Geoff McDonald, Chief Executive, Skyline Enterprises
Skyline's CEO is Rotorua-born and raised Geoff McDonald who joined the company in June 2017. Prior to this he was Vice President and General Manager of global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia and has a track record for transforming businesses and delivering results. He has spent the past 20 years working in commercial roles across Australia, China, Singapore, South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
While new to the tourism industry, McDonald plans to apply his business acumen, strategic outlook and strong company culture focus to lead Skyline through the company’s wide and varied business portfolio and current growth phase.
Geoff is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters in Business Marketing from Monash University in Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Education and Psychology from Waikato University.
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Brett Anderson, Chief Executive, Christchurch Casino
Appointed as Chief Executive in 2007 , returning to New Zealand to take up the role. Brett now has 27 years of experience in the casino industry worldwide, having held management positions in Denmark, Russia, Czech Republic, Australia, Romania, New Zealand, the Middle East and Macau.
Andrew Jensen, General Manager, Skyline Rotorua
Appointed as General Manager in July 2017. Andrew first joined the Skyline Rotorua team in 2001 as Administration Manager. Previously Andrew spent 12 years in the tertiary education sector working in finance and administration management roles. Andrew played a key role in the development of Skyline’s first ‘IT’ structured network and Point of Sale system and acted as the pivotal liaison between engineers and software developers in the development of the Luge Cart Maintenance system using RFID technology.
Andrew was directly involved in the development of the ‘Intermediate’ Luge Track and replacement of the Gondola system in 2005.
In 2007 he progressed into the role of Assistant General Manager and has been a central player in the property’s significant growth with the installation of the 2nd Chairlift, Café & Restaurant upgrades and many additional product offerings. Andrew is a key lead in the implementation and continuing change management LEAN programme, the Skyline Edge for Excellence Programme (SEE) which has seen significant business achievements.
Andrew is a Skyline appointed Director on the Mountain Bike Events board - the not for profit company which runs Crankworx.
Wayne Rose, General Manager, Skyline Queenstown
Wayne joined the Skyline Queenstown team in 2005 and has gained experience through a number administration and management roles. Appointed General Manager in December 2017, Wayne is leading the operation of Queenstown's most popular attraction as well as overseeing the development plans that will take Skyline Queenstown into the future.
Tim Barke, General Manager, Totally Tourism
Starting as General Manager for Totally Tourism in February 2018, Tim brings extensive experience in tourism management and operations. Based in Queenstown since 2003, he has managed extensive ski, adventure and activity operations. Previously as General Manager of Kiwi Discovery and Queenstown Rafting and more recently as Head of Operations of Go Orange.
Danny Luke, General Manager International Luge
Danny was stationed in Singapore for close to four years as General Manager of Skyline Luge Sentosa and has seen the business grow from 650K rides per year to over 1.45m rides in 2014/15.
Over the years, Danny has been involved in all aspects of the business both in New Zealand and internationally: from a Luge Operator in 2006, to Operations Manager, Project Management, Ticket & Retail projects and finally to General Manager in 2012.
In October 2015 Danny joined the head office team in Queenstown, New Zealand as General Manager International Luge.
Ryan Williams, Engineering & Development Manager International Luge
Ryan Williams leads the engineering and design requirements for the expansion of Skyline Luge to off-shore markets.
Prior to his current appointment, Ryan was the General Manager at Skyline Luge Sentosa, moving up from having held the role of Chief Engineer at Skyline Luge Sentosa from April 2007 to August 2015. Leveraging on his wealth of experience in mechanical engineering, Ryan was instrumental in the smooth running of operations at Luge. He was in charge of site maintenance and repair works; mechanical and electrical diagnostics. In 2009, Ryan conceptualized and oversaw the installation of the new cart transport system, which carries three Luge carts instead of two, boosting efficiency to cope with the increase in capacity. Ryan played an integral role in Skyline Luge Sentosa’s developments and expansion over the years, including the construction of the new Dragon Trail in 2010, the installation of the track lighting system, and the upgrading of the old building and development of the new one in 2014.
