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Rachael Simpson

Director of Operations

I arrived in Queenstown fresh faced straight from Victoria University in Wellington with a passion for knowledge and adventure and have made Queenstown my home.

I started at HQNZ back in 2004 and in 2013 I took a few years off to retrain, learn some new business and life skills before the opportunity to return to a career and company I love arose in 2017.

I appreciate a good spreadsheet , diversity makes a great team after all. Systems, processes and planning are essential to managing an event and an area I relish.

I have been involved in tourism and events for over 20 years and have been so fortunate to not only build a network of like-minded people, but to watch this industry adapt, evolve and grow over time. Looking ahead I believe we will have exciting opportunities to reset some of the thinking and head in a more sustainable and inclusive direction.

When I am not sourcing hobbit costumes or pouring champagne on mountain tops, I am exploring our own backyard with my family.