Meet The Team

Our team at Travel Department are experienced holiday specialists, who are extremely passionate about what they do.

As a company we recruit great guides and holiday planners who are specially trained to our exceptionally high standards. Our team is meticulous and works hard to perfect every detail. We’re constantly checking the quality of everything we offer, from hotels to airports, cruise ports to excursion destinations.

We also recognise that service is everything so we encourage customer feedback; it’s the way we continually develop and improve what we offer you.

People repeatedly travel with us because they know they’ll see and experience the best of the world and have plenty of fun along the way.

Bob Haugh

Founder

Realising there was very little on offer for the holiday maker in Ireland other than package holidays, Bob Haugh founded Travel Department in 1996 soon after leaving school.  More...

Sara Zimmerman

Managing Director

Sara joined Travel Department in 2015, having had a 30 year career in travel, working for brands including Thomson Holidays, easyJet, holiday autos, Expedia and Hoseasons. More...

Claire Stone

Product Director

Claire has been an integral part of Travel Department almost since the business first started operating.  More...

Damien Meehan

Finance Director

Damien has over 10 years’ experience in Finance. He graduated with a degree in Accounting & Finance from DCU and qualified as  a chartered accountant in 2002. More...

Fergal O'Brien

Marketing Director

Fergal has over 13 years’ experience working in the media, marketing and technology industries in hotspots like London, New York and Sydney and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and NYU Stern. More...

Alison Smith

Resources Executive

After toying with a career in either fitness or floristry, Alison decided the travel industry was where she wanted to work. More...

Josane Lima

Project Manager

Josane joined Travel Department in September 2008, she started with us in the Products department creating great itineraries for our customers, after 4 years she then moved to the Inventory department to manage all our flights. More...

Claire Doherty

Product Manager

Claire has worked in the travel industry in Ireland since 2011 when she graduated with a degree in Tourism. More...

Ceara Monaghan

Team Leader Sales Department

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Lucy Maher

Senior Product Executive

Lucy is the Senior Product Executive specialising in Italian destinations. She joined Travel Department in July 2006 and has over 19 years’ experience working in the travel industry.  More...

Ailish Berkeley

Administration Team Leader

Ailish has recently been appointed to the role of Administration Team Leader following two years in our Sales & Visa Department More...

Grace Porter

Senior Operations Executive

Grace has been with Travel Department for nearly 2 years and works as Senior Operations Executive liaising with suppliers (hotels and airlines) with regard to sales, contract deadlines & option dates. More...

Kerrie Fox

Flight Inventory Supervisor

Kerrie joined Travel Department in February 2015 as Flight Inventory Supervisor. Having worked with two other large tour operators since 1998, Kerrie brings 17 years’ experience in the travel industry.  More...

Caroline Gallagher

Senior Sales Executive

Caroline has worked in the travel industry for 12 years, 9 of which have been with Travel Department. She is our Senior Sales executive based in in our Arnotts store concession in Dublin. More...

Peter Murphy

Group Travel Coordinator

 Peter originally started working for Travel Department in 2007. He lived and worked in Canada in 2010 to 2011 before returning to work for Travel Department in 2012.  More...

Ola Soyele

Accounts Executive

Ola has worked with Travel Department for almost 10 years. He manages many of the accounting and financial tasks involved in keeping the company running. More...

Irene McCaffrey

Sales Executive

Irene has worked in our Sales Team since September 2013. She loves to travel and has worked within the Travel & Tourism industry in the UK, France, The Netherlands and Australia. More...

Lesley Fleming

Administration Executive

Lesley has worked in the Travel industry for 10 years, including companies such as Falcon Holidays and Topflight. More...

Fred Silva

Accounts Executive

Fred is from Brazil and has a degree in business Administration with a minor in International  Commerce. More...

Joanne Coll

Sales Executive

Joanne joined Travel Department in April 2014; she has a wealth of experience working as a honeymoon specialist and can offer an expert insight into destinations such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mauritius, Dubai, Canada and Australia. More...

Ali Thompson

Customer Service Executive

Customer Service Executive – Ali has worked with Travel Department since January 2008. She has a wealth of customer service knowledge and experience having worked in the field for almost 20 years. More...

