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NSW State Advisory Board

NSW State Advisory Board

 

Patrick Lonergan, Director of Hotels - Doma Group

Chair of NSW State Advisory Board

Doma Hotels is Canberra’s largest and most successful hotel company. Its suite of five award-winning hotels across the national capital provide 615 rooms, while a further three hotels providing 524 rooms are currently under construction across Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra.

Charged with the responsibility of controlling the property portfolio is Patrick Lonergan. With 30 years in the industry, Patrick joined the Doma team in 2014, having served in senior area manager and general management positions across the country.

As Director of Doma Hotels, Patrick oversees the expansion and management of the group and its assets. His strong financial and commercial acumen is combined with an intimate understanding of diverse hotel operations – from greenfield developments, to acquisitions and rebranding of hotels.

 

Marianne Ossovani, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Hotels, Tourism & Leisure - Elanor Investors Group

Deputy Chair of NSW State Advisory Board


Marianne has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate and financial services sectors. Marianne has substantial experience in Asset Management, Asset Financing, Risk Management, Acquisitions and Divestments, Capital Markets and Funds Management.

Marianne leads the Hotels, Tourism and Leisure team at Elanor including origination; asset management and performance, funds management and development of the portfolio.

Marianne most recently was Executive Director, Hotels, Tourism & Leisure for Moss Capital, leading the firm’s investment activities across this sector. Previously, Marianne held senior positions within the Asia Pacific business of Wyndham Worldwide, a globally pre-eminent hospitality group, and headed the Consumer Finance Division for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

 

Emma Waterman, Area General Manager - TFE Hotels

With a diverse background and more than 15 years in the hospitality industry with experience across corporate, leisure and remote destinations in Australia and New Zealand, Emma Waterman is a commercially astute, strategic, agile and savvy hotelier. Emma’s current expanding portfolio as Area Hotel General Manager at TFE Hotels encompasses over 19 properties across 5 brands in New South Wales, Canberra and New Zealand. 

 

Damien Cameron, Hotel Retail General Manager - The Star Entertainment Group

Damien Cameron was appointed to the newly created role of General Manager of Hotels, Retail and Events at The Star Sydney in July 2018.

Prior to joining The Star, Mr Cameron gained Hotel industry and management experience working as Chief Operating Officer of Oscars Hotels.

Responsible for overseeing Sydney's Only Forbes Five-Star Hotel The Darling Hotel, as well as the Astral Hotel & Residences, entertainment and retail precinct at The Star Sydney, Mr Cameron will enhance the property's offering, and deliver ongoing growth.

Mr Cameron's role is critical, as The Star Sydney is in the midst of significant refurbishments including proposed redevelopment plans to enhance The Star with a luxurious new arrival experience, stylish new bars and restaurants and luxurious new hotel choices.

With more than 20 years' experience in the corporate travel and leisure markets, Mr Cameron is deeply experienced in hospitality and hotel management, team leadership, customer engagement and strategic planning.

 

Mark Ronfeldt, Chief Executive Officer - Daiwa Living Waldorf Holdings

Mark Ronfeldt, Chief Executive Officer for Daiwa Living Waldorf Holdings, responsible for a growing portfolio of Apartment-Hotels across Australia and New Zealand.

Mark is a very experienced, highly-driven, strategic and pragmatic executive and business leader, within the Hospitality, Tourism and Real Estate sectors. With his proven experience in driving organizational growth, empowering and developing successful teams, creating a positive culture, sharing a clear vision and a real focus on creating customer and shareholder value, Mark is a true leader in the Hospitality industry. 

 

Matt Rubie, Country General Manager - Fraser Hospitality Australia

Matt Rubie is Country General Manager for Frasers Hospitality in Australia, overseeing the operations and development of the Fraser brands across Australia for 7 years. Matt has over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry in both Australia and the UK, encompassing a wide range of roles such as Operations, Asset Management and Sales and Marketing. Since 2011 Frasers Hospitality has added to its initial flagship of Fraser Suites Sydney, adding three Fraser branded properties while adding a further three Accor properties to its Singapore listed REIT.

