Meet The Team

Behind every outstanding hotel are the people who make your stay an experience. At Novotel New Plymouth Taranaki, our people are passionate hoteliers. Our mission is “To provide an exceptional guest experience – every guest, every time”. The purpose that underpins the mission is “To create an exceptional 4.5 star internationally branded hotel in New Plymouth, which will be the premier destination in Taranaki, providing service like no other. The team who drive this mission and purpose are our management team.

Jayesh Bala

Jayesh Bala

Born and raised in Rotorua with 20 years hospitality experience across New Zealand and Australia. Jayesh recently moved back to New Zealand after 12 years in Australia. A strong desire to return home and the opportunity to work in one of New Zealand’s exciting regions was just too good to pass up. Jayesh and his young family are excited to be in Taranaki and enjoy the diverse and fun lifestyle that is offers. Jayesh has the pleasure leading a energetic and passionate team of hospitality professionals that are committed to delivering exceptional guests experiences.

General Manager

DDI: 06 769 9723
gm@novotelnewplymouth.com

Mariska Botha

Mariska Botha

Born and raised in South Africa, Mariska immigrated to New Zealand in 2015 and has lived in Taranaki ever since.  With over 15 years’ hospitality experience gained from various roles and a passion for the industry and its people, Mariska is here to support our HOD’s and take care of all things Human Resources related.

Business Support Manager

DDI: 06 769 9720
bsm@novotelnewplymouth.com

Vaughn D'souza

Vaughn D'souza

Lots of you may have seen his friendly face around the hotel before! Vaughn joined us here at the Novotel in 2016 as a bartender, working his way up to bar supervisor, then over to the front office team as a guest service agent, again working his way up to guest relations manager.

We are sure he will continue the successful running of the front office team.

Front Office Manager

DDI: 06 769 9721
fom@novotelnewplymouth.com

Shirley Findlay

Shirley Findlay

Keeping a hotel immaculately clean is no easy feat but for Shirley it’s like a walk in the park. With over 25 years experience in managing hotel housekeeping teams, Shirley and her team ensure the hotel is bright and shiny for all our guests.

Shirley has been a part of the Novotel team from when the doors opened over six years ago!

Executive Housekeeper

DDI: 06 769 9728
hk@novotelnewplymouth.com

Ankit Sharma

Ankit Sharma

Ankit joins us, with a seven year hospitality background working for around 4 years with the prestige Taj Group in India. After completing his post graduate, he moved to New Zealand to work for the Peppers group, in the beautiful wine region of Martinborough. Then with the Millennium hotels in Wairarapa, extending his knowledge about the New Zealand wine & food culture.

Food & Beverage has always been a passion for Ankit, ensuring each and every customer has the best dining experience from start to finish.

In his spare time he loves watching his favourite football team Arsenal play and exploring our beautiful region. He is excited to meet all our customers in the near future!

Food and Beverage Manager

DDI: 06 769 9722
restaurant@novotelnewplymouth.com

Vickram Zacharia

Vickram Zacharia

Vickram has recently stepped into our head chef role here at Haukai Bistro & Bar, but has been working as our Sous Chef for quite some time. He is originally from the East Coast of Tamilnadu “Chennai”. With a strong family history of chefs including his father and older brother, naturally Vick has always been passionate about food and cooking.

With his first job in the kitchen at the age of 17, then working with prestige groups ITC and TAJ GROUPS in India, he wanted to experience western cuisine, which forged his  move to New Zealand in 2017.

Being a chef has enabled him to combine all the things he is passionate about: food, travel and creativity.

He believes it is important to use and support local producers, especially in these tough time at the moment. While embracing native ingredients and seasonal produce.

You will hear his laugh before you see him, pop in and say hello!

Head Chef

DDI: 06 769 9727
chef@novotelnewplymouth.com

Bridget Harris

Bridget Harris

Bridget brings extensive experience in events and hospitality, most recently working as an events manager for a Wellington based company. After 5 years of working remotely, she is excited to get her feet on the ground at Novotel New Plymouth.

Bridget looks forward to helping you create an outstanding conference or event.

 

Meetings & Events Manager

DDI: 06 769 9726
events@novotelnewplymouth.com

Sarah Toon

Sarah Toon

Originally from the UK, Sarah joined the Novotel team after moving to Taranaki with her husband. Enjoying being by the ocean and all that this beautiful region has to offer.

Sarah has an extensive background in hospitality, with over 15 years experience in the industry. From managing restaurants & bars, planning & managing events, right through to recruitment. She then found her passion of marketing hospitality businesses and is so excited to bring her skills to the Novotel.

Marketing Manager

DDI: 06 769 9579
marketing@novotelnewplymouth.com

Jo Maxwell

Jo Maxwell

Originally from Christchurch, Jo has settled in New Plymouth of 17 years with her husband and son.

Jo comes to us with an extensive back ground within hotels & resorts hospitality in ranges of human resources, events and sales, her knowledge and networking skills are a great accolade to our team.

Building relationships with our corporate clients and concentrating on the growth of Novotel New Plymouth is a strong focus for Jo.  You may likely see Jo when you are next in house, meeting and greeting with our corporate clients to ensure their stay is the perfect one!

Business Development Manager

DDI: 06 769 9579
sales@novotelnewplymouth.com