Future Leaders Scholarship Recipients

Hospitality NZ's Future Leaders Scholarship Recipients

In 2013 Hospitality NZ and SKY TV launched the Future Leaders Scholarship programme to directly invest and nurture hospitality talent who want to make a difference.

Hospitality NZ is proud to introduce these deserving scholarship recipients and to be apart of their journey as one of our industry's future leaders.
Click here for more information about the Future Leaders Scholarship programme and when the next intake of applications are open.

2017 Future Leaders Scholarship Recipients

Aimee Hancock

About Aimee
My names Aimee and I work at the Keg Room & Eatery in Hamilton. Hospo has been my life for the last 10 years and although it can be tough work I cannot think of anything else I would rather be doing.

The atmosphere and variation of hospitality is what draws me to it. I’ve always been a people person so found hospitality quite comforting. I’m a bit of an artist in my spare time so always find the bright side of everything. I can’t thank Hospitality NZ enough for this amazing opportunity to further my skills and be an avid part of the industry. I am eager to get started and see where the new year takes me!

Angus Baddeley

About Angus
I am currently working at the Bolton Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in Wellington. I have only been working in the hospitality industry for two years, even though this is a rather brief time it did not take me long to discover that I’m addicted to the “hospo bug”. Previously I have been working as the Hotel's Night Manger which placed me in a key leadership position and required me to oversee the management, recruitment and training of a team consisting of 5 employees whilst ensuring all financial elements for the hotels day have been reported accurately and efficiently.

Recently I have shifted back to day time duties and have moved into the Duty Manager role which is similar to that of the Night Manager in terms of responsibility and provides a clear pathway for me to learn and grow. So far my experience in hospitality has only consisted of working at the Bolton and I plan to keep it that way, hoping to commit myself and work my way up the ranks, ultimately making a career out of hotel management.

Ben Winter

About Ben
A move to Europe after finishing high school was to be the start of Ben's immersion into hospitality. Getting a job in a busy cafe kitchen in London was his first real exposure to the fast-paced addicting nature of his chosen career. Having worked preparing food, mixing drinks, running events and moving through sales he found his specific niche in hospitality. Coffee. With more than 10 years experience in the industry Ben still continues to push himself and his team to strive for excellence. Currently he is looking forward to starting his study in the new year.

Connor Nicoll-Hardie

About Connor
I began my career in hospitality back in 2014 as a Concierge and since then I have moved up from concierge to team leader and now to Concierge Supervisor, currently at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor in Wellington.

I enjoy how every day in this industry is different and I look forward to using this scholarship to expand my knowledge and career within the Hospitality industry.

Dawn Veridiano

About Dawn
Since I started my hospitality career at the Westshore Beach Inn, my opportunity to learn, grow and serve others has never stopped. The company has multiple business facets, including the Philippine Asian Kitchen, the Westshore Bistro Pub, Sports Bar and Econolodge Motel. The opportunity to work in these uniquely different areas, allows me to be creative in building a good reputation in the community, expand the market and be passionate about hospitality. I am also grateful for the trust and support of my very good mentor; Mr. Jeremy Bayliss as he pass on to me the good philosophy and work ethic to be able to succeed in this industry.

Our team aims to keep providing the optimum customer service and offer fresh food, using premium local ingredients, from sustainable sources. I want to lead our team by example, who works as a good contributor for the growth of the business and our profession. The scholarship grant is a great privilege to broaden my horizons in hospitality. I hope to be able to pass on all that I can learn from this opportunity to the team around me, for the benefit of the business and the community that we serve.
Dawn Loreta P. Veridiano
“Work with heart, be smart and with art”.

Liana Johnston

About Liana
I am 26 and have lived in Whitianga for 22 years. I applied for a job at Smitty's Sports Bar and Grill (now Frankie's) with no previous bar experience, to help with my police recruitment process and here I am 5 years later. I have now been a bar manager for the last 4 1/2 years. I started as a bar server/kitchen hand and found a passion for hospitality. I love my job and all the various roles that come with it.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to learn more about hospitality. I know one day I will own my own business and hope that I will be just as good a mentor as my bosses were for me.

Pilate Neame

About Pilate
I began working at Beechwoods Cafe in Murchison part time while still in school. Over the last two years of working here full time, with their support of my learning, I have worked my way up and now have achieved the role of Assistant Manager.

My goal is to open my own cafe and I am excited to start the next step in my career and to use what I learn to further both myself and the staff I work with.

Emma McKinnon

About Pilate
I've been in the Hospitality industry for the 12 years, with most of it spent at the Chateau Marlborough Hotel.

I had worked my way up to the position of Food and Beverage Manager before leaving to spend some time in Australia to further my skills.

I was very much drawn back to the sunny Marlborough where I am currently working as a Front Office Duty Manager.

My goal for the future is to become a General Manger of a small boutique hotel.”


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