Meet the Team

Most of our staff are to be found busily working behind the scenes to make sure that all our customers’ needs are met quickly and efficiently. In the following section, we’d like to introduce you to our front-of-house people who you’ll meet or talk to when you contact the company and who will be happy to help you with whatever requirements you may have.


Andrew Taormina
Operations Manager

Andrew has had an interest in health foods for over thirty years and started working in the health food trade in 1998. He has done nearly every job inREAD MORE

the business, from packing to warehouse to sales to senior management. Andrew looks after day-to-day operations, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and solving problems when they arise. Although based in the sales office, he can be found in any corner of the warehouse when the need arises! He is also responsible for looking after stock, product listings, prices, and coordinating with IT, among many other things. Although Andrews’s job can be demanding, at the end of each day there is a real sense of accomplishment.

Christina Leopold
Telesales Manager

Christina has a BBS Hons in Hospitality Management and experience in the hospitality industry. As telesales manager, she oversees the smoothREAD MORE

running of the telesales office, which involves coordinating customer orders, training and development, and sales order processing and invoicing. Her keen interest in plant-based foods makes it a pleasure to be involved in an industry with such a vast range of vegetarian and ethically produced products, while working alongside like-minded customers means that she is constantly learning about new ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Sara Wilkins

Born in the south-west of England, Sara has been living in Kerry for the past ten years. Working in administration in the library service gave her aREAD MORE

good grounding in customer service. Sara works in our busy Sales Office where she takes sales orders over the phone, contacts suppliers and takes enquiries regarding our wide range of products. Calls to the sales offices are very varied and provide a clear picture of the distribution chain of our products from supplier to end customer. Sara is very interested in living a sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethical lifestyle. She finds working in a company that helps to fulfil similar ideals on the part of our customers and their broader customer base very satisfying.

Lisa Bartlett O'Callaghan
Business Development Manager

Lisa has spent her career working in administration. Her responsibilities at IIHF include the production management of our bi-monthly pricelist,READ MORE

all marketing and advertising, HR, product sourcing and negotiation, overseeing transport records and working closely with the directors on a daily basis. She enjoys the variety that every day brings—from the amazing products available to the wide array of people to communicate with: colleagues, international and local suppliers, and customers old and new. Lisa really believes in the IIHF ethos of providing a flawless service with competitive prices, and enjoys seeing the results and hearing about the excellent reputation that IIHF has built in the industry.

Ian Rafferty
National Sales Manager

Ian has a Catering and Hospitality diploma and a degree in Commerce. After a career in restaurant management in London and contract catering in Dublin,READ MORE

he moved into food sales. Ian’s job involves seeking out new and exciting products, sourcing customer-requested products, introducing new products and brands to our customers, finding solutions to problems, keeping up with trends in health foods and communicating and discussing these with customers. He is a total foodie who loves talking food and encouraging people to eat well. He believes that, given the huge diversity in diet in Ireland now, it’s great to be at the forefront of sourcing and supplying the foods being demanded by the public.

Sinéad Ní Ghealbháin
Area Sales Representative

Sinead has been a sales rep in the health food industry since 2003 and with IIHF since 2008. She also worked for many years in the retail side of healthREAD MORE

food and is trained as a physical and nutritional therapist. She is sales rep for the Munster and south Leinster area and is always mindful to “represent” to the best of her ability the wonderful company that she has seen IIHF become. Sinead loves the variety in every day, the people she works with, introducing new products to customers, providing them with information and resolving their issues or queries—hard work but very satisfying! She believes in establishing good links with the customers, ensuring good communication—the key to success in all relationships, helping store managers to expand their product ranges and increasing product knowledge, which in turn increases sales for all. She learns a huge amount from her customers—a kind and warm bunch of people who are always a pleasure to meet!


Christina O'Neill
Accounts Payable

Christina is from an agricultural background in West Cork and has more than ten years experience in Accounts Payable and Receivable.READ MORE

She has worked as Accounts Payable Manager in the company for over five years and is responsible for all creditor-related aspects of the business, including invoicing, credit claims and payments. Christina loves the challenge that her job provides. Every day is different and she enjoys dealing with people from different countries and cultures in a job that she finds very rewarding.

Tom Curran
Accounts Receivable

Tom has over ten years experience in the retail sector and twenty years experience in the wholesale industry dealing with customer accounts.READ MORE

This combined experience gives Tom a unique insight into how a busy modern office environment should function and also gives him an appreciation of the value of customer care and the importance of repeat business. Tom is mainly responsible for credit control, ensuring that all customer accounts are up to date and that statements reach the customer in a timely fashion. Tom’s job involves constant deadlines and he finds it very rewarding to meet these deadlines and to ensure the efficient running of credit control, which in turn facilitates the smooth functioning of other areas of the company, from purchasing to offering our products to our customers at the keenest prices possible.


Denis O'Donoghue
Warehouse Manager

As warehouse manager, Denis ensures that products delivered from our suppliers are efficiently handled andREAD MORE

controlled, from storage and assembly procedures right through to our customers. Denis takes great pride in the work done by the IIHF team and the reputation of our company.

Andrius Rupsas
Stores Manager

A certified computer programmer, Andrius has been working in IIHF for six years. He is responsible for goods-in, goods storage and filling shelves. HeREAD MORE

loves his job because he works with great people. He likes that the smooth operation and efficient set-up of the warehouse makes an important contribution to keeping our customers happy.

Tom O'Sullivan
VMS Manager

Tom is manager of the Vitamins and Supplements department, where he takes care of day-to-day operations.READ MORE

He has worked with IIHF for seven years, is a qualified software developer with experience in logistics and management, and has HACCP training. Tom enjoys the broad range of responsibilities involved in his work and likes that the skills acquired from those responsibilities are readily transferable to other areas of the company.

Malgorzata Pietrucha
Packing Manager

Originally from Poland, where she worked as a physiotherapist, Gosia has worked with IIHF since moving to Ireland in 2008.READ MORE

Gosia’s work involves all the planning of our pre-pack department, scheduling and supervising the work of the teams on a day-to-day basis, printing labels for own label orders and checking all outgoing stock. Gosia enjoys the challenge of working to deadlines and sending out a quality end product; she really enjoys working with her colleagues, whom she regards as friends, and says she would never move from IIHF!

Stella Switzer
Quality Control

Stella is responsible for quality control in IIHF. Previously, she spent almost two decades working in Munster Wholefoods in variousREAD MORE

aspects of the business such as packing, assembly, goods-in, delivering, sales rep, telesales, accounts and quality control. Stella has been with IIHF since it was set up. She finds that there is something new to be learnt in the business on a daily basis. Her aim is to treat customers and colleagues as she would like to be treated herself, and tries to deal with all work-related issues with that in mind.

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