Fit Out Expo was first held in the RDS in February 2018 alongside Hospitality Expo achieving a combined attendance of almost 5,000 decision makers form the hospitality and property development sectors.

On 1st – 2nd May 2019 these events will combine to provide those undertaking major construction and renovation projects with the advice and support they need to achieve their design and commercial objectives.

Property Developers Summit

1st May 2019

Day 1 Morning 

Prospects & Challenges for Commercial Development

  • Brexit and the performance of the office market & prospects for its continued growth
  • Space and Place: Place and People
  • The Working Environment and shared office space
  • Panel Discussion

Day 1 Afternoon

Opportunities in the Private Rental, Build to Let & Co-working Sectors

  • Build to let sector the growing trend in Ireland
  • Financing Properties
  • Buy to Rent the growing trend for Ireland
  • Panel Discussion

Hospitality Summit

2nd May 2019

Day 2 Morning

Hospitality Development Summit

  • Design Trend for Cafes, Bars, Restaurant & Venues
  • Designing interiors that are compelling and captivating
  • Interior design project management and the value it brings to a commercial construction project
  • How to create memorable hospitality brands
  • Panel Discussion

Day 2 Afternoon

The Future of Retail in Ireland

  • Attracting the Customers
  • Retail shop design
  • Opportunities for Contractors and Suppliers
  • Retail – A Challenge and Opportunity to grow
  • Panel Discussion

Speaker Biographies

Ben Hoey
Managing Director

With over 30 years in investment and commercial banking, mainly with Merrill Lynch and Bank of Ireland in both London and Dublin.

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Was instrumental in bringing Merrill Lynch to Ireland in 1995 and was CFO of Merrill Lynch International Bank from 2002 to 2008. He introduced Kennedy Wilson and Fairfax International to the Bank of Ireland rescue plan and became a managing director of Kennedy Wilson Europe in 2012. He retired from Kennedy Wilson in 2015 to focus full time on Fintech products aimed at gaps in the retail market.

Justin Kinsella
Harcourt Architects

Justin studied architecture at Dundee University from 1996-2002. After graduating Justin gained experience working at Henry J Lyons Architects before establishing Harcourt Architects in 2003.

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Justin has successfully completed and led design teams on a wide range of projects from the fit out of bars restaurants and offices to large one off private houses and master planned communities.

John Ring
Knight Frank
Head of Research at Knight Frank

John Ring is Head of Research at Knight Frank, where he is responsible for leading the firm’s market analysis.

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John has published reports across property types including the investment, office, PRS and student accommodation sectors. He also works on a bespoke basis with investors, landlords and occupiers. His recent research included examining the impact of Brexit on the Dublin office market, showing that the Dublin office market has gained the most Brexit-related occupier announcements in Europe.

John Ring is a CFA® charterholder and holds master degrees in both Economics and Business.

Michelle Hetherington
DJI Group
Creative Director

With over 20 years of continuous experience in the Irish & UK construction industry, Michelle provides a wealth of experience in every project she is involved with.

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Winning Irish Interior Designer of the Year in 2015-2016 confirmed Michelle’s status in the industry and since then she has regularly presented at construction and fit-out conferences. Recently, Michelle has been deemed suitable for Stage 2 of the Architects Register Admission Examination process in order to become fully registered in 2017

Angela Murphy
Angela Murphy Design

Angela has extensive experience in traditional Irish pub design, historical building restoration and development. She is an Honours graduate of the College of Marketing and Design,

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Dublin, having specialised in furniture and interior design. She formed her design practice in Co. Wicklow in 1994 and since then has carried out numerous pub, hotel, design and fit-out projects within Ireland and worldwide

Eamonn Elders
Creation Station
Managing Director

Creative Entrepreneur and Managing Director of Creation Station with a demonstrated history of working in the design

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industry for some of the worlds leading brands. A skilled Conceptual Digital Artist, In-Store Theatre Designer, Marketing Campaign, Interior Design, Advertising, Project Management, Sales, Field Installation, and Employee Management. An accomplished Artist, and busy Dad.

