Joe Scally - Chairman
As 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.
Claire Scally - Communications Director
Claire 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 - Commercial Director
Mark 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 Commercial 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.
Michael Jacobi- Managing Director
Michael joined the Hayfield Family Collection in 2021 as Managing Director. He entered the hotel business over 25 years ago in Germany with one mission in mind – to travel the world and experience other countries, people and cultures. This journey brought him, his Irish-born wife Katy and their three children to live and work in 8 different countries. A personal highlight for the “travelling Jacobi’s” was a recent one year tour across South America. During his career Michael held numerous operational leadership positions, including several General Manager roles in hotels in the Middle East and Eastern Europe and then Regional Director for the Radisson Hotel Group overseeing the operation in the Baltics, Ukraine and Sweden. In his role as Managing Director, Michael leads the group's Executive team with a focus on delivering sustainable growth while supporting the hotel teams to create memorable experiences for our guests and attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry.
Danielle Murrihy, Group Sales & Marketing Director
Whilst Danielle had grown up in a family hospitality business in her hometown of Youghal, Co Cork, her initial introduction to hotels was her first-year management placement at Hayfield Manor in 2001. It was during this placement where she fell in love with the industry. After a year spent working with the IHG Group in Florida, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. After completing her college qualification, Danielle held a number of operational roles within the industry in notable hotels in Kilkenny and Clare. In 2012, Danielle moved to the UK and became General Manager of the Hallmark Hotel in London. After returning home to Cork in September 2015, Danielle joined the sales team at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort, and was appointed Sales and Marketing Manager. She has been Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hayfield Family Collection since the Summer of 2021. Outside of work, Danielle is passionate about exploring new countries, cooking and long walks on the beach with her husband and two young daughters.
Milandi Basel, Group HR Director
Milandi is a Human Resources Professional with more than 15 years’ experience. In her previous position in South Africa, Milandi had worked with a range of local and global companies across various industry sectors, developing strategy, managing complex HR projects, creating cultures of collaboration, implementing change to achieve workforce excellence and delivering successful leadership development programmes. Prior to working in HR, Milandi worked in Sales & Marketing and Administration. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, a Certificate in Irish Employment Law, a Special purpose award in Learning and Development and as a self-proclaimed life-long student is always busy learning something new.In her free time, Milandi loves baking, reading, crafting, learning and spending time with her husband and four children. She is passionate about people, loves assisting our team reach their full potential and ensuring that our company remains not only legally compliant, but exceeding our employees’ expectations.
Kamile Lyne - Hotel Manager at Great Southern Killarney.
Originally from Lithuania, Kamile moved to London at a young age. While there, she obtained a Law Degree in The University of London. During her studies, she began working in the hospitality industry and from there she became recognised for her talent in hotel management. During her time in London Kamile managed some trendy bar/restaurants in Central London for Tatershall Group and Stonegate Pubs Company. With Killarney being her husband's hometown, they decided to move to the Kingdom in 2015. Kamile started her career journey with Hayfield Family Collection as an Assistant Manager at the Great Southern. In this role, Kamile quickly showed great ambition and huge potential and therefore, in March 2017, Kamile was appointed as Operations Manager at Killarney Royal, Great Southern’s sister hotel. Kamile returned to Great Southern in June 2019 keen for a new challenge in her role as Hotel Manager.
Evander Brennan - Hotel Manager at Hayfield Manor
Evander began his hospitality career without realising it while growing up in a country pub at home in South Sligo. He then went on to study Bar Management in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. While in college, he worked in the Sligo Park Hotel. Upon obtaining his college degree, he moved on to the World renowned 5-star Ashford Castle in Co Mayo. While working in Ashford Castle, Evander progressed through the ranks and crafted his eye for service and detail in the 5-star environment.The idea of travelling became attractive to Evander and along his way he worked in a 5-star resort in Florida and the luxury of Seabourn Cruise Ships where he was able to balance his travelling and career hand in hand. Evander joined the team at Hayfield Manor in May 2018 as Food and Beverage Manager, shortly progressing to Deputy General Manager while most recently progressing to the role of Hotel Manager. Evander still has a passion for travel and each winter he enjoys his annual skiing trip, and during the summer, if you cannot find Evander in Hayfield Manor, he is almost certainly somewhere in the ground of Pairc Ui Chaoimh watching anyone who is on show!