By Andrew Starke
The Australian Hotels Association (NSW) has announced the resignation of Sally Fielke as the organisation’s CEO, finishing at the end of 2011 after eight years with the industry body.
A lawyer by trade, Fielke started with the AHA in the Northern Territory as executive director in 2004 and later took up the role as CEO of the NSW Branch in early 2008.
She will be leaving the association to take up a position as general manager, Corporate Affairs for Sydney Airport at the end of the year.
NSW President Scott Leach announced the resignation today at an executive meeting of the AHA(NSW).
“We see a synergy in Sally’s role at the AHA and her new position with Sydney Airport, bringing together, as it does, elements of the tourism and hospitality industry to the advantage of both organisations,” he said.
“We thank her sincerely for the work she has done for the AHA over the years and wish all the very best.”
Leach said Fielke would leave behind an enduring legacy of hard work, integrity and change during her eight years with both the NSW and NT AHA.
“I am grateful to the AHA for the opportunities they have provided me over the years,” said Fielke.
“Working with our members and stakeholders has been an extremely enriching and rewarding experience. I am pleased that I will have the opportunity to continue many of these relationships in my new role.
“I know I’m leaving behind a talented and focused team with a strong President and Board of Directors at the helm.”
The AHA (NSW) President said there will be a further announcement in the coming months of the Association’s restructure and appointment of a new CEO and general manager.