Alf Smiddy

Alf is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cork and Dublin, and also at senior levels in the Irish and international beverage and hospitality sector for over 25 years.

Having joined the Foster's Brewing Group`s Irish subsidiary as Financial controller in 1988, he was Chairman and Managing Director of Beamish & Crawford Plc for over twelve years, and on the Board of the UK division of its parent company, Scottish & Newcastle PLC (a FTSE 100 company) until the takeover of the group for €12billion by a conglomerate formed by Carlsberg and Heineken in 2008.

Alf is a director and chairman of a number of businesses across a range of sectors including Online Marketing, Financial Services, Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, Agriculture & Food, Health and Safety, and Retail. As well as Granite, these include The Dalata Hotel Group Plc, Quintas, The Chris Mee Group, BTS Hospitality Management Ltd, and Riverview Eggs Ltd.

He also runs his own company which works with leadership teams and CEOs in the private & public sectors in Ireland on organisational strategy, marketing & business development, strategic financial management and human resource leadership.

Alf is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland , a fellow of the Irish Marketing Institute and has a Diploma in Corporate Direction from the Irish Institute of Directors. In 2009 he graduated with a Masters in Executive Leadership through Boston College & the University of Ulster.