• About Us

We like to shake things up, think differently.

We are 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 sector.

Our Team – AUSTRALIA


Chris FlynnDirector

Chris is a senior tourism specialist with more than 30 years experience at the most senior level of industry. He is internationally recognised as a leader in tourism development and strategy, and is a regular speaker at high profile events, as well as providing insights and perspective to leading news media channels such as BBC World News Asia Business Report.

With a career that has spanned four continents including the 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 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. He has a network of senior executives in the airline, destination marketing and tourism governance fields.

chris.flynn@tourism-talent.com

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Mark TaylorGeneral Manager - NSW

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.

mark.taylor@tourism-talent.com

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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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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.

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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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  • “We were looking for expert support in recruitment and Tourism Talent certainly delivered.  They took the time to fully understand the roles and delivered candidates that were exactly who we were seeking.  I was particularly impressed the service was end-to-end, relieving time and resource pressure making recruitment efficient and effective.  I would be delighted to use Tourism Talent for future recruitment”.  

    Catrin Allsop
    Chief Executive Officer
    Australia's South West

  • “As an applicant in the recruitment process, I was incredibly happy with the service that Tourism Talent provided.  It can be easy to get lost in the hiring cycle however I felt incredibly supported all the way from enquiry to interview – and I got the job!  Tourism is an industry full of networks and and Tourism Talent are a great catalyst for new connections.”

    Malcolm Farrell-Mitchell - Candidate
    Strategic Marketing and Business Development Manager - Australia's South West

  • “We had an excellent experience with Tourism Talent and would definitely recommend their services.  They go deliver an extremely professional service and is very warm and personable, going above and beyond.”

    Management Committee

    Kalbarri Visitor Centre

  • "Tourism Talent found the perfect candidate after a thorough process of due diligence and they thoroughly understood the brief and matched the right candidate to the role we were seeking.  Handing the process to them gave me peace of mind to know recruitment was in good hands whilst allowing me to focus on my busy role."

    Pip Close
    General Manager
    Origins Market

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