Christie is the Chief People & Culture Officer for Aristocrat, responsible for leading the Global HR team and supporting key cultural, engagement and leadership initiatives across the organisation. Christie is a highly experienced HR professional, having led HR teams across a range of industries including publishing, transport and logistics. Christie joined Aristocrat as HR Manager for the Australian Studios in 2011, before stepping into the role of General Manager HR, Global Product, Supply and Technology. Most recently, Christie held the role of General Manager, CEO Office supporting Jamie Odell and the executive leadership team.
Michelle Baillie Board Director
General Manager, SKYCITY Hamilton
Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in the casino and hospitality industries in New Zealand, and has held various senior managerial roles within SkyCity Entertainment Group predominantly in casino operations, but also in hotel operations and project management positions.
Michelle was appointed General Manager SkyCity Queenstown in May 2008 and relocated to Hamilton in April 2014 to take up the position of General Manager SkyCity Hamilton. Michelle has overseen a number of positive changes to the Hamilton business achieving record financial results and winning awards, including Michelle being awarded CEO of the Year in the 2017 Waikato Business Awards.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Canterbury. She was a Board member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce from 2012 – 2013 and was on the Executive Committee of the Hamilton Central Business Association from 2015 – 2016. Michelle is currently co-chair of the SkyCity Hamilton Community Trust and joined the Board of Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia in November 2018.
Marnie Darren Board Director
Managing Partner Brand, PR and Creative In-House Agency, HOUSE – The Star Entertainment Group
Marnie has more than 20 years of global marketing and advertising experience across Fashion, Retail, FMCG, Finance, Telco and Tourism. She has worked across the US, Asia and Australia.
Marnie was a part of the Omnicom Women’s Board in New York, an initiative set up to help the network increase the number, seniority and influence of women in its leadership roles.
Marnie is a skilled and expert marketer with a natural ability to understand the consumer and turn insights into inspired creative and effective marketing.
Marnie has a Masters Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor in Communications.
Tim Barnett Board Director
Executive General Manager – Table Games, Crown Melbourne
Tim is Crown Melbourne’s Executive General Manager, Table Games, responsible for the successful execution of the business unit’s commercial, compliance and people initiatives. He has more than 20 years’ experience in gaming and casino businesses including roles with Crown Resorts Limited, Tabcorp Holdings Limited, and Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited in Canada.
Tim holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Tim has seen first-hand that greater diversity in leadership teams leads to better business outcomes. Consequently, he wants to see more women in leadership positions in gaming and hospitality as this will ensure that the industry is better placed to tackle today’s challenges.
Kim Lee Board Director
Chief People & Performance Officer – The Star Entertainment Group
Kim Lee commenced at The Star Entertainment Group in January 2015, and brings with her more than 18 years’ experience in successful Human Resource roles across sectors in Australia and Internationally. As a Senior Human Resources Executive, Kim has an extensive track record in public and privately owned FMCG, global packaging, building supplies, consumer aftermarket automotive, and forestry product (Pulp and Paper) markets in Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, most recently serving as Group Human Resources Director of Rank Group Limited from 2006 to 2014.
Kim is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and holds a Bachelor of Biological Science, Microbiology & Biochemistry from Latrobe University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from Victoria University.
David Ronson Board Director
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Aristocrat
David Ronson is Aristocrat’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Region, responsible for the creation and implementation of the regional business strategy, with a strong focus on building a high performance culture, creating a great customer experience, leading product portfolio development and commercial strategy. He has been with Aristocrat since 2010 and has held several senior leadership positions during that time, including the role of Managing Director, ANZ and Sales Director ANZ. He has an MBA from Macquarie University and prior to Aristocrat, held several senior roles in the liquor industry. David is a passionate, people focussed leader of the Aristocrat team and is based out of the company offices in North Ryde, Sydney.
Kimberley Engels Company Secretary
Kimberley has extensive experience across the hospitality industry; most recently with The Star Entertainment Group. Holding senior roles in operations, finance and project management Kimberley is passionate about enabling equality of access to opportunity and education.
Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and a Masters in Professional Accounting. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of CPA Australia and is a member of Women on Boards.