Alexandra Park appoints Functions Operations Manager
Reynold Henkel has been appointed to the new role of Functions Operations Manager at Alexandra Park.
He brings extensive experience in the hospitality and events sector having held a range of senior operational management positions over nearly 20 years.
As well as roles involving Wellington’s largest event venues, well-known New Zealand restaurants and the defence force, Mr Henkel has industry experience from South Africa, Germany and England including training as a patisserie chef with the French school, Le Cordon Bleu in London.
“The diversity of functions at Alexandra Park and the sheer potential of its event space attracted me to this position. However, the real game changer for me was the ‘Urban Village’ that’s currently under construction. This is an exciting development which will feature some great food and beverage operators to strongly complement Alexandra Park’s existing meetings and events offering,” said Mr Henkel.
As Functions Operations Manager, he has overall responsibility for the functions team and the department’s execution of its many service and logistical requirements. Reporting to the Food & Beverage Manager, he is responsible for product and service quality as well as delivering on the needs of Alexandra Park guests. He will also work closely with the Race Night sales and marketing team.
Chief Executive Dominique Dowding says the appointment is yet another positive reflection on Alexandra Park’s successful functions and events business.
“Alexandra Park has a great and growing reputation when it comes to delivering a wide range functions with our food and service attracting very positive feedback all the time. However, despite some seriously solid growth in recent years, we never stand still.
“Reynold’s arrival signals that Alexandra Park remains totally focused on continuously improving its offering and ensuring our many and highly valued guests enjoy a great experience from beginning to end,” says Ms Dowding.
The new Functions Operations Manager arrives at a busy time with many functions and events set to take place at Alexandra Park, including its Mid-winter Christmas parties which are selling out fast. The evenings will be held over four consecutive Friday race nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July.