 

Monty Maguire, General Manager - Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale

Monty Maguire is the General Manager of the Quality Hotel Powerhouse, Armidale.
Monty comes from a hardworking hotel family and has been immersed in the world of hospitality since she was a child. She studied Hospitality Management at Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland before roles in five star properties including the Ritz Carlton Central Park, New York and Maradiva Villas, Resort & Spa, Mauritius. Monty’s love of food also saw her at leading London restaurants, The Wolseley and Rabot 1745. 
 
Monty returned to the New England region in 2013 with a commitment to delivering exemplary guest service, high quality hotel and food experiences to regional New South Wales. Monty is a board member of the Armidale Business Chamber and works to drive growth to the region through the tourism and hospitality sectors.

 

Patrick Cheok, Regional General Manager NSW/ACT - Mantra Group

Patrick Cheok has been the Regional General manager of Mantra Hotels (NSW & ACT) since October 2016. He joined the company in 2008 and has worked in various General and Area Manager roles. Prior to this, Patrick held senior leadership positions with Mirvac Hotels, Event Management and small business ownership.

Currently based in Sydney, Patrick is responsible for 20 hotels under the Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree brands. Properties range from luxury retreats to serviced apartments and boutique 5-star hotels.

With over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality sector, Patrick has been an industry advocate with active involvement in regional tourism and industry associations.

 

Scott Boyes, Vice President Operations - Accor Hotels

Scott Boyes is Vice President Operations NSW/ACT for Accor.  Previously, Scott held the position of Regional General Manager of Accor in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. An experienced hotelier, Scott has worked in the hospitality industry since 1992, commencing his career with Accor Asia Pacific in 1994 upon graduation from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. In 2005, he was one of three people from Australia/New Zealand to be awarded the prestigious Accor Bernache Award for his achievements in financial performance.

 

Theo Whitmont, Owner - Kincumber Nautical Village & Big 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Theo Whitmont is a highly qualified and successful business leader with outstanding strategic thinking, business planning and management expertise.  He has an extensive understanding of the issues facing tourism and events operators in NSW and is passionate about creating a better business environment in which industry can achieve its maximum potential.  Theo has 25 years’ experience owning and operating Manufactured Home Estates and Holiday Parks in NSW and QLD.

Theo has served as President of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association (NSW) for 8 years and in that capacity is the lead industry consultant to the State Government in relation to industry reform and legislative change for Holiday Parks, Manufactured Home Estates, Motor Dealers in the Caravan and RV sectors and Manufacturers & Repairers of Caravans and RV’s.

Theo also serves as a Director of BIG4 Holiday Parks Australia and is a Judge for the NSW Tourism Awards.

As an owner operator, Theo has excellent knowledge of the ‘coal face’ and a demonstrated ability to conceptualise a business from the consumer’s view and to navigate the ever-changing demands faced by operators in the tourism arena.
 

Richard Munro, Chief Executive Officer - Accommodation Association of Australia

As an established industry leader, Richard is well known to key decision-makers and is an outstanding advocate for Australia’s accommodation sector.

In his position of Chief Executive Officer with the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard negotiates with all levels of Government on behalf of the accommodation sector and ensures that the Association provides a comprehensive suite of services, to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved for its members.

Richard's experience in major hotels - commencing his career as a food-and-beverage trainee and graduating to senior management - means he is in tune with the needs of the industry at all levels.

Richard’s considerable experience includes his former position as Chairman of the Accommodation Division of the NSW Australian Hotels Association branch between 2007 and 2010 and General Manager of Star City Hotel & Apartments from 2001 to 2010. Richard is a former Director of Development Australia/New Zealand/Pacific with World Hotels and a former President of the Darling Harbour Business Association.

