• About Us

    We like to shake things up, think differently.

    We are all tourism and recruitment specialists with extensive local and international networks, ensuring we can offer our clients a no find, no fee promise.

    Our directors and associates are highly engaged with talent development and sit on a variety of boards in the tourism and education sectors.

Our Team – NZ


Jason HillManaging Director

Jason has an extensive network in tourism having held a variety of senior roles within the New Zealand industry over 25 years and is also Managing Director of Meneth Consulting. Until late 2017 he was Head of Tourism at Auckland Tourism, Event and Economic Development (ATEED) for six years, responsible for the international and domestic marketing of Auckland, as well as new product development and destination management.

Prior to that Jason was based in Tokyo as Regional Manager for Tourism New Zealand for over five years implementing the 100% PURE NEW ZEALAND marketing campaign in the Japanese and Korean markets. Other roles have included General Manager Marketing at Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism, and Marketing Manager at BTM Marketing and Translations.

He is currently on the board of Tourism Bay of Plenty, deputy Chair AUT School of Tourism and Hospitality industry advisory board. Previous governance roles include Chairman of the Association of National Tourism Organisations in Japan (ANTOR), Cruise New Zealand board, I-Site NZ board, and Pacific Asia Travel Association board (PATA), and director Te Haerenga, Ngai Tai ki tamaki iwi. He was also the catalyst in establishing the PATA Global Insights Conference in Auckland that ran for 3 years and setting up the PATA student chapter at AUT.

jason.hill@tourism-talent.com

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Dylan RushbrookDirector

Dylan is co-founder of Tourism Talent and has been passionate about helping young New Zealanders understand the opportunities that tourism careers can bring for a long time. He was a founding board member of YoungTEC NZ and the organisation’s chair for two years.

When leaving high school Dylan’s career options were limited due to his lack of interest in the traditional school curriculum. He managed to find his way into tourism as a kitchen hand and in awakening his practical side, has had a highly successful 25 years in the industry he loves. Dylan went on to gain a Bachelor of Tourism from the University of Otago and worked his way up through the hospitality sector into senior management roles. An opportunity saw him live in Auckland for 8 years, where he undertook executive roles with SKYCITY Entertainment Group and then Heritage Hotel Management.

Dylan relocated with his family to Central Otago in 2018, where he is currently the General Manager of the regional tourism organisation, COVID-19 Recovery Manager for the District Council and also holds board roles with Regional Tourism New Zealand and Dunedin Venues Management Limited. Dylan is a regular mentor to the YoungTEC professional development program and an advisor to MBIE’s Quarantine Free Travel Labour Force focus group.

dylan.rushbrook@tourism-talent.com

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Nuwanthie SamarakoneDirector

Nuwanthie is the CEO of ICE, an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build talent pipelines for the future. ICE utilise analytics, experience and industry insights in conjunction with the support of technology to challenge and drive new thinking. This revitalised thought process enables us to help organisations entirely reimagine their approach towards organisational early talent acquisition, management and development.

She believes that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of the organisational environment and will be responsible for driving the seismic shift in both workplace culture and functionality that we will begin to witness emerge over the coming years. Due to this phenomenon, it is critical that organisations look forward towards future thinking that both aligns and proofs their strategic talent schemes.

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Anna HaywardSenior Associate Business Events

Anna has held diverse sales and marketing roles within the tourism and hospitality sector for over 20 years, working in local government, regional tourism organisations, international hotel groups, luxury lodges, public relations offices, and the oil industry.

Anna led the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) for over 14 years, playing a key role in its establishment. She grew the ACB footprint with two Australian based business development managers and launched the Auckland Advocate Alliance program (New Zealand’s first business events ambassador program) and formed the Auckland International Business Events Advisory Group.

Anna has previously held the role of Chair of the New Zealand Convention Bureau and was the recipient of the BEIA NZ Outstanding Achievement Award 2018 for her services to the sector.

Anna is passionate about helping the business event and tourism sectors thrive and has a broad network of contacts in New Zealand and internationally.

anna.hayward@tourism-talent.com

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Natalie RushbrookTalent Engagement Lead

Natalie recently joined the Tourism Talent NZ team, though you may notice her surname is familiar and she has been an ‘informal’ part of the team since day one.

While recently she has been an at home mum to two young boys, Natalie like many tourism people has been keen to get back in and use her skills from previous roles in recruitment, sales, administration and event management, and is the perfect compliment to the team.

Often the first point of contact for candidates, Natalie quickly puts people unfamiliar with our processes at ease with her relaxed professional manner.

info@tourismtalent.co.nz

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Our Team – AUSTRALIA


Chris FlynnDirector

Chris is a senior tourism specialist with more than 30 years experience at the most senior level of industry.

Internationally recognised as a leader in terms of tourism development and strategy, Chris is a regular speaker at high profile events and provides insights and perspective to leading news media channels such as BBC World News Asia Business Report.

