Meet the Team

Meet the team that will deliver the Marnong experience, by applying their expertise, vision and passion to the restoration of the historic Marnong Estate. Our wish is to create a welcoming and inclusive precinct for the Northern Suburbs and beyond. 

Gerald Ackroyd

Gerald Ackroyd

Meet our General Manager,  Gerald Ackroyd. Gerald brings decades of industry experience to the role having previously led other venues to sustainable success. Driven by incredible passion, Gerald and his team will ensure your Marnong experience is perfect. 

Mel Watson

Mel Watson

Mel Watson is our Sales and Marketing Manager at Marnong Estate. Mel comes to us with 15 years' experience in the hospitality industry and a strong background in events. Her main focus for the last 5 years has been in Sales and she arrives at Marnong with passion and excitement. Mel cannot wait to host your Marnong experience from March 2018.

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Matt Coates

Matt Coates

Matt is returning home to Melbourne after spending six months as Executive Chef at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. Before his stint in Sydney he has operated the kitchens at leading Melbourne hotels such as Crown Casino Melbourne and Intercontinental Melbourne.

Talented and dedicated to his craft, Matt is excited to be returning home to Melbourne and leading the team at Marnong Estate’s Bankvale Run with a menu that reflects the unique “Paddock to Plate” theme of the restaurant.

His approachable menu will be inspired by fresh, high quality ingredients and offer first-class Angus Cattle that is produced and farmed on the property.