COMMITTEE

Conor Donnelly

Conor Donnelly

Chairman

Working Groups:
Communication & Construction & Noise and Communication & Resort Charges

Conor & his wife, Gabrielle came to the Algarve in 2014 and started living in Vale do Lobo the following year. We were attracted by the setting, availability of the Atlantic ocean, ease of access both for us and our family & friends. But now when asked what were the biggest influences in choosing Vale do Lobo we quickly identify quality of lifestyle and community. There is a lot to do here and great people with whom to do it. We are also fortunate to be made so welcome by the Portuguese people.

Paulo Chaves Fernandes de Sousa

Paulo Chaves Fernandes de Sousa

Treasurer

Working Groups:
Communication & Resort Charges

Paulo has been associated with Vale do Lobo for over 30 years and was the manager until 2005. We are fortunate he brings that invaluable experience & knowledge to the POA. In 2007 he established his own real estate company, Mainproperties – Real Estate Ltd, having worked with Remax for 2 years before that.

He is Treasurer of the POA since 2007 and since January 2013 President of Wolf Valley Charity Fund (the charity of Vale do Lobo) an association dedicated to financially supporting institutions that help the needy, and in 2013 received the silver medal of merit of the Municipality. Born in Lisbon and having worked abroad including a number of years in the UK, Paulo is a property owner here in Vale do Lobo and interested in ensuring all actions are in the interest of the Owners.

 

Ana de Morais

Ana de Morais

Secretary

Working Groups:
Construction & Noise and Communication

Throughout her childhood, Ana, who is Portuguese, holidayed in the Algarve. After living in England and France for many years working in Science and Finance, she and her husband decided to buy a home by the sea. Vale do Lobo was the natural choice, with its fantastic beaches, great golf courses and excellent transport links.

Vale do Lobo has a remarkable community spirit to which Ana wishes to contribute. She joined the POA committee as Secretary in 2015.

Robert McGahon

Robert McGahon

Member

Working Groups:
Construction & Noise and Communication

Robert McGahon first started coming to Vale do Lobo in the late eighties. He is the former Managng Director of Crown and Links Hotels and the very famous Sandilands Golf Club. On retiring he bought a property where he lives most of the year. Robert would like to think he displays a keen interest in representing particularly the residents of the Mimosas and the Rua Romanzira area on the very important POA Committee that hopefully cares for the concerns of VDL Residents.

David Stonier

David Stonier

Member

Working Groups:
Construction & Resort Charges

David has had a successful life in retail and supply chain, working with demanding shareholders & exposure to critical decision making for many years. His background is in finance and later in management, operating originally in the UK and later World Wide employing some 60,000 employees supplying the largest UK retailer and a major USA sportswear brand.

He is currently retired but sitting on the boards of two private companies and a fellow of the RSA. We are delighted to have the global management experience David has and is making available to the POA as a resident of Vale do Lobo.

Åke Plyhm

Åke Plyhm

Member

Working Groups:
Construction & Resort Charges

Åke and his wife, Carin have been living in Vale do Lobo for almost 4 years. Initially they rented a house here but then quickly took on the task of building their own home. Born in Sweden and with a background in economics he has been in CEO positions in publicly listed international IT & Defence companies. He was attracted here by the marvellous weather and charm that exists in Vale do Lobo. As an active sportsman he has many choices to fulfil his healthy lifestyle. He spends over eight months of the year here and the remainder in Sweden or travelling.

He joined the POA in 2016 and is excited to participate in protecting the reputation of this luxury resort and the investments made here by the owners.

Jonathan Parish

Jonathan Parish

Member

Working Groups:
Construction & Noise and Communication

Jonathan first discovered the Vale do Lobo resort in 2005 when he, his wife and young family booked a villa in the area never having visited Portugal before. Having enjoyed their visit so much they returned two months later for a short stay at the Dona Filipa Hotel to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary and after many more visits to the resort over the next five years Jonathan and Zoe decided to purchase a property in 2010.

Jonathan is passionate about Vale do Lobo as it has created so many fantastic memories, which he is sure will continue over the years to come. He spends around 4 months a year in the resort mixing business with pleasure in this beautiful environment. He joined the POA committee in 2015 as he was keen to support the committee and the Vale do Lobo executive to maintain the resort’s world class status and the wonderful community that is Vale do Lobo.

Grainne Higgins

Grainne Higgins

Grainne has had a property in Vale do Lobo for the past 8 years or so with her husband Paul. They first came to VDL on holiday renting with other family members and loved the location, climate, quality of amenities and social scene.
Within a year of that first trip, they bought their villa and quickly became regular visitors.
Following a long and successful global human resources career in the pharmaceutical industry and having living across the US and various locations in Europe, most recently Switzerland, Grainne has swapped the corporate world to pursue a career in professional leadership and career transition coaching and what better place to do this from than the Algarve. Hence Grainne and Paul made the decision to relocate fully to Portugal earlier this year and now spend most of their time here, interspersed with regular visits home to Ireland to see family, including their son. While not a golfer, Grainne is very active in the gym and other sporting and social activities across the area. Her interest in joining the POA is to ensure that all interests are represented and to work with the POA to return VDL to a world-class resort.

Trish Raihani

Trish Raihani

We bought our first house in Vale do Lobo in 2000. Now we have made it our permanent home.

We are both keen golfers and have contributed to the community. My husband has been the captain of the golf club, and I have served on the Wolf Valley charity committee for over ten years. I feel very privileged to be part of the POA and hope I can bring a new perspective and help to continue its fine traditions.

Jenny Burt

Jenny Burt

I first came to Vale Do Lobo on holiday in 1984. After many wonderful holidays here, I bought a property  in 2008. I had my first ever golf lesson here in 1988 and now have the honour of being the Ladies Captain of the wonderful Golf Club. I am from a farming background and still have an active role in running the farm, so I spend my time here and in the UK.