TAA NSW Advisory Board
Amanda Cottome, Director of Brand Experience and Operations, Ovolo Group
Amanda thrives on bringing brands to life through experience. She believes that “sweating the small stuff”, connecting with people on an emotional level and creating an environments where teams can excel is fundamental to providing an outstanding experience.
With 25 years’ experience in Hotel Operations, having worked with the likes of SPHC, All Seasons Hotels, Mirvac Hotels and Resorts, Accor Hotels it was later on in her career that she carved her niche in lifestyle Hotels working with Urban Hotel Group and Ovolo Group as General Manager – Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour.
Andrew Kosasih, General Manager, Leisure Inn Spires
Andrew’s humble beginnings as a hotelier began as a Porter and saw him progress through multiple roles to eventually fulfil his career ambition of a General Manager. He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Curtin University, WA) and a Graduate Certificate of Hotel Revenue Management from Cornell University (USA). Andrew prides himself on knowing the business from the ground up and is very passionate about maximising profitability by means of new business development and strict cost control without the compromise of guest services. Andrew’s personal approach to his career has seen him receive multiple awards and recognition from some of Perth’s well recognised Five Star Hotels and the Perth Tourism Exchange.
John Morabito, Director of Human
Resources, Park Hyatt Sydney
John is a Human Resources specialist with over 25 years of experience in both the hospitality and telecommunications industry. John spent 14 years in Asia, working for Hyatt hotels in China, Guam, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong and during that time led the opening of 7 hotels. John is one of the founding members of the Hotel Careers Expo advisory board and continues to strongly advocate the importance of raising the profile of our industry as aspirational.
Natasha Rasheed, Area Director of Human Resources, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International
Natasha career with Marriott has spanned 29 years, she has held a number of Human Resources roles over this period, including leading several hotel HR teams, opening hotels, cluster responsibilities, country and area roles across 8 countries in Asia Pacific.Natasha’s current role involves her supporting the on Property Human Resources Leaders, Area team and Senior Leadership team in all aspects of Human Resources.
Natasha has received a number of awards for HR leadership both within the industry and Marriott. Most notably the Marriott Asia Pacific Human Resources Leader of the year and Human Resources Employee of the year by the Australian Hotels Association.
Paula Meyer, Business Development Manager, TAFE NSW
Paula Meyer has worked in the Australian tourism and hotel sectors in the areas of customer service, market research, policy and planning, regional development and marketing. She holds a Master of Commerce (Honours) degree specialising in festival and event management.
Paula has worked in higher education and the vocational sector that has included her extensive experience in the development and delivery of Australian and international tourism, event and hotel management curriculum including for specialised projects off shore in the Kingdom of Tonga and the United Arab Emirates. Her involvement with the industry is extensive and in her current role she is dedicated to supporting the training needs of businesses and industry associations.
Rowena Carter, Director of People and Culture,
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Rowena’s passion for hospitality at a young age led her into the path of operational and events management before moving into People & Culture for the past two decades, with consultancy and executive leadership positions with a wide range of luxury brands including Firmdale, 8Hotels, Ovolo Hotels, The Lancemore Group and current brand, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Rowena strives to influence the performance and experience of people by focusing on culture, engagement and evolution. On a personal level, she believes that happiness should come before success, but the two can go hand in hand when you find your true calling and whole-heartedly love what you do!
Sheree Clarke, Area Learning & Development Manager, Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Sheree is a Senior Executive with 20 years of Hospitality industry experience in Human Resources and Sales & Marketing with Pan Pacific Hotels Group and EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment. She is currently the Area Learning & Development Manager – Oceania for Pan Pacific Hotels Group and has also held other roles including Human Resources Manager, Area Sales Manager and Director of Sales at both group and property levels.
With a degree in adult education and qualifications in Human Resources, Hospitality, Training & Assessment and Frontline Management she has a collaborative approach and is committed to creating inclusive, values driven, engaged cultures through the use of contemporary organisational development methodologies.
Timo Lorenzen, Hotel Manager, Veriu Broadway
Timo’s grand parents operated a pub for many years, so he grew up with an owners & operators mindset. Starting his own hospitality career at the age 18 as a casual, he finally committed to hospitality at the age of 29 when he joined TFE hotels as a Restaurant Manager at their very first hotel in Germany, followed by a move to Sydney not long after.
Throughout the years Timo gained experience with Mantra Group, Meriton Suites and most recently Veriu Hotels.
Now known for his expertise in Team Development, F&B, Hotel Opening & Refurbishment, Revenue & Profit Growth, Operational Hotel Management & Executive Coaching. Timo is further an Award Winning Speaker, Guest Lecturer at Torrens University & TIME Program Graduate.
Vashti Silver, Industry Engagement Manager, The Hotel School
Vashti has more than 15 years’ experience in higher education, from lecturing in the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management degree, managing the Work Integrated Learning program, and developing a network of domestic and international industry partners who offer industry experience opportunities, work placements and professional skills sessions for students.
Vashti’s expertise in teaching and professional skills development has been recognised by national industry and higher education awards.