About – Steering Group


  • Provide the strategic direction and control for the network and oversee network performance

  • Guide the network manager in managing the network

  • Provide a link between the contracting organisation and member companies

  • Oversee and score tenders received for the provision of services to the network. This canbe assigned to a procurement sub-committee of the Steering Group.

  • Sign off on all expenditures from the network

  • Members can be a representative of a public body (e.g. SOLAS, County Enterprise Board) however they cannot be in receipt of any benefits financially or otherwise from the network. They can act advisory capacity only

  • Provide administration resource to manage the network

  • Report to the contracting organisation and the network steering group

  • Manage finances/budgets

  • Implement a fair and transparent procurement process, seek tenders, negotiate with suppliers

  • Plan and organise events

  • Communicate with member companies

  • Submit reports to Skillnets

  • Adhere to Skillnets branding guidelines

  • Participate in training as required by Skillnets

  • Perform other roles and responsibilities as may be decided by the Steering Group

  • Conduct all network duties in accordance with the guidelines

Industry Steering Committee

Niamh O’Malley

Role: Network Manager

Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet

Adrian Cummins

Role: Promotor

Restaurants Association of Ireland

Liam Edwards

Role: Chairman

Jim Edwards Bar & Restaurant

Amy Sweetman

Steering Group Member

Restaurants Association of Ireland

Mark McGowan

Steering Group Member,

Scholars Townhouse

Paul Lenehan

Steering Group Member,

Hartes of Kildare

Angela Ruttledge

Steering Group Member,

Woodstock Cafe

Mike Ryan

Steering Group Member,


Patricia Roberts

Steering Group Member,

One Pery Square

Sean Redmond

Steering Group Member,

Andy’s Bar & Restaurant

Russell Bailey

Steering Group Member,

La Bucca

Brian Fallon

Steering Group Member,

Fallon’s Bar & Cafe

Shamzuri Hanifa

Steering Group Member,

The Cottage Restaurant

Anthony Gray

Steering Group Member,

Eala Bhan

Eimear Killian

Steering Group Member,

Brasserie on the Corner


Customer Care Training - Marc was very clear about all the teachings. I feel like I knew a lot about the course but he reiterated everything so well for me and helped me remember to improve some bad habits I have picked up over the years. Very interactive and constructive. It exceeded my expectations.

Grace O’Reilly

Bull McCabes

I would advise anyone thinking of doing the MDP course to go for it. It will help your confidence. Not only will you learn new things from the instructor, but you will engage with fellow students and learn from them too. The size of the class is ideal to make sure everyone gets a chance to ask questions if they need to. Each instructor is an expert in their field so they truly are experienced in what they are teaching. They are also willing to give you advice on problems you may be having in your own business.

Bernadette Thornton

Woodford Dolmen Hotel

Kitchen Management Course - Small group easy to work personal approach/ trainer well prepared, professional and fun to listen. Thanks for courses.

VERONA COFFEE House Restaurant

20 Day R&H Skills - Course is very informative and interesting, teaching practical hands on skills and techniques such as how to take an order, how to carry and clear plates, how to make beds and clean bathrooms properly. I hope to get a job as breakfast staff when I finish this course. Fiona the Tutor was excellent and my classmates and I get on very well and made course fun & entertaining. I would recommend this course wholeheartedly. I also learned to appreciate hospitality staff more.