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

Karen Lin

Karen Lin

Marketing & Communications Manager

Gabrielle Turner

Gabrielle Turner

Membership Co-ordinator & Event Sponsorship (national)

(Auckland South-Northland)
Sarah Kymbrekos

Sarah Kymbrekos

Assessment Team Leader & Membership Co-ordinator

(Christchurch-Upper South Island)
Adam Dickson

Adam Dickson

Assessment & Membership Co-ordinator

(Auckland South-Taupo)
Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

Assessment & Membership Co-ordinator

(Wellington-Taupo)
Kate Smith

Kate Smith

ProStart Manager

Sara Beillard-Gosai

Sara Beillard-Gosai

Professional Development Manager

Gilda Proietti

Gilda Proietti

ProStart Facilitator / Co-ordinator

(Auckland & Waikato)
Jared Morgan

Jared Morgan

ProStart Facilitator / Co-ordinator

(Auckland & Waikato)
Komal Kumar

Komal Kumar

Senior Helpline Advisor

Lesina Uini

Lesina Uini

Helpline Advisor

Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa Wallace

Regional Events & Sponsorship Manager

Frankie Mahoney

Frankie Mahoney

Events Manager

(Auckland)
Stephanie Beasley

Stephanie Beasley

Administration Manager

Ashennafee Rickus

Ashennafee Rickus

Receptionist