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CONFERENCE & EVENTS DIRECTOR
ELEMENTS OF BYRON
What did you want to be when you grew
up? A journalist.
Your first job: Clearys Newsagency in
Chatswood at 14. Then the Oaks Hotel Neutral
Bay as a casual bar attendant at 18.
Your first pay packet: $85/week for five hours.
Your first break: I was head hunted from The
Oaks Hotel when I was 20 to work at the Dry
Dock Hotel in Balmain. I went in as assistant
manager and 18 months later was promoted to
Licensee. At that point I was the youngest
female Licensee in Australia and one of five
female publicans in Balmain (which was a lot,
especially back then!). Stan Grant covered this
on his current affairs show at that time.
Describe your current role: Hectic and
thrilling. Conference and events director at
Elements of Byron resort.
Best part of your job: Staging the events that I
have worked on. I find it very rewarding to then
see the events come to fruition.
The worst part of your job: The hours.
Who has inspired you: Nelson Mandela.I was
born in South Africa during the apartheid
regime. Mandela’s journey has been an
inspiration through many journeys in my life.
Your best quality: Loyalty and passion.
Your worst quality: Impatient control freak.
Your best achievement: I have travelled the
world and deeply experienced other cultures. I
think this has rounded me as a human. Being a
bit rounded, with some edges worn off, is
helpful in my personal life as well as my work.
Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time?
Splitting my time between the Byron region and
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Cassie Towson has been appointed director
of sales and marketing at the Surfers
Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa. Ms
Towson has more than 15 years of hospitality
experience and was most recently the market
director of revenue strategy for the
Queensland Cluster supporting Surfers
Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa and Pier One
Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection. Prior
to joining Marriott, she was the senior
revenue manager at Mantra Group after
many years with multiple Accor properties as
a revenue manager, reservations manager
and manager on duty.
Carlene Staines has been appointed
company director of OneNineFive Ltd, joining
founder Greg Norris to support the ongoing
growth of the incentive and reward and event
management divisions. Ms Staines has
extensive experience in the event and travel
industry. She was previously the owner/
operator of Adventure Travel, and business
development/project manager for House of
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON,
Stephen Ferrigno has been appointed
general manager of Four Points by Sheraton,
Melbourne Docklands, which is expected to
open in March 2017. In his role, Mr Ferrigno
will oversee the pre-launch activity of the
property, marketing the hotel and driving pre-
SIX SENSES FIJI
Jason Kruse has been appointed general
manager of Six Senses Fiji. The resort is
located on the island of Malolo in the South
Pacific Archipelago of Fiji and is scheduled to
open towards the end of 2017. It comprises
26 pool villas, restaurant and bar with a wine
cellar and tasting table. Six Senses Spa will
offer a layered approach to wellness and will
introduce the ground-breaking Sleep With Six
Senses program. The property will also offer
a portfolio of residential villas. Mr Kruse has
more than 18 years of experience in the
international hospitality and tourism sector.
He began his journey as a management
trainee with SPHC Hotels’ Daydream Island
and Laguna Quays, Australia.
Raewyn Tse has been appointed to lead the
team of the newly-opened Conference
Innovators office in central Wellington. Her
most recent role was as senior sales
development manager for Positively
Wellington Venues (PWV). She has held a
number of key positions for PWV and has
extensive knowledge of the industry and the
ELEMENTS OF BYRON
Michael Skinner has been appointed general
manager of the Elements of Byron Resort. He
brings more than 25 years of hotel and
hospitality experience to the role.
Commencing his career in 1985 in Cairns, he
then relocated to Hobart as a trainee
manager. His career progressed rapidly and
within a few years he held senior
management roles across Australia.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Prue Rogers has been appointed director of
sales of the New Zealand International
Convention Centre (NZICC). Ms Rogers was
previously with the Melbourne Convention
and Exhibition Centre, most recently as
senior manager – customer experience.
Since graduating from Victoria University, she
has won a number of industry awards,
including Meetings and Events Australia’s
National Business Development Person of
the Year. m
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