The Rees - True South

The Team

Chief Executive – Mark Rose

Mark brings wealth of talents and experience to the role as first Chief Executive of The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown. Mark has spent his working life in the hospitality industry in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. He is a trained chef and a specialist in food and beverage services who has managed vineyard and winery operations in addition to his hotel management duties. He came to The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown directly from an appointment as General Manager of the prestigious Cameron House on Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s finest luxury hotels. Two golf courses, five dining rooms, a marina, a spa [voted best spa in Scotland], a staff of 450 – and a guest list that ranges from sport stars and celebrities to the King of Jordan. mark@therees.co.nz

Executive Chef – Ben Batterbury

Our award-winning Executive Chef, Benjamin Batterbury, is a culinary expert with a polished repertoire that includes French and English fusion recipes mingled with the flavors of Madeira on the Portuguese archipelago.Ben has a love of using supreme quality ingredients and seasonal Southern produce he personally sources in Central Otago and intimately handcrafts from the ground up in his kitchen, ensuring perfection.Since 2009, Ben has been Executive Chef at True South Dining Room, our impeccably stylish flagship restaurant.

Operations Manager – Alastair Clifford

Alastair Clifford comes from a back ground of finance and hospitality, holding management roles in Queenstown, Sydney and Rotorua spanning the past 17 years.  Alastair’s most recent position was Executive Operations Manager at the Heritage Hotel Queenstown. Originally from Northland, but schooled in Auckland, Alastair moved to Queenstown in 1997 having discovered the mountains and the allure of winter skiing during oversea travel. Now settled in Queenstown, Alastair enjoys all that the region has to offer including skiing, mountain biking and hiking.  alastair@therees.co.nz

 

Food & Beverage Operations Manager – Michael (Mick) Druett

As a seasoned hospitality professional with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Michael joins The Rees directly from the award winning Saffron Arrowtown. Prior to joining Saffron, Michael was a Food & Beverage Manager at Hayman Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. truesouth@therees.co.nz

 

Architect – Kerry Avery

Kerry is the principal of Avery Team Architecture, and has led The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown design team from initial concept to realisation. Kerry drew his inspiration for The Rees Hotel from the natural landforms of the Southern Lakes District and the rich building traditions of Otago settlers. Winner of numerous awards in a career spanning 30 years, Kerry has created a portfolio of major works, including Kauri Cliffs Resort – Kerikeri Bruce Mason Theatre – Takapuna Hallenstein Apartments – Queenstown

Furniture Designer – Ed Cruikshank

Ed Cruikshank applied skills acquired in the London studios of the renowned international designer, Viscount Linley, to design a range of furniture specifically for The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown. Ed selected solid, enduring timbers – American Black Walnut and American White Oak – and neutral earthy linen fabrics to cover upholstery as the basic elements for his clean-lined and finely finished range of 34 pieces.