Owner and Managing Director
Caroline was born and grew up in a large, old house near Kilcock, surrounded by horses, dogs and cats. She went the usual Pony Club and hunting route into a career with horses. In 1980 she did her BHSAI exams in England and a couple of years later went back to complete the BHSII qualification. The following ten years consisted mainly of instructing and grooming international three day event horses. In 1990, she got sense and started to go into the business side of the equine sector and set out to learn as much as she could about marketing. This led to her working as Marketing Manager for a large leisure company and then for a major riding centre. In 1994, she married Stan and a year later set up Equipeople. In 1997, she and Stan had a son, Logan who is the apple of his parentsâ€™ eye.Â
Your dedicated Equipeople Au Pairs Coordinator
Mandyâ€™s principle role is to look after Au Pair placements.Â In addition to this, her job is to look after long term student placements on the farm and tourism programmes. Hers is the voice at the end of the line for our students and hosts and one of the friendly faces they could expect to see for their visit. Having worked in Barclay’s Bank for over 20 years, some of those in the complaints department, she is well equipped to help new arrivals get around any little â€˜settling inâ€™ issues. Mandy came to Ireland in 2007 from Essex in England bringing with her a cat, a dog, and two sons and is happily settled near our Portarlington Office. Since then Mandy has developed a passion for coloured horses and has bred her own out of her mare. When she manages to grab a minute to herself she likes to immerse herself in the pages of a good science fiction or fantasy novel coupled with the essential cup of good strong coffee.
The Rest of the Team
Outbound Programme Coordinator and Employee Section
Donna looks after the employee side of Equipeople and the developing outbound programme. She has had a very varied and interesting career and has tried her hand at most things. Donna has worked abroad doing a number of jobs but decided to settle down in Ireland over 30 years ago when working for British Airways. Donna has also had an interesting side-line as an extra in films and on television. Perhaps her most high profile role was as one of the crowd braying for Mel Gibsonâ€™s head at the end of Braveheart. Her interests include the study of crystals, the medicinal values of herbs and she is a member of The Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club and The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Short Term Programme Manager
Zoe runs the Short Term Programme, working with numerous schools and colleges across Europe. Â Zoe was born in London and studied Equine and Business Management in Somerset. As a youngster,Â she competed with the Pony Club and has since spent years running yards for owners, looking after and caring for their horses to a high standard. She travelled extensively across Europe and America before going to Australia. She has a wide range of experience having worked with horses and in the hospitality industry. Her main experiences are with sports horses and giving riding lessons.Â She loves animals and helping students gain great experiences with animals here in Ireland gives her no end of satisfaction. She creates programmes to fit schools requirements and budgets, and works extensively to improve the short-term programme.Â She would like to have students of agriculture and equine studies from every country in Europe coming to Ireland through the Equipeople Work Experience programmes.