Magdalena Reimann

Operations Executive

After completing a Post Graduate degree in Economics at University College Dublin, Magdalena began an internship at Travel Department in Operations in July 2014. More...

Elisa Rodriguez

Products & Operations Executive

Products and Operations Executive - Elisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Tourism and Leisure Management. Originally from Cuba, she has adored travelling around the world from a young age.  More...

Fatima Rivas

Operations Executive

Fatima has worked with Travel Department in Inventory, Admin and now as part of the Operations team.  More...

Danielle Farrell

Product Executive

Danielle helps create itineraries and books the flights, hotels, local guides & excursions for our Long Haul Holidays.  More...

Hannah Reynolds

Products Executive

Hannah’s primary functions are to brainstorm new destination ideas, build on our best-selling destinations, negotiate the best deals with suppliers and give the client a holiday to remember at the best value for money.  More...

John Allen

Senior Web Developer

John looks after the Travel Department’s suite of websites and online presence which involves working with third party agencies to support the website and educating the Marketing team with his technical wizardry. More...

Chris Phillips

Graphic Designer

Chris takes the creative design concepts from the designer, tidies them up or reworks the design to create an entire document, fixing colours, typography, consistencies, etc and making the file print ready. More...

Vasco Conciecao

Sales Executive

Vasco has worked in the Travel Industry for 15 years with companies like Lufthansa Airlines, Needahotel, Touramerica & and with our cruise holidays. More...

Jason Farrell

Sales Executive

Jason has many years of sales experience in many different forms of sales. He has a real passion for travelling and has lived abroad in Australia.  More...

Aideen Donnelly

Sales Executive

Before working with Travel Department’s Sales Team, Aideen worked in the hospitality industry for four years.  More...

Alexandru Iacob

Accounts Executive

Alex has worked with Travel Department in a variety of roles, including Products and Operations, Graphic Design and, currently, as an Accounting Executive.  More...

Nicola McDonnell

Admin Assistant

She helps prepare the ticketing documents for our customers, making sure all the relevant information is assigned to the correct passengers.  More...

Aisling Dunniece

Operations Executive

 Aisling’s duties include liaising with suppliers (hotels and airlines) to ensure that Travel Department holidays run smoothly.  More...

Leah Parmeshwar

Flight Inventory

 Leah has worked in the travel industry for the past 14 years for a large tour operator and has extensive experience in Ticketing, Operations, and looking after Products and Sales. More...

Mike Roche

Senior Inhouse Developer

Mike is the Senior Inhouse developer specialising in the current inhouse software. He is in charge of maintaining and implementing changes as required by the Travel Department Staff.  More...

Lukasz Kalbarczyk

Lead Software Developer

Lukasz analyses Travel Department’s business needs then designs and creates applications to make the business run smoothly More...

Graeme Byrne

Sales Manager

Graeme has over 13 years’ experience working in the travel industry in Ireland, UK, Australia and USA.  More...

Jenny Mulligan

Communications & Content Specialist

Jenny is responsible for the company’s content and communications, including copywriting, social media and email marketing, PR & events, as well as specialist marketing.  More...

Karen Cronin

Digital Marketing & eCommerce Executive

Karen spent four years working in the marketing industry before joining Travel Department as a Digital Marketing & e-Commerce Executive.  More...

Ciaran Murray

Digital Manager

Ciaran joined Travel Department as Digital Manager in October 2016 upon returning to Ireland following 4 years spent studying and working in Berlin, Germany. More...

Jill Scanlon

Sales & Customer Service Agent

Jill started working as a Sales & Customer Service Agent at Travel Department in June 2016. More...

Ben Wohlers

Business Intelligence Analyst

Ben joined Travel Department in late 2016 as a Business Intelligence Analyst. His role involves taking data and analyzing it to help drive strategic decisions, as well as automating the Management Information requirements for the company. More...

Patrick Fleming

UK General Manager

Patrick introduced the Travel Department’s unique brand of holidays to customers in the UK in 2006 and has taken great satisfaction in seeing the business grow from small beginnings to what it is today.  More...

Belinda McGann

Sales Executive

Belinda has been working in the travel industry for the past 13 years and became part of the Travel Department sales team in 2015. More...