Dunedin Host Board

 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. 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 below.

Please note: The Dunedin Host Board meets regularly throughout the year.  If you have something you would like the board to discuss please contact a board member via or email:  info@dunedinhost.co.nz

Deane Agnew

Deane Agnew | Dunedin Host Chair


Deane Agnew is Manager of The Executive Residence Boutique Hotel , part of The University of Otago. Deane has been at The Executive Residence since 2011.

Deane has 30 years’ experience in hospitality, including stints at Huka Lodge and Kinnaird, both Relais and Chateau properties,  as well as 3 years at The Executive Planning Centre in New York, owned and operated by Citigroup.

Caroline Cook

Caroline Cook


Caroline Cook grew up in Wanaka, and after completing a BCom in Marketing Management from Otago University, spent too long in Wellington and Auckland before returning to Dunedin 18 years ago. She was marketing consultant to three major hotels, the Carlton and Waipuna Hotels in Auckland, and the Plaza International in Wellington; and marketing manager for Pionair, which flew a restored DC3 from Queenstown. She freelanced in Auckland for media, exhibition, publishing and design, and managed key sponsorships including Russell Coutt’s Team Magic, and Sir Peter Blake support of Bayswater Marina.

In Dunedin she was founding director of the Dunedin Heritage Festival and NZ International Science Festival, worked for TVNZ before spending six years with NHNZ.

She is the sector representative on the DCC Premier and Major Events Funding sub-committee. Caroline is Director, Marketing and Development at the Otago Museum

Toby Mann

Toby Mann

Toby Mann


Toby Mann is the Business Development and Improvement Manager at Taieri Gorge Railway.  Prior to that he was the Campus Manager at Sir George Seymour National College of Airline Travel and Tourism and has spent 10 years as a Travel Agent. Toby has been on the Dunedin Host board for four 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.

Nick Beekhuis

Nick Beekhuis

Nick Beekhuis


Nick Beekhuis is the owner/operator of Offtrack MTB Tours. He has BSc in Maths from the University of Otago and a Bachelor of Design from Victoria University.  Born in Dunedin, Nick is a keen cyclist with a passion for mountain biking.  After living overseas and returning to Dunedin, Nick discovered a renewed sense of appreciation for the Otago region and for the Otago Peninsula in particular.  One of Nick’s favourite things about being a tourism operator in Dunedin is his customers’ reactions to the stunning scenery of the Otago region.  He lives in Dunedin with his partner and three young children.

Craig Lee

Dr Craig Lee


Dr Craig Lee is a lecturer in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago.  Across his teaching experience he has taught hospitality and tourism subjects related to research methods, enterprise management, entrepreneurship and small business, festivals and event management, marketing, and business ethics.  Craig’s current research interests lie in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship in hospitality and tourism, with the goal of identifying how these two factors can enhance the performance of small and medium sized hospitality enterprises.  He has also been involved in consultancy work within Australia’s restaurant sector.  In a previous life Craig used to work in hotel and restaurant operations, explaining his passion for research in this sector.  Further information about Craig’s background and research can be found at: http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/staff/otago556401.html

Clinton Chambers


With twenty years in the the hospitality and tourism industry,  Clinton Chambers is currently Business Manager at Holy Cross Centre, the ex-seminary for the NZ Catholic Church and was responsible for the conversion of the seminary into a fully function accommodation and conference centre.


Paul Phelan

Paul Phelan


New to the Dunedin Host Board, Paul has been the General Manager of Larnach Castle since March 2015. Paul has been involved in the Hospitality and Tourism industry for over forty years, stemming back to where it all started as an Apprentice Chef at the world renowned Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Gaining plenty of experience throughout the world until he landed in New Zealand in 1983. Before moving to Dunedin Paul lived in Milford Sound for 7 years where he was on the Milford Sound Community Trust & held the position as Operations Manager for Real Journeys