James Dudfield, General Manager, Skyline Luge Tongyeong
James joined Skyline in 2008 as Operations Manager in Singapore. Since joining Skyline James has spent his time with the company offshore bouncing between all of Skyline’s International Luge Operations, starting as Operations Manager in both Sentosa (Singapore) and Mt Tremblant (Canada) Luge sites from 2008 to 2011.
In 2012 James took on the General Manager role in Mt Tremblant. In 2013 James was appointed General Manager for Skylines 3rd International Luge site in Calgary (Canada) and was the first site since Sentosa was opened in 2005. James was in Calgary through until 2015 when he left to head back to Singapore as Project Manager to assist in the initial stages and planning of the new 4-Chairlift and Luge tracks installation.
In 2016 James went to Tongyeong South Korea to lead the team in starting up Skyline 1st Luge operation in Korea which opened to the public in February 2017.
Dean Johnson, General Manager, Skyline Luge Sentosa
Dean started his career in Skyline Rotorua back in 2007 as an Administrator. After a year, he was offered a place in the Management Traineeship programme where he spent another six months in Rotorua learning all of Administration then headed down to Queenstown for his Luge stint of the traineeship. Dean moved to Singapore to oversee and assist with the new 4-seat Chairlift and Luge tracks installation. A season as General Manager of the Mont-Tremblant Luge site prepared Dean to take on the role of General Manager Skyline Luge Sentosa in November 2017.
Tim Gleason, General Manager, Skyline Luge Calgary
Tim joined Skyline in via the Management Trainee Programme in 2017 after transitioning from a 9 year career in education. After joining Skyline he held several positions in Rotorua, Queenstown and Mont Tremblant in preparation for his current role as General Manager in Calgary.
Leigh Stock, General Manager, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge
Leigh began his role in Dunedin with Skyline in December of 2016. Prior to his Dunedin appointment, Leigh held General Manager positions in Melbourne, Sydney, Wanaka and Mount Cook. A qualified Chef by trade, Leigh moved from the kitchen to follow a management trainee path in 1987 working through various THC and SPHC properties around NZ including Mt Ruapehu, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Christchurch before opening a new generation Travelodge as General Manager in Sydney prior to the 2000 Olympics.
In addition to his many years of hotel experience he also holds a Bachelor of Applied Management. He is a previous board member of Lake Wanaka Tourism and the Southern Lakes Tourism board and a past President of the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce which during his tenure successfully hosted the National conference in Wanaka in 2012.
Michael & Anne McMillan, Managers, Blue Peaks Lodge ; Apartments
Appointed in 2008. Michael & Anne have long and successful track record in the Service Industry, notably within the education segment. They have held various roles in international locations, both operating and managing recruitment and education organisations in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
Maryann Geddes, Group Manager Training Development & Risk
Appointed to the position of Manager Human Resources & Quality in 1994, Maryann has over the past 21 years developed the key Human Resource, Risk and Compliance processes and procedures for both New Zealand and off shore subsidiaries. Maryann was Operations Manager for the group from 2003 to 2011 then Group Manager Human Capital & Compliance from 2011 – 2014 before taking up her current role.
Maryann is currently on the Board of ServiceIQ and the RNZRSA and has been a Director of the Tourism Industry Association, the Otago Southland Employers Association, the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation and Hospitality Standards Institute over the past 15 years.
Maree Aoake, Group Manager Human Resources
Maree started her role at Skyline Enterprises as Group Manager Human Resources in August 2014.
With wide-ranging experience and qualifications in Human Resources and Education, Maree has held Human Resource Managerial positions at Millbrook Resort, Heritage Hotels , Richardson Management Consultants and also owned and operated Southern Lakes English College for ten years.
Maree was the inaugural President for Queenstown Southern Lakes HRINZ and is now a current committee member both for HRINZ and Central Lakes Health & Safety as well as a member of the Advisory Board for Southern Institute of Technology.
Janine Tulloch, Finance Manager
Janine joined Skyline’s Head Office team in May 2016 in this newly established role. Janine is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors. She has a background in food and beverage, hospitality and accountancy.
Prior to joining Skyline she was COO at Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, an ultra premium boutique food producer and Deloitte Fast 50 Company, GM of Martinborough Vineyard, one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries and Financial Controller in various NZ and Australian hospitality businesses.
In addition Janine is currently on the Board of Tourism Waitaki and previously Janine has been Chair of the NZ Salmon Farmers Association, a Director of Aquaculture New Zealand, Advisor to the Primary ITO Seafood Partnership Group, Chair of Toast Martinborough, the country's premier wine, food and music festival, and Chair of Wines from Martinborough, a regional marketing body.
She also has a mentor role through Cultivate Mentoring Lab.
Michael Ramsay, General Manager of Customer Experience and Digital
Michael joined Skyline Queenstown as Marketing Manager in November 2016, before moving into the newly created position of General Manager of Customer Experience and Digital in April 2017.
Michael has extensive digital, marketing and product leadership experience having held senior leadership roles with leading New Zealand, and global brands such as Xero, Spark, Fisher and Paykel Appliances, and ASB.
Alastair Clifford, Property Manager
Appointed in 2016. Alastair Clifford comes from a background of finance and hospitality, holding management roles in Queenstown, Sydney and Rotorua spanning the past 17 years. Alastair holds a diploma in Small Business Management and most recently held the position of Operations Manager at the prestigious Rees Hotel Queenstown.
Originally from Northland, but schooled in Auckland, Alastair first moved to Queenstown in 1997 having discovered the mountains and the allure of winter skiing during oversea travel. Now settled in Queenstown, Alastair enjoys all that the region has to offer including skiing, mountain biking and hiking.
Matt Tucker, General Manager IT
Matt joined Skyline in July 2016 as a Project Manager in the IT team to manage the Infrastructure project portfolio. In August 2016, Matt moved in to the role of Information Systems manager assuming responsibility for infrastructure operations, service delivery and infrastructure projects. Matt's responsibilities extended to all things IT in October 2017.
Matt has extensive IT leadership experience having held senior IT roles within a number of organisations. His previous roles have spanned multiple industries from the iconic New Zealand health and fitness company Les Mills to financial services company AIG based in the UK.
Matthew Freeman, Skyline Queenstown Project Manager
Matt has been working with Skyline since 2016 principally on the redevelopment of Skyline Queenstown, alongside other regional and international projects.
Previously Matt has amassed 15 years of project management experience working with client organisations and contractors on building, infrastructure and energy projects. His expertise lie in providing project, commercial, contract and tender management advice, as well as providing contract and commercial acumen training for the construction industry.
Matt has worked in senior roles for Spire consulting, Impact Project Management and Coffey Projects eventually using this wealth of knowledge to offer consulting and training in several areas as a freelancer.
Matt holds a Masters in Physics from the University of Bath and a Masters in Construction Project Management from the University of the West of England, and has gained a number of industry-specific Project and programme Management qualifications.
Brad Patterson, Sales Manager
Born in Queenstown, Brad started with Totally Tourism in 2000. Initially employed as local Sales Executive, Brad became Sales Manager in 2008 and was also responsible for the Conference and Incentive department. He was actively involved in successfully delivering the 2018 Amway China Conference that catered to over 5,000 people and saw guests fly with The Helicopter Line and Milford Sound Scenic flights.
With extensive knowledge of the inbound tourism market and known for going the extra mile to deliver, Brad joined the Skyline team as Sales Manager in 2015.
Actively involved in the local rugby club as both a player and administrator, Brad was previously the Operations Manager of the National Rugby Sevens for 8 years and has done local liaison work on behalf of the New Zealand Rugby Union for international teams such as the British and Irish Lions, Ireland, England, South Africa and Australia, alongside various Super Rugby teams.