Geoff McDonald, CEO, Skyline Enterprises
Skyline's CEO is Rotorua-born and raised Geoff McDonald who joined the company in June 2017. Prior to this he was Vice President and General Manager of global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia and has a track record for transforming businesses and delivering results.
He has spent the past 20 years working in commercial roles across Australia, China, Singapore, South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.
While new to the tourism industry, McDonald plans to apply his business acumen, strategic outlook and strong company culture focus to lead Skyline through the company’s wide and varied business portfolio and current growth phase.
Geoff is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters in Business Marketing from Monash University in Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Education and Psychology from Waikato University.
Skyline General Managers
Brett Anderson, CEO, Christchurch Casino
Appointed as Chief Executive in 2007, returning to New Zealand to take up the role.
Brett now has 27 years of experience in the casino industry worldwide, having held management positions in Denmark, Russia, Czech Republic, Australia, Romania, New Zealand, the Middle East and Macau.
Andrew Jensen, General Manager, Skyline Rotorua
Appointed as General Manager in July 2017. Andrew first joined the Skyline Rotorua team in 2001 as Administration Manager. Previously Andrew spent 12 years in the tertiary education sector working in finance and administration management roles.
Andrew played a key role in the development of Skyline’s first ‘IT’ structured network and Point of Sale system and acted as the pivotal liaison between engineers and software developers in the development of the Luge Cart Maintenance system using RFID technology. Andrew was directly involved in the development of the ‘Intermediate’ Luge Track and replacement of the Gondola system in 2005. In 2007 he progressed into the role of Assistant General Manager and has been a central player in the property’s significant growth with the installation of the 2nd Chairlift, Café & Restaurant upgrades and many additional product offerings.
Andrew is a key leader in the implementation and continuing change management LEAN programme, the Skyline Edge for Excellence Programme (SEE) which has seen significant business achievements. Andrew is also a Skyline appointed Director on the Mountain Bike Events board - the not for profit company which runs Crankworx.
Wayne Rose, General Manager, Skyline Queenstown
Wayne joined the Skyline Queenstown team in 2005 and has gained experience through a number of administration and management roles.
Appointed General Manager in December 2017, Wayne is leading the operation of Queenstown's most popular attraction as well as overseeing the development plans that will take Skyline Queenstown into the future.
James Dudfield, General Manager, Skyline Luge Calgary
James joined Skyline in 2008 as Operations Manager in Singapore. Since joining Skyline James has spent his time with the company offshore bouncing between all of Skyline’s International Luge Operations, starting as Operations Manager in both Sentosa (Singapore) and Mt Tremblant (Canada) Luge sites from 2008 to 2011.
In 2012 James took on the General Manager role in Mt Tremblant. In 2013 James was appointed General Manager for Skylines 3rd International Luge site in Calgary (Canada) and was the first site since Sentosa was opened in 2005. James was in Calgary through until 2015 when he left to head back to Singapore as Project Manager to assist in the initial stages and planning of the new 4-Chairlift and Luge tracks installation.
In 2016 James went to Tongyeong South Korea to lead the team in starting up Skyline 1st Luge operation in Korea which opened to the public in February 2017.
In 2019 it was announced James would return to Calgary to take up the General Manager position for the 2020 season.
Dean Johnson, General Manager, Skyline Luge Sentosa
Dean started his career in Skyline Rotorua back in 2007 as an Administrator.
After a year, he was offered a place in the Management Traineeship programme where he spent another six months in Rotorua learning all of Administration then headed down to Queenstown for his Luge stint of the traineeship.
Dean moved to Singapore to oversee and assist with the new 4-seat Chairlift and Luge tracks installation.
A season as General Manager of the Mont-Tremblant Luge site prepared Dean to take on the role of General Manager Skyline Luge Sentosa in November 2017.
Rab bin Sadir, General Manager, Skyline Luge Tongyeong
Born in Singapore, Rab joined the Skyline Luge Sentosa team back in July 2005. He played an integral role in the POS transformation project in early 2016 implementing both Green4 & ROLLER Software POS systems in Tongyeong and ROLLER Software in Calgary.
Rab has extensive people management skills holding several supervisory roles within Skyline Enterprises over the last 14 years. "I believe in boosting the engagement levels of the people who I work with to extract their full value and potential. Engaged employees lead to engaged customers, who in turn drive a company's growth and long-term profitability."
Early 2020 Rab transitioned from being General Manager of Skyline Luge Calgary to General Manager of Skyline Luge Tongyeong.
Leigh Stock, General Manager, Accommodation Portfolio
Leigh began his role in Dunedin with Skyline in December of 2016. Prior to his Dunedin appointment, Leigh held General Manager positions in Melbourne, Sydney, Wanaka and Mount Cook.
A qualified Chef by trade, Leigh moved from the kitchen to follow a management trainee path in 1987 working through various THC and SPHC properties around NZ including Mt Ruapehu, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Christchurch before opening a new generation Travelodge as General Manager in Sydney prior to the 2000 Olympics.
