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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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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 is our accounts person. 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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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 Hospitality 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 39 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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Amanda Zinman

Tours Executive

Originally hailing from the great island of Manhattan, New York, Amanda brings her expertise of the American market to Adams & Butler. Having traveled to over 50 countries in her life time, she yearns for out-of-the-box experiences that foster lifetime memories. Two of her favorite experiences include mircoliting over Victoria Falls in Zambia and partaking in a traditional kai seki meal with geishas in Japan. Amanda now calls Ireland her home and brings an up-beat energy and sense of professionalism to the Adams & Butler team.

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Richard Byrne Afoullouss

Tours Executive

To the Adams & Butler team, Richard brings a passion for travel as well as a zeal for adventure. His yearning for worldly exploration has been bred within him given his multicultural family, which finds roots in Ireland, Morocco and Kenya. Having worked within the travel trade since sixteen years of age, he has visited over thirty-five countries and even has lived abroad in Canada and Berlin. Richard relishes in discovering uncommon, exceptional and noteworthy experiences for all his clients, and considers this capability the most rewarding aspect of his job. When not globetrotting, Richard can be found enjoying delicious food and wine or attending festivals and sporting events. All who have the pleasure of working with him comment on his impeccable social skills, sense of professionalism, and ability to please people.

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Rebecca Graham

Tours Executive

Rebecca originally hails from Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and has moved southeast to Dublin to work for Adams & Butler. Prior to joining the team, Rebecca received her degree in marine science at NUI Galway in Ireland. Her passion and commitment to explore life below the surface ignited a catalysis for her to investigate aquatic ecosystems in foreign destinations. From Australia to Thailand to Scotland, Rebecca expanded her travel portfolio and an appetite for globetrotting spawned within her. Today, she has been to over 20 countries and is now keen to discover further new landscapes both above and below ground.

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Maya Santos

Tours Executive

Maya brings a diverse professional and cultural background to Adams & Butler – born and raised in Brazil, Maya moved to Canada back in 2006 where she has developed her hospitality and tourism skills, having worked in multiple events, including the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver, as well as a Customer Relations Manager at a tech company in Calgary. Maya is passionate about working with people and creating strong relationships. One of the latest highlights in Maya’s life was to work around the globe onboard cruise ships, where Maya had the opportunity to be part of a team delivering lasting memories to thousands of passengers from all over the world, whether in the wonderful waters of Moorea or meeting the Cannibalism villages in Fiji. In her spare time, Maya enjoys hiking, discovering new places, restaurants and is a wine and Whiskey lover.

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Stephen Dunne

Travel Designer

From Dublin, Stephen has a strong, successful background in sales but travelling and adventuring has always been his passion. With a confident charismatic personality and a keen intuitive ability that allows him to realize each client's individual travel needs, he brings a very personal element to his client's tours. Having spent a year and half in Detroit MI doing Voluntary youth work and social work he has deep connections with the USA which has given him a unique understanding of the American market.

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Jamie Hore

Travel Designer

Jamie, a “Dubliner” graduated with an Honours Degree in Sports Science and Health from the Institute of Technology Tallaght. As an avid golfer, Jamie brings a deep knowledge of golf courses in the UK and Ireland to the Adams & Butler team. He plays at a high amateur level and has represented his club at National Amateur Championships, which has led to him to play at many of the top courses across the countries. Over the past few years, Jamie has developed an avid appreciation for traveling, exploring places such as San Francisco, Berlin, Dubrovnik and Malta to name but a few; he aims to continue to expand on that list much more and broaden his knowledge of different cultures worldwide. Other than golfing in his spare time, Jamie enjoys watching sports – in particular football, or soccer to our American counterparts – and recently has begun following American football closely as well. Jamie has also developed an interest in photography in the last few years but loves nothing more than sitting down with a cup of tea.

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