About Us - HGT Staff
The team at HGT have a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise in the hospitality industry. Our people have experience in front office management, housekeeping, food and beverage, conference and banqueting, hospitality financial control, wine sales and our industry consultants are fully qualified chefs.
The staff at HGT bring a wealth of knowledge and true expertise in the hospitality industry.
Our consulting staff are respected hospitality professionals and have worked in all facets of the industry. With their broad industry experiences, locally, interstate and overseas (Dubai, China, Germany, South Africa and the United Kingdom), our consultants understand the importance of good working relationships between hospitality business owners, managers, their staff and their guests.
This gives HGT an unparalleled knowledge of the local working environment and the particular requirements of the hospitality needs.
Iain McDougall, General Manager
Iain commenced with HGT in 1995. Iain came to HGT with twenty years of senior management experience with the Federal Government - the last ten years in the strategic policy areas of VET and labour market programs, including overseeing the introduction of traineeships in WA and group training policy. Iain was appointed the National Chairman of Group Training Australia in 2006 and has been a Sitting Member on the Training Accreditation Council since 2005.
Iain’s key responsibilities at HGT include formulation of operational policies, strategic planning and resource management. The development and enhancement of productive partnerships with relevant institutions is also seen as a central role. Iain liaises closely with government to ensure that HGT meets all legislative reporting requirements. Creating a work environment of continuous improvement and ensuring quality Corporate Governance processes are utilised at Board level are key priorities.
Natascha Jurasich, Training Consultant
Natascha had her first taste of hospitality whilst still at school, working at the Hellenic Cyprus Sporting Club in Johannesburg, South Africa in the banqueting team. She took on the role of Weekend Banqueting Supervisor until she left school to travel to Munich where she worked in Food and Beverage at the Munich Sheraton Hotel. On her return to South Africa, she completed her Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management which included training at the 4 Star Braamfontein Protea Hotel and the 5 star Southern Sun Flagship hotel – Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga.
On completion of her studies in 1990, Natascha was appointed Assistant Front Office Manager at the Milpark Holiday Inn, in Johannesburg until she again left for Munich to take up the position of Housekeeping Supervisor at the Munich City Hilton. After 1 year in this position, she transferred to the Front Office Department and worked in the Telephone Department, Reservations, Night Audit and Reception. In August 1994, Natascha returned to Food and Beverage working as Assistant Manager at the Moevenpick Marche in Munich for 1 year.
At the end of 1995, the Middle East experience commenced. Natascha was appointed as Assistant Housekeeper at the Hilton International Beach Club Resort in Dubai. This position evolved to include Guest Relations Manager and then Front Office Manager for the Resort. After 4 ½ years in Dubai the opportunity arose to be part of an ‘opening’ team for the Hilton International in Dalian, China. Having developed some training skills during her time in Dubai, Natascha took on the position of Front Office Trainer for the opening and moved to China in this capacity.
Next stop, Perth, Australia. Natascha joined Hospitality Group Training as a training consultant in 2002. In her position with HGT she is responsible for Facilitating Certificate IV in Hospitality and other workshops, unit development and AQTF.
Simone Hodgkinson, Industry Consultant
Simone started her career as a pastry chef at Sweet Hearts Patisserie before moving to England where she completed a degree in Pastry and Baking. After 2 years she returned to Perth and was successful in securing her first senior role as a Head Pastry Chef. Simone continued to work at this level in a variety of venues before leaving the kitchen to start at HGT as well as progress her own wedding cake business. She has been a pastry chef for 17 years now and loves it. Now working as an Industry Consultant at HGT, Simone enjoys having the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with others and help them gain a recognised trade qualification
Anthony Capozzi, Finance and Administration Manager
HGT’s Finance & Administration Department Manages the apprentice / trainee payroll and host employer / RTO invoicing.
Tony has been involved in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry for over 30 years and has worked as a Financial Controller for Hilton Hotels International. Throughout his career, he has been involved in various aspects of hotel and restaurant operations and has even carried out financial audits for a variety of 5 star hotels here in Australia and across the globe. Tony has a keen interest in Information Technology and as the Finance and Administration Manager at HGT he is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve HGT’s operations through up to date technology.
Gavin Horne, Industry Consultant
Gavin commenced his career as an Apprentice in 1981 with a group training employer in Brisbane. After completing his apprenticeship he stayed in Brisbane working in award winning fine dining restaurants, then took his trade to Europe working in England and Germany for 3 years. On his return to Australia, Gavin traveled working in 5 star hotels in Darwin, Sydney and Perth.
In 2007, Gavin gained his qualifications as a Chef Lecturer passing on his knowledge and skills to new Apprentices. Gavin then embarked on launching his own successful restaurant in Perth before joining HGT as a Recruitment Consultant. Gavin has since become an Industry Consultant mentoring apprentice chefs in the workplace and delivering training units Certificate II and III in hospitality to trainees and school based trainees.
