EXECUTIVE PROFILES

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific employs more than 2,000 staff members whose enthusiasm and dedication is only matched by their diversity. Wyndham Corporate Centre, located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is the company headquarters and houses over 400 employees. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is one of the Gold Coast’s largest corporate employers with additional employees located at resorts and sales sites throughout the Asia Pacific region. Meet the Executive Team:
 

Barry Robinson

President and Managing Director, International Operations

Wyndham Vacation Clubs

Joined 2003

Barry Robinson serves as President and Managing Director of International Operations for Wyndham Vacation Clubs, overseeing operations of the company’s timeshare business outside North America. He served as president and managing director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific for 14 years, driving significant property acquisitions and enhanced resort developments, including growing the business to become the world’s largest vacation ownership development operation outside North America. He was also responsible for leading Wyndham Hotel Group’s growth across South East Asia and the Pacific Rim.  Under Barry’s leadership a renewed customer focus was instilled across both businesses. The service culture that Barry continues to emphasize across Wyndham Vacation Clubs is to create personalised and memorable experiences at every customer touchpoint.

 

Barry leads the international growth strategy for the company’s seven vacation clubs: CLUB WYNDHAM®, WorldMark® by Wyndham, CLUB WYNDHAM® ASIA, WorldMark South Pacific Club, Shell Vacations Club, Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham and WYNDHAM CLUB BRASIL(SM).

 

With more than 30 years’ hospitality experience, Barry served in a number of leading industry roles covering management, operations, development, branding and franchising. He has held a number of senior leadership positions in the Asia Pacific region for some of the world’s largest hospitality companies, including Swiss-Belhotel International, Swissôtel Worldwide Partner Hotels and Choice Hotels International.

 

Barry is also:

  • Board Director, FSHD Global
  • Vice President of ATHOC (Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council)
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • School of Hotel Resort & Tourism Management’s Executive Advisory Board, Bond University
  • Member of Young Presidents' Organisation, Queensland Chapter
  • Long standing CHA member for over 15 years

 

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Gary Croker

Senior Vice President Business Development Asia Pacific
Joined April 2003

Gary Croker began his role as Senior Vice President of Business Development in 2008 and is responsible for a number of key business enhancements. This includes leading a project to establish vacation ownership in Asia. Gary joined Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (now Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific) in 2003 initially as head of finance for the Asia Pacific region until 2007 before changing roles. Gary also is a Board Member of Wyndham Vacation Clubs South Pacific, the responsible entity for WorldMark South Pacific Club.

 

Gary is a senior finance executive and chartered accountant with more than 25 years' experience covering hospitality, transport, logistics and manufacturing. His experience encompasses operational financial roles, project management, cost reduction initiatives and information management. Gary has significant international experience working in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and the US for various companies ranging from large multi-national corporations to small start-up operations. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


 

Liam Crawley

 

Chief Financial Officer
Joined 2008

Liam Crawley joined Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (now Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific) in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. He leads a team of more than 140 employees providing centralised support services and is responsible for all aspects of accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, payroll, procurement, internal audit, information technology, treasury, taxation and the consumer financing division within the Asia Pacific region.

 

Liam has over 20 years' experience as a senior finance executive at corporate, divisional and regional levels within publicly listed corporations. Prior to joining Wyndham, he commenced his career in Melbourne, Australia with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and later held senior finance positions at Mayne Group Limited in Melbourne in the corporate office, asset management, group finance, healthcare, diagnostics and logistics. He later served as the regional finance head for the Americas - based in New Jersey (USA) - for Mayne Pharma Limited and then served as Global Vice President of Finance and Group Financial Controller, based in their London global office. He was responsible for the group’s ASX financial reporting and financial control, and led a global finance and accounting team of 125 finance professionals throughout the Asia Pacific, EMEA and US regions.

 

Liam is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), and a member of the AICD Gold Coast Regional Committee.

 


Matt Taplin

Senior Vice President Hotel & Resort Operations

Joined 2012

Matt Taplin joined Wyndham in late 2012 as Senior Vice President of Hotel & Resort Operations, bringing with him more than 25 years of hotel industry experience. In his role with Wyndham, Matt is located at the Wyndham Corporate Centre on the Gold Coast in Australia and is responsible for the hotel operations and the property development teams for both the hotel and the vacation ownership divisions. Wyndham manages or owns over 40 hotels and resorts across the South Pacific and South East Asia. The owned and managed hotels in the portfolio include pure hotel management contracts, management letting rights in strata environments and owner/operator operations.

Matt joined Wyndham after relocating from New Zealand where his previous role as Vice President of Operations at Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Ltd saw him responsible for the overall operation and performance of 30 owned, managed or franchised hotels across New Zealand.  Prior to that, Matt held both Area Manager and General Manager roles in New Zealand.

Matt is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a licensed Real Estate Agent.


Bruce Harkness

Senior Vice President Human Resources
Joined 2013

Bruce Harkness was appointed Vice President of Human Resources (HR) in 2013 and leads a team of 18 dedicated HR professionals. The HR team covers an entire suite of services including talent attraction, learning and development, workplace health and safety, coaching, workforce planning, and policy and procedure development.

