Club Central welcomes new chief executive officer

Club Central's new Chief Executive Officer, Paul Richardson.
Club Central's new Chief Executive Officer, Paul Richardson.

Club Central has welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer, Paul Richardson.

Mr Richardson brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality and accommodation industries, previously holding leadership positions with Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Accor Hotels and the Outrigger Enterprises Group.

He takes the helm at Club Central from retiring chief executive officer, Mike Walker, who stepped down the end of August.

Illawarra Catholic Club president, Brian Cloney said the Board, management and staff at Club Central warmly welcome Paul to the role.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Paul’s calibre taking the reins from our long-serving chief executive officer, Mike Walker,” Mr Conley said.

“Paul’s leadership experience in hotels and hospitality as well as a strong background in the food and beverage industry provide him with a wealth of knowledge to lead Club Central into the future.”

Mr Richardson comes to Club Central from Outrigger Enterprises Group where he spent the previous two years as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Originally from Melbourne, Mr Richardson has worked across New Zealand, the US and Asia Pacific.

At the top of Mr Richardson’s to do list is getting to know Club Central’s 146-strong team.

“I believe that building relationships and developing and nurturing talent is key, not only to success, but to overcoming challenges,” Mr Richardson said.

“I’ve seen my fair share of challenges over the years such as the SARS epidemic in Taipei and the Christchurch earthquake.

“I can already see that we have a committed and energetic team at Club Central and look forward to working with them to continue to deliver top shelf experiences for our members and guests as well as driving growth for the business,” he said.

With membership for the 2017- 2018 financial year totalling 54,582, its highest ever level in the Club’s history, Club Central has a number of exciting plans in place.

At Hurstville, the $45 million stage two project to expand and refurbish the Club and construct a 124-room hotel on a neighbouring property is expected to kick off this month.

While at Menai, the Terrace Bistro and Rustic Rickshaw have both launched new menus catering to a wide variety of tastes and providing excellent value and choice for family dining.

For more information on Club Central Hurstville and Menai visit