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 McKenna, General Manager, Rydges Sydney Central
Andrew is a highly Experienced General Manager with almost 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry across 4 hotels and 3 different companies specialising in large scale events and food and beverage management.
Andrew holds 8 years’ experience in General Management of hotels including refurbishments, new builds, brand takeovers, community engagement and project management. He is a people, culture, experience and technology focused manager and constantly looks for ways to grow not only businesses but those within the business.
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.
Nicole Salonga, People and Culture Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Hospitality is in the blood for Nicole, having family who operate Hotels in North Queensland which is where she developed her love of Hotels shortly after finishing High School. Now just shy of 25 years in the industry, Nicole completed a Hospitality Certificate at College before entering luxury Hotels.
Nicole’s background includes 3 years in Food & Beverage Operations, 6 years in Front Office and Club Lounge Management and 6 years in Housekeeping Management before moving into Human Resources where the past 10 years have been spent.
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.
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.