My Green Butler's Advisory Panel
Our advisory panel of internationally recognised experts guides our progress. Their individual knowledge, from hospitality, customer service, to science, weather modelling and IT, accelerates our break-through innovation.
Chris graduated from the University of NSW as a civil engineer in 1980. In 1998, together with his wife Trish, he entered the hospitality industry when they established a serviced apartment complex in Brisbane. Subsequently, they managed a tourism complex in Byron Bay. In 2004 they established The Observatory Hotel, in Port Macquarie.
Under the Denny’s’ guidance The Observatory became acknowledged as one of the most successful strata tourism properties sustainability pioneers in Australia and was one of a very few hotels to have achieved officially-endorsed carbon-neutral status. In total, they were recognised with 65 Regional, State, National and International accolades across the trifecta of triple bottom line excellence.
Alex is drawn to innovation and fast-paced growth environments, founding a consulting business to help connect Silicon Valley to entrepreneurs around the world. She has over ten years of experience developing international partnerships and leading large-scale project management within the travel sector.
During the last five years, she worked within the partnership and strategic growth division at TripAdvisor in the United States. Now based in Sydney she is contributing to the development of My Green Butler. As a passionate advocator for environmental sustainability, she believes education can create small changes that have big impact.
Alex graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Business and participated in the International Business program at ESDES Ecole de Management in Lyon, France.
Aaqib Kitab, MSc
Aaqib is a highly qualified front and back end developer with specific expertise in Artificial Intelligence. He has applied cutting edge technologies and development tools while working at leading consultancies in London, Dubai and now Australia. Aaqib brings a wealth of practical experience and visionary foresight to the Advisory Panel, to guide us on system architecture and standards that enable My Green Butler to be at the forefront of SaaS innovation.
Nick is an experienced hospitality director, having worked for various businesses from single independent units to multinational organisations throughout the United Kingdom.
During the last 16 years, he was managing director of Langdale Estate, one of the largest single-site hospitality businesses in the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nick helped build Langdale’s national reputation as a responsible, sustainable hospitality provider. There he oversaw two hotels, restaurants, spa, and timeshare lodges, balancing strong business success with environmental impact reduction.
He continues to make significant contributions to the community, is a Professor of Practice at Cumbria University, and a tourism and hospitality consultant.
Don Morris, AO
Don Morris has a long career in advertising and on boards of numerous private, government and ASX listed tourism entities. Don was a founding principal of Mojo Advertising, widely recognised for its iconic Australian advertising, including ‘I still call Australia Home’ for Qantas and Paul Hogan’s ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’. Don is a founding director and life member of the Tourism and Transport Forum.
He is a former Chair of both Tourism Australia and Tourism Queensland, an Adjunct Professor at the Griffith Institute for Tourism and honorary Doctor of Griffith University. Don has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. He was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to tourism in 2002.
Christian Werner, PhD
Christian Werner is an expert in numerical weather prediction modelling, climate change processes, natural and anthropogenic, and the attribution of internal and external climate forcing. For more than 28 years he has been actively involved in research and development of numerical forecast systems for short and long-term predictions of weather and climate.
He was the first commercial meteorologist in Australia and over the last 17 years successfully built his weather risk and analytics businesses. His education includes a BSc (1990) and MSc (1995) in Atmospheric Physics from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany. Further studies and research in Australia saw him obtaining a PhD (2000) in Theoretical Physics.