We welcome you to the Commodore Airport Hotel, your home away from home. Our friendly and efficient staff ensure attention to every detail to provide you with superior service and excellent hospitality. 

Our employees work together as a family, driven by passion for excellence in delivering service with professionalism, which is key to our success. We believe in continous development, hence our staff undergo ongoing training to ensure they deliver the optimum level of service that is expected.

 

 

Key Management

Michael Patterson - General Manager

Michael Patterson

General Manager

Michael grew up in the hotel, his family started the Commodore in December 1971, when Michael was only 4years old. Michael attended St Bedes College and the Christchurch Polytech before going on to complete a Traineeship with the Tourist Hotel Corporation. Experience was gained at the Hermitage Mount Cook, Wairakei Resort Taupo and the THC Te Anau. Michael worked in Australia for Park Royal and Travelodge. Before returning home in 1994, Michael worked at London’s Cumberland Hotel. Michael became General Manager at the Commodore in 1998.

“I am very fortunate in that we have without doubt the most wonderful collection of guests of any Hotel anywhere. We have an incredible team that is a pleasure to lead.
The next few years will be very exciting in the life of the Commodore as we have some very exciting development plans……watch this space”.


Phone: (03) 358 8129
Email: Michaelpatterson@commodorehotel.co.nz

Ken Patterson - Food & Beverage Manager

Ken Patterson

Food & Beverage Manager

Ken is the middle Patterson boy and also grew up in the family Business. Ken completed a commerce degree at Lincoln University in the early nineties. He has since spent time working in Hotels in London, Sydney and Singapore. Ken has recently completed a National Certificate in cookery at Christchurch Polytechnic and is also a qualified Ski instructor.

Phone: (03) 358 8129
Email: Kenpatterson@commodorehotel.co.nz

Thomas Patterson - Executive Assistant Manager

Thomas Patterson

Executive Assistant Manager

Thomas is the third Patterson boy and the youngest of six children. After graduating with a marketing degree at Canterbury University, Thomas gained further hotel experience at the Boutique Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne before working in London’s largest five star hotel which also had owner operators. “It was great education working in a large 5 star property in the centre of London.” Thomas is married to Jo and has two children, William and Lucia. In his spare time, he is a passionate mulitsporter and has competed in The Ironman and Coast to Coast races.

Phone: (03) 358 8129
Email: Thomaspatterson@commodorehotel.co.nz

Michael Jane - Business Analyst

Michael Jane

Business Analyst

In January 1996, Michael Jane joined the Commodore team almost by accident. After a year studying Electrical Engineering at CPIT, his flatmate at the time suggested he apply for a recently vacated role as a breakfast waiter. In 2013, Michael took on the hotels' finance department in the role of Business Analyst.

Swapping his suit for a pair of boots and overalls or rounding up the sheep is a daily occurrence on his lifestyle block in North Canterbury and the opportunity for a stalk in the high country is never far from his mind.


Phone: (03) 357 9864
Email: Michaeljane@commodorehotel.co.nz

Bev Upjohn - Executive Housekeeper

Bev Upjohn

Executive Housekeeper

With 25 years service at the Commodore, Bev has progressed through the ranks of Room Attendant, Housekeeping Supervisor before achieving the role of Executive Housekeeper. Bev’s constant attention to detail ensures all areas of the hotel are picture perfect for our guests to enjoy and relax in.


Phone: (03) 357 9871
Email: Housekeeping@commodorehotel.co.nz

Sally Juranovich - GM’s Personal Assistant

Sally Juranovich

GM’s Personal Assistant

Sally has spent over 30 years in the vibrant Hospitality industry and has been here at the Commodore for 14 years. Sally is the Personal Assistant to the GM and also responsible for the Accounts Receivable Ledger which she is very passionate about!
Sally gives her ‘spare’ time to Camp Quality Christchurch (children living with cancer) and tending to a 10 acre block of hazelnuts south of Christchurch.
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Phone: (03) 357 0255
Email: sallyjuranovich@commodorehotel.co.nz

Sue Marsh - Conference Manager

Sue Marsh

Conference Manager

Sue’s interest in hospitality began very young when working in her family’s restaurant chain where she developed her passion for food and service. She pursued a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in the U.S. and has gained exposure to clientele from all around the world.

With more than 20 years of working experience in the United States, Singapore and New Zealand, Sue finally settled in New Zealand, where she has worked for the past ten years at the Commodore.


Phone: (03) 357 9863
Email: conferences@commodorehotel.co.nz

Jaimee Aitken - Reservation Manager

Jaimee Aitken

Reservation Manager

While completing a tertiary qualification in hospitality covering Food & Beverage and Rooms Division operations, Jaimee was given a work experience placement at the Commodore as part of her CPIT training and 11 years later Jaimee has held the positions of; Receptionist, Senior Receptionist, Duty Manager, Assistant Reservations, Bar Manager, and for the last three years has excelled in the role of Reservations Manager.


Phone: (03) 358 8129
Email: jaimeeaitken@commodorehotel.co.nz

Suzie Pottinger  - Front Office Manager

Suzie Pottinger

Front Office Manager

Suzie started at the Commodore Hotel 4 years ago in the restaurant while doing her Hospitality Management Diploma at CPIT. During her internship, she moved across to our Front Office team, working her way up to a Duty Manager position. After graduating, she was promoted to the role of Front Office Manager, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the Reception. Outside of work, Suzie enjoys travelling and long walks on the beach.

Phone: 03 357 9869
Email: Suziepottinger@commodorehotel.co.nz

Andy Jamieson - Executive Chef

Andy Jamieson

Executive Chef

Andy’s interest in food began at a young age from his mother, who was a great baker. This led him to a four year apprenticeship with the Intercontinental Hotel group. Which then led to a career working at Forte Grand, and then with Pelican Group, before moving to Christchurch

“I was trained in Edinburgh, Scotland and now reside in New Zealand with my wife and two children. I enjoy most things kiwi except yams(not a fan),but then I do like haggis.”

Phone: (03) 357 9865
Email: Andyjamieson@commodorehotel.co.nz

Crystal Tamou - Human Resources

Crystal Tamou

Human Resources

Crystal has spent the last 20 years working in the hospitality industry. She spent the first 5 years at the Bayview Wairakei Resort Taupo, working her way up from waitressing to being the Fairways complex manager – a restaurant, bar, night club and gaming establishment.
A planned year to Australia turned into six years where she enjoyed working in remote locations such as Ayers Rock and Hamilton Island. She is now in her 8th year at the Commodore and loves the variety her role brings.
In her spare time Crystal loves spending time with her Husband and two sons.
“We are spoilt at the Commodore with such a great array of guests and staff. It makes everyday a pleasure to come to work as no day is the same”


Phone: (03) 358 8129
Email: crystaltamou@commodorehotel.co.nz