National Hospitality
Conference & Awards
Monday 3rd November 2014, Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin 4,
Conference: 08.45 - 13.00, Awards Lunch: 13.00 - approx. 16.00

Speakers at the National Hospitality Conference 2014

Michel Rochat

Michel Rochat is General Director of the Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne, named the world’s top hospitality management school by TNS Sofres last year. Between 2003 and 2008, Michel was at the head of the University of Applied Sciences Vaud, covering six specialised universities of applied sciences in the Canton, including the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) and the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL). He is known for superior management capacities and a strong strategic vision.

David Moore

David Moore owns and manages the Michelin-starred restaurants Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied in London, and recently opened his first pop-up restaurant Pieds. His career began at the highly regarded Box Tree in Ilkley, and he has worked under Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. He opened Pied à Terre in 1991 with the backing of Blanc, with whom he also collaborated on BBC2’s The Restaurant. David also runs a consultancy business where he takes on the role of mentor to restaurants that benefit from his 20 years of hands-on experience in the industry.

Dr Edgar Morganroth

Dr Edgar Morganroth is an associate research professor and programme co-ordinator for research on transport and infrastructure at the ESRI. He is also an adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin, board member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and an independent member of the nation Economic and Social Council (NESC). He is a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.

John Scanlon

Scanlon became hotel manager after his recent position as director of revenue for parent company Dorchester Collection. In this role, John was instrumental in embedding a forward-thinking revenue management culture across all the collection’s hotels, following previous years as revenue manager at The Dorchester. Prior to this, between 1991 and 2005 Scanlon progressed through The Lanesborough from night manager to reservations manager, front of house manager, rooms division manager and deputy to the managing director.

Panel Discussions

Andy McFadden, head chef, L’Autre Pied
Noreen O’Sullivan, President VFI and owner of Rocky O’Sullivans bar, Nanagh, Co Tipperary Stephane Robin,restaurant manager, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Bill Kelly, owner, Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare
John Mulcahy, Head of Hospitality, Failte Ireland
Jennifer Lee, Group HR director, Jury’s Hotel
Further speakers to be confirmed on

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Hospitality Ireland Conference 2013:
Doing Business Better

For eight years, the National Hospitality Conference has been providing an annual focus on a rapidly-changing industry, making sense of the developments, predicting and projecting into the future, and giving time to some of the most impressive operators within the sector here and abroad. This year – 2013 – was no different.

Phillip Smyth has been director of Shannon College for 24 years. Before that, he was an officer in the Irish army for 17 years. Since taking over as director of Shannon, the number of enrolments has doubled, and the international reach of the college has been greatly extended. Shannon is now a world-renowned Recognised College of the National University of Ireland, boasting a 100 per cent employment record on graduation day.

“Military and hospitality professions have a lot in common,” Phillip began, “for example our ability to reduce tension in international peace-keeping situations, by the deployment of humour and hospitality. In my experience, explosive situations can be greatly reduced by producing a small bottle of Paddy or the suggestion of a cup of tea.”

From there, he moved to the more serious matter of where hospitality currently stands as a profession. “In general, people are impressed with our professionalism, but I am aware that hospitality, in this country, is still not seen as a ‘real’ career – it’s something you do to pay your way through college or on a J1.”







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