With a career that has spanned four continents operating in regions such as: UK, Europe, United States, Asia and the Pacific, Chris has developed an intimate knowledge of the global tourism industry and the requirements needed to identify, explore and capitalise on new growth opportunities within a fast-paced environment

A past member of the APEC Tourism Working Group and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Consular Consultative Group, his expertise is regularly sought by Governments, Public-Sector Agencies, NGO’s and International Education groups and faculties.

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Mark TaylorGM New South Wales

Mark has had an extensive and varied career in tourism with more than 30 years experience, starting off working for a number of Inbound Tour Operators and wholesalers, and he was Managing Director for Pacific Spirit Travel for 11 years.

Since then he has worked in senior roles in accommodation with Accor, car rental with Thrifty Car Rental and more recently a management role with the Sydney Visitor Centre, and a sales role at Luna Park Sydney.

Mark has served on the board of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) for a number of years, including as Chair for the NSW branch. He was also an inaugural mentor in ATEC’s award-winning ELITE mentoring program and is currently a member of the Sydney Visitor Collective, a body tasked with reinvigorating the tourism and hospitality sectors in Sydney post the recent lockdown.

He has an extensive network and all levels of the industry and is keen to help others succeed in tourism, always happy to assist in sharing his knowledge and experience with others.

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Dave AthertonSenior Associate - SA and NT

Dave has had an extensive tourism career spanning 30 years and has held senior positions in commercial business development, international sales, and marketing for companies such as the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Journey Beyond (Great Southern Rail) and Thomas Cook (Leisurail).

Based in Adelaide, Dave will be looking after executive recruitment in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

dave.atherton@tourism-talent.com

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  • “Tourism Talent have been a huge help to Maverick Digital, using their fantastic tourism connections to help us fill a senior role. We would absolutely recommend their services to anyone within the tourism industry.”

    Alex Dykman
    Founder – Maverick Digital

  • “At GO we had some mammoth exciting plans ahead around business growth and redefining what Car Rental means to customers.  We contacted Tourism Talent to help us find a Head of Marketing and Brand as we like their unique and different approach.  TT delivered to us the perfect candidate and we’re huge advocates for what they do!”

    James Dalglish
    Managing Director – GO Rentals

  • “Working with Tourism Talent gave us great confidence as we know that they have strong industry knowledge and connections which ultimately led to a placement that was super relevant and successful. Their care and communication was also excellent.”

    Travis Donoghue
    GM Waitomo Group – Tourism Holdings

  • We connected with Tourism Talent to find a BDM and within a few weeks they had identified the perfect candidate. Their knowledge of our business and our industry matched with their networks makes Tourism Talent the obvious choice when seeking to fill executive level roles.

    Craig Binney
    Scenic Hotels Group, Head of People and Culture

  • Finding tourism expertise at the required level Tomahawk needs has always been a challenge, that is until Tourism Talent launched.  For two years we tried to fill a role through ‘traditional’ HR firms, Seek and other channels but came up with no one, or expensive mis-hires.  TT’s ability to find the perfect candidate for our team has played a significant part in our company’s growth.

    Gina Paladini
    Tomahawk, Marketing Director

  • "Tourism Talent made the whole process as easy as possible for me by providing excellent support, information, insight, and general advice. His follow up and professionalism was something that I particularly appreciated - thanks Jason and Tourism Talent"

    David Blackmore
    GM Agrodome (Candidate)

  • "Jason and the team were fast and responsive. They immediately understood who we were looking for, and the vision we had for the role. We wanted to recruit all the short listed candidates they were such a good fit for our team, and representative of our values."

    Jo Allison
    GM Corporate Services – Ngai Tahu Holdings

  • “I found Tourism Talent extremely supportive, they have the knowledge, experience, and relationships in the industry to find the opportunities that work for you. Communication is outstanding and they really do know what they are doing and they will work with you through the entire process. I think you guys are awesome and you were such strong support through such a tough time for our industry. Thank you.”

    Mary Tolley
    Head of Destination Management - Tourism Bay of Plenty (Candidate)

  • We approached Tourism Talent seeking a solution to a problem. We needed a champion, we needed someone that could take us in a new direction, and they absolutely delivered. The expertise and strength of their process gave us immense the confidence.

    Sean Marsh
    General Manager Sales and Marketing - Te Puia

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Dylan speaking at the TIA Tourism Summit as part of the people and skills panel #tourismtalent #passionforchange
Huge congratulations to the finalists in the inaugural Employer of Choice at this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards. 
AJ Hackett Bungy
GCH Aviation
SKYCITY Entertainment Group
Sudima Hotel

Tourism Talent is proud to be sponsoring this award and supporting great examples who are showing leadership in promoting tourism as an outstanding career! 
#tourismsummit19
Listening to the panel talking about Iwi Involvement in Tourism. How do we get more Maori youth in to tourism careers? #tourismsummit19
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