The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is a Public Private Partnership between the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin DAC (SDCCD), with the operations and maintenance of the business contracted to an associate company, Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin No2 DAC (O&M Co), which trades as The CCD. The building itself is owned by the state with The Convention Centre group companies contracted under licence to commercially operate the business until 2035. In July 2015 both businesses were acquired by the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF). The IIF was launched in 2012 to invest in infrastructure assets in Ireland, and is managed by Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM), together with its infrastructure investment manager, AMP Capital. Irish Life Investments Managers (ILIM) is Ireland’s largest domestic pension fund manager, while AMP Capital has extensive global experience in managing a diverse portfolio of infrastructure projects which in Ireland include The CCD, renewable energy enterprises, telecoms, and others.
Executive Chairman, The CCD
A graduate of Harvard University, Dermod’s career has spanned a wide range of activities at the nexus of the public and private sectors in Ireland and internationally. From 1997, Dermod focused on successfully leading the team in winning, designing and delivering two of the largest tourism projects in Ireland, namely The Convention Centre Dublin and The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt. Having effectively shepherded the complex pre-opening phases, he oversaw the launch and thereafter the operation of The CCD encompassing all aspects of management and external stakeholder relationships. Dermod is a Chartered Director (IoD London) and also holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from University College Dublin (UCD). His earlier career included ownership of a group of family hotels, tourism related enterprises and as joint founding partner of a successful international consulting practice. He has served as President of the Irish Hotels Federation (1981 - 1984) and on the Boards of many other industry and charitable bodies. The Irish Government appointed him to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland (2009 - 2014), and in 2015 to the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
Chief Executive, The CCD
Stephen was appointed Chief Executive of The CCD in February 2017. Stephen leads our passionate and experienced team in realising The CCD’s visions and goals, delivering inspiring events and exceptional service to clients and delegates. An honours graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology, Stephen has over 16 years’ experience working in 5 star venues across Ireland, the UK and Europe and, most recently, held the position of General Manager Bewley’s Cafés Ireland. He began his career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts working across all departments in Dublin and London, before taking up the role as General Manager of the award winning Nimb Hotel and related facilities in Copenhagen, where he was responsible for a team of 280 people managing the hotel with six high end restaurants and bars, delivering events up to 4,000.
Sales Director, The CCD
Paul joined The CCD in December 2011 as Sales Director. He is responsible for setting and delivering sales strategies across our business and developing an industry-leading sales team. Paul has over 25 years’ experience gained through sales management and business development roles, including interim Sales Director at The ICC Birmingham. He has worked across a diverse range of industries, particularly in IT and telecoms at Vodafone as Head of Corporate Sales, and Siemens and Cable & Wireless as Sales Manager. His extensive career experience means that he understands not only the venue business but also different client groups.
Finance Director, The CCD
Killian joined The CCD team in January 2009. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, he previously worked with the Heiton Group (now part of Grafton Group plc.) for 7 years and more recently served as Finance Director of a privately owned retail group. Killian is responsible for Finance and reporting at The CCD and also oversees the Project Finance, Legal, Business Support and Business Information Systems functions.
Philip works with AMP Capital and is a Principal in the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF) focusing on Irish infrastructure and European energy sector investments. He brings with him more than 15 years’ experience as a principal investor and adviser in the energy market, having worked on projects in over 30 countries. Previously, Philip was Head of Commercial Activities in ESB’s investment and development business, where he successfully closed a number of wind and biomass power generation projects in England and Ireland. He has also worked as an adviser with a number of developing/emerging market national governments, and bilateral and multilateral development banks, such as World Bank and UN, to promote investment and growth in the local power markets.
Paul Gallagher is a native of Dublin and a graduate of the Shannon College of Hotel Management. Conferred a Fellow of the Irish Hospitality Institute 2015, he is the General Manager of Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Paul is former Chairman of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC). His role in ITIC was to lead the Tourism Industry to achieve its full potential whilst advocating with Government on pro tourism policy. He is Past President of the Irish Hotels Federation serving a two year term, 2010 and 2011. He chairs Irish Country Hotels, a marketing company which represents 26 independent hotels overseas. He was a member of the Ireland’s Tourism Recovery Taskforce and the Grow Dublin Taskforce, as well as serving on the Governments Small Business Advisory Group. He has previously worked in senior management positions throughout Ireland and has extensive International experience having worked with both Hilton and Sheraton over the past 10 years and Trust House Forte UK in the 1980’s.
Niamh joined AMP Capital in July 2017 as an Investment Director in its Infrastructure Equity asset management team, based in London. Niamh is responsible for managing assets across AMP Capital’s European and Irish infrastructure funds. Before joining AMP Capital, Niamh was an Executive Director at UK Government Investments (UKGI), a company wholly owned by HM Treasury, where she worked on several portfolio assets including Network Rail, Highways England, NATS and Companies House. Prior to that, Niamh spent 15 years at rolling stock lessor Alpha Trains and its predecessor company where she held a variety of roles across business development, procurement and corporate finance. Niamh started her career in Germany on the graduate trainee program in the power generation division of Swiss-Swedish industrial conglomerate ABB and is a graduate of University College Dublin (UCD).
A mathematics graduate and a fellow of the institute of chartered accountants in England and Wales, as well as a qualified executive coach, Rob’s 40 year career has spanned transport, infrastructure and private equity in Latin America, Europe and Australia. Rob has senior executive experience in the gas, water and railway sectors and has served on the boards of a number of companies in both executive and non-executive capacities. In 2009, Rob was invited to be the Head of Asset Management, Europe for AMP Capital Investors, tasked with optimising the returns from the various infrastructure investments. In early 2013, Rob decided to step down from full-time employment and now provides independent consultancy services. He joined The CCD in 2015 as a representative of AMP Capital on behalf of the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF).
Sonja joined The CCD team as legal adviser in January 2006 and assisted in the procurement of The Convention Centre Dublin, in particular the negotiating of the contracts for its design, construction, financing and operation. She initially trained and worked as a solicitor in the legal firm, William Fry, where she became a partner and head of their PPP and Projects Unit. She also spent 2 years on secondment at the Department of Finance in the PPP Unit. She subsequently worked as an in-house counsel in Treasury Holdings, a property development company. She currently works as a consultant to The CCD and is responsible for legal, compliance and company secretarial matters.