Our executive team has diverse experience in operations and strategy across a number of industries. This has brought operational efficiencies of the corporate sector into the hospitality industry with outstanding results.
Paul Waterson led the creation of Australian Venue Co, and has driven the group’s rapid growth from a small Victorian pub group to one of the country’s largest and most dynamic hospitality groups. Paul brings experience from General Manager roles at Spotless and Healthscope. Paul’s experience from outside the hospitality industry has brought strong corporate management to AVC and this has been instrumental to the company’s successful and rapid growth.
Craig Ellison is responsible for the operational performance of Australian Venue Co and his wealth of knowledge has been key in expanding the group’s portfolio. With more than 25 years’ experience in managing and owning large pub groups, Craig has stimulated long-term sustainable growth across a range of venues. Prior to AVC, Craig was the co-founder and COO of Open Door Pub Co and has strong credentials in operating large, historic gastronomic pubs. Craig’s extensive knowledge has been invaluable in re-developing existing pubs and successfully driving AVC’s business performance.
Since joining Australian Venue Co, then Dixon Hospitality, in 2017 Kylie has created the Australian Venue Co. brand and built the group’s industry-leading sales and marketing strategy for a portfolio of more than 160 venues across Australia and New Zealand.
Kylie is a key strategic decision-maker on the executive team. She plays a leading role in the group’s acquisition and brownfield strategy while also achieving the sustained organic growth and development of existing venues. Kylie has built and continues to grow an in-house sales & marketing department. Kylie takes an active role in mentoring and guiding her growing team and creating development opportunities and career pathways.
David Noonan brings over twenty years of finance experience to AVC. David was previously the CFO of Regis Healthcare. Prior to joining Regis, David held the roles of CFO and GM Corporate Development and Investor Relations at Murray Goulburn. David has also held senior finance roles at Fletcher Building, OneSteel, Smorgon Steel, and Amcor. David commenced his career with Price Waterhouse in Australia and the US.
Rachel Checinski brings extensive commercial experience in hospitality and FMCG to AVC. Rachel has led the commercial and human resources teams with the group as it has grown from a small pub group to one of the country’s largest hospitality employers. Rachel has developed best practice training and development programs and implemented systems to increase rostering efficiencies and improve workplace health and safety. She oversees a department responsible for 5000 team members and has been a driving force in creating AVC’s dynamic corporate culture and attracting exceptional talent to the group.
Recently appointed, Sam Lewis brings deep experience to AVC. As Vice President at A.T. Kearney, a leading global consultancy, he was instrumental in setting up and leading the Procurement and Analytics consulting practice in Melbourne, delivering large-scale cost reduction and transformation-based projects to a wide range of clients and industries. His 20 years of consulting allow Sam to bring significant experience from many clients and industries to AVC.
Marianne joined the Australian Venue Co team in 2018 and brought a wealth of knowledge from over 15 years working in the digital and marketing space, specialising in hospitality and retail. Previous roles at Australian Hospitality Management, The Publican Group, and Queen Victoria Market, have shaped Marianne’s career and her passion for food, drinks, and the technology that drives exceptional customer experiences.
Marianne brings a data-driven mindset to the sales and marketing team and has broad experience in delivering digital and technology projects and integrations. Marianne has led AVC to become an industry leader in technology and data-driven marketing.
Working closely with the Executive Team, Chris Mallalue leads the group’s project development business strategy. Chris is a career property professional and development industry leader with experience within Lend Lease, Urban, and GURNER™. Leveraging business expertise in activations and placemaking, Chris forms long-term partnerships with landlords and developers to drive growth opportunities for AVC. Chris has been prominent in growing the portfolio as the preferred partner for new food and beverage opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.
Hardi Nagreh commenced as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Australian Venue Co in November 2017. Prior to AVC, Hardi held senior legal roles at Spotless Group and King & Wood Mallesons. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Monika joined AVC in October 2018 and is responsible for the management of the group’s licences and permit requirements to operate AVC’s hotels, pubs, restaurants, bars, and event centres across Australia and New Zealand. Monika works closely with the venues, department heads, and external stakeholders to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals for acquisitions, new project builds, major renovations, activations and special events. Prior to AVC, Monika worked at Spotless Group within the Group Risk & Assurance team, managing the licensing and compliance requirements for the business.
As the GM of Property, Kim is responsible for maintaining AVC’s tenancy, property maintenance, and the delivery of all brownfield venue refurbishments. Since joining AVC in 2019 as part of the acquisition of the Spirit Hotel group from Coles, Kim brings with him a broad commercial background in; property management, procurement, and retail operations. Prior to AVC, Kim worked at Telstra, Westpac & Coles.
Marcia English is responsible for acquiring new venues across Australia and New Zealand, identifying AVCs investment criteria, and negotiating the sales process. Marcia’s extensive knowledge in acquisitions of a single asset or a group of venues has been integral to increasing AVCs existing portfolio. Marcia joined AVC in 2017 and held prior positions at Dixon Hospitality which led to a natural career progression in supporting the growth phase of the business. Marcia previously worked at Spotless Group, Reuters in the UK, and ANZ bank.
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