At The Convention Centre Dublin our heartbeat comes from our people. We are very proud of our dedicated team of professionals, who help bring our venue to life.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Facilities and Infrastructure Director
Austin joined The CCD in December 2008, with over 25 years’ experience in the area of Property and Facilities Management, mainly in the professional services and technology sectors. Previously, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was responsible for project-managing the move of 2,000 employees over a single weekend. Austin was one of the primary links with the building and design team, and, following the construction phase, now overseas Facilities, CCD Security, Health and Safety, CCD Maintenance, CCD Cleaning and The CCD's ICT infrastructure.
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 seven 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.
Director of Event Operations
Alan joined The CCD team as Director of Event Operations in June 2017 and is responsible for driving the Event Operations strategy and leading the Events, Technical and Hospitality teams. Alan previously worked in Croke Park Stadium where he was part of the Senior Executive Team as Head of Stadium Operations. Alan has played a pivotal role in many ISO accreditations and multiple national and international industry awards. Holding a first-class honours Bachelor of Engineering (NUIG) and a Master of Business Studies (Smurfit Business School), Alan has also served 15 years as a commissioned officer in the Defence Forces and reached the rank of Captain.
General Manager of Hospitality
Kathleen joined The CCD team in May 2017 as General Manager of Hospitality. Kathleen is a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management from where she began a 14-year career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During this time, she held positions in all departments, including kitchen, room service, restaurants, bars and banquets and in locations including Switzerland, Chicago, Canada, California, Hawaii and Washington DC. Kathleen’s experience has included opening hotels and a wine bar as well as leading several large teams to successful accolades such as Five Diamond AAA awards.
Executive Head Chef
An Irish-born, Cathal Brugha Street trained chef, Leonard Fearon joined The CCD team before opening in 2010, where he still resides as Executive Head Chef, continually driving the food innovation concepts at the venue. Leonard started his career in the world-famous Boca Resort and Club hotel in South Florida, where he worked with the renowned chef Jean Mergen, gaining vast experience. After some years, he moved back to Ireland where he worked as Chef and Head Chef in restaurants such as Ernie's in Donnybrook, Conrad Gallagher's in Baggot Street and South William Street, as well as opening the Fitzwilliam Hotel with Gallagher's flagship restaurant, Peacock Alley. Leonard joined Fitzers Catering in 2003 and went on to transform event and conference catering at prestigious venues such as Slane Castle, Croke Park and Titanic Belfast.
Head of Conference Sales
Adrienne brought a wealth of knowledge of the MICE market to The CCD when she joined in August 2013, having worked with the RDS, The Royal College of Physicians, Luttrellstown Castle and the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group. An active member of the Irish tourism industry, Adrienne currently sits on the Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Committee, and previously held the position of President for the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) in Ireland. She is responsible for managing and driving the sales team to target and secure association and corporate events on a national and international scale.
Head of Events
Richard joined The CCD prior to opening in January 2010, and brought a wealth of knowledge with him from the ICC Birmingham and Marketing Birmingham. With over 12 years’ experience in managing small, medium and large events, Richard works closely with clients ranging from large associations, corporate events and political conferences, to the Queen's visit in 2011. Richard holds a HND in Tourism Management and an honours BA in Business Tourism Management, both from University College Birmingham.
Head of Technical
Gareth joined The CCD at the start of 2011. Having previously worked in production for a broad range of venues, and both indoor and outdoor events, he brought with him over 20 years’ experience in the events and entertainment industry. In his role at The CCD, Gareth manages CCD Technical, a team of dedicated and experienced technical production managers and event technicians who work hard to ensure that the technology behind every event is delivered to world-class standards. Along with maintaining the Technical department’s high level of customer satisfaction, Gareth is also tasked with ensuring that The CCD has all of the necessary equipment and support to remain at the forefront of the continually-evolving event industry.
Head of ICT (Information Communications Technology)
Craig joined The CCD in June 2016, having previously worked as a manager in a number of ICT companies in areas such as security, disaster recovery and high level networking. Craig is responsible for managing all ICT services and equipment for events and across the entire venue. His extensive experience to date means that he understands what is involved in providing ICT support to organisers, delegates and staff.
Health and Safety Manager
Ann joined The CCD in January 2017 to lead the Health and Safety function having previously worked as Quality Assurance Manager for the Q Café and Head of Health, Safety and Environment Ireland with Compass Group. She was also part of the Compass Group executive team. Ann started her health and safety career 17 years ago by obtaining a Bsc. in Occupational Health and Safety before living and working in New Zealand and Australia for eight years. Ann has worked in various national health and safety and food safety roles across many sectors and has a very strong background in ISO management systems, behavioural safety and risk management. She is also a member of the National Irish Safety Organisation and IOSH.
Head of Marketing and Communications
Suzanne joined The CCD in March 2016, having worked in a range of marketing areas in Bank of Ireland and AXA Life Invest and, subsequently, as a marketing consultant. A member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, Suzanne is responsible for developing integrated marketing and communications strategies and plans, managing the brand identity, digital marketing, public relations, advertising, in-house digital media and all promotional activity. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, an International MBA (DCU and Reims Management School) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Corporate Treasury from DCU.
Head of HR
Debbie joined The CCD in 2013 with 16 years’ cross sector experience in HR Management working in multinationals, Irish and Not for Profit organisations. She is responsible for planning and implementing an HR strategy that meets business needs, as well as overseeing the training function within the organisation. Debbie is passionate about impacting organisational performance through Human Resource Management, employee engagement and maintaining the excellent company culture and values that exist within The CCD. She has a degree in HR Management from The National College of Ireland, and has been a Chartered Member of the CIPD since 2007.
Louise joined The CCD as Financial Controller in January 2011 and is responsible for managing the company finance, financial planning and budget management functions. This involves overseeing the daily operations of the finance department and providing information and analysis to support the business. Louise previously worked at IT company, System Dynamics for six years, firstly as a Financial Accountant, before being promoted to Financial Controller. Louise trained for three years with Deloitte, has a BComm from University College Dublin and a Master of Accounting from the University’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
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 two years on secondment at the Department of Finance in the PPP Unit. She subsequently worked as an inhouse 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.