TAA NSW Board Members

Mr. Bahram Sepahi – Regional Vice President & General Manager – Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

As a graduate of SC Johnson College of Business & Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Bahram began his journey with Four Seasons in North America, at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, back in 1986. Since then, Bahram’s strong performance has led him through Four Seasons global network with terms at properties in Dallas, Washington and Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Centre where he oversaw the Middle East portfolio of hotels.

In 2009, Sepahi moved to China and opened the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou at the iconic IFC tower, lending him Forbes title of “China’s Hotelier of the Year” in 2014. Bahram has used his experience in global and leading source markets to continue his progression as Regional Vice President & General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney; the largest Four Seasons property in the world (by the number of rooms).

 

Mr. Bernhard Langer – General Manager, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Bernhard has worked in the hospitality industry for 29 years and is currently the General Manager of the newly opened Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park. The hotel was awarded the 2018 Hotel Opening of the Year by Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, encompassing 30 brands and more than 7000 properties across 131 countries and territories around the world.

Beginning his career in the kitchens, Bernhard studied professional cookery and hotel management at Auckland University of Technology and IHTTI in Neuchâtel Switzerland. Bernhard has held various positions with Regent, InterContinental, Sheraton, Westin and the St. Regis brands, in several countries throughout Asia, as well as the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Ms. Fazila Farhad – Managing Director, Z Hotels.

After graduation from University College London (UCL), Fazila started her banking career at Standard Chartered Bank and rose to Head of Private Banking. Fazila has since worked with brands including Crowne Plaza, Accor Hotels, Dupont and the Wyndham Hotel Group harnessing her experience and skills in hospitality, business development, marketing and banking. Fazila has been an active community supporter for greater Sydney and has sponsored an array of educational and charity events for Liverpool Hospital, Ingham Institute, Fairfield Hospital, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and beyond.

A passion for tourism and hospitality has driven Fazila to actively work with the board of South West Sydney Tourism Taskforce, Federal and Local bodies and businesses to put together the first Tourism Map for Fairfield and Liverpool & Camden, laying the foundations for tourism that will generate with the upcoming Western Sydney Airport. Fazila is also the Vice President at South West Sydney Tourism Taskforce & Liquor Accord Cabramatta as well as the Director of Cabramatta Chamber of Commerce & Liverpool Chamber.

 

Mr. Glen Boultwood – CRO and Co-Founder, Serene Capital

Responsible for the overall development, implementation and management of Serene Capital’s property funds and investor relationships, Glen focuses on acquisition, management and disposal of assets. With over 20 years experience in Australian funds management and property industries, Glen has senior management experience in all facets of funds management.

Prior to co-founding Serene Capital, Glen Boultwood previously managed the Eureka Core Property Fund 3 (a diversified property fund comprising office, retail and hotel assets) at Eureka Funds Management, which was the best performing wholesale property fund for the five years to June 2014 (achieving an 18.5% total return p.a). He previously spent three years at Jones Lang LaSalle valuing over $2.5 billion in hotel and tourism-related assets. He also has experience working with high-profile super funds, including Australia Post Superannuation Scheme and HESTA.

In 2013 Glen developed a strategy for suburban office asset investment and raised $200m in 2013 from HESTA superannuation fund. Glen has been the chair and co-chair of the PCA Asset Management Education Committee over the past 8 years and was the inaugural Chairperson of the IPD Hotel Advisory Committee.

 

Mr. Jeroen Meijer – General Manager, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney

Appointed to his current role of General Manager for PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, part of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, in September 2018, Jeroen brings a wealth of experience in over 20 years working within the hospitality industry.

Originally commencing his career in his native country of The Netherlands, Jeroen has gained extensive operational expertise in hotels and resorts across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to starting with the Pan Pacific Hotels Group, Jeroen was with Hilton for over 15 years where he held several Commercial Director roles at properties across New Zealand, Thailand and most recently Melbourne.

Under his leadership, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour has been recognised in both state and national awards, including Awards for Accommodation Excellence for three consecutive years

 

Mr. Philippe Kronberg – General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

With a career spanning over 25 years, Philippe Kronberg’s inspired leadership and passion for hospitality has taken him from his native France, to developing and managing award-winning hotels in eight countries across Europe, Asia and Australia, for renowned global brands.  The French–Australian Kronberg returns to Australia to be General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney after his most recent role as General Manager of Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey.

An astute and innovative operator, Kronberg received his MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management from The University of Sydney and UNSW, and is a graduate of the esteemed hospitality school, Les Roches, Bluche, Switzerland.

 

Mr. Richard Doyle – Group General Counsel, StayWell Holdings – Chair

As Group General Counsel of StayWell Holdings, Richard is charged with ensuring that one of the largest hotel management groups in Asia Pacific runs smoother than a well-oiled machine. Richard overseels all of StayWell’s legal requirements as well as managing the company’s asset management functions and overseeing the group’s Australian and New Zealand development activities. Richard frequently interacts with hotel owners and has a detailed understanding of hotel owner expectations and requirements (both from a management and ownership perspective).

Commencing his position in 2006, Richard has helped grow the company’s initial small Australian-based portfolio into a flourishing international network of over 35 hotels. Richard’s achievements have included acting as the leading legal advisor in securing successful developments and acquisitions of the group’s portfolio across the globe including Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore, United Kingdom and Australia.

 

Ms. Sally Burgess – General Manager, Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney

Starting her career at Accor in Reservations, Sally is a true testament to nurturing natural industry skill and talent. As she progressed through various Rooms Division Roles, Sally saw herself working in a diverse range of locations in Australia and New Zealand, including the remote El Questro Wilderness Park in WA and Alice Springs.

Sally then exercised her Revenue Management skills over a number of years with TFE Hotels before relocating back to Sydney with Radisson Hotel Group. Sally harnesses a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) obtained in 2014.

Mr. Shaun O’Bryan – General Manager, Cypress Lakes Resort, Golf & Country Club & Elysia Wellness Retreat

With over 25 years of extensive international and domestic experience in the tourism and hospitality industries, Shaun O’Bryan is the GM of two renowned Hunter Valley properties, Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort and Elysia Wellness Retreat.

Since joining Minor Hotels in 2019, O’Bryan has successfully managed the 360 acres of Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort including the onsite restaurants and 18-hole championship golf course, and the 32 acres of Elysia Wellness Retreat, heading up a team of 150 people across both properties.

He is an expert in managing overall business operations including customer experience, employee engagement, food & beverage financial performance administration, room operations, onsite reservations and revenue management, engineering and capital improvements, and spa, golf & recreational activities according to company policies and standards. He has a driving passion to deliver service that goes beyond organisation expectations, so that guests receive a first-class experience.

Shaun previously held multiple leadership positions within many Forbes 5 Star and AAA 5 Diamond rated international luxury hotel and resort frontrunners including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and the Ojai Valley Inn and Belmond El Encanto in California.