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Harry Triguboff A.O.

Owner & Managing Director

As founder and Managing Director of The Meriton Group of companies, Harry Triguboff A.O. has overseen the construction of over 75,000 residential dwellings, and has won numerous awards for his contribution to the Australian property industry. Born in Dalian, China in 1933, Harry spent his early childhood in the Russian community of Tianjin south of Beijing. He came to Australia in 1948 and was educated at Scots College in Sydney, before attending Leeds University in England. He graduated with a degree in textile engineering and began his working life in the textile businesses in Israel and South Africa, returning to Australia in 1960. Harry Triguboff became an Australian citizen in 1961. He drove a taxi and owned a milk run before building his first block of apartments and establishing Meriton in 1963 at just 30 years of age. Since then, he has become Australia’s most successful residential property developer and a generous philanthropist, donating millions of dollars each year to many causes. Harry Triguboff is still passionately involved in the design and construction of all projects.

Matthew Thomas

Group General Manager - Meriton Suites & Director - Meriton Group

Matthew Thomas is the Group General Manager of Meriton Suites, Australia’s fastest growing luxury accommodation brand. Matthew has been a senior executive at Meriton Suites (formally Meriton Serviced Apartments) since 2004, joining the organisation as Group Revenue Manager before assuming the role of General Manager in 2006. He is passionate about the hospitality and tourism industry and has worked in the sector for more than 25 years, holding key leadership roles in groups as diverse as Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Princess Cruises and Accor. At Meriton Suites, Matthew oversees the strategic expansion of the chain, with a further four hotels underway, and leads a workforce of more than 500 hotel professionals. Together with Meriton Group Managing Director Harry Triguboff A.O., he works closely with industry groups and government to constantly improve the overall visitor experience. Under Matthew’s expertise, Meriton Suites has grown from its early days as a pioneer of the serviced apartment concept to an award-winning hotel market leader with more than 4,800 suites in 18 locations across New South Wales and Queensland. Matthew became a company director of Meriton Group in 2015.

Laurence Luxford

Head of Talent and Culture

With more than 20 years of hotel experience, including Intercontinental Sydney & The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Laurence joined the team in 2013 as the Training & Development Manager. Laurence is responsible for the Talent & Culture business plan, recruitment and all ongoing training nationwide.

Shayne Lucas

State General Manager Queensland

Shayne commenced his career with Meriton Suites in 2006 as part of front of house operations. Driven to achieve optimal levels of personal performance and accomplishment, Shayne spearheaded the successful opening of several new Hotels in Queensland by harnessing more than 20 years’ worth of operational experience within Hotels. Presently, Shayne oversees all Hotel operations in the Sunshine State extending from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. As State General Manager, Shayne plays an essential role in planning, forecasting, setting objectives and courses of action.

Saxon Woodbury

State General Manager New South Wales

As the State General Manager of New South Wales, Saxon’s main responsibility is to drive operational excellence throughout the NSW portfolio of 14 hotels; including 5 within Sydney’s CBD. Previously working with Accor and TFE Hotels, Saxon provides leadership in all areas providing strategic input across the group.

Benjamin Nesbitt

Head of Operations - NSW

Benjamin brings to Meriton Suites an exceptional portfolio of leadership experience, industry knowledge and a mastery of the Hotel/Apartment landscape, that he has amassed over the past 2 decades. With a large emphasis on leadership development, overall guest satisfaction, process implementation and employee management coming in and out of these hotels, Benjamin will make ready the ambitious and laborious task ahead of preparing for the forecasted growth of the brand.

Tina Tian

National Executive Housekeeper

With over 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry, Tina joined the team in 2013 from her previous position as Director of Housekeeping at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Overseeing all hotels, Tina is responsible for leading and developing our housekeeping teams and providing continuous improvements in service and standards.

Katie Wilson

Contact Centre Manager

Katie is a highly experienced executive with an extensive background in the tourism industry. 2020 marks Katie’s 11th year working at Meriton Suites where she continues to develop and empower her team. Katie’s role involves hiring, motivating and leading all Contact Centre representatives as they provide the highest level of customer service during every interaction with our guests.

Wendy Lemaire

National Sales Manager

Wendy has worked in hotels for the last 20 years; starting in operations and then taking up Business Development roles with Stamford Hotels & Resorts and Mantra since 2002. As the National Sales Manager, Wendy and the sales team is responsible for showcasing our brand to potential clients, securing new business and driving valuable relationships with all of our corporate travellers.

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