Graham Hawkes

Graham is delighted to represent the people of Invercargill on the ILT board.

He and his family have operated several food and beverage operations in the South. And with over 50 years of hospitality experience, he brings industry expertise to the board table. 

Graham is a well-regarded chef who has received several hospitality awards throughout his career. Including the Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame, Honorable Life Member of World Chefs, and inaugural member of the NZ Chefs Hall of Fame. 

He is passionate about the hospitality industry and believes in continuing to reinvest in the business, encouraging career pathways for young people entering the sector, providing ongoing training and showcasing plenty of Southland’s beautiful produce on the menu.

Having recently sold his own hospitality business, Graham is enjoying retirement with his wife Glenise and looks forward to giving back to the industry he loves.

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