Meet our Senior team

With over 100 combined years of experience in the hotel industry, our team brings a unique depth of hotel, business development and commercial skills to Great National Hotels & Resorts.

David Byrne

A graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology, David has over 22 years of experience in the hotel industry. He has secured and managed Ireland’s largest hotel business contracts and received many awards for hotels under his direction. David brings a financial-based, rounded, and hands-on approach to Great National Asset Management.

    David Byrne

    Chief Executive Officer
    James Sulivan

    James has studied at University College Cork, Harvard University and INSEAD Paris. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with 25 years of hospitality experience in 13 different countries, working with National Tourism Authorities, hotels and resorts as director, controller, consultant and auditor.

      James Sulivan

      Chief Financial Officer
      David O'Connor

      One of Ireland's leading hotel operators and consultants, David has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. A graduate of GMIT in Galway, he has managed some of the largest and most prominent properties in Ireland. He is a former director of Tourism Solutions and has successfully managed his own hospitality consultancy, O’Connor and Associates.

        David O'Connor

        Chief Operating Officer - Assets
        David Collins

        A graduate of Dublin College of Catering, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork, David has over 20 years’ experience in strategic hospitality brand positioning, results-driven marketing and business delivery. He was instrumental in building some of the largest brands in the UK and Ireland, including the Carlton, Lynch and Stakis Hotels groups.

          David Collins

          Chief Operating Officer - Services
          Paul Abson

          Paul has over 17 years' strategic hospitality experience with UK independent hotels and international hotel brands as a Director, Operator and Management Consultant. He has run a UK hotel group, been a Choice Hotels International Franchisee and been a key figure in the set up of a Hotel Investment Fund authorised by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

            Paul Abson

            Managing Director UK
            Rachel Howes

            Rachel, former Managing Director of Booking.com Limited, has over 25 years’ experience in accelerating hotels room revenue and is one of the leading international figures in channel management. She has a proven record as a technology entrepreneur and investor and is also co-founder of HomeRez.com, one of Europe’s emerging brand leaders in holiday letting.

              Rachel Howes

              Distribution Director
              Brian Reeves

              Brian Reeves, a serial technology entrepreneur and founder of GOPPAR Digital, one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agencies and Shunpike Labs, a specialist AI technology company.

                Brian Reeves

                Digital Director
                John D. Toner MBE

                John has recently joined Great National as Strategic Advisor in 2013 bringing wealth and knowledge within the hospitality industry. John has received many awards, including, in 2009 as Past President of the Irish Hospitality Institute, he received the very special Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2013 received Industry Achievement Award in the Licensed & Catering News Awards.

                  John D. Toner MBE

                  Strategic Advisor
                  Hugh O'Donnell

                  Hugh, a graduate of the University of Limerick and the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Hugh is an independent advisor to GNH and provides practical advice in the development of management and operational structures. With over 27 years as an independent consultant to a variety of business sectors, he brings a wealth of experience and business knowledge to the company.

                    Hugh O'Donnell

                    Strategic Advisor
                    Margaret Chandler

                      Margaret Chandler

                      General Manager
                      Arlene O'Halloran

                        Arlene O'Halloran

                        Operations Manager
                        Shona Cleary

                          Shona Cleary

                          Head of Digital & Data Science
                          Sandra Madden

                            Sandra Madden

                            Head of Revenue
                            Aimee Olley

                              Aimee Olley

                              Head of Distribution & Data Protection Officer
                              Barry O’Flaherty

                                Barry O’Flaherty

                                Head of F&B Development
                                Kathryn Shannon

                                  Kathryn Shannon

                                  Human Resources
                                  Caroline Fitzgerald

                                    Caroline Fitzgerald

                                    Regional Financial Controller
                                    Declan Burke

                                      Declan Burke

                                      Group Financial Controller