NSW / ACT State Advisory Board

Chair of NSW State Advisory Board Patrick Lonergan

Director of Hotels, Doma Group

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.

Emma Hynes

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 Hynes 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 – Powerhouse Hotel Armidale by Rydges

Monty Maguire is the General Manager of Powerhouse Hotel Armidale by Rydges .

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.

Carol Giuseppi (GAICD)

National General Manager Operations/NSW

Carol is a senior business professional, with a strong stakeholder management, advocacy and strategic business background. Since commencing her career at British Airways, she has held senior positions within the tourism and hospitality sector inclusive at Southern Pacific Hotels, Fox Studios, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Tourism Accommodation Australia, as well as outside the sector with American Express and Amber Group.

Carol has an Executive MBA, a Masters of Business (Marketing), a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Market Research.  She is also a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. In her current position her role encompasses policy, advocacy and member services.

She has been a director on the board of HTN (Hospitality Employment Solutions), on the Tourism Advisory Board of Service Skills Australia and on the CatholicCare Foundations Board.