Our people

Our people are caring. We support, understand your concerns and always represent your best interests. Our people are reliable. We hold ourselves accountable to provide the highest standards of service, punctual delivery, open communication, and assurance. Our people are visionary. Not happy unless we are on the cutting edge, we have the vision, the experience and know-how to deliver the incredible every time
Our people are personable. Channeling our global knowledge, superb contacts and personal relationships, we take a fresh and energetic approach. Individually, we are one of a kind. Collectively we are unstoppable! It is our pleasure to introduce our management team, who are supported by a dynamic team of highly skilled professionals.

Nicola McGrane

CEO

Nicky established the company in 1998. Driven by passion and enthusiasm, the key values which underpin her approach are quality, trust and integrity. She takes a “hands on approach” to her business and is regarded as a leading lateral thinker with an innovative approach to problem solving and delivery. Renowned for her ability to identify opportunities, her creative thinking and strategic advice has been sought at the highest level by numerous corporations, government and industry bodies. Nicky’s vision is matched by her sense of fun – it would not be unusual to come across her in one of Dublin’s famous cocktail bars entertaining a client group with her finely tuned piano skills. No surprise given her BA in Music from University College Dublin.

Aideen Morrin

 


Corporate Events Director

Aideen Morrin, Corporate Events Director, commenced her business tourism career in 1998 and has worked on the supplier, client and agency side of the Events Industry. In 2009, Aideen joined Conference Partners, providing imaginative and goal-focused global event solutions to both national and international clients. A relationship and results driven individual, her talent lies in identifying client needs and providing smart and cutting edge solutions. This client centred approach enables her to identifying opportunities that bring our client’s organisations’ closer to their target audiences. Couple this with her keen eye for detail and you will understand why she excels at injecting a dynamic and innovative flair into each and every project she undertakes. Most importantly, Aideen’s all-encompassing approach guarantees that event concepts are not only developed for the moment, but are ones that stimulate, surprise and provide a platform for the sharing of information, education and networking. Aideen holds a BSc in Management from Trinity College Dublin, a Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, and an MSc in International Business, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Jaime Bennett

 

Sales & Marketing Director

An energetic strategic thinker with her eye on the bigger picture, Jaime embraces the fast pace of life working with her Conference Partners colleagues in motivating international associations to host their future conferences in the city most suited to their needs. Jaime holds a degree in Event Management & has over 12 years’ experience in the conference & events industry having started her career in England. From 2006, she held the position of Conference & Events Manager within the PCO sector operating throughout the UK & Ireland for almost 5 years. She then moved into managing large scale exhibitions and high end productions. In 2014, Jaime joined the Visit Belfast Business Tourism Department to manage & support all confirmed conferences within the city. From 2012 to 2015, she also sat on the Belfast Conference Taskforce Committee with key members of the Business Tourism Industry, their focus being driving forward the success of the city as a Business Tourism Destination. Whilst working for the leading technology company, The Web Summit, Jaime was involved in the organisation and management of f.ounders, Las Vegas & Dublin 2015, Converge 2015 & 2016 in Hong Kong and China and Collision, New Orleans. Since joining the Conference Partners team as Sales & Marketing Director, Jaime is responsible for driving sales across all four of Conference Partners’ offices in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh & Manchester. For fun, she likes nothing more than sailing, both leisurely and competitively.

Elva Hickey

Operations Director

Elva Hickey, Operations Director, commenced her business tourism career in the travel industry in 1994, advancing to the hotel industry in 1999. She joined Conference Partners in 2004 and has experienced all aspects of conference management from delegate management, finance, project management to strategic management of conference objectives. Elva has project led over 80 international academic conferences. Her focus is on quality and excellence and providing a support structure for her clients, enabling them to focus on the programme. Her calm approach brings confidence and peace of mind to all who work with her. She is a natural leader of people and multi-tasks to the highest level. Elva has a passion and talent for developing and incorporating leading edge systems and processes to deliver conferences and events of the highest quality and standards. Any project under the direction of Elva Hickey, will be managed like clockwork, will exceed expectation and will be within budget.