In addition to his many years of hotel experience, he also holds a Bachelor of Applied Management. He is a previous board member of Lake Wanaka Tourism and the Southern Lakes Tourism board and a past President of the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce which during his tenure successfully hosted the National conference in Wanaka in 2012.
In 2019 Leigh’s role was expanded to a dual function role, becoming responsible for the Skyline Accommodation portfolio of Blue Peaks Lodge & Apartments along with his continuing management of Heritage Dunedin.
Skyline Senior Leadership
Danny Luke, General Manager International Luge
Danny was stationed in Singapore for close to four years as General Manager of Skyline Luge Sentosa and has seen the business grow from 650K rides per year to over 1.45m rides in 2014/15.
Over the years, Danny has been involved in all aspects of the business both in New Zealand and internationally: from a Luge Operator in 2006 to Operations Manager, Project Management, Ticket & Retail projects and finally to General Manager in 2012.
In October 2015 Danny joined the head office team in Queenstown, New Zealand as General Manager International Luge.
James Thomas, General Manager International Luge Operations
Originally from Auckland, James joined the team at Skyline in March 2020, relocating from the U.K. for this newly introduced role.
James has over 20 years’ experience in the tourism and attractions industry having worked across Australasia and the U.K. for Tourism Holdings, Village Roadshow, and Merlin Entertainments.
Starting his career at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland, James progressed from selling tickets at the front door through to Operations Management roles and eventually becoming a Regional General Manager. Over his career James has managed a number of aquariums, a wild life park, a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, and he most recently launched ‘The Bear Grylls Adventure’ in Birmingham.
James is responsible for overseeing the Management of all of Skyline Enterprises off shore operating sites including Skyline Luge Sentosa (Singapore), Skyline Luge Tongyeong (South Korea), Skyline Luge Calgary, and Skyline Luge Mont Tremblant (Canada).
Janine Tulloch, Finance Manager
Janine joined Skyline’s Head Office team in May 2016 in this newly established role. Janine is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors. She has a background in food and beverage, hospitality and accountancy.
Prior to joining Skyline, she was COO at Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, an ultra-premium boutique food producer and Deloitte Fast 50 Company, GM of Martinborough Vineyard, one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries and Financial Controller in various NZ and Australian hospitality businesses.
In addition, Janine is currently on the Board of Tourism Waitaki and previously Janine has been Chair of the NZ Salmon Farmers Association, a Director of Aquaculture New Zealand, Advisor to the Primary ITO Seafood Partnership Group, Chair of Toast Martinborough, the country's premier wine, food and music festival, and Chair of Wines from Martinborough, a regional marketing body.
She also has a mentor role through Cultivate Mentoring Lab.
Michael Ramsay, General Manager Customer Experience & Digital
Michael joined Skyline Queenstown as Marketing Manager in November 2016, before moving into the newly created position of General Manager of Customer Experience and Digital in April 2017.
Michael has extensive digital marketing and product leadership experience having held senior leadership roles with leading New Zealand, and global brands such as Xero, Spark, Fisher and Paykel Appliances and ASB.
Alastair Clifford, Property Manager
Appointed in 2016, Alastair Clifford comes from a background of finance and hospitality, holding management roles in Queenstown, Sydney and Rotorua spanning the past 17 years.
Alastair holds a diploma in Small Business Management and most recently held the position of Operations Manager at the prestigious Rees Hotel Queenstown.
Originally from Northland, but schooled in Auckland, Alastair first moved to Queenstown in 1997 having discovered the mountains and the allure of winter skiing during oversea travel.
Now settled in Queenstown, Alastair enjoys all that the region has to offer including skiing, mountain biking and hiking.
Matt Tucker, General Manager IT
Matt joined Skyline in July 2016 as a Project Manager in the IT team to manage the Infrastructure project portfolio. In August 2016, Matt moved into the role of Information Systems manager assuming responsibility for infrastructure operations, service delivery and infrastructure projects. Matt's responsibilities extended to all things IT in October 2017.
Matt has extensive IT leadership experience having held senior IT roles within a number of organisations. His previous roles have spanned multiple industries from the iconic New Zealand health and fitness company Les Mills to financial services company AIG based in the UK.
Steve McLean, General Manager Developments
Steve joined Skyline in April 2019 to head up the Development team and oversee the companies investment in new construction projects both locally, nationally, and internationally, with an early focus on the Skyline Queenstown Redevelopment and O’Connell’s Redevelopment.
Leaving school in 1977 Steve has worked within the construction industry ever since and with his father started a successful construction company in Wellington in 1982. Steve re-located part of that construction company, with a business partner, to Queenstown in 1994 and has called Queenstown home from that point. Steve is a registered Quantity Surveyor by qualification, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors, served 8 years on the Board of Destination Queenstown, and brings a wealth of construction knowledge, cost control experience, and construction contacts/ relationships, to the role at Skyline.
Matt Jenkinson, Group Manager Health & Safety
Matt joined Skyline in 2018 to develop and lead the organisation's health and safety strategy.
Matt has experience implementing and managing occupational health and safety programs nationally and abroad, within the mining, government and tourism sectors.
Matt holds BA Psychology, BSocSc (Hons) Psychology, and is currently completing a PGDipHealSc (Occupational Health).