The iNua Hospitality Team


We are a highly experienced commercial team with significant expertise in the Irish hospitality sector and a successful track record in the acquisition and operation of hotels in Ireland & the United Kingdom. Strong local knowledge and key operator relationships, coupled with the combination of financial, operational and strategic skill-sets make us a compelling and well-placed group to take advantage of the market opportunity. An Advisory Board is in place to support our ongoing growth and development.

NoelCreedon

Chief Executive Officer

Noel Creedon

Noel Creedon, CEO is a highly experienced financial services executive with a proven track record of achievement.

He has worked for International Financial PLC’s and privately owned advisory firms. He has held senior management roles in Bank of Scotland and Halifax in the UK, as well as establishing a regional head office in the Middle East for a large UK insurer. .He has an in-depth knowledge of the Irish Financial Services Landscape including brokerage and Private Client businesses.

In 2012, Noel setup iNua Partnership as an expert partner in connecting available capital and strong investmentopportunities in different sectors of industry. With the help of a team of dedicated hotel management, Noel’s first move was to take advantage of the future upside in the Irish hotel sector by launching iNua Hospitality.

iNua Hospitality has successfully grown a portfolio of performing assets over the past six years and with increased profitability across the group, remain focused on making further strategic investments. With a solid platform in place, iNua Hospitality now operates its hotels as a collection, bringing operational efficiency and synergies to drive our Hotel Group’s business. Noel and the iNua team plan to further grow its portfolio over the next 5 years and cement their position as Ireland’s leading regional Hotel Group.

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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

John O’Brien

Originally from County Kerry, John has over twenty years’ experience as a Financial Controller/CFO in a broad range of business sectors, including the hotel and leisure Industry. During this time he has worked with a number of leading Irish companies and entrepreneurs and has extensive experience in the implementation of new processes and systems that drive value.

John’s professional career began with an accountancy firm, where he managed the accounts of provincial hotels. Year’s later and after developing a competence in liaising with banks to secure adequate working capital and finance for capital investment at competitive rates, John negotiated and arranged tax based finance for the purchase and development of three hotels on behalf of Randles Group. During his tenure, the Group saw substantial growth thanks to a major capital investment programme, with revenues more than doubling and with profitability exceeding this growth multiple. He was also successful in securing Irish Development Authority (IDA) grant aid for the acquisition, consolidation and development of a number of assets.

In his career to date, John has overseen the successful sale of two Irish distribution companies and in 2005, he played a key role as part of the Stockbyte Group team responsible for the $135 million sale of the company to Getty Images, a NYSE quoted company with $6 billion market value. John also devised an effective investment strategy for Kilmackillogue Capital, the investment vehicle of the then CEO of Stockbyte and managed the compliance for a host of associated subsidiary companies on a legal, tax and audit basis.

John’s overall expertise, particularly in the area of mergers and acquisitions, both from the commercial side in negotiating purchase price and terms and also in the crucial transition stage to new owners, is of huge benefit to iNua Hospitality.

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Group General Manager

Sean O’Driscoll

Sean O’Driscoll was General Manager of the 5-Star Muckross Park Hotel for over 6 years. Having studied Hotel & Catering Management in Galway Institute of Technology, Sean worked with The Intercontinental Hotel Group in Geneva, before coming back to Ireland to work as General Manager in a number of leading Irish hotels, including Great Southern Hotel Group (Dublin, Galway & Parknasilla) & The Brehon.

Sean has served as Chairman of the Kerry Branch of the Hotel Federation for two terms & was a member of the County Tourism board for 4 years, chairing the county marketing committee. He was also elected National President of SKAL International Republic of Ireland (International Association of Travel & Tourism Professionals) at the National Convention in Cork in March 2015.

As part of iNua Hospitality senior management team, Sean reports directly to Noel Creedon on behalf of the board and advises iNua in reviewing acquisition opportunities, transitioning of new properties into the portfolio and overseeing all operational aspects of iNua’s hotels to ensure best practice and optimum performance.

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Group Director | Sales, Marketing & Yield

Brenda Murphy

A Cork native, Brenda joins the iNua Collection with over 25 years’ experience working in the hospitality industry, from the 5-star Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork where she held the role of Director of Sales & Marketing since 2014.

