Senior Management Team

Executive Management Team

Exceptional personalities. Great leaders inspire great events. The CTICC’S continued success and our capacity to satisfy our clients on every level can be attributed to our competent staff and the talented professionals that constitute our passionate management team. Meet the exceptional people behind the extraordinary experiences.

Julie- May Ellingson

Chief Executive Officer

Julie-May Ellingson has been at the helm of the CTICC since September 2014. She has 20 years’ experience in the built-environment sector and previously served as the Head of Durban Municipality’s Strategic Projects Unit where she worked on several high-profile projects including the construction of the Moses Mabida Stadium and upgrade of the Durban beachfront. Julie-May is now spearheading the CTICC's expansion project. She has a proven track record when it comes to the organising and hosting of major international events. Julie-May currently serves on the boards of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) and Cape Town Tourism.

Fairoza Parker

Chief Financial Officer

Fairoza is the first Chief Financial Officer of the CTICC. She is responsible for overseeing the Finance division of the CTICC. She is passionate about people and helping them to achieve their full potential.

Craig Barrington

General Manager: Facilities & Operations

Before joining the CTICC, Craig worked as the Technical Manager of Cape Town Stadium where he was part of the team overseeing the stadium’s FIFA 2010 World Cup operations. Having worked in Facilities Management sector for most of his career, Craig now oversees Facilities & Operations at the CTICC. Craig believes that operations management requires close collaboration amongst the entire client service team to ensure that a client can host a successful event. This requires centres to be responsible for dealing with the ever-increasing complexities in all aspects of facilities management from infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, to new event formats and technologies to rapidly changing business practices. He is passionate about discovering opportunities for improvement to continually introduce new vitality and innovations at the centre.

Robert Hatton-Jones

General Manager: Commercial & Business Development

With extensive experience in the hotel industry, Robert understands the importance of creating memorable experiences. He has worked in some of South Africa’s premier hotels and is passionate about crafting unique guest experiences at the CTICC.

Tracy Mkhize

General Manager: Operations: Food & Beverage

Tracy has a wealth of experience in various sectors of the hospitality industry. Before joining the CTICC, she held the position of General Manager of a hotel, casino and resort in the North West province. Tracy holds a BSc degree from the University of Witwatersrand and worked as a laboratory research assistant before migrating to the hospitality industry. She has also completed the Management Advancement Programme (MAP) at Wits Business School and holds a Higher Certificate in Business Management from Regenesys Business School. She is passionate about client satisfaction and improving and surpassing the client’s expectations which is why she always pays attention to details and anticipate the customer’s needs. Tracy is aware that it takes teamwork to execute successful events and ensure repeat business hence she always finds ways to encourage and keep her teams motivated.

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