Two pastry chefs smile as they produce a delicious plate of sweet treats in the Stratosfare Restaurant. Two pastry chefs smile as they produce a delicious plate of sweet treats in the Stratosfare Restaurant.

Meet Our People

We're an international team that thrives on building meaningful connections with our customers, our community, and each other. When we shine, our guests know they are part of something extraordinary. Read about some inspiring pathways our current Skyliners have followed below:

Dean Johnson, General Manager Skyline Luge Busan engages with customers.

Dean Johnson

Job Title: General Manager
Team: Skyline Luge Busan
Department: Management
Years at Skyline: 15 years

I started my career at Skyline in 2007 as an Administrator in the Admin department.

After spending a year in the Management Trainee programme, I progressed into the Activities Manager role at Skyline Rotorua.

After 8 years, I ventured overseas to work as a Project Manager at Skyline Luge Sentosa, before taking on General Manager roles at our sites in Mont-Tremblant, Singapore and now in Busan.

"I’ve worked quite a few years now at Skyline, but it doesn’t feel like it when you’re having fun. I have been lucky to work in a variety of roles around the world and love that no matter where you are, you can always count on the friendships and relationships within the company. It shows how strong the culture lives within Skyline."

Alyana Ayo, Pastry Chef & Baker works the grill station in the Skyline Queenstown Stratosfare Restaurant.

Alyana Ayo

Job Title: Pastry Chef and Baker
Team: Pastry
Department: Kitchen
Years at Skyline: 6 years

In 2016, I was working at Starbucks trying to save up for culinary school when an opportunity came up for an apprentice pastry chef at Skyline Queenstown. I was 18 and I was so stoked I’d finally landed a kitchen job.

It took me almost 5 years to finally get my qualification as a Pastry Chef and Baker which has been immensely rewarding, especially with the sheer support I’ve received from my Skyline family.

Currently, I’m the sole baker and pastry chef in our bakery department, making fresh breads, muffins, and scones for the café and restaurant, but I’m in the process of transitioning as a Conference & Events chef for upskilling purposes.

“The best thing about working at Skyline is undoubtedly the people that I get to work with, from all the different departments, not just our kitchen team. Being a naturally introverted person, this company has helped me branch out and flourish into the person that I am today. I’ve become more confident, striving to take on more senior roles. The opportunity of working in different areas within the company is a highlight, which is why I look forward to working in a different area in the kitchen. This change to me represents growth as a chef.”

Taika Brooks, Group HSE Advisor smiles for a photo outside his home.

Taika Brooks

Job Title: Group Health Safety and Environment Advisor
Team: Awesomeness
Department: Health, Safety & Environment
Years at Skyline: 16 years

I started working as a ‘Lugie’ at Skyline Rotorua, which I thought would be a stop-gap job.

But, before long, I was offered the position as Skyline’s first-ever Management Trainee and discovered a passion for the People and the Health & Safety side of the operations.

I moved to Skyline Queenstown to work in the local HR team and am now working as a Group Health & Safety Advisor, focusing on reshaping how our global sites think about and do Health & Safety.

“As a young Māori boy from a rural community, Skyline has come a long way to promote diversity and inclusion within its sites. I never would have imagined having bilingual signage at any of our NZ sites, so seeing the new Luge brand include Te Reo Māori was a proud personal moment for me.”

Collette Rogers

Job Title: Group Sales Manager
Team: CX & Digital
Department: Commercial
Years at Skyline: 12 years

In 2010, I started working at Skyline Queenstown in the Gondola Photo Sales team and have moved onto different roles almost yearly since - as team leader for sales and guest services teams, as a Stargazing guide and product coordinator, and as Sales Manager for international markets.

I am currently the Group Sales Manager, working remotely from my home in Christchurch, focusing on building relationships with our partners and re-shaping our sales channels as global tourism scales up.

“When I started working at Skyline in 2010, I intended to stay in New Zealand for just a few months. The Skyline crew made me feel so welcome, and the business presented so many opportunities that I’ve made this fabulous country my home and made a career out of telling the world to come visit!”

Nitin Brijwal, Food and Beverage Manager Skyline Rotorua, smiles as he has a conversation with a friend.

Nitin Brijwal

Job Title: Food and Beverage Manager
Team: Management
Department: Food & Beverage
Years at Skyline: 11 years

I started my Skyline journey as a part time F&B attendant in 2011. I was new in Rotorua and was always curious to come up the hill. 

It’s been an amazing journey since; from F&B Attendant to Team Leader, F&B Supervisor, Duty Manager, Restaurant & Bar Manager, Assistant F&B Manager and since 2019, I have been part of the senior management team as Food & Beverage Manager, supporting and leading the F&B team, Conference & Events and the Stores & Cleaning teams.

I am grateful to have been an integral part of the Market Kitchen upgrade, the Stratosfare Launch and more.

 

I have met some great people and finest professionals in our industry at Skyline Rotorua. It’s the people I work with, the work environment, and the experience I have gained that I cherish the most. All the active and passive learnings at Skyline has shaped me not only as a better professional but also personally.

Ready to connect into a career at Skyline and discover your superpower?