Declan Ralph
BWG Foods
Retail Development Director

As Retail Development Director of BWG Foods, Declan Ralph is responsible for the successful implementation of the retail plan as part of the overall company strategy.

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He has a wealth of retail experience and has been involved in the development of many award winning stores.Declan holds a BA (hons) Degree in Broadcasting and Journalism (First Class) from the University of Wolverhampton.

Ronan Holohan
Millimetre Design
Managing Director

Ronan has been at the heart of the interior architecture and design industry in Ireland for over 20 years.

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In 2005, he set up MILLIMETRE DESIGN, which under his leadership has grown to become Ireland’s largest interior architecture, design and branding studio. MILLIMETRE DESIGN is a multi-award winning studio, winning many industry accolades over the years, including the coveted title of Fit Out Design Practice of the Year 2013 and 2017. Ronan is a founding member of the Interiors Association, as well as a member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Martin Woolley
Millimetre Design
Head of Interiors

Martin began his impressive career in Interior Architecture and Design in 1995.

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Over the years he has gained a wealth of experience working in a number of prestigious Architectural and Interior Design Practices, both in Dublin and London.  Martin joined MILLIMETRE DESIGN in 2015 and today he oversees a team of interior designers and architects ensuring the delivery of a large portfolio of diverse commercial projects. The most recent being the stunning transformation of the iconic Café en Seine.

Rob Dalton
Millimetre Design
Senior Graphic Designer

With over 20 years’ design experience, working in both client and agency roles, Rob has a wealth of expertise in the production and management

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of highly creative graphic design and branding projects. In Feb 2018, Rob joined the MILLIMETRE DESIGN team, specialising in Brand Development, Logo Design, Graphic Design and Interior Signage Concepts. Together with the MILLIMETRE DESIGN team, he has developed some of Ireland’s much loved hospitality brands including Chopped, Mooch, The Butler’s Pantry and Café en Seine.

Hazel Jones
Bartra Capital Prroperty
Strategic Planning Director

Hazel is a Chartered Engineer and Town Planner with over 30 years’ experience (public and private sectors)

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In her role as Strategic Planning Director for Bartra, Hazel leads the planning strategy across all projects – social housing, private residential (including Shared Living and Build to Rent), healthcare/nursing home and commercial real estate.

Rachel Kenny
An Bord Pleanala
Director of Planning

Experienced Planning Director with a demonstrated history of working in the planning and development industry. Skilled in Management, Urban Planning, Strategic Planning,

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Leadership, and Project Planning.

Strong business development professional with a Master’s degree focused in Regional and Urban Planning from University College Dublin.

Rory Murphy
Reddy Architecture
Associate Director

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Rory Murphy is an Associate Director at Reddy Architecture + Urbanism. He was educated in Blackrock College and

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the School of Architecture in Dublin Institute of Technology graduating in 1988.

In his early career he worked with Denys Lasdun in London and Jean Nouvel in Paris before returning to Ireland. Over a 30 year career Rory he has worked at the highest level in the construction industry in Ireland, the Middle East and the Caribbean on a wide range of prestigious retail, commercial, residential and hospitality award winning projects as well as completing numerous private commissions.

Rory is a fellow of the Royal institute of Architects of Ireland and a grade III Conservation Architect. He has been a studio lecturer in Architecture, an assessor of the Travelling Scholarship and is a previous Treasurer of the AAI.

Angela Connolly
Conbu Interior Design
President of The Interiors Association

Angela offers interior design services to residential and commercial clients and can take the stress out of home or business renovation project.

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Angela’s passion for interior design springs from her innate creativity, a love of quality materials and fabrics, and the joy that comes from transforming a space to reach its best potential. With over a decade project management experience Angela will take your project from concept to implementation without any hassle.

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