2017 TAA NSW Board Members

Peter Tudehope – TAA NSW Chair
Regional Manager Australia and Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide – Asia Pacific
General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

Peter Tudehope was appointed General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Plaza Sydney on 12 September 2005.  Peter manages all aspects of the operations of this intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel.

Peter was also appointed Regional Manager Australia and Pacific of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific on 1 January 2009.

Singapore based Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific is a regional office for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.  Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carlson Rezidor has seven hotel brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites by Carlson. Peter manages the operating hotels in the Australia and Pacific region.

Peter has an extensive background in hotels. He was Director Operations & Services for Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific.  This then led to being charged with the growth and development of the groups brands with a particular focus on Radisson.

Peter Tudehope joined Carlson from The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney where he served as Executive Assistant Manager. He spent 12 years at this hotel and while managing the operational and financial environments he steered the hotel through a number of phases including asset management, receivership, change of management company, change of ownership and also a major refurbishment that involved closing the hotel for four months.  This period also took Peter to Las Vegas and Washington as part of the pre-opening teams for those Four Season hotels. Earlier positions included Rooms Division Manager and Front Office Manager when the hotel operated as The Regent.

Born in Sydney, Tudehope was schooled in Bowral and then went on to study Hotel Management in Sydney.  He commenced his hotel career with the Inter-continental Hotel, Sydney.  During this five year period, Peter assisted with the pre-opening of hotels in Manila, Korea and Washington.

Peter is also the Chairman of the Tourism Accommodation Australia, a division of the Australian Hotels Association.

He was awarded Australasian Hotelier of the Year award at the HM Awards in September 2015. He has also won Esprit General Manager of the Year in 2009 and won the following awards for the Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney; Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2014 & 2013, TAA Awards for Outstanding Community Service and Achievement, AHA (NSW) Redeveloped Hotel of the Year in 2011, Carlson Hotel of the Year Asia/Pacific in 2010, Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award in 2008 and World Travel Awards, Australia’s Leading Business Hotel in 2008

Jorg T. Bockeler – TAA NSW Deputy Chair
General Manager and Area General Manager, InterContinental Sydney and Mulpha Hotels Australia

Jörg T. Böckeler joined InterContinental Sydney as General Manager in 2013, concurrently appointed as Area General Manager of Mulpha Hotels Australia, – owner of InterContinental Sydney and InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and is also responsible for Holiday Inn Old Sydney and Holiday Inn Sydney Airport.

An accomplished international luxury hotelier, German-born Jörg has more than 30 years’ experience in hotels and hospitality, holding executive roles at flagship hotels across Europe, Africa and Australia. He just celebrated his 15th anniversary with IHG and still focuses on his personal development to grow with the company internationally.

Jörg holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Oxford Brooks University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA Executive) from Imadec University Vienna, and in 2011 was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Jörg has been appointed Director of the Board and Vice Chairman for the TAA, NSW, also he is a Director of the Board for the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. In addition, Jörg is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce, a Counsellor of the EABC and is the President of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Chapter NSW.

Jörg is a passionate and curious traveller who loves the outdoors and enjoys to have his family around him. He plays the piano for relaxation, skateboards and swims for fitness and reads and writes fiction. Also, he loves international relations and politics and occasionally engages in public speaking.

Marc von Arnim – General Manager, Park Hyatt Sydney

Marc is an Australian national, with a Hyatt career span of 22 years. Marc first joined Hyatt Regency Coolum in 1992 while earning a degree in Hotel Management. After graduating, Marc joined Grand Hyatt Melbourne as a Corporate Leadership Trainee and upon completion, he held various Rooms positions within Hyatt Regency Perth, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Park Hyatt Sydney before being appointed General Manager of Hyatt Regency Auckland in 2008.

Marc was appointed General Manager of Park Hyatt Goa in India and more recently, as pre-opening General Manager of Park Hyatt Busan in Korea, where he oversaw its successful opening in February 2013.

