Tony Eldred is the founder of Eldred Hospitality Pty Ltd, a company that provides key staff recruiting and training, together with management consulting services for leading hospitality and tourism companies in Australia and New Zealand. The company has been operating since 1987.
Eldred is a highly regarding expert in issues relating to hospitality management. He regularly contributes articles to publications such as Restaurant and Caterers magazine, What’s Cooking?; the Australian Institute of Management magazine, The AIM Journal; and Our Hotel, the Australian Hotels Association magazine. Since 1987, his monthly management page in FoodService magazine has been regarded as a resource for information on trends and management techniques in the hospitality sector.
Tony Eldred has over 40 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Immediately prior to founding his company, he studied Law at Melbourne University, while also working for the Hilton Hotel Corporation where he held a special management training position based out of Hilton’s Melbourne property.
Prior to working with Hilton, Tony worked for the international confectionary and beverage giant, Cadbury Schweppes Ltd, who appointed him as the Victorian Manager (1980 – 1983) for one of their key subsidiary companies, Associated Home Deliveries Pty Ltd. As the State Manager, Tony was responsible for 500 employees, 220 trucks and two key distribution depots. During his tenure with AHD, Tony’s challenge was to completely restructure the company, develop and implement a management control system, negotiate annual agreements and liaise with trade unions such as the Transport Workers Union and the Storemen and Packer’s Union.
Tony Eldred commenced his hospitality career in 1970 with the KFC Australia Pty Ltd who, at that time, was establishing foothold in the Australian fast food market. Tony’s leadership and organisational skills lead the organization to fast track him to into a senior management position. During his 10 year tenure with KFC he held a variety of management titles including Area Training Manager and Area Sales/Operations Manager. Eldred also managed key vendor relationships and was the KFC representative to the Retail Traders’ Association.
Eldred attended Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne. He holds professional accreditations with the Australian Institute of Hospitality Management (FAIHM) and the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM). He is an active member of the Australian Institute of Training & Development (MAITD) and the Australian Human Resources Institute (MAHRI).