Staycity was founded in Dublin in 2004 to provide the travelling public with a mid-market, cost-effective and user-friendly alternative to hotels.

Staycity now operates almost 3000 apartments across several key UK & European cities including Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Paris, York, Lyon and Marseille. The company is on target to expand to 15,000 apartments by 2022, with August 2017 marking the opening of their first premium brand aparthotel in Covent Garden, London.

By offering 24 hour receptions, apartments equipped with self-catering facilities and free Wifi as standard, we aim to differentiate ourselves from the myriad of smaller operators around Europe.

Staycity provides the ideal home away from home for both business and leisure travellers and are ideal in both short and long term.

Staycity is inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, having won a Certificate of Excellence award for five consecutive years. Staycity also won the Association of Serviced Apartments Providers “Industry Breakthrough” Award in December 2015.


Heathrow exterior Lobby




Board of Directors

Tom Walsh – Co-founder/Chief Executive Officer
Tom was previously Plant Manager of Henkel Loctite Ireland, a high-tech specialty chemical and biomedical manufacturer with a €150m turnover. Tom was in charge of all Operations, Logistics and Engineering with a staff of 200 employees. He holds a primary degree in engineering and a first class honours business degree from UCD. Tom has worked part-time for Staycity since April 2003, and joined full-time in 2006.

Ger Walsh – Co-founder/IT Director
Ger achieved an honours software engineering degree from DCU. Before Staycity was founded, he worked in the pensions and insurance industry with Exaxe; and with biometrics specialists, Daon. Since 2003, he has been Director of IT for Staycity.

Colm Whooley – Finance Director
Colm joined Staycity in April 2010 from John Sisk & Son Ltd where he was Finance Director for the previous seven years. Sisk is the largest construction company in Ireland and has built many of Ireland’s largest and most prestigious projects including Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, Conference Centre, Dundrum Shopping Centre and the Shannon Tunnel. In his role as FD, Colm had responsibility for all the financial aspects of all the property development deals that Sisk was involved in. Colm is a Chartered accountant having qualified previously with KPMG in Dublin.

Non-Executive Directors

Paul Dowling
Paul joined the Staycity board in 2010. Current activities are as a private investor and director, mostly in high-growth companies. Previous roles 2008-2011 were head of Strategy and Ventures for SSE Group, as well as CEO of SSE Renewables. From 1997 to 2008 he was part of the team that built and sold Airtricity for €1.2 billion. Paul is a chartered engineer and holds an MBA from Trinity College.

Michael Flaxman
Michael joined the Staycity board in 2014. Previously, he was President & CEO of the hotels division for Accor North America, then became Development Director, Novotel Worldwide. Michael has worked in various operational as well as development positions for Thistle Hotels, HMI and Trusthouse Forte Hotels in the UK, Africa and North America.
In 2006, Accor appointed Michael Chief Operating Officer, Northern, Central & Eastern Europe, spearheading development in the region, as well as the operation of over 700 hotels in 12 countries. In 2009, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer, The Americas, based in New York, where he was responsible for over 1,200 Hotels throughout North and South America.

Patrick Dempsey
Patrick joined the Staycity board in 2015. Patrick began his career in the hospitality industry at Forte and has held several management positions, including Managing Director of its Posthouse chain and its London hotels division. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Chief Executive of Restaurants Associates, part of Compass Group (UK & Ireland) and served as Managing Director at Forte Posthouse Hotels (UK & Ireland). In 2009 he was appointed Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which owns and operates approximately 55,000 Premier Inn rooms (675 hotels) and 400 pub restaurants. In 2012, he was awarded an OBE for his services to hospitality.


Henrik Bjerklin
Henrik is Investment Director with Proventus AB.


Keith Freeman – Chief Operating Officer
Barry Hickey – Development Director
Jason Delany – Director of Brand, Product & Marketing
Debbie Gallagher – Financial Controller
Paula Mullaney – Director of Sales, Revenue and Distribution
Rhonda Meehan – Group Quality Manager
Kevin O’Brien – Project Manager
Ben Clayton – Head of Human Resources
Mark O’Shea – Health & Safety Manager