Marc began his current position as General Manager at Park Hyatt Sydney in May 2014. Under his leadership, he has continued the successful growth of Park Hyatt Sydney as a leading luxury Australian hotel.

Outside of work Marc said he like mountain biking, golf and spending time with his family.

Matthew Thomas – Group General Manager, Meriton Suites & Director – Meriton Group

Matthew Thomas is the Group General Manager of Meriton Suites, Australia’s fastest growing luxury accommodation brand.

Matthew has been a senior executive at Meriton Suites since 2004, joining the organisation as Group Revenue Manager before assuming the role of General Manager in 2006.

He is passionate about the hospitality and tourism industry and has worked in the sector for more than 25 years, holding leadership roles in groups as diverse as Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Princess Cruises and Accor.

At Meriton Suites, Matthew oversees the strategic expansion of the chain, with a further four hotels underway, and leads a workforce of more than 1,000 hotel professionals. Together with Meriton Group managing director Harry Triguboff AO, he works closely with industry groups and government to constantly improve the overall visitor experience.

Under Matthew’s expertise, Meriton Suites has grown from its early days as a pioneer of the serviced apartment concept to an award-winning market leader with more than 4,400 suites in 17 locations across Queensland and NSW.

Matthew became a company director of Meriton Group in 2015.

Ralf Bruegger – General Manager, Escarpment Group

Ralf Bruegger’s international hospitality career has spanned five hotel groups and now leads the Escarpment Group collection of luxury properties in the Blue Mountains and Hunter regions.

Born in Germany and hailing from a gastronomic background, he began his hospitality career as an apprentice pastry chef at the Swissotel Hotel and Congress Centre Neuss.

From there he moved to the Southhampton Princess Hotel in Bermuda, then Southern Pacific Hotels in New Zealand. Ralf was executive chef at the Old Sydney Parkroyal Hotel before moving into hotel management with Mirvac Hotels & Resorts in 2000, during which he was invited to join the company’s inaugural food and beverage committee to review, recommend and develop food & beverage strategies across its 43 hotels and resorts.

Since then, Ralf has been general manager of the Sebel Pier One Sydney, The Harbour Rocks Hotel and The Observatory Hotel. Ralf has steered many of these hotels to major industry awards.

An industry leader, Ralf embraces innovation and was responsible for the first smoke-free hotel in Sydney and introducing pet-friendly packages.
He is also Conseiller Culinaire de Australia of the internationally renowned La Chaine Rotisseurs, which holds the Jeunes Commis Rotisseurs competition to support and promote the future of young Australian chefs.

Ralf joined Escarpment Group as general manager in 2012, where he oversees four luxury properties in the Blue Mountains (Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges and the world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel) as well as the company’s latest acquisition, The Convent in the Hunter Valley.

Phil Kasselis – Managing Director, Pro-invest Hotels Group

Phil Kasselis is Managing Director of Pro-invest Hotels Group, part of Pro-invest Group which is a boutique investment firm specialised in private equity real estate and asset management.

Pro-invest has partnered with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to develop, own and operate a portfolio of 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels under a master development agreement with IHG. The first hotel, Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park opened in 2016 with further Holiday Inn Express hotels to open in Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Melbourne and Queenstown.

Phil is a fourth generation hotelier. French by birth and Australian in spirit, he has spent more than 30 years in the hotel sector with diversified experience in hotel operations, hospitality consulting, hotel development, acquisitions and brokerage.

Prior to joining Pro-invest, he spent 13 years with IHG in senior development roles leading the group’s strategic expansion of some of its iconic hotel brands, negotiating hotel management agreements and franchises throughout Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East & Africa.

Prior to returning to Sydney in 2012, Phil was based in Singapore for two years as IHG’s Vice President Development, Asia Australasia prior to which he was based in Dubai for 5 years as Vice President Development, Middle East & Africa.

Phil held former roles as Director Hotel Investments with hotel brokers Knight Frank Expotel and worked for Accor Asia Pacific in Sydney as Development Director.  He has extensive hospitality consulting experience having spent six years with Horwath Asia Pacific and 2 years leading Arthur Andersen’s hospitality consulting practice in the firm’s Real Estate Services Group advising clients on hotel development strategy and investment opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific.

