Name: David Spittle

Role: Judge

David is a hospitality professional with over 20 years’ experience gained around Australia and across four continents. He believes passionately that to create a sustainable profitable business you need to find the right people and focus on developing them and the environment they operate in.

With a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management David has worked with global brands Sofitel, Hyatt, and Sheraton, and understands the value of systematic improvements to standards, to deliver a consistent experience to guests and build a brand.

After considerable experience in operations David transitioned to the development of talent and a career in Human Resource Management. As a Learning specialist he developed and delivered Management programs in Australia and overseas for RMIT and Victoria University. Broader organisational awareness was achieved in the Finance & Insurance sector with Aon, ANZ and NAB.

David has held leadership roles in Hospitality operations including stadia (MCG), venues, luxury hotels, independant restaurants and special events.

In addition to his role as Director of Talent & Culture at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, David chairs the Regional Risk Committee for Accor VIC SA and is a member of the Accor National Safety Committee.