Our Management Team

The Lido Group is led by a seasoned management team with extensive experience across multiple areas of the hospitality and travel technology sectors. Together we have assembled a team of dedicated and provocative ‘Solution Finders’ who understand that great technology, extensive industry partnerships and great customer service are the keys to success.

Learn more about us and how every one of us contributes to the growth and direction of The Lido Group.

Our team

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Brian Bridgewood

Founder

Tell me about you
I like to lead and have a really positive approach to life.  I suppose I’m slightly confrontational… I don’t suffer fools and I love anyone with the ‘body parts’ to have a go!  I’ve become successful because I won’t let anything be seen as a ‘problem’ standing in my way.

What do you do in Lido?
As Lido’s Founder and semi-retired Chairman my office hours are pretty-much at my convenience.  I come in to the office for Management Meetings and swan around afterwards delivering my motivational messages to all the staff, dedicated to making Lido the success that it is.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I can… I mean, who wouldn’t?!?!  

Brian Bridgewood on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
Bali. We bought a villa there. It's fabulous!

What's your dream destination?
Paris, France. Been going there for over 20 years now and still love it.

What is your favourite drink?
Red wine; shiraz

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Bulldogs, Swans and Tottenham Hotspur…all the ‘foot’ sports.

Who is your favourite band?
Haven’t got a favourite band but I do like Michael Bublé.

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Steve Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
Often described as a bit of a ‘rough diamond’, I tend to take a no-nonsense approach to business and try to ‘tell it like it is’ in all situations. I’m an avid traveller and lived for over 10 years in the UK, Turkey, Sweden and Canada. I spent many years racing motorbikes (age 5 to age 34) and am still very much a ‘petrol head’ and into all sorts of motorsports. I still own a bike and love long distance motorcycle touring.

What do you do in Lido?
I’m the boss (MD). As they say … ‘The buck stops here’.

Why do you do what you do?
I love problem solving… and Lido solves problems. Overseeing a fantastic team of dedicated and creative ‘Solution Finders’ is the single most rewarding position I’ve ever held.

Steve Mackenzie on Travel and Favourites

What's your dream destination?
Iceland. I never quite made it to Iceland.

What is your favourite drink?
After living in Scotland for so long, I picked up a real taste for Whisky, and Glenmorangie is the pick! But on a hot day, it’s ice-cold Magners Cider for me.

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Speedway (bikes). Love the World Speedway Grand Prix and have been to many SGP meetings in Europe over the years.

Who is your favourite band?
Pink Floyd. Latest Favourite: Gomez.

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Martin Cowley

Chairman LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
Travel industry veteran, 11 countries in 30 years, aviation, travel and technology. Proud 'new' Australian. Once was a good golfer, now a hacker, wine collector, especially burgundy, music lover and family man. 

What do you do in Lido?
Advise, Support and Connect. And enjoy working with a great group of professionals. 

Why do you do what you do?
I just love this business. Love the diversity and the urgency. Love the people. Enjoy connecting people with great ideas and great solutions. Lido has plenty of both! 

Martin Cowley on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
Pretty Beach House, Central Coast- until it burnt down! Leonard Bersnstein suite at The Crillon in Paris. Anywhere that has a view of the harbour and does great carpaccio for two washed down by pinot noir! Ask me for a tip. 

What's your dream destination?
Petra, Jordan... On horseback! Okavango Delta, Botswana is also on my bucket list. And Augusta, Georgia in the spring.

What is your favourite drink?
You've guessed it, Pinot Noir from Burgundy (or even Central Otago, Tasmania, Victoria, Napa Valley....)

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Golf or watching my 16 year old son play anything!

Who is your favourite band?
As a mediocre saxophonist, David Sanborn and the late, great Grover Washington. And waking up to anything by Randy Crawford, especially 'Imagine'.

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Lynsey Potts

Director of Legal and Corporate Development LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
I love to give everything a go, keeping an open-mind, because after all, you only live once.  However, I have discovered a few things I like, nay love: dancing, teaching Zumba (5 times a week) and attending Pole Fitness (no, not pole-dancing, rather gymnastics on a vertical beam).

What do you do in Lido?
As General Manager, I do a bit of everything.  Variety is the spice of my job!  As a qualified lawyer, I am also responsible for anything remotely ‘legal’ that needs doing/drafting/reviewing… zzzzz!

Why do you do what you do?
I like ‘getting things done’ and being part of the Lido team that does that, with minimal fuss and maximum focus on the intended outcome. 

Lynsey Potts on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
The Gap, Sydney heads. (No, not to push him off!) Watching the sunrise, wrapped up together in a blanket, followed by the Skinny Dip café in Bondi for a Green Giant smoothie and pancakes breakfast.

What's your dream destination?
Madagascar.  No, not for the Polka Dot Afro Circus as made famous by Dream Works!  But having been born and brought up in Africa (Malawi) for 14 years it was always a place in Africa I wanted to explore for its unique wildlife and French history.

What is your favourite drink?
Hendricks gin and slimline tonic, with a slice of cucumber and couple of cubes of ice!  Can’t beat my homeland (Scottish) gin!

