Our People

In an industry full of such passionate, creative people, we wouldn’t get very far if we didn’t have some of our own.

Here is a taste of the people who make the Restaurant Association what it is today.

Marisa Bidois

Marisa Bidois

Chief Executive Officer

Nicola Waldren

Nicola Waldren

General Manager

Melanie Evans

Melanie Evans

Marketing & Communications Manager

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Membership Manager

(Mid-Upper North Island)
Tracey Lines

Tracey Lines

Assessment Manager & Membership Coordinator

(Wellington)
Alastair Morris

Alastair Morris

Assessment & Membership Coordinator

(Wellington & Lower North Island)
Mike Todd

Mike Todd

Assessment & Membership Coordinator

(South Island)
Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa Wallace

National Events & Sponsorship Manager

Gabrielle Turner

Gabrielle Turner

Sponsorship Specialist

Sara Beillard-Gosai

Sara Beillard-Gosai

Training & Development Manager

Gilda Proietti

Gilda Proietti

Hospo Start Facilitator/Coordinator

Martin Elliman

Martin Elliman

Hospo Start Facilitator/Coordinator

Milika Gasparetti

Milika Gasparetti

Hospo Start Facilitator/Coordinator

Monique Rapson

Monique Rapson

Professional Development Co-ordinator

Kimberley Alford

Kimberley Alford

Helpline Advisor & Team Leader

Marie McClintock

Marie McClintock

Senior Legal Advisor

Sacha Beacham

Sacha Beacham

Senior Helpline Advisor

Lizzie Latimer-Bell

Lizzie Latimer-Bell

Legal Advisor

Aynaz Nowparvar

Aynaz Nowparvar

Employment Relations Advisor

Sheena Singhal

Sheena Singhal

Finance Manager

Samantha Feary

Samantha Feary

Receptionist