Emma Kerwin, Apprentice and Business Development Manager
Emma started her working career as an apprentice in England where she was placed with a large education establishment in their apprenticeship and work based learning division. Upon completion of her apprenticeship in 2005 she remained with the business as an administrator for a further 5 years, before moving into to the private training sector. From there she progressed with her career and moved into a business development, recruitment and HR role with a Group Training Organisation, working alongside employers in all sectors including the hospitality industry. Emma worked in this business for a period of 3 years bringing the company back to strength in an extremely tough market before making the move to Perth in August 2014.
Emma brings her knowledge of working with employers and apprentices, and more specifically working within a Group Training Organisation to HGT to help move the business to the next level.
Marie Capeling, Accounts Administrator
Marie comes to HGT with vast experience in the Tourism Industry, Training and Management.
Marie has worked for 15 years in both retail and corporate travel agencies and this has enabled her to do some extensive world-wide travelling over this period of time. Having a passion for tourism and helping people she progress into the area of training where she worked for a further 15 years delivering training Certificates III and IV in Travel and Tourism and Business to both local and overseas students.
Vocational Education and Training is another passion of Marie’s and she has enjoyed working with RTO’s who are very proactive in promoting opportunities to school aged students.
Marie has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism and a Diploma in Business.
Marie is looking forward to her new role in HGT Accounts/Payroll as it represents a new challenge for her.
Lydia Taylor, Payroll Officer
Lydia completed a BSc Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management at Middlesex University in London. She was brought up in an English Village Pub since the age of 9 so hospitality was always in the family. She completed a Post Graduate Management Course with the group “Marston Hotels” where she got to work in a variety of hotels all over England gaining valuable experience.
In 2003, Lydia relocated to Australia and commenced her position as Functions Manager at Matilda Bay Restaurant.
2005 saw Lydia’s love for training and helping others develop into a job role as a Training Consultant with HGT.
After starting a family, Lydia moved into the accounts department as payroll officer working part time. She also still works closely with the training department carrying out administration.
Joanne Bunce, School Training Consultant
Joanne started her career in Hospitality at the age of 14 working as a kitchen assistant. She gained a love for the industry and decided to follow a career in path in hospitality, studying a HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management before completing her honors degree in Hotel Business Management. Joanne's experience ranges from 4-5 star hotels in the UK and Canada to later running her own pub for the large chain Mitchells and Butler.
In 2005 Joanne decided to change her career path and move into teaching, landing a position at a Further Education College, teaching Professional Cookery before moving into a management role overseeing the Catering and Hospitality Department.
Joanne moved to Australia from the UK in 2014 securing a role as a Hospitality Trainer. Joanne joins HGT now in 2016 to look after the auspicing contracts with a range of WA schools ensuring the hospitality qualifications offered are delivered to industry standards.
Ashleigh Pattison, Recruitment and HR Consultant
Ashleigh commenced her career as a HGT apprentice in 2005 before moving to Brisbane to complete her apprenticeship in a fine dining establishment. She then worked in a number of high profile venues in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and South America. Ashleigh gained her first Head Chef role at the age of 22 and was tasked with putting the venue back on the radar and growing it into a successful enterprise.
In 2016 Ashleigh decided a career change was afoot to allow her to spend more time with her young family. Ashleigh has a great passion for hospitality and knew she wanted to remain connected to the industry that has given her so many fantastic opportunities. She felt she would like to give back to the industry and joined HGT as a Recruitment and HR Consultant, Ashleigh is responsible for the recruitment and placement of apprentice chefs to some of Perth's best venues.
Rebecca Wilson, Training Consultant
Rebecca developed a passion for working in the hospitality industry from a young age. Whilst living in the UK she worked her way through all aspects, including housekeeping at a privately owned estate hotel in Hertfordshire, Banqueting experience with Sodexho, Accounts experience with Four Seasons Hotels in Canary Wharf and Food and Beverage and Reception experience with Marriott Hotels (Whitbread). Upon completion of two years in Hospitality Management at college and a BSc (Hons) in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Oxford Brookes University, Rebecca continued to work with Whitbread and moved up to Edinburgh to be an Assistant Hotel Manager.
Rebecca moved her life and career to Perth and worked as Restaurant Manager at Soda in North Beach. Her studies and experience had developed enthusiasm for training and being able to share her knowledge with others. Upon deciding to settle in Australia, she completed her TAE Certificate and gained her first training position delivering Hospitality units up to Advanced Diploma level. Rebecca delivers and assesses units in Certificate II, III and IV in hospitality to trainees and school students.
Dawn Agnew, Training Consultant
Dawn started her career as a chef and has worked in some of the top restaurants in Australia and Switzerland. In 1989 Dawn took her first position as a Commercial Cookery lecturer to inspire and impart her knowledge on the next generation of chefs and cooks and worked in the training system until she joined HGT in 2016. Dawn is now responsible for training and assessing a number of full and part-time trainees and school students.
Dawn also holds a Diploma of Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism Certificates. Her vast amount of mentoring and coaching experience within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry allows her to support the next generation of chefs and hospitality/tourism trainees to enter the industry.