The Principal of Altrad Consulting P/L, John Ready, combined teaching at some of Australia's leading hospitality colleges from the early 1990s until 2008 with independent consulting, training and relief work. Previously he was best known as the Training, Installation and Support Manager for the Lodgistix organisation throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South East Asia.
A lawyer by training, John turned a university education in law and business into a stepping stone into hotel management in New Zealand in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
The mid-1980's saw him take on the role of Support Manager for the new Lodgistix South Pacific company, installing the first LodgMate Property Management System outside of the United States. By the end of 1988 his territory included Australia and early the following year he was part of a management buy-out of Lodgistix Australia. Within three years, the now profitable company, was servicing 140 hotels ranging from backpackers hostels, through suburban motels, island resorts, boutique city serviced apartment complexes, to 650-room five star international hotels in Australia and South East Asia. This company was subsequently sold to Sulcus Inc, the American producer of Lodgistix hotel software, who in turn have since become SoftBrands.
After coming out of a brief retirement in 1992 John taught Front Office Accounting at Sydney's Macleay College, AHRP accredited and winner of a number of Tourism Awards for Excellence in Education at both State and National levels over fourteen years, and NSW Tourism's Educator of the Decade in 1999. He has also taught Front Office Operations at Kenvale College (also a State Tourism Award winner for industry education) for both Kenvale's Diploma students and the University of New South Wales students doing a BComm in hospitality and marketing; Front Office Management, and Conference and Convention Management for Central Queensland University; and Rooms Division Management at the International College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Manly where students qualified for American, Swiss and Australian Diplomas (the latest winner of the State Tourism Award for Industry Education). In the late nineties he added Diploma level classes in Property Management, and Safety and Security, plus Advanced Diploma classes in Financial Management to his repertoire. In addition, 1999 saw him join the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Kenvale College. He also became an Associate Member of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education.
In between times he has managed relief stints at a number of Sydney hotels and clubs, as well as a one-year contract as Front Office Manager for the Marquee Sheraton Hotel. During 1998 and 1999 he had a twenty-two month General Management contract for Randwick Lodge, a heritage-listed 43 room property in suburban Sydney where he vastly increased the yield. Then between 2008 and 2010 he managed the boutique Woolbrokers at Darling Harbour Hotel. In addition, his firm has acted as Property Managers for a block of flats in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Since 2011 John has been basically retired, not taking on any new clients. Casual stints driving for Audi, and Concierge work for some prestigious residential apartment blocks in Sydney have allowed him to ease into semi-retirement. Previous clients are still welcome to pick his brain by email but the days of boarding planes at short notice to fly half way across the country to sort out hospitality problems are over.
He has a Train the Trainer Certificate, a Responsible Conduct of Gaming Certificate, a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and is part way through a Master of Professional Accounting.
Well qualified - Well experienced