Our
TEAM

Directors

blank_476_700

Paul Fitzgerald

CEO, Cliste Hospitality
Paul started his career with PWC where he qualified as a chartered accountant and benefited from extensive secondment experience in UK and Ireland. He then went on to hold a variety of industry-based senior executive roles across Finance, Trading & Operations. Paul's particular competencies lie in commercial insight, analysis, strategy formulation, and transaction project management.
blank_476_700

Sean O’driscoll

CEO, The iNUA Collection
Sean’s management career started with Intercontinental & Great Southern Hotel Groups. He held the position of General Manager at the Brehon Hotel and Muckross Park Hotel and was on the management board of the Gleneagle Hotel Group for 7 years. Sean joined Cliste Hospitality in 2016 as COO, and was appointed CEO in February 2020. Sean is also National VP of The Irish Hotels Federation, former National President of The IHF and former National President of SKAL International (World Tourism Org.)

iNua Department Name

CEO, Cliste Hospitality
blank_476_700

Paul Fitzgerald

CEO, Cliste Hospitality
Paul started his career with PWC where he qualified as a chartered accountant and benefited from extensive secondment experience in UK and Ireland. He then went on to hold a variety of industry-based senior executive roles across Finance, Trading & Operations. Paul's particular competencies lie in commercial insight, analysis, strategy formulation, and transaction project management.
Group Operations Director
blank_476_700

Chris Austin

Group Operations Director
Chris joined Cliste Hospitality in 2019 from Tifco Hotel Group, where as Regional Operations Manager for 7 years he managed a diverse portfolio of Hotels & Resorts. Prior to this, Chris was Operations Director at The Shelbourne Hotel and the Marriott Druids Glen Resort. Chris' international experience includes the Jumeriah Hotel Group in Dubai, senior roles at the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, the Hilton Hotel Group, and Ashford Castle, as well as managing several restaurants and bars across the UK.
Group Director of Sales Marketing & Yield
blank_476_700

Brenda Murphy

Group Director of Sales Marketing & Yield
Brenda joined Cliste in 2018 from the 5-star Castlemartyr Resort, where she was Director of Sales & Marketing for 4 years. Prior to that Brenda ran her own 70-seater restaurant for 6 years. In 2001, Brenda opened the Galway Radisson building it up to be one of the most successful hotels of its time with a turnover of €16M by 2006. Brenda commenced her career with Radisson Edwardian Hotels in London in 1991, before moving to Burlington Hotel Dublin, and opening the 5-Star Radisson St Helens Dublin in 1998.
blank_476_700

Michael Cullen

Group Finance Director
Michael joined Cliste Hospitality in 2019 from Entertainment Enterprises. Michael was previously Finance Director of Sprout & Co, and Financial Controller at Bewley’s UK, where over his four year tenure his streamlining of business processes with a resulting saving of circa £100k p.a. With two years as Head of Finance in Metropolis Studios, Michael rejoined Bewley’s UK as Head of Finance in 2015, returning to Ireland in 2016 as Project Lead for Bewley’s Ireland, followed by a year at Bewley’s Cafés Ireland as Financial Controller.

Finance

Head of Reporting
blank_476_700

Ruth Savage

Head of Reporting
Ruth Savage was appointed Group Head of Financial Reporting in 2022, following a series of promotions within Cliste Hospitality. Ruth initially joined our group as Financial Controller for the Hillgrove Hotel & Spa, and most recently held the role of Regional Financial Controller for the North-West of Ireland, with responsibility for properties including the Hillgrove Hotel in addition to the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo and the Tullamore Court Hotel.
blank_476_700

Deirdre Buckley

Group HR Director
Deirdre joined Cliste Hospitality in 2018 from the Barry Group, where she was HR Business Partner for over 3 years. Prior to that Deirdre was Regional HR Director for Dalata Hotel Group. Deirdre successfully led many programmes such as Great Place to Work, the Failte Ireland Optimus, Excellence Through People along with many communication, engagement & consultation and reward & recognition initiatives delivering significant operational efficiencies and value to both employers and employees.

Human Resources

Head of Talent, Acquisition & Engagement
blank_476_700

André Claro

Head of Talent, Acquisition & Engagement
Responsible for promoting all career opportunities within the group and to create a sense of belonging for the whole team, André Claro joined Cliste Hospitality in February 2022, and was promoted to his current position after successfully heading the newly created International Talent Acquisition team. André has a hospitality background of over 20 years and worked with very well established companies before joining us, including The Marker Hotel in Dublin where he held the position of Assistant HR Manager and The Montenotte in Cork, where he held the position of HR Manager.
Group Talent & Engagement Executive
blank_476_700

Laura Coffey

Group Talent & Engagement Executive
Laura Coffey joined Cliste hospitality in June 2021. She was recently promoted to her current position after successfully leading the HR Marketing strategy for the group. Laura brings her expertise to our People and Culture Brand with both International Hospitality experience and Business Development knowledge.
Group Learning & Development Manager
blank_476_700

Trevor McCarthy

Group Learning & Development Manager
As Group Learning & Development Manager, Trevor creates, designs, and implements effective L&D programmes across our portfolio to ensure capability in our businesses through the means of our Learn, Evolve, Thrive ethos. Trevor has a wealth of experience in both the academic and hospitality sectors having joined Cliste in 2022 from the O’ Donoghue Ring Collection, and was previously Programme Leader and Lecturer at both Shannon College of Hotel Management and Limerick Institute of Technology.
International Talent Acquisition Specialist ​
blank_476_700

Roberta Meloni

International Talent Acquisition Specialist ​
HR Executive Administrator​
blank_476_700

Maria Spencer

HR Executive Administrator​
Group HR Business Partner
blank_476_700

Rosemary Lane

Group HR Business Partner
blank_476_700

Chris Austin

Group Operations Director
Chris joined Cliste Hospitality in 2019 from Tifco Hotel Group, where as Regional Operations Manager for 7 years he managed a diverse portfolio of Hotels & Resorts. Prior to this, Chris was Operations Director at The Shelbourne Hotel and the Marriott Druids Glen Resort. Chris' international experience includes the Jumeriah Hotel Group in Dubai, senior roles at the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, the Hilton Hotel Group, and Ashford Castle, as well as managing several restaurants and bars across the UK.

