business Manager
Dominic Cheng Inbound Winchester Travel Director
Craig Jones Consultancy Visitor Solutions Director
William Goodfellow Attractions/Activities Explore NZ Managing Director
Tony Astle Culinary Antoine's Owner/Operator
Marisa Bidois Food and Beverage Restaurant Association of NZ CEO
Yvonne Townsend Food and Beverage Lynfield College Faculty Manager Technology
Nicole Lawson (Chair)   Heritage Hotels General Manager
Angela Besant Hilton Hotels HR Manager Auckland/Taupo
Pat Taylor Motel Association of New Zealand Board Member
David Comery Waipuna Hotel General Manager
Marisa Bidois Restaurant Association of New Zealand CEO
Wouter de Graaf Sofitel, Accor Hotels Area General Manager
Steve Shearer Scenic Hotel Group Director of International Sales and Brand Development
Ryan South Holiday Inn Airport General Manager
Paul Archer Novotel, Accor Hotels Regional General Manager
Wim Ruepert InterContinental Hotels Group Area General Manager
Michelle Davies Stamford Plaza Hotel Human Resources Manager
Renato Gualberto Novotel and Ibis, Ellerslie Executive Assistant Manager

The following hospitality leaders form the Industry Partnership Board for the Department of Hospitality. They are our key contacts in the industry and advise us on programme and curriculum quality as well as participating in our schools activities to support student learning and progression into the hospitality industry. We acknowledge and thank our partners and encourage students to engage with them during their study at AUT.

Mexico. Jetpark.
Scenic Hotels. Hipcroup.

Last updated: 02-Nov-2017 3.37pm

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