IHF Diary

  • IHF Annual Conference & Showtel 2016
    28/02/2016 (All day) to 01/03/2016 (All day)
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Founded in 1937, the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) is the national organisation of the hotel and guesthouse industry in Ireland. The primary functions of the Federation are to promote and defend the interests of its members. The IHF represents almost 1,000 hotels and guesthouses nationwide, employing over 57,000 people and is a key stakeholder in the Irish tourism sector.

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The IHF is managed by the following groups:



Stephen McNally

IHF President

IHF President The President of the IHF is elected by the members at the AGM and serves a 2-year term of office.

Mr Stephen McNally has worked for over 30 years in the hotel sector and is Deputy CEO of Dalata Hotel Group which is Ireland’s largest hotel group operating 34 hotels spread across fifteen counties, with over 5,400 bedrooms and more than 3,500 employees.  During his presidency, Stephen will address the many issues facing the hotel and guesthouse sector, with particular emphasis on competitiveness and support for those properties that have experienced financial distress in recent years.

Originally from Enfield, Co Meath, Stephen is a graduate of Rockwell Hotel and Catering School.  He completed the Ramada Hotel Management programme and, subsequently, business courses at London Business School and UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.  Following graduation from Rockwell, Stephen worked internationally in a number of management roles across the UK and Germany with the Ramada Hotel Group.  Returning to Ireland in the late 1980s, he became General Manager with Jurys Hotel Group at the age of 27.  He went on to hold a number of senior management roles within that Company which became Jurys Doyle Hotel Group and, from 2000, was Group General Manager for the Company’s operations in Ireland, the UK and USA.  He joined Dalata Hotel Group in 2007 as Director and Deputy CEO.

Stephen has been an active member of the IHF for many years.  He currently serves as a member of its National Executive Council and has been Honorary Treasurer of the IHF for a number of years.


Tim Fenn

Chief Executive

Mr Tim Fenn is the Chief Executive of the IHF. Mr Fenn has over 25 years experience in senior executive and consulting roles in the private sector. A native of Cork, he previously held the positions of Chief Executive and Finance Director of FM104.

Prior to this, Tim was Corporate Finance Manager with Farrell Grant Sparks, a leading financial advisory firm where he worked across many industries in all aspects of corporate finance and business consulting. He spent part of his early career in the hotel industry working in the family business.

Carol Bergin is Tim Fenn’s PA and can be contacted at berginc@ihf.ie.

Anne Lee

Company Secretary

Anne Lee is IHF Company secretary. She is also responsible for advising members on legal, licencing and copyright issues. Anne organises the IHF Annual Conference and AGM and the monthly Council and Management Meetings. 
P: +353 1 497 6459
E: leea@ihf.ie

Stephanie Keating

Sales and Events Executive

Stephanie is responsible for the co-ordination of Associate Members, the Group Booking Service, IHF Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition - Showtel, all IHF events including Golf Days and general membership enquiries.
P: +353 1 497 6459
E: keatings@ihf.ie

Carol Bergin

PA to Chief Executive

Carol is Tim Fenn’s PA. Please contact her regarding any general IHF queries.
P: +353 1 497 6459
E: berginc@ihf.ie

Una Booth

Accounts Assistant

Una deals with all membership queries and assists with all aspects of the accounts function at the IHF.
P: +353 1 497 6459
E: boothu@ihf.ie

Nuala McLoughlin

Advisor - Employment Matters

Nuala McLoughlin is responsible for employment matters, which include training, support services, employment legislation queries and career information.
P: +353 1 497 6459
E: mcloughlin@ihf.ie

Jennifer Ward

Marketing Department

Overall responsibility for the Marketing Department, including the Irelandhotels.com
website, the Be Our Guest Guide and all IHF offline and online marketing activities.

P: +353 1 497 6459
E: wardj@ihf.ie

Erin Cafferkey

Marketing Assistant

Erin supports the Marketing team across all online and offline projects.
P: +353 1 497 6459
E: cafferkeye@ihf.ie


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