 

Patrick Lonergan, Director of Hotels - Doma Group

Chair of NSW State Advisory Board

Doma Hotels is Canberra’s largest and most successful hotel company. Its suite of five award-winning hotels across the national capital provide 615 rooms, while a further three hotels providing 524 rooms are currently under construction across Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra.

Charged with the responsibility of controlling the property portfolio is Patrick Lonergan. With 30 years in the industry, Patrick joined the Doma team in 2014, having served in senior area manager and general management positions across the country.

As Director of Doma Hotels, Patrick oversees the expansion and management of the group and its assets. His strong financial and commercial acumen is combined with an intimate understanding of diverse hotel operations – from greenfield developments, to acquisitions and rebranding of hotels.

 

Marianne Ossovani, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Hotels, Tourism & Leisure - Elanor Investors Group

Deputy Chair of NSW State Advisory Board


Marianne has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate and financial services sectors. Marianne has substantial experience in Asset Management, Asset Financing, Risk Management, Acquisitions and Divestments, Capital Markets and Funds Management.

Marianne leads the Hotels, Tourism and Leisure team at Elanor including origination; asset management and performance, funds management and development of the portfolio.

Marianne most recently was Executive Director, Hotels, Tourism & Leisure for Moss Capital, leading the firm’s investment activities across this sector. Previously, Marianne held senior positions within the Asia Pacific business of Wyndham Worldwide, a globally pre-eminent hospitality group, and headed the Consumer Finance Division for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

 

Emma Waterman, Area General Manager - TFE Hotels

With a diverse background and more than 15 years in the hospitality industry with experience across corporate, leisure and remote destinations in Australia and New Zealand, Emma Waterman is a commercially astute, strategic, agile and savvy hotelier. Emma’s current expanding portfolio as Area Hotel General Manager at TFE Hotels encompasses over 19 properties across 5 brands in New South Wales, Canberra and New Zealand. 

 

Damien Cameron, Hotel Retail General Manager - The Star Entertainment Group

Damien Cameron was appointed to the newly created role of General Manager of Hotels, Retail and Events at The Star Sydney in July 2018.

Prior to joining The Star, Mr Cameron gained Hotel industry and management experience working as Chief Operating Officer of Oscars Hotels.

Responsible for overseeing Sydney's Only Forbes Five-Star Hotel The Darling Hotel, as well as the Astral Hotel & Residences, entertainment and retail precinct at The Star Sydney, Mr Cameron will enhance the property's offering, and deliver ongoing growth.

Mr Cameron's role is critical, as The Star Sydney is in the midst of significant refurbishments including proposed redevelopment plans to enhance The Star with a luxurious new arrival experience, stylish new bars and restaurants and luxurious new hotel choices.

With more than 20 years' experience in the corporate travel and leisure markets, Mr Cameron is deeply experienced in hospitality and hotel management, team leadership, customer engagement and strategic planning.

 

Mark Ronfeldt, Chief Executive Officer - Daiwa Living Waldorf Holdings

Mark Ronfeldt, Chief Executive Officer for Daiwa Living Waldorf Holdings, responsible for a growing portfolio of Apartment-Hotels across Australia and New Zealand.

Mark is a very experienced, highly-driven, strategic and pragmatic executive and business leader, within the Hospitality, Tourism and Real Estate sectors. With his proven experience in driving organizational growth, empowering and developing successful teams, creating a positive culture, sharing a clear vision and a real focus on creating customer and shareholder value, Mark is a true leader in the Hospitality industry. 

 

Matt Rubie, Country General Manager - Fraser Hospitality Australia

Matt Rubie is Country General Manager for Frasers Hospitality in Australia, overseeing the operations and development of the Fraser brands across Australia for 7 years. Matt has over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry in both Australia and the UK, encompassing a wide range of roles such as Operations, Asset Management and Sales and Marketing. Since 2011 Frasers Hospitality has added to its initial flagship of Fraser Suites Sydney, adding three Fraser branded properties while adding a further three Accor properties to its Singapore listed REIT.

