Meet our Team

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success", Henry Ford.

Without our team, we wouldn't have the success we have had. Along with our management team we have a dedicated group of operations staff who deliver on our promises to our clients.

Meet the Team


Irish Welcome Tours - Managing Director- John Waldron
John Waldron - Managing Director
Having more than 20 years experience in the Travel & Tourism Industry, John was a founding Director of Irish Welcome Tours in 1989. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Best Western Hotels Ireland and now is also Managing Director of Premier Guesthouses of Ireland.
 
 
Irish Welcome Tours - Financial Controller - Kevin O' Meara
Kevin O'Meara (FCPA)- Financial Controller
Kevin has many years experience in the area of Finance within the tourism sector both in Ireland and the U.K. He joined Irish Welcome Tours as Financial Controller in 2000 and leads a professional finance team dedicated to giving quality service to our customers and suppliers.
 
 
Sandra Nicholson - Human Resources Manager
Sandra Nicholson - Human Resources Manager
With over 20 years’ experience in various sectors of the IT/Computer industry and in recruitment in particular, Sandra joined Irish Welcome Tours in 2008 and has full responsibility for the HR function and Office Management function for the whole organisation i.e. Irish Horizons, Hotels Ireland and Authentic Ireland. Sandra is CIPD certified.
 
 
Alison Groves
Alison Groves - Contracting Director
Following her honours degree in French & German from Dublin's Trinity College, Alison worked for a short time as a teacher before entering the world of tourism where she has been now for over 20 years. In 1995 she joined Irish Welcome Tours and has full responsibility for the contracting function within the company.
 
Irish Welcome Tours - Sales Director- Bernadette O' Carroll
Bernadette O'Carroll - European Sales Director
Bernadette has over 30 years experience in the Travel & Tourism Industry holding a Diploma in French Civilisation from the Sorbonne followed by several years working in Europe. Bernadette joined Irish Welcome Tours in 1994, she and her team of 3 are responsible for the Sales and Marketing function within the organisation.
 
Irish Welcome Tours - Head of Incentives & Conference- Christophe de Patoul
Christophe de Patoul- Head of Incentives & Conference
A Belgium native with a Degree in Law, Christophe has been living in Ireland for 20 years. He has a strong background in Incentives and Conferences and ran his own company for several years before serving as a Director in a leading Irish Incentive House. He is responsible for growing our incoming and outgoing corporate travel business.
 
Irish Welcome Tours - Director of Incentives - Tim Mc Stay
Tim McStay - Director of Incentives
Tim has 16 years experience in the Travel & Tourism Industry and is a former President of ITOA, Board member of St. Patricks Festival and SITE member. Responsible for the Incentive division of Irish Welcome Tours including overseas Sales, Business Development and Promotions.

 
Irish Welcome Tours - Liz Aungier - Reservations Manager
Liz Aungier - Contracting Manager
Liz has worked in the Tourism Industry for the past 18 years in Reservations Management in various Hotels in Dublin prior to moving on to manage a central reservations office for a hotel group. Liz is a keen traveler with a special interest in Italy and also likes to spend time volunteering for specific charities.
 
Irish Welcome Tours - Michele Kane - Quotations Manager
Michele Kane - Quotations Manager
Michele has been with the company since 2002. She holds a degree in business studies, and has travelled extensively through Europe and Africa. Together with her team of Quotation Executives, she is responsible for all group quotations, including ad-hoc, tour series, custom and special interest.
 
Irish Welcome Tours - Tara Fusco - Group Operations Manager
Tara Fusco - Group Operations Manager
Tara is a graduate of University College Dublin, with a Masters Degree in Geography. Tara has over 12 years experience in the Tourism Industry and together with a team of Group Account Handlers, is responsible for the operation of all our group tour business. Tara has been an International Table Tennis player for over 14 years.
 
Emer Kelly - Special Projects Manager
Emer joined the company in 2006 and has broad experience within the  Tourism Industry and heads up the new Special Projects Department in the Company. Emer holds a Degree in Business Studies and Tourism, a Diploma in Marketing & a Diploma in Project Management.

Sandra Halpin - Product Bookings Manager
Sandra has a Masters in Tourism Management and over 8 years experience in the Tourism industry. She joined Irish Horizons in 2006, and looked after the operations of the Incentive department and managed large Conferences, Incentives & Events, before moving internally to set-up the Product Bookings Department in January 2015.













 

 
Esther Kocsis - Sales Manager
Esther joined Irish Welcome Tours in 2010 and has a degree in Geography and Tourism. Her CV spanning regional and urban tourism marketing also includes 5 years experience in the industry in Germany and Ireland, focusing on tourism in Ireland. She is responsible for sales and marketing for German speaking markets and Northern Europe.