Media Release
08 April 2019
Media Release - AAoA officially launches the National Advisory Board for Employment  
Pictured: Members of the National Advisory Board for Employment
Left to Right: Troy Schufft, Janette Illingsworth, Con Katsinas, Michelle Bevan, Helen Wood, Anthony WIlloughby, Kathryn Dent, David Mansfield
Absent: Lynda Ugarte, Narelle Glynn and Rochelle Choyna
Recruitment , Retention and Education is a key focus for the newly formed National Advisory Board for Employment (NABE).

The prime purpose of the NABE is to provide strategic direction on behalf of the accommodation industry to execute a number of key initiatives to support the growing requirements of the industry.

“NABE’s primary role, is to help open doors by assisting the AAoA academy in placing potential job ready candidates within our industry along with championing everything good about the hospitality industry.” - NABE Chair, David Mansfield.

The NABE board has been created with well-regarded experienced industry leaders who carry the suitable skills, capabilities, expertise and knowledge to deliver on tangible outcomes for the industry.

The NABE was officially launched at a prestigious event on the 4 th of April at the renowned Sofitel On Collins, Melbourne VIC. The Australian Youth Orchestra provided the perfect ambience for the gala event that hosted industry leaders from across the country  

The launch was hosted by the AAoA CEO Richard Munro and AAoA President Julian Clark, with speakers including Lord Mayor Sally Capp (City of Melbourne), Louise Staley MP (Shadow Treasurer & Shadow Minister for Economic Development) and David Mansfield (Chair, NABE).

NABE Members:
•        Chair - Mr David Mansfield – IHG
•        Ms Janette Illingsworth - The Star Entertainment Group
•        Ms Lynda Ugarte – IHG
•        Ms Michelle Bevan - TFE Hotels
•        Ms Narelle Glyn - Lancemore Group
•        Ms Rochelle Choyna – AccorHotels
•        Mr Con Katsinas - International Hotel Services (IHS)
•        Ms Kathryn Dent - People + Culture Strategies
•        Mr Anthony Willoughby – Department of Jobs and Small Business
•        Ms Helen Wood – Hostplus
•        Mr Troy Schufft – Director AAoA Academy
With the introduction of NABE, through the AAoA Academy initiatives, there will be a significant impact in supporting employment and career opportunities for job seekers, including youth, mature age and other key cohorts.

The Launch of NABE is a significant milestone in the work AAoA undertakes to support our members and the industry as a whole.

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Media Contact
Richard Munro
Chief Executive Officer, Accommodation Association of Australia
0417 466 997