19.03.21 | ICHM Graduate Story

Graduate To Head Up New Sofitel Adelaide

Graduate Rachael Harman returns to Adelaide as GM of the new Sofitel to open mid-year, and is keen to recruit ICHM graduates wherever possible.

After an extensive 20-year career as a dynamic and service-oriented hotelier, Adelaide-born Rachael Harman is returning home as General Manager of the new Sofitel Adelaide – opening July 2021.

Rachael says the Sofitel will be Adelaide’s newest five-star international luxury hotel, ‘It’s extremely exciting to finally be home in Adelaide and working on this amazing project’, she says.

Located in the heart of Adelaide, only a short walking distance to the iconic Adelaide Oval as well as the Adelaide Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre, Sofitel Adelaide features 251 spacious rooms and suites combining French-inspired chic modern luxury and views overlooking the Adelaide skyline.

The hotel has an indoor pool and gym, a French inspired restaurant, Garcon Bleu, and a bar and Executive Lounge.

About Rachael

Rachel graduated in 1998, under her maiden name O’Neil, and says that: ‘ICHM certainly build a strong foundation for me to embark on my successful hotelier career’.

She began her hotelier career with a Food and Beverage focused role at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney and moved on to various leadership roles - at Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, The Westin Melbourne and The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay.

In 2010, Rachael moved to Malaysia to join The Westin Kuala Lumpur where she held management positions including Hotel Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing. Rachael’s most recent role was General Manager at Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa.

She returns to Adelaide with her husband and two daughters and may be found jogging around the familiar banks of the Torrens lake in her down time.

ICHM is delighted to report that Rachael has accepted an invitation to join ICHM’s Graduates in Industry International Advisory Committee (GIIAC), joining 16 other graduates advising on current industry trends and practices in relation to ICHM programs.