The members of DunedinHOST Board are all active in tourism businesses and organisations in and around Dunedin. Each member is attributed a specific part of the Tourism Sector (in brackets next to their name is the area they look after). If you would like to contact a board member with regards to any issues with that sector please email them using the email address provided.
Please note: The Dunedin Host Board meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. If you have something you would like the board to discuss please contact a board member via or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Norcombe Barker- Chair
Norcombe Barker has been a director of Larnach Castle for 22 years. He has a 3 year Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management. He also completed his Bachelor of commerce degree from Otago University this year and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Norcombe is chairman of the Otago Boys High School 150th organising committee, immediate past president of the OBHS old boys’ society, treasurer of Save the Otago Peninsula (STOP) and was a founding trustee of the OBHS Foundation. He was also the secretary of his rugby club Kaikorai for many years. He lives on the peninsular near the castle with his partner Jane and their children Lily and Max. Having seen the industry develop and grow he is excited for the future in Dunedin.
Andrew Whiley has recently joined the Board of Dunedin Host. Andrew is currently the Director of Golf at the Chisholm Park Golf Club, a position he has fulfilled since arriving in Dunedin in 2003. Andrew’s role on the Dunedin Host board is covering the “Cruise” portfolio. Andrew is also currently on the national board of the New Zealand PGA and has been actively involved in NZ and Dunedin golf tourism for many years. Having spent 13 years living overseas and working at some of the leading golf tourism destinations has given Andrew an appreciation of tourism opportunities and issues that can or will have a direct affect on Dunedin.
Toby Mann is the Dunedin Campus Manager of Sir George Seymour National College of Airline Travel and Tourism, New Zealand largest travel and tourism training provider. He is passionate about his students success in our fantastic industry. It’s quite likely that a tourist who flies into Dunedin and spends a couple of days here would have been in contact with several Sir George’ graduates. Prior to Sir George’ Toby spent 10 years as a Travel Agent. Toby has been on the Dunedin Host board for three years with one year a co-chair. Bred in Dunedin with a B.A. from Otago Toby lives with his wife Jules on five acres in Waitati and spends far too much time in the garden.
After completing a Commerce degree and Post-Graduate work in Tourism, Kylie lived and worked in Japan for 3 years. It was here that she discovered her passion for New Zealand and encouraging people to visit the most beautiful country in the world. Upon her return, Kylie started a career with Tourism New Zealand, where she worked for almost 10 years. The first half of her career concentrated on international trade development and marketing, and the second looked closer to home working with regional groups and local government on the development of better tourism experiences that meet the expectations of our visitors. Kylie currently manage the consumer engagement points for Cadbury in Dunedin which include Cadbury World, Cadbury Carnival, National Donations and the Consumer Relations team. Kylie loves being back in Dunedin to raise her 2 children!
Betty Mason Parker
Betty Mason-Parket is the Tourism Dunedin Host for Media & Trade Famils. She also is a tour guide for Tasty Tours. Betty has been member of the Dunedin Host Board for 3 years.
Originally from Barnsley in Yorkshire, England. Richard has lived in NZ for 16 years. In 1991 he qualified with 1st Class Honours in Engineering with Business Studies and then went on to manage a number of varied engineering projects ranging from work in deep coal mines to putting nuts into chocolates. Richard spent his first 3 years in NZ working in project management, the most notable projects being the Meridian Mall Development in Dunedin and the Redevelopment of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve. He has been in his current role at Dunedin International Airport for 13 years and has been involved in all aspects of the business with the most challenging aspects (apart from dealing with and delivering to the publics expectations) being the redevelopment of the new terminal. Richard is passionate about Dunedin. The place, the people and all it has to offer. The passion he has for the city is not reflected in my passion for the national sport. He much prefers the “beautiful game” of soccer.