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Meet The Team

A brief insight to the people behind Adams & Butler

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Siobhan Byrne Learat

Founder & CEO

Siobhan Byrne Learat has been in the tourism industry since 1989 when she became Director of Sales for a Victorian Hotel in Killiney - the Bel Air of Dublin and home to Bono of U2. She has an honours BA in Spanish & Arabic; post-graduate degrees in business, Arabic & Middle Eastern History; and a first-class MBA from the Smurfit Business School. After managing Active Ireland, a property development company, she set up Adams & Butler in 2002, the business plan for which was her MBA thesis. Adams & Butler is an upmarket tour operator specialising in customised vacations and private visits for wealthy and sophisticated clients, including many celebrities, to Ireland and Britain from long-haul markets – the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile Columbia and Russia. Her true passion is Africa, and with her Kenyan Samburu husband Kasao, she launched a new company Adams & Butler Africa designing tailor-made safaris featuring intimate owner-managed camps and lodges and authentic cultural and tribal experiences. Siobhan has also set up a charity the Nalepo Educational Fund to provide basic education to the Samburu children in Northern Kenya and to empower their mothers and other young women there with essential life skills. Siobhan lectures part-time in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is the President of the Ireland US Alumni Association and a member of the Institute of Directors. She is currently studying towards Chartered Director status with the IoD, having completed the Certificate and Diploma last year. Siobhan speaks several languages and she loves to walk, hike, ski and horse-ride. She is happiest when in the bush with her husband’s tribe. She and her husband Kasao have seven sons between them.

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Slaney O'Brien

Business Development Manager

Slaney counts travel as being her greatest passion, for as long as she can remember. With her family in the industry themselves, from an early age Slaney became engaged with all things hospitality. Slaney achieved her BA in Fashion Media at London College of Fashion but always had that niggling feeling that travel was where she was meant to be. This led her to her first role in Bespoke Luxury Travel which she says was 'love at first sight'. Having spent 7 years in London, a place she says stole a huge piece of her heart, Slaney decided to move back to her native Ireland to continue her career in Luxury Travel. Her area of expertise lies in Europe, North America and South East Asia however, any free time is spent travelling to new and exciting places in all corners of the globe. She hopes to have covered all 7 continents before reaching 30!

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Magda Tylek

Director Private Clients

Magda has worked in tourism and travel all her life, first helping her mother run a travel agency, then running her own business. After she graduated from Journalism & Political Science, she wrote articles for several travel magazines and later she became a licensed tour leader and Blue Badge guide. Eleven years ago she came to Ireland from Poland for what was supposed to be a short visit. An Irish man stole her heart and Ireland has been her home ever since. In 2010, Magda graduated from the University of Limerick with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management and joined Adams & Butler.

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Rachel Herman

Financial Controller

Rachel is from Terenure in Dublin and has been working in Adams & Butler for the last two years. Rachel is our accounts person and before she worked in Adams & Butler, she worked in her family’s auctioneering business. She’s lived and worked in Canada and Australia and loves spending time in the sun with her friends and family. When she’s not working, she likes to jump out of planes and eat toast.

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Juliana Simao

Tours Executive

Juliana is originally from the south of Brazil but she has been living in Dublin for eight years and was recently made an Irish citizen. She graduated in Tourism & Hospitality and then worked for several years in hotels in Brazil and Dublin. She has been working in Adams & Butler for almost two years and loves taking care of our Latin American clients.

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Giovana Polla

Tours Executive

Giovana is originally from Brazil, but has also lived in Canada, Argentina, Scotland and now Ireland. She studied Hospitality and Tourism in Brazil before achieving her MBA at Queen Margaret University in Scotland. She worked in the industry for ten years before joining Adams & Butler. Her area of expertise is Scotland and she loves coming up with itineraries that showcase its spectacular beauty. When Giovana was 16, she made a list of 50 countries she wanted to visit before she turned 50. She’s been to 36 so far!

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Eileen Cordero

Tours Executive

Eileen is originally from Venezuela. At the age of 18 she moved with her parents to Italy, where while studying languages she started nurturing her passion for foreign languages and cultures. She’s been working in tourism since then and recently she decided to settle in Dublin after working for several years on board of cruise ships. She’s passionate about traveling and her dream is going on a camper tour throughout all North America and Canada.

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