Patrick Coyle - Chief Executive
Patrick Coyle formed Windward Management Limited (Windward) in 2007, a hotel management and consultancy company, providing comprehensive services from the ground up. Windward has been involved with the feasibility, development, refurbishment, and operational management of a wide range of hotel operations in Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe. We work with a number of valued capital partners in delivering first class performance for our customers and hotel owners alike. Since the formation of Windward he has assembled a team of professionals with un-paralleled expertise , experience and commitment which continues to drive exceptional performance and is well poised for further expansion.
Patrick has over 30 years’ experience within the industry having been the Chief Executive of the Gresham Hotel Group Plc., a publically listed company operating hotels in Ireland, the U.K. and Mainland Europe together with a Travel Agency in Ireland and North America with in excess of 1500 employees. He was the Director of Marketing and Finance for the Group prior to his appointment as Chief Executive being the youngest CEO on the Irish Stock Exchange at the time.
He has led a number of successful and profitable hotel acquisitions and disposals on behalf of the Plc, Private Equity and on a Personal basis both in Ireland and abroad. These transactions have ranged in value from below €10m to over €100m and have involved both asset and company transactions. He has extensive experience in the selection, negotiation and implementation of international hotel management contracts together with asset management projects.
These engagements have included Hilton Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Park Inn by Radisson, Clarion Hotels, Gresham Hotels and a number of selected independent operations.
His professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland having trained with Ernst & Young, Dublin. He is also a past Vice President of the Irish Hotels Federation.
Brendan Curtis - Chief Operating Officer
Brendan holds a Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Mgt., a Business Studies Degree from Trinity College and a Diploma in Investing from IIFT.
Ronan Walsh- Operations
Ronan Walsh has over 30 years experience in the hotel & hospitality industry, having held General Management positions in international hotel groups, Irish hotel groups and indigenous Irish hotels. He has managed The Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport, a number of Gresham Hotels and St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club. He has an in-depth knowledge and considerable experience of Industrial Relations and Human Resource management and is very focused on the financial effects of operations in driving profitability through good customer care and cost containment. He believes in managing teams through motivation and working with people and is always innovative in his ideas. Ronan was proud to accept the "Platinum Award for Green Hospitality" in recognition of international best practice in the hospitality sector, the first hotel in Ireland to receive this award, whilst General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport. Ronan brings a refreshing approach to hotel operations in identifying efficient, cost effective solutions to delivering first class service which is property specific to ensure repeat custom and sustainable profitability.
Ian McSweeney- Finance
Originally from Dublin, Ian began his career in hospitality back in 1992 and has managed hotels, bars and restaurants both at home and abroad. Ian spent a number of years involved in the leisure property sector in Europe and America before returning home in 2007 to study accountancy, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 complementing his degree in economics from UCD. In addition to consolidating his experiences at Windward Management, Ian continues to remain active in academics, assisting in the preparation of professional syllabus and examinations.
Stephen Williams- Director Sales and Marketing
Recently selected as one of the "Top 20 Minds in Sales, Marketing and Technology across Europe" by HSMAI, Stephen Williams has held various high level marketing positions for prominent hotels and chains throughout Ireland. A graduate of the University of Limerick, Stephen holds a BBS in Marketing and French and a Masters Certificate in Hospitality Management and Revenue Management from Cornell University. Prior to moving to Windward Management, Stephen held a number of marketing positions with Shannon Development, An Oige, Choice Hotels Ireland and the Louis Fitzgerald Group. Most recently, Stephen held the position as Commercial Director of Avvio.com, a leading provider of on-line marketing and reservations software to the hospitality industry, Stephen headed up their USA operations in New York and Las Vegas. Stephen is the current President of the HSMAI Ireland, former Director of Training for HSMAI New York and a former Board Member of the Irish Hospitality Institute. Stephen also serves on the HSMAI Europe Digital Marketing Advisory Board. Recently, Stephen has spoken at the Independent Hotel Show, London, The Annual Hotel Conference, Manchester, The ACTE Conference, Dublin, The Global Hospitality Services Annual Conference, London, The Irish Hotels Federation Annual Conference, Killarney and the Failte Ireland Evolve Conference 2016. Stephen has also lectured on the subject of Digital Marketing and On-line Distribution at DIT, Cathal Brugha Street and Essec, Paris.
Niall Kelly - Procurement
Having worked in the hospitality sector for over 25 years, with almost 20 years in a Procurement role, Niall has a great deal of hospitality and procurement experience. Qualified in Hotel Management, with a great depth of Food & Beverage experience and a proven negotiator, Niall joins Windward as Director of Procurement. Niall has a solid reputation and a proven track record of effectively leading and managing all aspects of procurement. He has spent almost 12 years with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group setting up and managing the procurement function in Ireland, assisting in negotiations as a key member of the UK & Ireland team, and negotiated key categories at a wider European level. Niall also played a key role in the implementation of the current and the previous procurement platforms within the UK & Ireland. Previously, Niall spent 7 years with the former Lynch Hotel Group, and has worked internationally with Hilton in the USA and also spent time working in Australia. An outgoing, dynamic and focused professional who has a relentless drive to deliver more than just results. Niall has great energy in generating positive and effective relationships with both internal & external partners, and has raised significant funds for charities in Ireland over the past number of years. A keen Ireland and Munster Rugby fan, originally from Kilkenny, but now takes up residence in his adopted home city of Limerick
Amanda Meade - Human Resources
Amanda Meade is a graduate of the National College of Ireland and has over 20 years of Human Resource Management experience within the hospitality industry. Amanda holds a certificate in Personnel Practice and a Degree in Human Resources Management. She began her career as a Management Trainee with Fitzpatrick Hotels before deciding that her passion lay in Human Resources. Throughout her career Amanda has held numerous HRM roles with Hotel Groups such as Clarion Hotels, Marriott International, Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels & Hilton and has also been involved in stand alone hotels such as the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire and Morrison Hotel. Most recently Amanda worked with Hilton in the capacity of Director of Human Resources Ireland. Amanda is a passionate Human Resources professional who has a proven track record in Hotel Openings and an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of Human Resources.
Evgeny Logatsky – Finance
Evgeny joined Windward Management in 2015. He oversees all aspects of the Group finances, including economic research, development and management of budgets, preparation and analysis of the financial statements and reporting directly to Stakeholders. When Evgeny became a member of the Windward Management team he brought with him 13 years’ experience in the field, including 5 years in accounting roles. He managed busy hotels operations throughout Ireland prior to focusing on the financial side of the business. Evgeny holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Hospitality Industry Management from Belarusian State University complemented by the ACCA qualification achieved in Ireland.