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

          Director of Communications
          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
            Nicola Rhone

            Nicola has over 15 years’ experience working with independent hotels, small groups and venues; providing them with the marketing, sales and technology solutions necessary to compete effectively in a fast-moving marketplace.

              Nicola Rhone

              Chief Commercial Officer
              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
                  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
                        Sandra Madden

                          Sandra Madden

                          Head of Revenue
                          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