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Gert Venter, General Manager

Gert Venter joins LHEC as general manager having most recently managed the 329 room Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg. Gert has a background in event management, full service hotels and luxury resorts. Prior to his seven year stint with Hilton Hotels, he managed the events and incentives division of Sun City Resort in South Africa, executing major events across the resort’s four luxury hotels and the Lost City Convention Centre. Gert has a diploma in Hotel Management and is a Certified Hotel Administrator(CHA) through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.

Shelley Bascand, Sales Manager

Shelley Bascand joined Lower Hutt Events Centre team as Sales Manager in April last year and saw the project from construction site through its opening in July 2018. With over 15 years in hospitality and sales, Shelley most recently worked at the Bolton Hotel in a variety of roles for 10 years culminating in a Sales and Marketing role. Proudly Lower Hutt born and bred Shelley brings a wealth of local knowledge and is so excited to be working to promote and enliven the Hutt by bringing more activity to the Events Centre.

Hayley Righton, Business Development Manager

Hayley Righton joins the LHEC as Business Development Manager and as a Hutt Valley girl born & raised offers more than 25 years of hospitality experience. Hayley started her career as a site manager for Fisher Catering Services, working at locations such as Parliament and Telecom in Wellington. More recently Hayley was the sales account manager at Te Papa and conference and event business development manager at Venues Wellington. Hayley is on board to help deliver high-quality venue solutions and hospitality to local, national and international clients alike.

Neeraj Singh, Operations Manager

Neeraj Singh joined Lower Hutt Event Centre’s team as Operation Manager in June Last year (2018). With 25 years of experience in Hospitality Industry. Neeraj most recently worked at Te Papa Events. Neeraj has background in Event Management and Hotel Management. His specialisation is event management with 7 years’ experience abroad and 18 years’ experience in New Zealand in various Management roles.