Deputy Chair: Paul Hutton

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW has elected a new chair and two new representatives for the Accommodation Division Board, following its Annual General Meeting.

New Chairman Peter Tudehope was unanimously elected chairman at the AGM at the AHA (NSW) Macquarie Street headquarters.

Tudehope is Regional Manager (Australia/Pacific) of Carlson Hotels Worldwide Asia Pacific and General Manager of Sydney’s Radisson Plaza Hotel.

AHA (NSW) CEO Sally Fielke said the new Chairman would work closely with the Director of the AHA (NSW) Accommodation Division, Carol Guiseppi, on representing the hotel industry.

“We welcome the election of Mr Tudehope as head of the board,” Fielke said. “The new chair is a respected member of the business community with vast experience in the accommodation sector.

“Our Members are in good hands as we move forward into a new political era for NSW.

“I would also like to pay tribute to outgoing chair Michael Johnson for his hard work on behalf of our members over his four years on the board as both board member, then chair.”

Tudehope said he was looking forward to the challenges facing all members.

“I am proud to be taking the helm at a vital time for the industry,” he said. “AHA (NSW) is the only organisation that gives us the unity we need to successfully engage with Government at all levels.

“I look forward to seeing our membership go from strength to strength in coming months as we focus on the issues that matter to members including active policy development and lobbying, particularly in the areas of skills shortages, taxes and levies and tourism structure and activation.

“Other areas of focus will be education and training and business building initiatives through strong partnerships.

“Changes in these areas can only be achieved through a strong, representative and influential board and the credentials of the new members are testament to this,” Tudehope said.

Five board members were re-elected at the AGM were:
-Peter Tudehope, Regional manager (Asia/Pacific) Carlson Hotels Worldwide Asia-Pacific and General Manager Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney;
-Nigel Greenaway, Fund Manager, Eureka Funds Management and director for the hotel companies that own the hotel real estate and operating hotel businesses;
-George Bedwani, COO of Transmetro Hotel Group, which owns and manages 14 hotels, Inns, Apartments and Resorts across Australia;
-Jennifer Brown, General Manager, Sydney Harbour Marriott;
-David Donald, General Manager, PARKROYAL Parramatta.

New appointments to the Board includes:
-Nigel Roberts, General Manager PARKROYAL Darling Harbour and Vice President, Area Operations – Oceania;
-Paul Hutton, General Manager, Hilton Sydney, (now deputy Chair); and
-Philip Pratley, General Manager, The Grace Hotel.

Jenny Farrell, Schwartz Family Co, has also remained as a board participant due to her representation and management of properties across both the Accommodation and General Divisions of AHA (NSW).