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Meet the Team

Behind every outstanding hotel are the people who make your stay an experience. At Novotel New Plymouth Hobson, our people are passionate hoteliers.

Here at Novotel New Plymouth Hobson 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.

Becks Caswell

General Manager

Introducing our General Manager Becks Caswell. Becks comes to us from the Hermitage Hotel in Mt Cook and brings a wealth of hospitality and financial experience. As a qualified accountant, numbers are her game but people are her passion! With 15+ years’ experience in the hospitality sector she leads the fantastic team at Novotel New Plymouth. Feel free to pop in and meet Becks when you are next in town.

DDI: 06 769 9720

Jenna Sissons

Food & Beverage Manager

Giving an exceptional experience to guests in our restaurant Governors Eatery + Bar is very important to Jenna who responsible for all things food & beverage including the restaurant, piano bar and functions. Let Jenna and her team look after you when dining with us.

DDI: 06 769 9722

Allie Blackwood

Front Office Manager

Looking after the Front Office department of Novotel Hobson, Allie and her team will provide a great guest experience and make you feel truly welcome. If you’re here to stay Allie is your first point of contact. Allie and her team will be sure to look after you and let this be your home away from home.

DDI: 06 769 9721

Lukasz Zielinski

Executive Chef

Lukasz originates from Poland and studied Science before seeking a break from student life and joining his brothers in a kitchen in Northern France. The restaurant he worked at was notable for its fine dining and Zielinski quickly showed promise and was promoted up the ranks. In the late 90’s Lukasz moved to New Zealand and has worked at some of New Plymouths top restaurants winning awards along the way. Lukasz has been Executive Chef at Governors Eatery + Bar for xxx years. With his twin brother Tomek alongside him, the pair deliver outstanding meals making Governors one of the most popular restaurants in town!

DDI: 06 769 9727

Lisa Gilberd-Whale

Hotel Administrator

DDI: 06 769 9725

Shirley Findlay

Executive Housekeeper

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.

DDI: 06 769 9728