The Principal of Altrad Consulting P/L, John Ready, has been combining teaching at some of Australia's leading hospitality colleges for the past decade and a half 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. In addition, his firm has acted as Property Managers for a block of flats in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
It was with great sadnesss that John spent much of the post-Olympic period recommending to Sydney clients facing short-term crises that they close their hotels and redevelop as serviced apartments. 2003 saw a concentration on helping client hotels overcome the effects of the downturn in business due to terrorism threats, war, and the SARS crisis. Then from the beginning of 2004 it was quite encouraging with a number of projects floated to either build new hotels or expand existing ones in Australia. In order to service this growing market John cut his lecturing commitments in the middle of the decade. In a turn-up for the books, in 2008 John was persuaded to go back to full-time management with the boutique Woolbrokers Hotel at Darling Harbour.
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