Brenda began her career in hospitality in 1990 with Radisson Edwardian Hotels, London where she gained a wealth of experience working across a variety of roles. Brenda later returned home to Ireland where she took up the position of Events Manager at The Burlington Hotel and spent 8 years as part of the Radisson Blu’s Management team, which included positions as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway and at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin. Throughout her career to date, Brenda has developed an impressive skillset and key professional strengths that include strategic marketing & sales, revenue management, event management, business development, budgeting and market research.

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Group Financial Director

Eugene Harrington

Experienced Financial Controller with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry for over 17 years Skilled in Business Planning, Internal Audit, Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Risk Management. Strong finance professional with a Qualified CPA focused in Accountancy from Cork Institute of Technology.

Prior to Eugene’s appointment at The iNua Collection, Eugene held the role of Financial Controller at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork for over 10 years plus over 7 years with the ILS Group and Kevin O’Leary Motor Group.

Eugene provides the leadership required in transitioning new acquisitions into the group – enabling improved financial performance both directly to property and through group opportunities.

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Group HR Director

Deirdre Buckley

Deirdre is a qualified professional in Human Resources, with over 25 years’ experience in the Hospitality and Retail Industries, incorporating all generalist HR functions in Senior Management roles. She has successfully led programmes in high performance – high trust workplace cultures and service excellence and is passionate about the role of people as the most important component in the hospitality business.

Deirdre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel & Catering Management from GMIT and a Diploma in Education in Training & Education from NUIG and is an active member of the CIPD association. Prior to joining iNua Hospitality Plc, Deirdre spent 8 years in Retail and Wholesale Distribution HR, working with Super Valu Retail and the Barry Group, with a further 16-years in hospitality HR and operations for strong hotel brands and iconic names both internationally and at home.

Deirdre’s self-confessed hobbies are travel, food and wine so believes she has achieved the perfect work-life balance!

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Group Sales & Marketing Manager

Joanna Hannick

Joanna has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 year’s & holds a wealth of hotel experience in both operational and sales & marketing management.

Through-out her career she has worked in a wide variety of 4 & 5 star establishments in Ireland, Switzerland and on luxury cruise ships.

In 2006 she moved from hotel operations to the sales and marketing department, where she has carved a career in a range of Ireland’s top hotels & resorts and has a proven track record in business development, strategic planning, digital marketing, PR & revenue management.

Joanna has previously held senior positions in The Hodson Bay Hotel Group, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, Lyrath Estate Hotel, and is a graduate of GMIT Hotel & Catering Management.

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Office Operations Manager

Nicole Canty

Nicole has been a team member of The iNua Collection for almost 3 years. In 2012, Nicole moved back to Cork to work for one of the world’s largest investment companies, Bank of New York Mellon. She brings financial administrative experience having worked in a fast pace environment for and on behalf of top international clients. Nicole now works closely with Noel Creedon and the Board of Directors as well as running the day to day office duties

Nicole graduated from Cork Institute of Technology in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and went on to work for Allied Irish Bank in Dublin in the credit control department.

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David Conway

Independent Non Executive Director

David Conway

Based in Dublin, David is a veteran of the investment management industry and his expertise range from portfolio management, asset management, funds administration to custodial services, private client and wealth management.

He recently retired from Ulster Bank where he worked in a variety of roles across Ireland for the past 25 years. From 2000, he was a Director of the Bank’s private client and Wealth Management divisions.He was also a senior member of Ulster Bank Investment Managers, where he was Director of Fixed Income and a member of the investment policy committee.As a Director of Ulster Bank Investment Services, David was a founding member of the Dublin Funds Industry Association (renamed IFIA) and was a regular speaker and participant at industry seminars and conferences. As a Non-Executive Director of iNua Hospitality, David’s role is to ensure that best practice in investment management is adopted at all times.

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Eamon Ryan iNua

Independent Non-Executive Director

Eamon Ryan

Since 2008, Eamon Ryan has been a Board Director of Celestica Inc, a multinational electronics manufacturing services company (listed on both Toronto Stock Exchange & New York Stock Exchange) that are headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Generating an annual revenue of circa $6 billion, Celestica employ 30,000 people worldwide.

Earlier in his career, Eamon spent 22 years at IBM Canada, where he was Director of Operations for their Public Sector and also held a number of sales and marketing roles in their Office Products and Large Systems divisions. He the former Vice President and General Manager, EMEA for Lexmark International Inc, a manufacturer of laser printers that are headquartered in Kentucky, USA and employ more than 13,000 people worldwide.

Eamon brings significant commercial expertiseto the iNua Hospitality Board as well as providing representation for our Canadian client base.