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David Green - Director AUT Hospitality Services

David is a fourth generation hotelier tracing his hospitality roots back to 1897 when his Great Grandfather bought his first Hotel. From growing up in his family's hotel in Devon, David moved on to study and work in the UK and then on to Australia and New Zealand, working as a Food & Beverage Manager for Southern Pacific Hotels.

He opened his own restaurant in 2000 and then went on to run Hoyts Cinemas and opened Snowplanet as well as base backpackers in New Zealand. Most recently he has developed his own hospitality executive coaching practice, and as a result of this was engaged by SKYCITY to coach their food and beverage management team, eventually taking over as Casino Food & Beverage Manager for SKYCITY.

David was also instrumental in launching the Service Professionals Association of NZ and has acted as Chief Judge Front of House for the New Zealand National Culinary Fare. David has been with AUT since June 2010.


Paul van Niekerk - Associate Director

Paul has worked in the food service industry for 27 years, mostly in South Africa, starting out at large contract catering companies, supplying food service operations in airports, manufacturing businesses and aged care.

He has set up several large restaurants and has run a successful family catering business, as well as managing franchised cafes catering into hospitals with staff food services and retail operations.

Paul arrived in New Zealand in 2008 and worked for a major food service company before joining AUT in 2011.He has been part of the development and growth of Hospitality Services to date and enjoys the challenge of keeping the ship sailing in the right direction. Paul is passionate about growing and developing people in a team focussed environment.

To relax there's nothing better than watching a good game of cricket or rugby and enjoying a "braai".


Jack Mapobpan - Support Manager

An alumni of AUT, Jack has been in the hospitality and events technology industry for over 15 years and specialises in event management, events audio visual, events production, point of sale technologies and retail services.

His role with AUT Hospitality Services is varied, any day could see Jack leading the audio visual team, technical support, directing live shows, overseeing financial administration, supporting various projects, editing videos and overseeing health & safety for Hospitality Services.

He is passionate about live sound, event production, and audio visual technologies and is growing his team to meet the increasing need for professional audio visual services within Hospitality Services.


Matthew Farley - AUT Group Chef

Matt has been a chef for over 20 years and is an alumni of the AUT School of Hospitality and Tourism.

He has worked in a range of hotels and restaurants across Auckland, specialising in top end banqueting and out catering. With a strong passion for fresh and innovative cuisine and a belief in farm to plate practises, Matt endeavours to have all food made in-house by his highly trained team of chefs within the AUT Hospitality Services kitchens.

One of his greatest passions is competing in cooking competitions, pushing his skills to the limit and keeping his food cutting-edge; continually striving to be at the top of his game.

Matt also coaches young chefs in competition and has been judging at a national level for the last eight years as well as expanding his love of charcuterie to the benefit of many AUT clients.


Jessica Fitzgerald - Team Leader - Conferences and Events

Over the past 5 years, Jessica has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands across the building, construction, film and beauty industries, creating, planning and delivering their events.

Jessica's past life includes a 10 year stint in London as an International Flight Attendant however, she assures the job isn't as glamorous as many people think!

Outside of work, Jessica is a photography enthusiast and love spending spare time taking photos of people, food and pets


Glen M Bailey -  Team Leader - Conferences and Events

Glen has  5 years of international conference and event management experience, working on clients' events in Ireland, Scotland, England, Portugal, Spain and New Zealand.

This, combined with a background in performing arts as well as having lived abroad in both China and England, allows Glen to connect and work with a wide range of clients understanding their requirements to provide the best result possible.

Glen's recent move from a venue based position in Auckland also allows him a greater knowledge of what clients are looking for when sourcing a venue for an event.

Glen enjoys the challenge of each event, the appreciation of attention to detail and ultimately the reward for a job well done. Glen has been with AUT since October 2013.


Anna-Marie Fabricius -  Hospitality Site Co-ordinator

Anna-Marie has an extensive background in event operations, having worked in the Auckland industry for 10 years.

Possessing a keen eye for detail and a passion to deliver professional and exciting events and conferences, Anna-Marie is always ready to take on a new challenge and maximise her client experience. With exceptional communication and relationship management skills, Anna-Marie is an integral part of the AUT Hospitality Services team and we are more than excited to have her on board.

Anna Marie enjoys travelling to experience new and different cultures.


Himanshu Sheogaonkar -  Events/Systems and Technical Co-ordinator

Himanshu has been the part of the AUT team since 2010 with degrees in hospitality gained in India as well as here at AUT, and has been actively working in the industry for 8 years.

Himanshu has a strong focus on attention to detail which makes him the ideal candidate to oversee the Events software and administer all of Hospitality Services IT needs. In the last 7 years Himanshu has moved through the ranks from service to operations, to his current position as Events/Systems and Technical Coordinator.

Himanshu loves to travel and extend his culinary skills, bringing back different ideas to experiment with at home.


Joon Lee -  Senior Catering Operations Co-ordinator

Joon has 10 years food and beverage management experience in several 5 star hotels in Auckland, including the   Sheraton, Langham and Stamford Plaza Hotels.

He joined AUT in 2013 and now manages the operations team on all campuses, delivering a high standard of service, presentation and ensuring that all events run smoothly.

Joon has a love for event décor and design, particularly centre pieces, ensuring that events look fantastic at any time of the day or night. Joon is studying part time towards gaining a Master's degree in International Hospitality Management to improve his knowledge and expertise.