STA Bids Farewell to Terrence Max and Welcomes Interim Director Richard Mathiot

The Tourism Department has announced the departure of Mr. Terrence Max from his role as the Director of the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA).

Mr Max joined the Academy in 2021 and has served in the role for the past three years.

During a meeting at Seychelles Tourism Academy on Monday, 10th June 2024, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde informed the staff that Mr. Richard Mathiot will assume the role of Interim Director of the Academy, effective immediately, for a three-month period. During this time, the Department will initiate a recruitment process to find a permanent successor.

The meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Sherin Francis, and the Chairperson of the STA Board, Mr. Dereck Barbe.

Mr. Mathiot brings a wealth of experience to his new role. As a former Principal Lecturer at STA, he has spent the past 20 years educating full-time students in various Food and Beverage programmes including mentoring students in the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management programme and preparing them for their year at Shannon College.

A recognised chef, Mr. Mathiot has refined his culinary skills globally, having worked in countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Dubai. His notable positions include serving as an Executive Chef at Paradise Sun and working for Air Seychelles, based in Holland. Additionally, Mr. Mathiot has represented Seychelles in various international competitions.

Commenting on the leadership change, the Minister for Tourism, Mr Sylvestre Radegonde, said; “The Tourism Ministry is grateful to Mr. Max for the work he has done over the past three years. I am confident that Mr. Mathiot’s extensive experience will greatly benefit the Seychelles Tourism Academy during this transitional period.”

Minister Radegonde further mentioned that the post for the new STA director will be advertised in the coming weeks.

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