Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre owners AEG Ogden have announced the appointment of an array of local and international talent to run their new purpose-designed venue in New Zealand.
Joining General Manager Ross Steele as part of the convention centre’s senior team are: Karine Legeay-Fisher (Director of Event Services), Gillian Officer (Director of Business Development), Ben Buchanan (Director of Business Services), Darren Tait (Director of Culinary Services), Vanessa McBean (Director of Human Resources) and Ken Davidson (Director of Building Services).
Collectively, the group brings more than a century of national and international hospitality and event services experience to the city’s new convention centre.
Steele says he is looking forward to working with the new team as they launch the venue over the next 12 months.
“We’re extremely pleased with the calibre of our executive appointments,” Steele says. “Each team member brings an essential skillset, experience and industry knowledge which will prove invaluable as we deliver on our strategic priorities over the course of the next year.”
Steele, who managed the Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland for 12 years, was appointed GM in early 2019. Cairns Convention Centre was regularly voted among the top convention centre’s in the world (AIPC World’s Best Congress Centre’s Awards, including World’s Best Congress Centre in 2014).
The Te Pae venue will ultimately employ up to 200 full and part time staff.
All of the executive team members, who are based in Christchurch, have now joined the business in preparation for the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre opening in October 2020.
Te Pae Christchurch is a crown-led major anchor project for the regeneration of Christchurch delivered by Ōtākaro Limited and managed by AEG Ogden. Opening in October 2020, The new venue will have capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events. It will feature facilities including a 1,400-seat auditorium, 3,000sqm of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms.
More information: tepae.co.nz