TIA Hotel Regional Chairs

TIA’s Hotel Sector represents the interests of more than 180 members throughout New Zealand, including international chain, large independent and privately owned hotels. Our dedicated Hotel Sector Manager Sally Attfield and eight Regional Hotel Chairs ensure we provide strong support and advocacy on their behalf.

Paul Columbus Auckland
Auckland Region

Paul Columbus

General Manager, Novotel Auckland Airport

Paul Columbus has more than 35 years’ experience in the hotel sector, including 10 years in senior management roles in New Zealand with Millennium Copthorne Hotels and other groups in a variety of hotels. He returned to New Zealand from the UK in 2011 to pilot the launch of Novotel Auckland Airport. In 2012 he also became responsible for the ibis Budget hotel, overseeing a 73 room extension project to that hotel. He has always had a strong involvement with the local community, including a representative on local Chamber of Commerce groups and chairing the Sheffield hotel sector group. He won the Senior Hotel Executive Award in the 2015 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.

Blair Chalmers General Manager Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
Rotorua Region

Blair Chalmers

General Manager, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Almost 30 years, 14 hotels and many locations after starting his career in the hotel sector, Blair Chalmers now resides in Rotorua, one of the country’s top visitor destinations. As General Manager of the Copthorne Hotel Rotorua, he finds people and the ever-changing landscape of the hotel sector key motivators. Being able to share the many amazing activities the Rotorua region offers with friends and family provides a fantastic work-life balance.

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Wellington Region

Anthony Dey

General Manager, Brentwood Hotel

Anthony Dey has been General Manager of the independently-owned Brentwood Hotel for the past seven years. Prior to that he was the hotel's Executive Assistant Manager for 13 years. 

Anthony has 25 years experience working in hotels in Wellington and Melbourne. He has been a member of the WelTec Industry Partnership Committee since 1999 and a Kilbirnie Business Improvement District Committee member since 2015. 

Stuart Geddes bio
Nelson/Marlborough Region

Stuart Geddes

General Manager Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Stuart Geddes has spent more than 30 years’ in the hospitality industry. He has been fortunate to work with several International Hotel Brands spanning three continents. Born in Harare Zimbabwe, Stuart started his career for the Westin Hotels in Johannesburg South Africa. During his 30 years Stuart has been involved in the rebranding of two hotels, the development of one and finally the upgrade of another four. 

Stuart arrived in New Zealand in 2008 commencing his career in the City of Sails - Auckland while progressively moving South with a period in Gisborne on the East Coast, eventually landing on the shores of Nelson in 2017.

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Canterbury Region

Michael Patterson

General Manager, Commodore Airport Hotel, Christchurch

Michael Patterson grew up in the Commodore, which is owned by his family who started the business 45 years ago. For the last 20-plus years, he has run the Commodore with his brothers Ken and Thomas along with a very dedicated team. Most recently, the Patterson brothers bought the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel.

In the early part of his career, Michael worked in various hotels in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Rob Poole Regional Chair
Central Park Region

Rob Poole

General Manager, Art Deco Masonic Hotel Napier & Expressotel Napier

Rob Poole has over 30 years’ experience in the tourism industry, having worked in senior roles for hotels, visitor attractions and airlines. He has recently moved to Napier as the General Manager of the Art Deco Masonic Hotel & the Expressotel.

Prior to moving to the Hawkes Bay, Rob worked for Skyline Queenstown for six years. He then joined Accor and has taken on various General Manager roles for 12 years in Dunedin and Wellington. More recently he was with Air New Zealand as the Customer Service Manager at Wellington Airport. 

Rob has been involved in many local community and business groups and is looking forward to the opportunity of getting out and exploring Hawkes Bay on his bike, time permitting.

 

Jackie Guiney
Queenstown Region

Jackie Guiney

Hotel Manager – Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Jackie Guiney has over 25 years experience in hotels.  She started her career in hotels and has worked in various roles for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels within the Queenstown region.

She is involved with many local community groups within Central Lakes and loves the diversity of working in the hotel sector.

Richard de Graaf
Otago Region

Richard de Graaf

Area Manager for the Scenic Hotel Group

Richard is currently based at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin and prior to that at Franz Josef Glacier in the pristine Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

He has opened, rebranded and managed numerous New Zealand hotels, including the Ibis Hotel Wellington, Mercure Grand Puka Park Resort and Te Waonui Forest Retreat. A qualified chef by trade Richard spent his early career in fine dining kitchens in Europe. Time permitting, he explores the great outdoors of New Zealand.