Hutchins a clear choice for Hotham CEO role

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - ByVANESSA BURGESS

THE team at Mt Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (MHRMB) wel­comed their new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer ear­lier this year.

For­mer Mans­field lo­cal, Jonathan Hutchins of­fi­cially be­gan his new role on Jan­uary 19, and (MHRMB) chair Deb Spring said he was the clear choice for the role.

“The Board unan­i­mously en­dorsed Jon’s ap­point­ment given his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for alpine re­sorts and his pas­sion for fo­cus­ing on vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences and prop­erty devel­op­ment,” she said.

“Jon was ap­pointed from a very strong field of can­di­dates fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional search.”

Mr Hutchins has had sub- stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence in alpine re­sorts hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked at Mt Hotham as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer from 2008 – 2012 and Mt Buller.

Ac­cord­ing to the Board, dur­ing his four-year term at Mt Hotham, Mr Hutchins demon­strated his abil­ity to de­velop and pro­mote new ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing the Alpine Easy Ac­cess re­sort en­try sys­tem and re­newed fi­nan­cial and risk man­age­ment sys­tems for the Board.

Mr Hutchins said im­prov­ing the re­sort’s aes­thetics and try­ing to boost year­round vis­i­tor num­bers are on the list of things to do.

“We want to get the place to the next level for our vis­i­tors and fo­cus on mak­ing the re­sort eas­ier for them to utilise,” he said.

“The po­ten­tial for allsea­son visi­ta­tion to grow is huge and we are look­ing at try­ing to make com­ing to Hotham as easy as we can for vis­i­tors.

“One of the ma­jor hur­dles peo­ple have to over­come is ac­tu­ally get­ting here, so when they are here we want them to know the ef­fort they made was worth it be­cause of the ex­pe­ri­ence they have on-moun­tain.”

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