Dan Lavery – Founder, Long Line Surf School
T: 07738128507

Dan Lavery at the age of 21 turned his passion and talent for surfing into a highly successful business model which has seen continued expansion and growth since his establishment in 2011. 2016 sees Dan combining his experience to market himself as a lifestyle and motivation coach.




Vice President
Norman McBride – Hotel General Manager

Norman has been 39 years in hospitality, working with Hastings Hotels for 10 years. Norman is currently General Manager at the Ballygally Castle…Great friends with the ghost!




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Past President
Lydia Gourley – HR Specialist and Consultant
T: 07736745890

Lydia is a diversely experienced and dedicated professional with over 15 years in the hospitality field, strong range of practical and personal skills, currently a HR Consultant, with a proactive and highly self-motivated business partnering approach to add real value and achieve the best from people.



Mark Langham

UK&I 2nd Vice President
Mark Langham – Hotel General Manager
T: 07736745911

Mark has worked within the hospitality industry for more years than he would care to admit!  He has a passion for rugby, supporting both Wasps and adopted team Ulster.




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International Councillor
Mark Alexander – MA Consulting
T: 028 9443 9620

Mark has extensive experience of over 15 years in the hotel industry and 10 years in destination marketing. He has been operating now for over 15 years, providing a wide range of services to the Tourism, Hotel, Leisure and Hospitality industry. In Skål for many years Mark has travelled all over the world and even has friends in many destinations made through Skål!


Diane Toner

Council Member
Diane Toner – Director, Toner Marketing
T: 028 9066 9706

Diane is a talker and communicator who enjoys socializing and connecting. Her literacy skills are terrific and she can make photo shoots stunning, building PR around you that your mother wouldn’t recognize. Considered a creative genius (but mainly in her own head), she is a fanatical supporter of Skål.


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Council Member
Mary O’Neill – Consultant
T: 028 7082 6100

Mary is an experienced Sales & Marketing Manager, working in the hospitality and travel trade for the last 30 plus years.




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Valerie Coils – The Old Bushmills Distillary

Valerie has worked for 25 years managing tours and tour guides at The Old Bushmills Distillery, where she will welcome 120,00 visitors each year. As a nice escape from the office, Valerie loves nothing better than to put on her walking gear and take long walks with her dog, in different parts of our beautiful country. To end a day, Valerie enjoys sitting down with her friends and enjoying a good chat over a nice meal and a good glass of wine.


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Vicky Green – Group Business Development Manager, Andras House Hotels

Group Business Development Manager at Andras Hotels.  Vicky joined the group in 2003 as a reservations agent and is extremely proud to have developed skills whilst working her way up the ladder. Vicky’s perfect day would be to jump on the motorbike with the husband and ride the Antrim Coast, followed by a fresh seafood fine dining dinner, finishing up with a Guns n Roses concert!