 

Monty Maguire, General Manager - Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale

Monty Maguire is the General Manager of the Quality Hotel Powerhouse, Armidale.
Monty comes from a hardworking hotel family and has been immersed in the world of hospitality since she was a child. She studied Hospitality Management at Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland before roles in five star properties including the Ritz Carlton Central Park, New York and Maradiva Villas, Resort & Spa, Mauritius. Monty’s love of food also saw her at leading London restaurants, The Wolseley and Rabot 1745. 
 
Monty returned to the New England region in 2013 with a commitment to delivering exemplary guest service, high quality hotel and food experiences to regional New South Wales. Monty is a board member of the Armidale Business Chamber and works to drive growth to the region through the tourism and hospitality sectors.

 

Patrick Cheok, Regional General Manager NSW/ACT - Mantra Group

Patrick Cheok has been the Regional General manager of Mantra Hotels (NSW & ACT) since October 2016. He joined the company in 2008 and has worked in various General and Area Manager roles. Prior to this, Patrick held senior leadership positions with Mirvac Hotels, Event Management and small business ownership.

Currently based in Sydney, Patrick is responsible for 20 hotels under the Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree brands. Properties range from luxury retreats to serviced apartments and boutique 5-star hotels.

With over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality sector, Patrick has been an industry advocate with active involvement in regional tourism and industry associations.

 

Scott Boyes, Vice President Operations - Accor Hotels

Scott Boyes is Vice President Operations NSW/ACT for Accor.  Previously, Scott held the position of Regional General Manager of Accor in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. An experienced hotelier, Scott has worked in the hospitality industry since 1992, commencing his career with Accor Asia Pacific in 1994 upon graduation from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. In 2005, he was one of three people from Australia/New Zealand to be awarded the prestigious Accor Bernache Award for his achievements in financial performance.

 

Theo Whitmont, Owner - Kincumber Nautical Village & Big 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Theo Whitmont is a highly qualified and successful business leader with outstanding strategic thinking, business planning and management expertise.  He has an extensive understanding of the issues facing tourism and events operators in NSW and is passionate about creating a better business environment in which industry can achieve its maximum potential.  Theo has 25 years’ experience owning and operating Manufactured Home Estates and Holiday Parks in NSW and QLD.

Theo has served as President of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association (NSW) for 8 years and in that capacity is the lead industry consultant to the State Government in relation to industry reform and legislative change for Holiday Parks, Manufactured Home Estates, Motor Dealers in the Caravan and RV sectors and Manufacturers & Repairers of Caravans and RV’s.

Theo also serves as a Director of BIG4 Holiday Parks Australia and is a Judge for the NSW Tourism Awards.

As an owner operator, Theo has excellent knowledge of the ‘coal face’ and a demonstrated ability to conceptualise a business from the consumer’s view and to navigate the ever-changing demands faced by operators in the tourism arena.
 

Richard Munro, Chief Executive Officer - Accommodation Association of Australia

As an established industry leader, Richard is well known to key decision-makers and is an outstanding advocate for Australia’s accommodation sector.

In his position of Chief Executive Officer with the Accommodation Association of Australia, Richard negotiates with all levels of Government on behalf of the accommodation sector and ensures that the Association provides a comprehensive suite of services, to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved for its members.

Richard's experience in major hotels - commencing his career as a food-and-beverage trainee and graduating to senior management - means he is in tune with the needs of the industry at all levels.

Richard’s considerable experience includes his former position as Chairman of the Accommodation Division of the NSW Australian Hotels Association branch between 2007 and 2010 and General Manager of Star City Hotel & Apartments from 2001 to 2010. Richard is a former Director of Development Australia/New Zealand/Pacific with World Hotels and a former President of the Darling Harbour Business Association.