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Joe Scally - Chairman

Joe ScallyAs a lifelong hotelier, Joe Scally along with his wife Margaret, has been welcoming guests for many years now. With a passion for the hospitality industry spanning over 50 years, Joe is committed to ensuring that guests of the Hayfield Family Collection receive the service that they deserve to ensure a memorable experience with an emphasis on personal service. He has ensured that each property is distinctive, classically styled and renowned for the finest service levels. Joe is now Chairman of the collection and delighted to have each of his four children continuing in the family tradition by leading the teams at each of the historic properties.
 
 

Ettienne Van Vrede - CEO

Ettienne Van VredeEttienne studied Hotel Management at the Cape Town Hotel School in Granger Bay, in his native South Africa, where he graduated top of his class. After gaining experience in renowned world class hotels, Ettienne decided to make the move to Ireland and joined the team at Hayfield Manor in May 2003. Ettienne held the role of General Manager at Hayfield Manor for 10 years. A desire to provide guests with service that exceeds their expectations is what drives Ettienne and has led him to his current position of CEO of The Hayfield Collection. Ettienne is constantly searching for new ideas and methods to ensure that guest satisfaction is maximised. For Ettienne, our collection of properties are not simply hotels, but are a home away from home. 
 
 

Annemarie Scally - Creative Director

Annemarie Scally Annemarie is the eldest daughter of Joe & Margaret Scally and is married to Ettienne. Annemarie held the position of Deputy Manager at Hayfield Manor in 2006 however prior to that she completed a degree in Interior Design and managed her own business AMS Interior Design. Annemarie has completed several design projects throughout Hayfield Manor, most notably Perrotts Garden Bistro and the Beautique Spa. She is now responsible for all design elements at the Hayfield Family Collection and has completed many refurbishments throughout each hotel. The challenge for Annemarie is to ensure the comfort and functionality of guest space is optimised while simultaneously maintaining the individual historic character of each property.
 
 

Claire Scally - Communications Director

Claire ScallyClaire is the youngest daughter of Joe & Margaret Scally. She holds a degree from Dublin Business School where she then went on to study fashion marketing in London College of Fashion. Claire never thought that she would work in hotels, however having been immersed in the hotel industry from an early age, one thing led to another and Claire became involved in the family hotel business where she is now Communications Director for the Hayfield Family Collection. Claire is based in Killarney and her role involves liaising with visiting agents, welcoming FAM trips and greeting VIP guests. Claire also attends sales trips on behalf of the collection and represents all three hotels at local events including Kerry & Cork Convention Bureau.
 
 

Mark Scally - Financial Director

Mark ScallyMark joined the family business in 2005 having previously worked as a stockbroker in Ireland’s leading stockbroking firm - Davy. Mark brought with him a wealth of experience from the financial industry that he has utilised in his role as Group Financial Director. Mark’s role as a member of the senior executive team is to provide leadership for the Board's Finance and Accounting strategy, to optimise the company's financial performance and strategic position.
 
 

Brian Scally - Revenue Director

Brian ScallyBrian is Revenue Director with the Hayfield Family Collection. He is the youngest son of Joe & Margaret Scally. Brian graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a degree in Retail Management however he didn’t enter the family hotel business immediately, instead spending 6 years with a large food store retailer. This experience in retail management was a great preparation for his first hotel General Manager position in the family owned Killarney Royal Hotel, which he joined in 2009. During this time the hotel continued a period of growth and had a very successful number of years. From here he moved on to General Manager at the the Great Southern Killarney which was acquired by the Scally Family in late 2014 and subsequently as Revenue Director with the Hayfield Family Collection.
 
