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Ms Sarah Phillipson is the Director of Asset and Investment Management of M&L Manager. Ms Phillipson assists the Chief Executive Officer with the operations of M&L Hospitality in relation to asset management, investment strategies and strategic planning. Ms Phillipson is based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Ms Phillipson joined the M&L Group in 2009 and has more than 17 years of hospitality experience in international hotels. During this time her role has included due diligence, acquisition, re-branding and asset management of M&L Hospitality’s portfolio of hotels.

In 1992, Ms Phillipson was employed by Sheraton Hotels where she worked in various finance roles in New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne. She was appointed Financial Controller for Sheraton Noosa Resort in 1999.

Ms Phillipson was appointed Financial Controller of Westin Melbourne in 2000, a position she held for two years before being promoted to Assistant Vice President of Finance of Starwood Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. From 2002 to 2005, she was responsible for the accuracy of financial statements and for transactions within the Asia Pacific organisation, as well as holding the position of Regional Controller of China, South Korea and Taiwan where she was responsible for the direct supervision of hotel controllers overseeing 20 hotels.

Her experience in the hospitality industry includes:
- Exposure to work practices across Asia and finance roles in Singapore, China, New Zealand and Australia;
- Expertise in hotel financials and financial modelling;
- Broad exposure to hotel managers and owners across Asia, including large corporates, superannuation funds and private investors;
- Asset maximisation and cash management;
- Placement of building and public liability insurance policies and claims preparation;
- Interpreting and negotiating hotel management agreements and sales contracts; and
- Hotel sales and rebranding requirements.

Ms Phillipson graduated from the Victoria University of Technology, Footscray Victoria in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management. She has been a Certified Practising Accountant in Australia since 1999.
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