Crystalbrook Collection has made two key appointments: Carl Taranto, who will move from his position as general manager of Bailey, A Crystalbrook Collection Hotel in Cairns to Kingsley, A Crystalbrook Collection Hotel which will open in Q2 next year in Newcastle, and Lisa Brown, who will take over Carl’s role at Bailey.

As general manager of Kingsley, which will become Newcastle’s first five-star hotel, Carl will lead a team of more than 100. On his appointment, Carl said he is proud to introduce the brand to Australia’s seventh-largest city with a hotel that celebrates both the history of Newcastle and what is to come.

Lisa is making the move from Flynn, A Crystalbrook Collection Hotel in Cairns, where she served as executive assistant manager. She boasts 15 years of experience across the Mantra and Accor group. On her appointment, Lisa said: “I’m excited to take the lead at Bailey and to work with our local artists to bring it’s thoughtful, arty personality to life.”