 

TJ Mulcahy - General Manager at Hayfield Manor

TJ MulcahyTJ's passion for hospitality developed at a young age. He completed his honours degree in Hotel Business Management that also included a one year apprenticeship at the five star Adare Manor Hotel & Resort. Following his studies, and with the prospect of learning more about our business, he moved to London in May 2000 to put all his good theory into practice. TJ’s first role was Assistant Reception Manager at the Hilton London Metropole, followed by Front office Manager at the Novotel London West. He joined the Red Carnation hotel team in 2004, as Rooms Division Manager at their Montague on the Gardens hotel.  He returned home to Ireland in 2007 to become Deputy General Manager at the five star Ashford Castle. TJ was appointed as General Manager at Hayfield Manor in February 2017. He is both delighted and honoured to lead the team at Hayfield Manor and support all our team members in the achievement of our ambition; to provide our guests with an experience Beyond the Best. 
 

Sinead Marron - General Manager at the Great Southern Killarney

Sinead MarronSinead hails from Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan. Sinead studied Leisure Management, which naturally evolved into the world of hospitality, in which Sinead excelled and rose quickly through the operational ranks. In the past Sinead has worked as Deputy General Manager at the Fota Island Resort in Cork and subsequently as General Manager at the Radisson Blue in Athlone.  In 2016 Sinead made the move south and took up the role of General Manager at the Great Southern Killarney.  Sinead leads the team at the Great Southern with great enthusiasm.  Sinead commands great respect from her team due to her strong leadership skills, her poise under pressure and her quick sense of humour. In her spare time Sinead’s main passion is fitness and, living in Killarney, now gives Sinead the opportunity to enjoy the 26,000 acres that the beautiful Killarney National Park offers. 
 
 

Kamile Ambrozaite - Operations Manager at Killarney Royal

Kamile AmbrozaiteKamile worked in the Great Southern Killarney before taking on the role of Operations Manager at Killarney Royal. She holds a degree in Law from the University of London. During her studies she began working in the hospitality industry where she quickly became recognised for her talent in hotel management. Kamile is an outstanding leader and is a wonderful example to all of the team at the hotel. She now considers Killarney Royal a home away from home and enjoys working as part of such a close-knit team.
 
 

Lisa Leahy - Group Sales & Marketing Director 

Lisa LeahyLisa graduated from Shannon College of Hotel Management and completed her Master’s degree from Middlesex University. She worked in the UK for 11 years in various sales roles including Sales Director at the Forte Crest Heathrow and at the Shaw Park Plaza in central London, before joining the team at Hayfield Manor in 2007 as Director of Sales & Marketing.  Lisa now leads the Sales & Marketing teams of the Hayfield Family Collection. Lisa is especially interested in online marketing, revenue management and particularly enjoys long term relationships with our key partners and customers.
 
 

Karen Fleming - Sales Director 

Karen FlemingKaren holds an honours degree in Hotel & Catering Management from GMIT and in more recent years, also graduated top of her class with a first class Masters in Management & Marketing from neighbouring UCC. A passion for travel has granted Karen the opportunity to combine career and culture with many years spent working in reputable and award winning establishments both at home and abroad. Upon relocating back to her native Cork in 2010, Karen was delighted to join the team at Hayfield Manor.  A love of meeting people and a genuine desire to provide guests with an exceptional service encounter makes the Hayfield Family Collection the ideal work environment. Karen considers it “an inspiring experience to work in such beautiful properties and with a team of like-minded hospitality enthusiasts.
 
 

Rachel Walker - Corporate Sales Manager

Rachel WalkerRachel Walker is the Corporate Sales Manager for the Hayfield Family Collection. Rachel holds a Bachelor degree in Tourism Studies, a postgraduate certificate in Information Technology, and a certificate in Life and Business Coaching. After promoting Ireland and Scotland abroad for Golf and Group Tours, she returned home to Irish soil and started her Irish Tourism career in Tour Operators. Rachel was then offered the opportunity to work for a number of excellent Irish hotels where she gained invaluable experience. Rachel also won Network Dublin Business Woman of the Year in 2014 which is a tremendous achievement. She loves welcoming new clients and nurturing the existing relationships that all three hotels have within the corporate and the meeting and incentive agent market.