UK and Ireland Department
Our product team look after different geographical areas of the UK & Ireland and regularly visit hotels and attractions within these areas. This is a lot of work but it’s worth it as it allows us to become product specialists and pass on our in-depth knowledge to ensure that your tour is just right.
Lisa Buller, Manager
I’m the UK & Ireland Operations Manager. I oversee the operations of the department and planning for the year ahead, ensuring budgets are achieved. I have a degree in Tourism Management and I’m passionate about the travel industry.About Lisa
Favourite holiday: Thailand. It was a little while ago now, but it still sticks out as a special holiday. We went kayaking in the ocean of Ko Phi Phi and visited Maya Bay, where they filmed The Beach. Visiting the beautiful tropical islands and kayaking in the ocean, what’s not to love?
Favourite Greatdays tour: It has to be the Gems of Ireland tour, almost entirely because of the Cliffs of Moher too. They’re so spectacular and the scenery is so dramatic
Hobbies and hidden talents: Keeping my toddler entertained and cooking nice food – I’m particularly fond of Mexican food. My hidden talent is the ability to survive and thrive during a day in work after a sleepless night.
Fun fact: I was in a show at the Palace Theatre Manchester when I was 10. My parents wanted to help me come out of my shell and threw me in at the deep end! I also lived in Dublin for six years – I loved the craic!
Katharine Worsley, UK Product Development Manager
I’m lucky enough to travel throughout the UK, inspecting and negotiating with hotels and attractions to ensure we have the best packages to offer our customers. I’ve put my Events Management degree and extensive travel experience to organise the perfect tours for customers.About Katharine
Favourite holiday: I have fond memories of family holidays to Florida. Now we take my niece and nephew and relive all the fun at the theme parks!
Favourite Greatdays tour: It is hard to pick a favourite, but I would have to say Discovering the Great Gardens of Cornwall. The scenery in Cornwall is breathtaking, from the ragged cliffs to the beautiful gardens such as Trebah and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Eden Project is a fantastic visitor attraction too; each biome showcases different climates and vegetation including the world’s largest indoor rainforest. As a charity they focus on transformation, sustainability and education.
Hobbies and hidden talents: I love reading, yoga and country walks. I enjoy cooking and attempting new recipes. I went to India in January 2019 and got really into making Indian food. I loved focusing on healthy eating and non-processed food and my speciality is a slow cooked red lentil dhal.
Fun fact: I have inspected over 600 hotels and 250 attractions across the UK and Ireland. Don’t ask me to pick a favourite…
Sarah Phillips, Group Travel Consultant
Though I may be physically at the Greatdays office, my mind is in Ireland, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, which is just as well as they’re the areas I organise tours for. I enjoy sticking my teeth in to an itinerary (especially Scotland), as well as suggesting attractions to make our clients holidays more interesting. The rest of my day is spent negotiating with hotels and working with clients to ensure they have the best experience working with Greatdays.About Sarah
Favourite holiday: That’s a difficult one. I loved Gdansk and Krakow and will never forget visiting the Arctic Circle and the North Cape of Norway. However, I think my all time favourite would have to be Italy. We visited Rome, Pompeii, and Sorrento and travelled along the Amalfi Coast. I made some amazing memories and met some great people along the way.
Favourite Greatdays tour: Back in October 2018, I did the Little Trains and Boats of Ireland tour. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip; everything just seemed to fit together nicely. The attractions were interesting and informative with the added bonus of pretty scenery and, not forgetting, the best hotel bed ever at the Fitzgeralds Woodlands Hotel in Adare.
Hobbies and hidden talents: I like to walk in the countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet. I also like picnics and, my all time favourite pastime, coach spotting. Oh, and I love a tipple of whisky.
As for a hidden talent, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am very proud to say, I once drove my own coach across Denmark and Sweden all the way to Moscow, a fantastic experience, especially at the Russian border – after a gruelling 4 hours, security finally accepted women could drive coaches.
Fun fact: I’m eccentric and I’m great at remembering useless pieces of information. I believe teddy bears are real and coaches can talk to you!
Lola Glass, Group Travel Consultant
My sensational sidekick, Sarah, and I, combine our knowledge (Sarah’s) and organisation (mine) to create memorable journeys through Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands.About Lola
Favourite holiday: South East Asia. I backpacked my way through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Bali – some of it alone, some with friends. I met beautiful people, visited stunning sights and made memories that will last me a lifetime.
Favourite Greatdays tour: Great Scottish Rail Journeys – I’ve always liked the sound of it. The thought of sitting on the Jacobite Steam Train in true Harry Potter style whilst taking in the scenic delights of Scotland sounds dreamy.
Hobbies and hidden talents: Hmm, I’m quite creative so anything that helps me explore/encourage that side of me. I write, I read, I paint, I socialise, I roam, I dream. I’m trained in prosthetic makeup, meaning I could make a life cast of your face and sculpt it to make you look unrecognisable.
Fun fact: FACT: I’ve driven a scooter twice in my life. FACT: I have crashed a scooter twice in my life.
Charlotte Morrissey, Group Travel Consultant
I hold the weight of England on one shoulder and Wales on the other! I look after domestic group bookings to both England and Wales and have oversee the smooth running of our various entertainment events.About Charlotte
Favourite holiday: I think I’d be daft to say anything apart from New York. It was my first ever visit to the US (and indeed my first holiday outside of Europe) and I was just in awe! What’s not to love about a trip on the Staten Island Ferry in November?!
Favourite Greatdays tour: I’d have to say either Great Gardens of Cornwall or Isle of Wight Explorer. We’re very fortunate to have such beautiful places right here in the UK – I loved visiting Queen Victoria’s residence on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House. Visiting Cornwall is a little like going abroad, it’s so unique and different to the rest of the UK.
Hobbies and hidden talents: Watching football, dancing like nobody’s watching at a concert and going to the cinema. I don’t know about hidden talents, but I did two 15k runs dressed as Tinkerbell and Pocahontas to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Christie’s. (We think that counts as pretty special!)
Fun fact: I once got into a fight over Danny from McFly’s towel at a concert when he threw it into the crowd
Louise Annesley, UK Tour Support
My role is quite varied. I book attractions & coach hire for UK/Ireland tours and day trips; I host entertainment lunches; and I do meet & greets in Manchester.About Louise
Favourite holiday: Japan 2018, I joined together with a group of other solo travellers to see as much of mainland Japan as physically possible in two weeks in Cherry Blossom season. Absolutely stunning!
Favourite Greatdays tour: I love the sound of A Royal Tour of Scotland because it has so many iconic places to visit in one tour!
Hobbies and hidden talents: Planning my own trips and seeing friends and family as much as possible. My hidden talent is that I’m very good at remembering dates for birthdays and anniversaries!
Fun fact: I used to work backstage on the Jeremy Kyle show…