Justine Baker, the former CEO of Solotel Group, has been announced as the new Chair of advocacy group the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).
Baker, who brings over 20 years of senior leadership experience in the hospitality sector to the role, is replacing Michael Rodrigues, who has been appointed as the NSW Government’s first 24-Hour Economy Commissioner.
The NTIA was created in 2018 and represents members from across the entertainment, culture, hospitality and visitor economies.
Baker said: “The NTIA was established in 2018 to represent a sector whose voice needed to be heard and to promote a positive narrative for Sydney’s nightlife. The NTIA has a track record for delivering advocacy wins and a growing membership, so I’m delighted to take a lead in this new chapter for the Association.
“This is a hugely important time for the sector as we rebuild from a disastrous 2020. We are seeing some green shoots of recovery, but we still have much to do to firstly get our industries back to pre-pandemic strength and then make Australia one of the greatest countries in the world for nightlife.
“I’m really looking forward to working with all our members to deliver real change. I’ll also be working closely with Michael Rodrigues as he delivers the government’s strategy on the 24-Hour Economy. He has been a brilliant Chair for the NTIA and the perfect figure to take on the Commissioner role.”
Rodrigues added: “For the last four years, Justine and I have worked closely together on addressing the challenges facing Sydney’s night time economy. She has an outstanding track record in the sector and will take the NTIA from strength to strength.
“I am looking forward to working with Justine and all members of the NTIA to enhance Sydney’s fantastic night time offer.”
Baker will be supported by a board including senior representatives from Australian Venue Co, Mary’s Group, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, MusicNSW, Sonos and Spirits and Cocktails Association. The NTIA was founded in November 2018 by Justine Baker, Kerri Glasscock (Sydney Fringe Festival), Greg Khoury (Century Venues), Rennie Addabbo (Sonos) and Rodrigues.