The Dalata Board have extensive knowledge of the hospitality sector along with demonstrated experience in financial management and strategic planning. Their combined experience allows the Board to effectively and efficiently lead the company.
John Hennessy SC is a practising barrister and a Chartered Director. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also an accredited mediator. John is non-executive Chairman of CPL Resources plc and a non-executive director of H&K International Limited. He also sits on the boards of a number of voluntary and non-profit making organisations.
Pat has nearly 50 years of experience in the hotel industry, having embarked upon his career in 1969 with Ryan Hotels plc. He left Ryan’s Hotel plc in 1989 to join Jurys Hotel Group plc as General Manager of its flagship Dublin hotel, the Ballsbridge Hotel. He was appointed Operations Director and to the Main Board of Jurys Hotel Group plc in 1994 and, subsequently, had responsibility for the integration of the Doyle Hotel Group following the acquisition of that company by Jurys in 1999. In 2000, he became Chief Executive Officer of Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc, a position he held until 2006. Pat then worked as an independent consultant until August 2007. Pat founded Dalata Hotel Group Ltd in February 2007 and became Chief Executive Officer of the company in August 2007. He is a non-executive director of a number of private companies. His most recent appointment was to the board of IBEC, Irish Business and Employers Confederation in 2017. Pat has held a number of non-executive positions within the hospitality and other industries, including state and public company entities. He was formerly a director of EBS Building Society, Greencore Group plc and Whitfield Private Hospital Waterford. Pat has served as National President of the Irish Hotels Federation, was a Member of the National Tourism Council (Ireland) and a Member of the Irish Tourism Review Group (2003).
Stephen completed his hotel studies in Rockwell Hotel and Catering School. He has extensive hotel experience having worked with Ramada Hotels in the UK and Germany, completing the Ramada management development programme, before joining Jurys Hotel Group plc in 1989. During his seventeen years with Jurys, which subsequently became Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc, he managed the company’s hotels in the UK and Ireland, and ultimately headed up operations for the entire hotel group, including its properties in the USA – a total of thirty-three properties. In August 2007 he became director and deputy chief executive of Dalata where he has overall responsibility for the Group’s hotel operations. He was appointed President of the Irish Hotels Federation in February 2014.
Deputy Chief Executive – Business Development & Finance
Dermot joined Dalata in 2012 where he has overall responsibility for finance & development. He has extensive experience in the financing, development, acquisition and disposal of hotels. He led the acquisition of the Moran Bewley Hotel Group which completed in February 2015. He also played a leading part in the IPO of the Company in 2014. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified in 1991. Dermot worked in Ireland and overseas with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Forte Hotels and Renault Ireland before joining Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc as Head of Development in 2000. During his six year period at Jurys Doyle, he oversaw the development of 15 new Jurys Inns and Hotels in Ireland, the UK and the US. He also oversaw the disposal of eight hotels in Ireland for a combined total of €450 million. From 2006 to 2012 Dermot worked at Ion Equity on a number of transaction as well as establishing Pillo Hotels.
Robert was a partner in KPMG Ireland where he headed up the Transaction Services division until his retirement from the firm in 2008. He is currently a board director of a number of companies including a number of companies within the Quinn Finance Group, Allianz plc., Siteserv plc and Bank of Ireland Private Bank. He also runs his own company Sopal Limited, where he provides advice to organisations on capital markets, corporate governance and strategic planning issues. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Robert is a director for a number of private companies.
Alf is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cork and Dublin, and also in the Irish and international hospitality and beverage sector for over 25 years. He is a director of a number of businesses across a range of sectors including financial services, marketing and technology, tourism and hospitality, agriculture and food, health and safety, and retail. He also runs his own company and works with leadership teams and boards in the private and public sectors in Ireland on organisational strategy, marketing and business development, financial management and human resource leadership. He was recently appointed as Chairman of the Cork Local Government Review Group by the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a Fellow of the Irish Marketing Institute, and has a Masters in Executive Leadership from Boston College and the University of Ulster. He previously served as Chairman and Managing Director of Beamish & Crawford plc in Ireland, and on the board of the UK division of its parent company, Scottish & Newcastle plc (a FTSE 100 company) until the takeover of the Group for €12 billion by an international conglomerate in 2008. He also served as a non-executive director at T&S Taverns Limited between 2009 and 2013.
Margaret qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1985 and worked with the firm for 15 years. She has held a number of senior positions including CEO of Dublin Airport Authority plc and Postbank Ireland Limited and has worked in Ireland and overseas with international shareholders, business partners and funders. She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of a number of companies in the financial services, technology and health sectors and sits on the Governing Body of Dublin City University and the Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Margaret has been a non-executive director on a number of boards in Ireland and internationally including Aer Rianta International plc, Flughafen Dusseldorf GmbH, Birmingham International Airport, Hamburg Airport, Shannon College of Hotel Management and Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority). Margaret served as President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2009.
Seán joined the Group as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary on 2007 having developed his career in retail and FMCG distribution. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and an MBA graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He played a central role in Dalata’s 2014 IPO and subsequent debt fundraising and is responsible for financial reporting, compliance and risk management processes in the Group. As Company Secretary he plays a leading role in the implementation of the corporate governance practices determined by the Board. Before joining Dalata he was Group Chief Accountant at Roches Stores, and spent four years with Dunnes Stores as Head of Food Finance. Earlier in his career he gained international experience with Diageo plc, (as Global Transfer Pricing Manager for the Häagen Dazs, Green Giant and Old El Paso brands), produce distributor Keelings, Aer Rianta International and CLC World Resorts and Hotels.
General table detailing the different committees that the board sits on.
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