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 13 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.

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.

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