Operations

Regional Operations Manager
blank_476_700

Brian Bowler

Regional Operations Manager
Brian joined Cliste Hospitality in 2022 from The Montenotte Hotel where, as General Manager for 5 years, his creation of innovative guest experiences led the hotel to become No. 1 on TripAdvisor in Cork City. Prior to this, Brian was General Manager at The Brehon Hotel in Killarney for 3 years and Hotel Manager at Carton House Resort. Brian also spent 4 years as Deputy General Manager with The Clarion Hotel Group in Cork & Limerick. Brian is the current National President of the Irish Hospitality Institute.
Group Executive Chef
blank_476_700

Stefan Matz

Group Executive Chef
Stefan joined Cliste Hospitality in August 2019, leading the group's food & beverage strategies, and developing new dining concepts, as well as nuturing both existing and prospective talent through the creation of an in-house Chef Academy. Stefan was previously owner & Head Chef of the Michelin-starred Erriseack House Hotel, Galway.  His award-winning career also includes 12 years as Executive Head Chef at Ashford Castle, Head Chef at The G Hotel and Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.
Group Facilities & Health & Safety Manager
blank_476_700

Andrew Mullen

Group Facilities & Health & Safety Manager
Andrew Mullen was promoted to the role of Group Facilities Manager for Cliste Hospitality in 2019, having spent over 12 years prior to that as Maintenance and Facilities Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork. Andrew has a particular passion for sustainability and, the results achieved by his team across our portfolio, attained the Excellence in Sustainability award at the Facility Management Awards 2021.
Project Manager
blank_476_700

Veronica Timlin

Project Manager
Veronica is responsible for the planning and opening of new acquisitions & management contracts for Cliste, including establishing the hotel’s operations during the initial stages. Veronica has extensive experience in hospitality as previous owner of The Mayfly Hotel in Mayo, General Manager of The Arlington Hotel, Hotel Manager of The Gresham Dublin, and Area Manager for the Wright Group where she led project management strategies.
Group Spa Manager
blank_476_700

Gillian Deedigan

Group Spa Manager
Gillian Deedigan was promoted to Group Spa Manager at Cliste Hospitality in 2022. Gillian brings a wealth of experience from the spa and fitness industry to this newly created role. Most recently, Gillian was Spa & Leisure Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick for the past 8 years. Gillian is also a member of the Cliste Hospitality Innovation Team.
blank_476_700

Brenda Murphy

Group Director of Sales Marketing & Yield
Brenda joined Cliste in 2018 from the 5-star Castlemartyr Resort, where she was Director of Sales & Marketing for 4 years. Prior to that Brenda ran her own 70-seater restaurant for 6 years. In 2001, Brenda opened the Galway Radisson building it up to be one of the most successful hotels of its time with a turnover of €16M by 2006. Brenda commenced her career with Radisson Edwardian Hotels in London in 1991, before moving to Burlington Hotel Dublin, and opening the 5-Star Radisson St Helens Dublin in 1998.

Sales, Marketing & Yield

Group Director of Corporate & MICE Sales
blank_476_700

Christian Schmelter

Group Director of Corporate & MICE Sales
Christian joined Cliste in October 2020, after 6 years as Group Director of Sales at TIFCO Hotel. Christian's primary role is in diversifying the corporate, meeting, and events business, leading a team of 8 sales directors and 2 business development managers in actively prospecting and qualifying new business throughout the group. Christian also leads The iNUA Collection cross-selling programme, and the group’s sales strategy covering corporate and MICE.
Director of Leisure Sales
blank_476_700

Geraldine Mccarthy

Director of Leisure Sales
Geraldine was appointed as Director of Leisure Sales for Cliste Hospitality in June 2019, following an internal promotion. Geraldine had previously held the role of Director of Sales & Marketing for the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick for over 14 years. Geraldine holds a wealth of experience in sales strategies, as well as the contracting and management of both international and domestic group business.
Group Business Development Manager
blank_476_700

Mark Moynihan

Group Business Development Manager
Mark Moynihan was appointed Group Business Development Manager in 2019, following an internal promotion with Cliste Hospitality. Mark previously held multiple roles within the group, including Sales Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork.
blank_476_700

David Jordan

Group Director of Strategy, Research & Innovation
David joined Cliste Hospitality in January 2022, from the academic sector having completed his doctorate in place management, lecturing, and setting up his strategic consultancy business. Prior to that, in 2011, David co-founded the Aunty Nellie Sweet Shops, opening 16 stores throughout Ireland. The company was acquired by Hobart Enterprises Group, where David then served as Managing Director, overseeing their manufacturing setup, and assisting with further acquisitions and new product development.
blank_476_700

Eugene Harrington

Head of Internal Audit
Eugene joined Cliste Hospitality in February 2018 as Group Financial Controller, and was subsequently promoted to Head of Internal Audit, reporting directly into the board of management. Previously, Eugene was Financial Controller for the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork for 8 years and is currently sitting on the board of the Irish Hospitality Institute.