Behind the Conference and Events Venue is a team of creative, hard-working and dedicated individuals who are absolutely passionate about what they do. Collectively, the team has over a century of combined event expertise. We pride ourselves on taking calculated risks, pushing the envelope and moving the skills of our team to a new level which in turn creates experiences that bring concepts to life for our thousands of clients.
Jan LeonardDirector of Business Development
Jan began her hospitality experience in her teenage years along the seaside in the west of Ireland working in a family-owned hotel established by her Grandparents, before moving to Dublin to study the industry. Jan graduated with honours from Cathal Brugha St TU Dublin with her BSC Hospitality Management degree before gaining experience in the luxury 5 star Howard Hotel in Edinburgh, and the O’Callaghan Collection back in Dublin. Jan joined the team at the Conference & Events Venue at The Mansion House in January 2015 as Business Development Manager. She has worked extensively with managing the sales coming into our 2 sister restaurants and now heads up the sales and events team as Director of Business Development for the group. Jan working closely with her Business Development team oversees the business coming into the venue and the teams main aim is attracting new business through proactive sales and building long term client relationships.
Jan’s twitter tag is “red wine, music and wandering enthusiast” and this sums her up pretty well. She’s happiest when out and about checking out a new restaurant, wandering through markets or at a music gig or festival.
Carolina KeeganSales Manager
Having graduated with an honour’s degree in social care in 2013, Carolina decided to follow her passion and undertook a postgraduate diploma in Event Management and Public Relations. Carolina originally joined the team as part of her college internship, having successfully completed a 3-month placement with the venue, she was subsequently offered a permanent position. Over the following years, Carolina was promoted to Event Manager, and most recently Senior Event Manager, and has successfully overseen numerous events from the conventional to the extraordinary and is on hand to help with the conceptualisation and coordination of exceptional events. Clients have chosen to host their event at the Conference and Events Venue due to Carolina’s exceptional creative ability.
A lover of all things outdoors, Carolina is at her happiest when camping, hiking and swimming in the sea! Downtime for Carolina involves music festivals, travelling and most importantly being out with good friends!
Loretta FaheyEvent Manager
Prior to joining the team at The Conference and Events Venue at the Mansion House, Loretta spent four years working with The Psychological Society of Ireland. During her time at the Psychological Society of Ireland, Loretta successfully organised medical conferences and events, which among other things, highlighted the importance of mental health in our society. Loretta enjoys meeting new people who share a passion for what they do and working in an environment that allows her to be creative and watch her ideas come to life.
During her downtime, Loretta loves nothing more than catching up with friends and family, watching old Hollywood movies and taking photographs. When travelling, she enjoys visiting local galleries and museums. Her favourite artist is Frida Kahlo. She also enjoys going to GAA matches and even played herself for 10 years. She is a Dublin fan through and through!
Emma KingstonEvents Co-Ordinator
Emma originally joined the company back in January 2018, while on Placement for her B.SC. in Event Management from Dublin Institute of Technology. After she completed her placement, she was moved into sales and was kept on part-time while she completed her course. She was offered a permanent position as soon as she finished college. Emma is loves working in the space and loves how the venue can be so different for every event. Emma loves meeting and working with new people and enjoys seeing all the hard work come to life at the event!
During her free time, Emma loves sailing and just bobbing away on the water. You could also find Emma volunteering at her local Sea Scout Group which she has been a part of for 15 Years!
Emer SpillaneFinancial Controller
Emer is an accomplished ACCA Accountant with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. Emer graduated from DIT with a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management. Emer then went on to continue her ACCA exams with DBS while gaining her practical accountancy knowledge through an array of roles within high profile organisations.
Emer has a proven record of sound financial acumen whilst displaying initiative, diplomacy and well-honed multitasking skills working in a highly dynamic environment.
Emer’s expertise and strong understanding of the Conference & Events Venue have made her a valuable key member of the team.
Emer is an avid Dublin GAA supporter and during her time off can be found in Croke Park.
When she is not cheering on the Dubs Emer loves to try out new restaurants and bars.
Sabrina EgertonHead of Marketing
With a decade of experience in the event and hospitality industries Sabrina has a proven track record in developing new value creating opportunities and sustaining existing successful brands and events for clients. Sabrina has worked previously with Event promoter MCD, leading hospitality firm FBD hotels and various event specialists in the North of Ireland. Through her experience Sabrina has developed an in-depth knowledge of traditional and digital marketing strategies, a network of key contacts and strong working relationships with a breadth of key industry leaders. Sabrina has helped clients events by providing personalised marketing support, branding tools and helps to bring their events into the digital age through social media management, e-marketing and videography.
Sabrina has a love for all things fashion and has a slight addiction to online shopping. Sabrina’s favourite past time is travelling and exploring new places, especially as it gives her an excuse to buy new clothes! When Sabrina’s not off gallivanting she enjoys a glass of Prosecco and reading comics!
Aoife CrillyMarketing Executive
Aoife graduated from BA (Hons) Journalism & Visual Media at Griffith College Dublin. She realised her passion for marketing after doing an internship at a marketing agency. Aoife went on to become a Marketing Assistant and then an Email Marketing Executive before joining the Conference & Events Venue at The Mansion House in August 2019. She decided to further her skillset and undertook a Certificate in Online Marketing and Digital Strategy at Griffith College Dublin.
Aoife spends her free time trying out food and coffee spots around Dublin. She even has a blog dedicated to reviewing restaurants and cafes around the city.
Gabor KernyaHead Porter
Gabor joined the company in 2011 as a part-time porter for the Round Room and chef in FIRE. Quickly Gabor found his calling and moved to the Roundroom to join the team full time. During his time at The Conference and Events Venue Gabor has been responsible for the set up of over 1100 events! Thankfully, each event Gabor works is so different from the last so things never get boring.
Gabor and his lovely wife really like travelling and enjoy sunny destinations. Gabor also enjoys spearfishing, but in 2017 Gabor and his wife welcomed their little son who is their new main and favourite hobby. Gabor enjoys good wines and beers and comes from the town where the famous Hungarian ‘wine of Kings’ the Tokaji Aszú was born.
Mark GailoneSenior Lighting Designer
Mark Trained at the Central School of speech and Drama in London. He was a technical manager at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for five years and went on to become a lighting designer mainly working in contemporary dance and ballet.
Since 2015 Mark has been the lead lighting designer for High Res Lighting in The Round Room. When he is not in The Round Room he also lights for events, theatre, television and exhibitions. Last year as well as having a great year in the round room he was particularly proud of lighting Inside The GPO for Fishamble Theatre Company, Hamlet for Second Age and Riot for This is Pop Baby.
Mark is an extremely bad cricketer but he does have all the gear so is occasionally seen trying to play the odd taverners match for Bells Academicals.
Mark CorlessAudio Visual manager
Mark has worked in the event industry for over 25 years, he joined the creative team in the Conference and Events venue in 2013. He has worked on every type of event here such as conferences, weddings, parties, award ceremonies all of which require a top class production, where attention to detail is paramount to the success of the event.
He takes a hands-on approach to every event, his priority is client satisfaction, and his team pride themselves on providing the highest standard of production.
When he is not organising some kind of event, you can find him relaxing with his wife & four kids, drinking coffee, doing some gardening, minding his bee hives or doing a spot of windsurfing.
The Conference and Events Venue Team are extremely proud to work in such a dynamic and ever-changing venue in Dublin. Each day for the team is different, and they are always delighted to accept new challenges and tasks. It is the positive, hard-working and creative attitude of the team that sets the Conference and Events Venue at the Mansion House apart from other establishments (not to mention the collective love of fine wine!)