Meet our Team

Mel East

Owner
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Mel East

Mel has worked in the Hotel Industry for over 25 years pouring her first beer at the London Hotel in Balmain. After completing high school at Frensham, Mel jumped at the opportunity to become Licensee of Briars Historic Inn & Country Lodge in 2003 and continued working for the owners for over eight years. Mel then headed back to Sydney to work for Keystone & Redcape in both Hotel Operations & Project Management.

Mel moved back to the Southern Highlands in 2017 & successfully took over the operations of Briars in 2020 working closely with the building owner to open the doors once again in 2021.

With her experience reaching over 80 hotels, Mel is thrilled to finally have a venue she can call her own & is looking forward to giving Briars back to the locals and visitors for many more years to come.

Briars Inn, Dexter Everingham, Operations Manager

Dexter Everingham

General Manager
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Dexter Everingham

Dexter joins the Briars team with over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. From the beginning Dexter was heavily involved in the tourism and hospitality sector of Tropical North Queensland before relocating to Sydney in 2007 to pursue his career in large scale, multi-facet hotel operations.

Having now worked for, and alongside some of Sydney’s largest pub barons in 20+ venues, Dexter is considered a passionate hospitality professional who has established a successful record in overseeing high end operations in Sydney’s largest venues – including most recently, for Merivale. Dexter looks forward to bringing his experience and guest centric approach to the Briars team.

ROSEMARY BIRRELL

Operations Manager
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Rosemary Birrell

After completing a degree in Hotel Management in the Illawarra, Rosemary joins the Senior Management team in an operations role bringing with her years of experience across food & beverage management, customer service and hotel accommodation guest services.

With a passion for the hospitality industry, Rosemary’s approach to staff is attentive and nurturing with a high level of professionalism towards staff and of course all of our customers.

MILLIE

Pub Dog
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MILLIE

Millie joined the team in May 2022.

Millie has a passion for people (especially kids). She loves to play on the front lawn, hide her bones in the gardens, afternoon naps and cuddles from her team.

Millie looks forward to welcoming you to Briars soon.