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Living in Cronulla I have to say it’s the Sharkies!  Up up Cronulla!

Who is your favourite band?
Nickelback.  I’m not a big concert person but I have been to theirs twice (Sydney and Glasgow)…love their music.

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Peter Beveridge

Director of Operations LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
I’ve been connected to travel for nearly 25 years from early days of working in ski resorts to more recently managing big technology systems.. quite a big change! I’m a positive person who always looks for a solution. In my spare time I play golf and regularly attend football and rugby matches and have been lucky enough to attend a couple of World Cups.

What do you do in Lido?
My role is to ensure that all the promises made to clients happen - simple as that!

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoying making things run better and coming up with innovative solutions to industry challenges. I like to see the people that work with me flourish and grow as leaders that will take the business to the next level.

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Where do you go when you romance your partner?
We always love heading to Asia to a beach property otherwise the local pub and a good chat is a frequent occurrence.

What's your dream destination?
If it’s cold and has white fluffy stuff… I’m there with my skis.

What is your favourite drink?
Nothing better than an ice cold beer!

Who is your favourite band?
I like most thing live and try to get to gigs whenever possible.

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Ryan Mahoney

Director of Finance LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
I’m an avid traveller! I grew up in South Africa, and have also lived in Brazil and the UK. My background is mixed between financial services and FMCG, and outside of work I live for scuba diving interesting shipwrecks and shark encounters!

What do you do in Lido?
I am the head bean counter – Director of Finance.

Why do you do what you do?
I really enjoy the analytical side of my role, and being able to add value through financial reporting. Understanding the numbers is key in any successful organisation, and that is why I’m the numbers guy!

Ryan Mahoney on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
As she is a food scientist, so it has to be somewhere with exceptional quality. That means it is usually a juicy steak on the braai (BBQ) at home with a good bottle of Pinot Noir… guaranteed exceptional quality!

What's your dream destination?
Galapagos – you can’t argue with unspoilt diving! Maybe a stopover in Hawaii for some beach hopping.

What is your favourite drink?
A well-mixed Caipirinha or Pisco Sour is always a treat… otherwise a cold pale ale. Beer goes with everything!

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Rugby Union – The SPRINGBOKS! I also enjoy underwater hockey, but it doesn’t make for a great spectator sport…

Who is your favourite band?
I enjoy listening to classic rock in the car, but live in concert it would have to be The Killers or Mumford and Sons again!

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Rain Julia

Office Manager

Tell me about you
Over the last 15 years I’ve held various administrative and management positions across several industries such as finance, real estate, healthcare, logistics- and now travel! I definitely believe that variety is the spice of life.

What do you do in Lido?
As Office Manager, I perform a mix of administrative, HR and accounts tasks. Most importantly, I order the beer.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I would be scared to see the results of having no beer on hand.

Rain Julia on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
I wish I had a good answer for this one, but I’m probably the least romantic person alive!

What's your dream destination?
The beach and rock formations of Bandon, Oregon and the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

What is your favourite drink?
Coffee.

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Favourite sport to play is basketball. Favourite sport to watch is NRL. I follow the only team worth following- The Manly Sea Eagles.

Who is your favourite band?
Pearl Jam.

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Danilo Curcuruto

General Manager - Hotel Partnerships LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
I’m a born and bred Sicilian islander who has made Australia his new home. Since I was a kid I’ve always had a passion, almost an obsession in my mind: Travel! Discovering new cultures, traditions and the opportunity to broaden my outlook has always fascinated me and is the reason why in the last 12 years I’ve travelled extensively around the world (…and yes moved away from eating only Pizza and Pasta!). My tagline: there is a big world out there...go have a look!

What do you do in Lido?
I’m the key decision maker with regards to negotiating, contracting and managing accounts and hotel supply related matters on behalf of the group. If you are an accommodation supplier interested in working with us….I’m your man!

Why do you do what you do?
Pure and simple passion for Travel and for my role within it. Discovering, researching and promoting a new destination, or an accommodation supplier, is what drives me. …and yes negotiating, this is what I love about my role – me accepting the first offer? Never!

Danilo Curcuruto on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
I’m an islander and such I have a strong attachment to the ocean and the beach…..what’s better than sipping a glass of vino watching the sunset on a deserted beach??

What's your dream destination?
French Polynesia. Being so far away from everything, it has always been on my bucket list…..one day!

What is your favourite drink?
Amaretto Sour (Egg white & Original Italian Amaretto from Saronno please!)

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Soccer of course!! Tried to embrace the Australian surfing culture…..it took me 10 minutes to realise that surfing is not for me! (even though I still believe one day I’ll be riding that green wall !)

Who is your favourite band?
I’m not a band person….Rock? no thank you. House music all the way!

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Arfan Habib

Systems Support Manager LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
Peace minded, logical thinker, calm and patient - that often gets me into trouble. I like troubleshooting problems and getting to the bottom of a situation. My hobbies are travel, photography, sports, movies and reading gadgets.