Clare Kilmartin

 

Conference Director

Clare is a marketing professional with 10 years commercial experience in the conference and event management industry. Since joining Conference Partners in 2006 as a Senior Account Manager, Clare has gained strong organisation skills from previous roles delivering multifaceted projects to a high standard within strict deadlines. As Conference Partners’ Conference Director, Clare works with clients to transform their idea for their conference into reality. She helps identify their main aims and objectives and assists them in the creation of unique theme, brand and logo for their conference. Clare is responsible for conferences up to twelve months from when the conference takes place, at which stage it is handed over to Conference Partners Operation Director, Elva Hickey, and her team. Clare holds an MSc in Marketing and a Higher Diploma in Business Studies (UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School) and BA in History and Greek and Roman Civilisation (UCD).

Eddie Lee

 

Finance & Procurement Director

Eddie Lee, Finance and Procurement Director, joined the Conference Partners’ finance team in December 2014. Eddie has over 20 years’ experience in commercial finance across many industries including hotels and hospitality, motor trade, retail and property development. Previous to Conference Partners, Eddie spent seven years as a financial controller, where he was responsible for the day to day finance function of over 80 companies involved in the purchase, construction, development, sales and rental management of commercial and residential property, hotel management and Stock Investments. At Conference Partners, Eddie is responsible for the overall management of all of the finance function. His responsibility is to ensure the delivery of high quality service from the finance team to both internal and external customers. Examples include managing the day-to-day company finances such as VAT, as well as preparing the monthly management accounts and year end statutory financial statements.

Colm O'Grady

 

Commercial & Sponsorship Director

Colm is a highly successful Commercial Director with over 15 years’ experience working in the conferences, media and online industries. Having completed a degree in UCC in Economics and Geography, Colm started his career as a sales professional in the Sunday Tribune and successfully went on to manage the Commercial Department. Colm’s key areas of expertise include driving new business through key account management, establishing strategic partnerships, developing sales teams and restructuring sales departments to achieve client targets. Colm has a history of outstanding success in building and maintaining relationships with key corporate decision makers resulting in excellent levels of retention and loyalty. Colm’s passion is making sales and his natural enthusiasm is contagious which makes him a key member of our team and ideally placed to attract corporate and industry sponsorship for any project.

Warren Hallam

 

 

Creative Director

With qualifications and experience running the gamut of Law, Design, Multimedia, Education, Information Technology and Publishing, Warren is officially the Mensa approved, Conference Partners bookworm! An information addict by nature, Warren is constantly looking at ways of improving his skillset and work methodologies, expanding his technical knowledge and employs critical thinking strategies to quickly surmise the best course of action and employment of suitable technologies to complete a task. Warren is our first port of call when a conference requires a bespoke website, video editing, full conference print suite designed or social media strategy designed. Whether it is graphical support with your bid document or just a quick consult about best practice and methodology, Warren brings bounds of creativity and 16 years of industry experience to the table.

Sarah Fitzpatrick

 

Conference Director

Sarah Fitzpatrick, Conference Director has gained over 25 years working in the events industry with experience in both the corporate and association sectors. She moved into the PCO event management sector in 2002 starting out as a project manager and progressing to the position Managing Director in 2006. She has gained a wealth of experience in managing congress events on behalf of several national and international associations managing events with up to 10,000 attendees worldwide; providing both operational and strategic delivery. More recently she focused on providing Association Management and Consultancy to National and European associations providing effective solutions and strategy development for her clients. Her talent lies in providing a hands on client centered approach. Her meticulous approach and in-depth understanding of her client’s needs and expectations means that nothing is missed. Success to her is all about exceeding client expectations, building and developing lasting relationships. Characterized by her passion for the industry and driving quality standards she regularly participates in industry forums and held the position of Chair of the IAPCO Quality Committee from 2008 – 2012.

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