NZICC appointments complete executive team ahead of next year’s opening

NZICC has appointed Ian Love as director of operations and Robert Cullen as executive chef.

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has appointed two key leadership positions, which now completes its executive team.

Ian Love joins the NZICC as the director of operations, bringing 30 years of event and venue management experience to the role.

From the Sydney Olympics to venues and events in Britain, Bahrain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Love has played a pivotal role in opening and operating some of the world’s most iconic events within stadia, arenas, hotels and convention centres.

As director of operations, he will oversee all aspects of NZICC’s event execution and venue management.

Michelin-trained chef Robert Cullen joins the NZICC team as executive chef, overseeing the development of all the Centre’s cuisine.

Working in kitchens across the UK, Russia and Southeast Asia, Cullen is a Michelin-trained chef with experience working under iconic names in the culinary industry, including Raymond Blanc and Albert Roux. His last international role was as the executive chef for King Abdullah at the royal palace in Jordan.

“Both Robert and Ian are relocating to Auckland, bringing with them a high calibre of expertise, passion for excellence, and dedication to ensuring the NZICC is a strong competitor in the international convention space,” said Prue Daly, NZICC’s general manager.