Donnie manages the farm and lives on the estate full time with his wife Fiona, and daughter Emma. He is a born and bred Ileach and has worked on Callumkill since 1981. Donnie is an unusual animal in that he is a farmer but also has a keen hunter and is Callumkill’s gamekeeper. The beauty of this is that he is able to weigh and find balanced solutions for the sometimes conflicting needs of each specialty. He is also a fantastic cook and once said after a particularly satisfying meal that he couldn’t see the point in doing anything unless there was food at the end of it. Like most Ileach’s he has a number of strings to his bow – local fireman, organiser of beach rugby, and a practiced diver (for scallops – you see the food angle there).
Florian is living with his wife Ute and their three children in Germany. They all love to reside on Callumkill from time to time. Florian was brought up in the country side of the low lands of North Germany. In the mid 1970s when he was still a small child he started hunting and enjoying wildlife and nature with his parents and grandfather. Having family owned forests in Germany and many hunting friends as a background, Florian has more than 25 years of experience in hunting and wildlife management. After studying business administration and mechanical engineering in Berlin and New York he took over the family owned company which was engaged in the supply of logistic services for customers from the automotive and consumer goods industry all around Europe. After this intense period of live he decided to do something different. Four years of humanitarian aid work in many African countries and Haiti followed.
Florian bought Callumkill Estate early 2013 and by doing so he came back to his roots, i.e. combining entrepreneurship with offering high quality services to customers who like nature, wildlife, and animals to the same extend as he does.