 

During his extensive career, Bruce has worked for a number of large hospitality companies both locally and overseas as a key member and advisor to leadership teams and CEOs, providing the tools to achieve KPIs and financial results. Prior to his role with Wyndham, Bruce was employed with Toga Hotel, Movenpick Hotels, Kempinski and the Rezidor Group, where he developed and implemented HR strategy and solutions. Bruce holds degrees in management, executive coaching and mentoring.

 

Kieran Mckenna

Senior Vice President Sales and Field Marketing
Joined 2000, rejoined 2007

Kieran McKenna began his role as the Vice President of Sales for Wyndham Vacation 
Resorts Asia Pacific (now Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific) in 2013. In this role, Kieran leads a team of more than 400 sales employees located at Wyndham Corporate Centre on the Gold Coast, as well as a further 17 sales sites spread across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia.

Kieran has a clear passion for sales and the vacation ownership industry. He started at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific in 2000 and later rejoined in 2007. During his time at Wyndham, Kieran has had an impressive career that has seen him progress through the sales ranks in various roles including Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Project Director and, most recently, Regional Sales Director.

He has also been recognised for his outstanding sales achievements with numerous company awards, including President’s Club, the company’s most esteemed sales accolade. Kieran’s extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the company, product and programs, makes him a highly effective sales leader.

Kieran has enjoyed a successful career within the vacation ownership industry, previously working for Accor as the Regional Sales Manager and Marriott Vacation Club International as the Executive Sales Manager. 
 

Liz Collinson

Senior Vice President Legal and Compliance
Joined 2017

Liz commenced her role as Senior Vice President Legal and Compliance in June 2017. She is responsible for providing strategic legal advice in respect of compliance with applicable securities and managed investment legislation, property and corporate acquisitions, consumer financing, commercial contracts and leases, hotel management and franchise agreements, dispute resolution, and employment and industrial relations matters. Liz is also a Board Member of Wyndham Vacation Clubs South Pacific. Based at Wyndham’s Gold Coast corporate office, she oversees the Legal and Compliance team, which is domiciled across offices on the Gold Coast and Singapore.

Liz joined Wyndham after almost three years as principal of her own firm, Elizabeth Collinson, Barrister & Solicitor. Previously, she spent 12 years living in Singapore, with more than 10 years as Senior Vice President Legal and General Counsel at InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific. After completing her education in Tasmania and Melbourne, Ms Collinson was admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and also gained accreditation as a specialist in Property Law.

Liz sits on the Advisory Board of CPR Kids, an organisation dedicated to empowering families with essential first aid skills.

 

Ross Nicholas

Senior Vice President PR, Communications and Corporate Marketing 
Joined 2004

Ross Nicholas, SVP PR & Communications and Corporate Marketing,  joined Wyndham Destinations in 2004 as a marketing and public relations consultant. In 2006, he started with the company full time as Director of Direct Marketing. 

During his time at Wyndham, Ross has been responsible for several departments including Campaign Management, Creative Services, Database Management, PR & Communications, Sponsorship & Events, Field Marketing and Corporate Marketing.

With over 40 years’ journalism, marketing and public relations experience working with market leading brands, Ross brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role. 

Ross is an innovative and strategic leader who has been recognised for his significant contribution to the vacation ownership and hotel industries as the recipient of the 2014 Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council’s (ATHOC) Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award.

 

Adam Geneave

Vice President Customer Experience
Joined 2015

Adam Geneave joined Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (now Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific) in 2015 in the role of Vice President Customer Experience. He is responsible for growing customer advocacy by strategically leading each of Wyndham’s Asia Pacific business arms to be thoroughly customer focused. Adam is also in charge of enhancing customer experience across Wyndham’s two Asia Pacific vacation clubs, WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham and CLUB WYNDHAM® ASIA.

Adam has more than 12 years’ experience in service-facing and senior operational management roles in the air transport industry at leading companies including Jetstar Group, Virgin Australia and Qantas. His roles have encompassed product design and leadership of large-scale customer-focused change initiatives and he was instrumental in transforming the customer experience and product of both Jetstar Group and Virgin Australia in the highly regulated and safety-sensitive airline industry.

Adam holds a Master of Aviation Management and a Commercial Pilot Licence.

 

David Wray

Vice President Acquisitions and Business Development
Joined 2005

 

David Wray began his role as the Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development in October 2015. David is based in the company’s Singapore office and is the driving force behind property acquisitions for both WorldMark South Pacific Club and CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA. Prior to holding this role, David was Senior Director of Acquisitions for Wyndham in the South Pacific.

Before joining Wyndham, David worked as State Manager for Choice Hotels and was responsible for the growth of the property portfolio, sales and marketing, and property relationships. During his time with Choice Hotels he was heavily involved in the branding transition from Flag Hotels.

In his close to 20 years in hospitality, David has established a solid network of industry colleagues. He has gained extensive experience with identifying new opportunities and locations for properties, which involves analysing properties and advising on best market fit.