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 group of 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.
Julie is an experienced independent non-executive director and strategic management consultant across the private, public and not for profit sectors. In a career that spanned 37 years in the Irish public service, Julie worked in strategic policy development and implementation in eight government departments culminating in a seven-year term as Secretary General of the Department of Transport from 2002 to 2009. From 1997 to 2001 she was the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Tourism, Sport & Recreation, where she oversaw the project to establish a public private partnership to design, build, construct and operate a world class convention centre in Dublin. Julie is also an independent non-executive director at Ryanair Plc, AXA Life Europe and XL Insurance Company SE. She is a senior advisor to the Irish Infrastructure Fund at AMP Capital Investors UK Ltd and an Associate Director at Murray Consultants. Julie holds an MSc in Policy Analysis from Trinity College Dublin and a B. Comm from University College Dublin.
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 20 years’ experience working in five-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.
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) and a past President of the Irish Hotels Federation serving a two-year term in 2010 and 2011. He chairs Irish Country Hotels, a marketing company that 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 Government’s 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 groups as well as Trust House Forte UK in the 1980’s.
David Rees is Partner and Global Co-Head of Asset Management at AMP Capital, where he is responsible for the long-term performance of AMP Capital’s infrastructure assets as part of AMP Capital's active asset management strategy. Mr Rees has been a board member of a number of AMP Capital’s European infrastructure assets, including London Luton Airport, Newcastle Airport, Angel Trains, Alpha Trains, Wales and West Network and Thames Water. Mr Rees joined AMP Capital in March 2012 with 25 years of experience in infrastructure businesses including corporate strategy, business development, corporate finance, investor relations, regulation and government affairs. Prior to joining AMP Capital he worked for 10 years at National Grid, where he held a number of senior finance roles. Mr. Rees was also Chairman of Trustees and a member of the Investment Committee of National Grid’s UK Pension Scheme. Before joining National Grid, he was director of corporate finance and economic affairs and a member of the executive committee at OFWAT, the UK water regulator. Mr Rees started his career in investment banking at County NatWest, where he worked on the privatisations of UK water and electricity businesses. Mr Rees holds a Master of Arts honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in the UK.
Colm is a director and Chief Investment Officer of Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM) where he is responsible for setting overall investment policy and directing all portfolio management, research, trading and investment strategy functions. Colm has been instrumental in the growth of ILIM’s very successful indexation and quantitative lines of business. Colm has over 25 years’ experience in asset management and has managed equity, fixed income and derivative portfolios. Colm is also a director of a number of fund companies in Dublin, Luxembourg and Cayman Islands. He has been closely involved with the Irish Infrastructure Fund since its establishment in 2012. Previously, Colm held senior management positions in Irish Life’s Pension and Actuarial Divisions. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Ahmed Memon in an investment director at AMP Capital. He joined AMP Capital in September 2016 and is based in Dublin. He has experience working across a broad spectrum of infrastructure sub-sectors including transportation, healthcare, social infrastructure, renewables, conventional power generation, telecommunications and forestry covering various jurisdictions including Europe, U.S., Asia and Latin America. At AMP Capital, his primary responsibility is to originate opportunities in Ireland and manage assets in the Irish Infrastructure Fund. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Mr. Memon worked at Rubicon Capital Advisors, an investment banking advisory firm focused solely on the infrastructure sector. Prior to Rubicon, Mr Memon has held positions at Deloitte Corporate Finance covering the public and infrastructure sector, ESB Energy International (an Irish power utility) and KPMG. Mr Memon holds BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and is also a qualified chartered accountant (FCA).
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.