Experienced event manager and hospitality professional, providing truly memorable occasions.
Over twenty years, Ian Fraser has been instrumental in designing and organising in excess of 800 functions and corporate hospitality events, from VIP, intimate functions of just 30 through to the third rugby test match of the 2005 Lions series where 17,800 attended, spread across 18 separate functions!
During this timeframe, Ian has project directed some very large hospitality projects and events including the Americas Cup series in both 1999 and 2002/3 (76,000 corporate guests), Sydney Olympics in 2000 (7000+ corporate guests) and Commonwealth Games in Melbourne2006 (25,000 meals for NAB VVIP hospitality programme).
In addition to work in New Zealand, Ian has been asked to evaluate hospitality opportunities and organise hospitality functions and programmes in Australia, the UK, France and Italy.
This has required a combination of event management, corporate hospitality, catering and project directorship skills and experience.
In recent years, Ian has also been approached to assist organisations, large and small, in a consultancy role.
Ian Fraser – personalised bio
“I had a hands-on catering/F&B background for fifteen years prior to commencing working in the corporate hospitality/event management world, and this has certainly been of great benefit in my dealings/ workings with caterers over the years. As you will appreciate, successful catering is such an important component of successful corporate hospitality!
Since 1994 I have been involved in a management capacity within corporate hospitality, event management and project management.(roles below).
Initially focusing on corporate hospitality, the contracts that we held included all the major rugby unions in New Zealand - Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. All included domestic rugby hospitality, in addition to test match hospitality. More recently, corporate hospitality for the NZRU.
We also worked with a number of concert and show promoters, undertook some event management work and I project directed the “one-off” major event management and hospitality projects.
The range and scope of work has been varied, interesting and very rewarding
My passion in the work that I do is to work closely with people and organisations and delivering the outcomes and objectives they seek”..
My roles within companies that I have been involved with:
- Corporate Host - GM/ Director of F&B, 1995-2000
- Corporate Host - MD, 2000-2005
- Lions Hospitality - Joint MD, 2004-5
- Premier Hospitality - MD, 2005-2008
- Hospitality Solutions – 2009 -
Hospitality SolutionsI am now in the fortunate position of working on my own as Hospitality Solutions (HS), having done so since early 2009.I have a number of very skilled and experienced colleagues with whom I have worked over recent years, and I have no hesitation in tapping into their experience and skills to assist me and provide expertise as required.( I have always been a very strong believer in working as a team and the team ethic.)
They are true experts and professionals in their respective fields.
My work at HS is a combination of:
- Event Management
- Consultancy work mainly, but not entirely, within the broader hospitality industry
- Corporate Hospitality- both assisting principals and sporting bodies in setting up hospitality models and also organising, marketing, selling and delivering hospitality as part of a contract
- Project Management of large hospitality projects and events
Current work includes:
- Contract with New Zealand Cricket - organisation, management and delivery of their VIP/guest functions during the international cricket season.
- Contract with the ANZ/ National Bank - as per NZC, looking after their key clients/guests during the international cricket season.
- Consultancy work for the University of Auckland for their new Sports Dept /Programme.
- Consultancy work for Hamilton City with a KPI programme for their main contracted caterer.
- Various consultancy appointments within the hospitality industry assisting organisations, sporting bodies and stadia