Linda Collis – General Manager, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Linda has a strong career in hospitality, and has worked with leading hotel brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, both in central business district locations and resorts.

Linda’s early hotel career saw her in business development and sales and marketing roles, starting with the Holiday Inn Townsville in 1999, before moving to Brisbane as the Area Director of Sales and Marketing overseeing Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Papua New Guinea for IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group).

In 2004 Linda relocated to New Zealand to take up a position as Business Development Director for Crowne Plaza Auckland, a role she oversaw for 19 months.

Following, Linda moved back to Australia to commence as Area Director of Sales and Marketing at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, a momentous role that oversaw the sales and marketing functions across Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu.

In 2012 Linda was appointed as the General Manager of Crowne Plaza Adelaide, a position she held for four years, overseeing all hotel operations.

Last year, Linda relocated to Sydney with her family to take up the General Manager role at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach; a busy hub only a short distance from the Sydney CBD and airport, yet in a beautiful beachside village that provides a picturesque base for Linda to indulge her passion for fitness and long-distance running.

Linda is a hands-on leader, who is renowned for her kind and compassionate nature that inspires the best in her teams, and she is committed to ensuring her staff’s motivation so that as a collective they can offer the highest level of hospitality service.

Craig Hooley – General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Craig Hooley is currently the General Manager of Shangri-La Sydney and has been with the organisation for just over two years Before coming to Sydney he was based in the Hong Kong Corporate office.

Before joining Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Craig held the position of Regional Director of Operations for Intercontinental Hotels Group – United Kingdom . In this role, he was responsible for the success of 44 managed hotels under multiple brands, becoming a centre of innovation for IHG.

Prior to the roles in the UK Craig held a number of Human Resource and Operational Roles with InterContinental Hotels Group in Australia and prior to that Mirvac Hotels and Resorts.

After a career that commenced with the Royal Australian Navy, Mr Hooley’s passion for the hospitality industry has taken him across Australasia, the South Pacific, Europe and Asia.

John Autelitano – General Manager, The Star, Sydney

A highly experienced hotel executive, John Autelitano, General Manager of Hotels, oversees the management of The Darling Hotel and Spa, and Astral Tower and Residences, plus The Star Event Centre at Sydney’s premier events and entertainment destination, The Star.

John Autelitano is instrumental in creating a service that is truly first-class. His efforts led The Darling to be the first Sydney hotel to be awarded a prestigious Forbes Five-Star rating. A Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating is the most coveted award in the global luxury travel sector.

John leads the experienced and passionate team, bringing with him an in-depth knowledge of luxury-tier hospitality and a career portfolio spanning more than 20 years. John has worked with global brands The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott International across Asia Pacific, the Caribbean and the United States.

John is a proven professional in strategic planning, hotel operational design, and concept development. His dedication to excellence in service and demonstrated track record of achieving superior hotel ratings and delivering outstanding results makes him a major asset to the team and The Star.

Carol Giuseppi – National / NSW CEO, Tourism Accommodation Australia

Carol joined Tourism Accommodation as NSW Director in January 2011 and appointed CEO Tourism Accommodation Australia in September 2014. Carol is a highly skilled, senior business professional, with a strong marketing and strategic business background. Since commencing her career at British Airways, she has held senior marketing positions within the tourism and hospitality sector inclusive at Southern Pacific Hotels, Fox Studios and Sydney Olympic Park Authority as well as outside the sector with American Express and Amber Group.

Carol has an Executive MBA, a Masters of Business (Marketing) and a Diploma of Market Research and is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. In her current position her role encompasses policy, advocacy and member services.

She is currently on the board of HTN (Hospitality Employment Solutions), on the Tourism Advisory Board of Service Skills Australia and on the CatholicCare Foundations Board. She is also a member of the City of Sydney Retail Advisory Panel and the Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration.