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.
Lyndon Thomas, General Manager, Skyline Queenstown
Appointed as General Manager in 2011. Lyndon’s career at Skyline stretches back over 15 years, starting as a Luge Operator at Skyline Queenstown in 2002. This was followed by pioneering involvement in the initial overseas expansion of the Luge, first as the Operations Manager at Mt Tremblant (Canada) in 2003. Lyndon became the General Manager at Mt Tremblant in 2005 before moving to Singapore in December 2006 to take up the role of General Manager at Sentosa Luge. That position was held until Lyndon returned to his hometown of Queenstown for his current role.
Simon Barr, General Manager, Totally Tourism
Appointed as General Manager in 2016. Simon joined Skyline Enterprises as General Manager Totally Tourism with a strong aviation background from seven years with Queenstown Airport Corporation. Initially leading the commercial team as General Manager Commercial, Simon was heavily involved in the building the airport's strategic capability.
Promoted to General Manager Aeronautical in 2011, Simon led the project to introduce night flights to Queenstown, a project that is now paying dividends for tourism businesses in the Southern Lakes region.
Prior to joining the airport in 2007, Simon was self employed in horticultural businesses in Nelson.
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, General Manager Skyline Luge Sentosa
Ryan Williams is the General Manager of Sentosa Luge Co Pte Ltd, also commonly known as Skyline Luge Sentosa. In his current capacity, he is responsible for growing the business beyond its current success and leading the Singapore Luge team to deliver a fun and safe experience for all riders.
Prior to his current appointment, Ryan was the 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.
Neville Nicholson, General Manager, International Luge
A local born and bred Rotorua man, Neville has been at the forefront of driving successful projects and developments in Rotorua. The 30 years that Neville has been with Skyline Enterprises, he has guided the Rotorua project from a small fledging operation to be a key tourism attraction, tourism awards finalist and winner and innovator of The Luge technology and systems.
Neville’s role is now General Manager International Luge a key role for the International growth of Skyline Enterprises.
Neville has over 10 years’ experience in the Forestry Sector, more than 30 years extensive experience in the Tourism industry, and a comprehensive understanding of the Retail and Manufacturing sectors.
Neville is a committed individual with a passion towards the ongoing development and growth of Skyline Enterprises both within New Zealand and internationally.
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.
Jason Blair, General Manager, Skyline Luge Calgary
Jason joined Skyline through the Management Trainee Scheme in 2012 and has held a multitude of positions in Queenstown, Rotorua and Calgary over the course of the 2 year programme. Having had 2 successful seasons in Mont-Tremblant as General Manager, he moved back to Canada in April 2017 to take up the role of General Manager Skyline Luge Calgary.
Dean Johnson, General Manager, Skyline Luge Mont Tremblant
Appointed as Project Manager at Skyline Luge Sentosa in 2016, 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. At the end of his Queenstown rotation, Dean was then offered the role of Activities Manager back in Skyline Rotorua where he spent the next 7 years. This position was held until Dean moved to Singapore to oversee and assist with the new 4-Chairlift and Luge tracks installation before he heads off to be General Manager of the Mont-Tremblant Luge site starting April 2017.
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.
Craig Douglas, General Manager Marketing
Craig joined Skyline Enterprises in October 2016 on the back of 6 years’ marketing experience in the tourism sector, principally in the ski market. Prior to moving to Queenstown in 2010, Craig was a member of the executive team at Fisher & Paykel Appliances based in Auckland. His Fisher & Paykel career began in 1998 working on the launch of the revolutionary DishDrawer in New Zealand and subsequently Australia and other international markets.
Prior to Fisher & Paykel, Craig worked in sales and brand marketing roles with DB Breweries across the South Island.
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.
Ross Davidson, Projects Manager
A true blue Southern man Ross Davidson joined the Skyline Queenstown team back in 1989 as Chief Engineer. Key responsibilities included managing the overall Gondola operations and maintenance. This roll expanded to include Luge operations and maintenance in 1997.
In 2012 Ross moved to Skyline Enterprises Head office to take on the role of Projects Manager. Key responsibilities were to centralise Luge maintenance plus design and manufacture a simplified modular conveyor and pickup system for all future upgrades and new installations.
Since the inception of Skyline owned and operated international Luge operations Ross has personally installed, commissioned and in some cases upgraded each and every complete new conveyor and pickup luge handling system including Queenstown, Rotorua, Mont Tremblant, Calgary, Sentosa and latterly the 5 cart 5 passenger Tongyeong Luge installation.
More recently Ross has proudly led the design and manufacture of a new Luge cart design which is presently in the early stages of track testing.
Grant McLennan, Programme Manager
Grant joined Skyline in December 2015 to manage the implementation of a new group wide financial management system. In May 2016, Grant moved in to the role of programme manager providing support for the Skyline Enterprise Systems programme that includes financial, point of sale, CRM, HR and maintenance systems.
Grant has extensive experience of software and business process implementation projects in New Zealand and the Middle East. His previous roles have included spells for SAP Germany and as a business process consultant for Ernst and Young.
Matt Tucker, Information Systems Manager
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 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.