Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

Amy Abel has been promoted to the new role of head of events at Conferences & Events Ltd. With 17 years’ experience in the PCO sector in the UK, Europe, and New Zealand, Abel has been with Conferences & Events since 2011. The appointment recognises Abel’s huge contribution, and the commitment and leadership she brings to Conferences & Events, and the business events sector in New Zealand. Nicolette Elia has joined Te Pae Christchurch as director of event services. Elia has more than two decades of experience across venues on three continents, including her most recent event role as director of operations for Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. Specialising in venue management and operational and event services management, Elia will be overseeing Te Pae Christchurch’s event services department, including the event planning, audio-visual and floor coordination teams. John Bristowe has been appointed director of operations Australia and New Zealand for Nesuto. Bristowe joined Nesuto in September 2018 and has been instrumental in restructuring the group’s New Zealand business and strategic relationships. In his new role he will oversee the operations of all Nesuto’s Australia and New Zealand properties. Ani Sipu has joined Ellerslie Event Centre as an account manager and brings with her more than 15 years events industry experience. These include nine-and-a-half years at Crown Melbourne where she assisted clients with a wide variety of events, including large-scale televised activations. Lee Johnson has been promoted to human resources and training manager Australia and New Zealand for Nesuto. Johnson joined Nesuto in early 2019 as learning and development manager and relief hotel manager. He spent his first year with the group working across Australia and New Zealand in leadership positions. Phoenix Huang is the new sales coordinator for Village Accommodation Group & Area Events in Wellington. Huang has a bachelor’s degree majoring in tourism management and joined Village in 2020 as a member of the reservations team. Prior to joining Village she spent time as a duty manager at the Park Hotel and as part of the reservations team at the Grand Chancellor Hotel. James Niu joins Sudima with over a decade of hotel sales experience, having worked for an international hotel chain, five-star property in London. Niu started out working in front office operations, then he quickly moved into the sales team where he worked in just about every role in the department, from groups and events, to proactive sales. Carl Amos has been appointed cluster director of sales TMC and key accounts for Event Hospitality and Entertainment. Based in Wellington, Amos will have a national key account remit and joins EVT NZ with a wealth of knowledge from over 20 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, including previous roles with Hospitality New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Air New Zealand and a number of hotels and resorts including Starwood Hotels and Six Senses Fiji. Lucy Acott has been appointed as New Zealand director of marketing for Event Hospitality and Entertainment after initially working with the business as maternity cover for the national marketing manager role since December 2021. Acott is based in Auckland with a national leadership remit. In addition to her experience across the EVT hotel brands, she has also worked as the director of marketing for Accor Hotels, and in senior marketing and communications roles with Air New Zealand and British Airways. Nikita Beresnev has been appointed commercial director Australia and New Zealand for Nesuto. Having joined Nesuto in September 2018 as director of revenue Australia and New Zealand, Beresnev championed Nesuto’s rebranding including distribution and digital marketing strategies. In this role Beresnev will be the primary contact for sales, marketing and distribution. [PEOPLE ON THE MOVE [18] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022