What do you do in Lido?
My role is to make sure everything works (systems, processes, operations) so the team at Lido can provide our clients with our great service.

Why do you do what you do?
I don’t think there is anything more satisfying than solving problems and then using the solution to increase efficiency

Arfan Habib on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
That’s something I like to keep a secret.

What's your dream destination?
World’s coldest and driest continent - Antarctica. What makes it so special is the abundant wildlife, aurora and 24 hours of sunlight in some places.

What is your favourite drink?
Pure coconut juice

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Soccer. Just a tad short is cricket.

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Darren Lee

Business Analyst – Client Implementations LinkedIn Profile

Tell me about you
A young adult with a mature and positive personality, dedicated to my work, or anything I do, and love to take on new challenges especially from a unique approach. Very tech savvy, enjoys good food & good company, loves to travel and enjoys fishing when the weathers right!

What do you do in Lido?
I support the team of Consultants and Specialists within the Business Services Department. I’m the ‘go to’ person within the team, ensuring all requests are actioned within SLA’s, all topped with fantastic Customer Service being our number one priority.

Why do you do what you do?
I’m very passionate on improving myself, helping others around me, and the work I do. The sense of achievement is most rewarding and adds to my personal development.

Darren Lee on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
Lantern by Wagaya, Sydney. They have great Japanese food, good drinks but most of all, Karaoke! She’s a little pop star and singing makes her the happiest.

What's your dream destination?
Tokyo, Japan. I love technology and can only imagine the wonders I’ll come across, also love their food!

What is your favourite drink?
Jack Daniels + Coke

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Fishing

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Samuel Reuben

Accommodation Services Manager

Tell me about you
My friends would say that I am the joker of our group as I am always up for a laugh or doing anything that is completely random. My hobbies include playing basketball and anything that has wheels and goes fast … soon to include motorbikes!

What do you do in Lido?
My role is a Business Service Specialist, which resides  within the Business Services Team. Due to being part of a brilliant team, I am able to ensure that all of our clients’ needs are taken care of within a timely fashion.

Why do you do what you do?
I very much enjoy working with a great team of people who are all very entertaining and dedicated at the same time. Each day can bring a new challenge with a new situation and this allows me to push my current skills and knowledge in order to complete this task.

Samuel Reuben on Travel and Favourites

What's your dream destination?
At the moment I would have to say either Hawaii, for relaxing on the beach and Rome for travelling.

What is your favourite drink?
I would say coffee during the week and relaxing with a nice glass of single malt Scotch on the weekend.

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
I love to play soccer, league or basketball.

Who is your favourite band?
Any Rnb/Hip Hop or 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music.

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Murray Kennedy

Accommodation Services Specialist

Tell me about you
Outgoing personality who really couldn’t live without music.  I like to create electronic beats and bleeps!

What do you do in Lido?
I’m an accommodation service specialist and I go out of my way to source rates and inclusions that ensure my clients are provided with an exceptional property to relax after a hard day’s work. I like that they can count on me to fine tune their accommodation requirements in any location.

Why do you do what you do?
I love providing an outstanding product at  competitive rates  to our  customers. I’m more than confident that The Lido Group speaks for itself and I can go home at the end of the day knowing  that myself  and my team can provide a solution that  exceeds the clients’ needs.

Murray Kennedy on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
Somewhere exotic like Koh Tao Thailand. We like it Spicy and it’s a nice location to unwind in the hills and a real challenge to get to Happy Daze Tree Bar!

What's your dream destination?
Yucatán peninsula Mexico. Escape to Chichen Itza for the day (perfect Jungle setting) or soak up the amazing clear crystal beaches at the Ibiza of Mexico … Cancun.

What is your favourite drink?
Hennessey cognac vsop (no chaser, that’s for the weak).

What is your favourite sport and/or team?
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs for Life!

Who is your favourite band?
N-Type - Deep Dark Dubstep Producer

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Elizabeth West

Accommodation Services Specialist

Tell me about you
I have been working in the hospitality industry for roughly 18 years now and I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. I love to travel; my goal is to travel to a new place every year. I love being out, meeting friends, experiencing new restaurants, cafes, bars. I’ll try anything once!

What do you do in Lido?
Accommodation Specialist, I supervise the most dynamic and client-focused team around. My role is very diverse- I problem-solve, motivate, build and maintain relationships with industry colleagues and clients.

Why do you do what you do?
I love the industry! I have worked in hospitality all my life; working The Lido Group lets me exercise my love for the industry in a fun upbeat environment. As a Sydney native living in the heart of the city, I am used to being surrounded with a variety of different people, situations and surprises so customer service has always been a natural fit.

Elizabeth West on Travel and Favourites

Where do you go when you romance your partner?
I’m a big fan of small bars, preferably with live music, as they have a great ambiance

What's your dream destination?
Bora Bora or Tahiti, beautiful beaches, snorkelling, cocktails what more could you ask for?

What is your favourite drink?
Coffee in the morning and Dirty Martini’s in the evenings

Who is your favourite band?
Ed Sheeran, but I love almost all music. Golden Oldies has to be my favourite radio station.