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.
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.
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.
Lachlan Walker – General Manager Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley,
Area General Manager Regional NSW, InterContinental Hotels Group
Lachlan is the General Manager and Area General Manager Regional NSW of InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s largest and leading hotel companies. Lachlan has held the Area position since September 2016. Within his remit, Lachlan looks after Crowne Plaza branded hotels located in Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Terrigal and Hawkesbury Valley as well as the esteemed boutique hotel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
Lachlan’s career is deeply rooted in hospitality, spanning across 30 years of dedication to the guest experience. From beginnings as an apprentice chef for Regent Four Seasons, his passion for the industry has seen him progress through multiple roles within hotel operations before moving into various key management positions. Lachlan’s career has taken him abroad, working in a number of hotels across Australia, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in positions such as director of food & beverage, executive assistant manager and general manager. Once tasked with opening a hotel restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Lachlan travelled to Beirut on a culinary inspiration trip. This he cites as one of his most memorable travels for work and highlights the depth of his commitment to creating a truly authentic and bespoke experience for his guests.
In addition to a global career, Lachlan’s experience also spans across a number of multinational and highly regarded hotel brands including Hyatt, Amanresorts, Accor and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. This diversity in brands, hotels and markets has made him a highly regarded and well respected member of the hospitality industry.
Amongst the hotel staff, Lachlan is known for his proactive leadership and for his genuine interest in the performance and well-being of every department. He is committed to showcasing the excellence of regional hotels and the rich culture and heritage of the regions they are located in.
Michael Johnson – General Manager, PARKROYAL Parramatta
After a successful tenure as General Manager of PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Michael Johnson relocated to Sydney four and a half years ago to take over the helm at PARKROYAL Parramatta as General Manager.
Michael has an in-depth understanding of the hospitality industry in Australia and New Zealand, having 36 years of experience managing business hotels, resorts and tourist attractions across the two countries.
Michael is currently responsible for the operational management of the newly redeveloped PARKROYAL Parramatta which has gone through a $25m redevelopment and extension, positioning the hotel as the largest business, conference and leisure hotel in Western Sydney.
Sandra Calabretta – Global Director of Human Resources & Regional Director of Operations Australia & Indonesia, Staywell Holdings Pty Limited
Sandra joined StayWell Hospitality Group in 2013.She has over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, working in hotels from 3 to 5 star in both city and resort hotels.
She is an innovative action-oriented business leader with outstanding success in leading operations at a regional, national and international levels, instilling confidence and direction into fledgling areas of the business. Recognised as a strategic partner to the business, offering invaluable insight into risk management, commercial decision making and complex financial/market analysis. Strategic highly effective manager of cluster properties and assets, experienced in leased, managed and franchise properties, development and acquisitions. Sandra is a skilled leader and mentor of teams, specialising in change management and culture development.
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Having worked in a number of companies, such as Intercontinental, Accor, Pan Pacific, Metro Holdings, a number of owner operator hotels and now with Prince Hotels, the owners of Staywell Holdings Pty Limited.
Sandra is a well-known, and respected industry personality, having previously held a number of senior board positions in tourism related bodies, particularly in Southern Queensland.
She is a keen golfer, enjoys good food, good red wine and good friends.
John McIlwain – General Manager Operations – Rydges and Atura Hotels – NSW/QLD
John McIlwain has worked for Event Hospitality and Entertainment for 17 years holding senior positions throughout Australia and New Zealand and currently responsible for Events Rydges and Atura hotel portfolio in New South Wales and Queensland.
John has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry with senior management roles in hotels, registered clubs and conference management sectors.
He has previously held board positions with New Zealand Hotel Council and TAA.
Jennifer Brown – General Manager, InterContinental Sydney
Jennifer Brown is the General Manager of the Iconic InterContinental Sydney which operates 509 luxury hotel guest rooms along with extensive food and beverage and conferencing facilities.
Prior to joining IHG, Jennifer held the position of General Manager at the Marriott Sydney Harbour for 9 years on returning from the United States where she spent time managing the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences in Georgetown, Washington DC and New York Battery Park.
Having worked with the Marriott family of hotels, in particular Ritz-Carlton for over 20 years, including 5 years in the United States, two years in Istanbul, Turkey and previously in Australia. Jennifer spent time on many pre-opening teams to launch new properties and has opened international hotels in Asia, Australia, Central America and the United States.
After graduating in England, progressed her career through a graduate management programme and has extensive experience in hotel operations. Her hotel career bought her to Australia and has called Australia home since, despite her international career and several international assignments along the way.