Speakers

 
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Bobby Kerr - MC

Chairman, Insomnia Coffee Company

 
Stephen Moran Head of Research & Development, Bank of Ireland R&D for consumer behaviours, emerging technologies, and broader societal trends. Charting a course for financial services to 2025 and beyond. Guiding startups and fintech investment. Helping to shape the future experience.  

Stephen Moran

Head of Research & Development, Bank of Ireland

R&D for consumer behaviours, emerging technologies, and broader societal trends. Charting a course for financial services to 2025 and beyond. Guiding startups and fintech investment. Helping to shape the future experience.

 

Councillor Cormac Devlin Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council  

Councillor Cormac Devlin

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

 

Councillor Ann Norton Clare County Council Councillor Ann Norton will outline how a collaborative working relationship between Clare County Council, Elected Members, businesses and the local community has guided the development of Ennis and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs.

Councillor Ann Norton

Clare County Council

Councillor Ann Norton will outline how a collaborative working relationship between Clare County Council, Elected Members, businesses and the local community has guided the development of Ennis and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs.

Julienne Elliott Town & Village Manager, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Recently appointed to Town & Village Manager for the local Council, I am responsible for the town centre management function across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough, in Northern Ireland.  My role is to maintain and improve the quality and viability of towns and villages for all users by acting as a co-ordinator and catalyst and encouraging co-operation between key stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors.   

Julienne Elliott

Town & Village Manager, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Recently appointed to Town & Village Manager for the local Council, I am responsible for the town centre management function across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough, in Northern Ireland.  My role is to maintain and improve the quality and viability of towns and villages for all users by acting as a co-ordinator and catalyst and encouraging co-operation between key stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors. 

 

Lar Power Deputy Chief Executive, Waterford City & County Council

Lar Power

Deputy Chief Executive, Waterford City & County Council

Simon W. Quin Director and Visiting Professor Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University Simon is a Director and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Institute is the international professional body serving people working to make places better (www.placemanagement.org). Simon has a particular focus on the sustainability of town and city centres, Business Improvement Districts, and the future of public markets. He is also Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Place Management and Development.  

Simon W. Quin

Director and Visiting Professor

Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

Simon is a Director and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Institute is the international professional body serving people working to make places better (www.placemanagement.org). Simon has a particular focus on the sustainability of town and city centres, Business Improvement Districts, and the future of public markets. He is also Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Place Management and Development.

 

Tara Buckley Director General, RGDATA Tara Buckley is Director General of RGDATA, the representative association for 4,000 family owned shops, convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Ireland. A former journalist and political correspondent, she was recently reappointed to the National Oversight & Audit Commission (NOAC) by Minister Eoghan Murphy. RGDATA passionately supports vibrant towns,  villages and communities, independent, family owned businesses and sustainable planning. RGDATA partnered with the Heritage Council and other collaborators to organize a Town Centre Health Check Pilot Programme in 2016/2017.

Tara Buckley

Director General, RGDATA

Tara Buckley is Director General of RGDATA, the representative association for 4,000 family owned shops, convenience stores and supermarkets throughout Ireland. A former journalist and political correspondent, she was recently reappointed to the National Oversight & Audit Commission (NOAC) by Minister Eoghan Murphy. RGDATA passionately supports vibrant towns,  villages and communities, independent, family owned businesses and sustainable planning. RGDATA partnered with the Heritage Council and other collaborators to organize a Town Centre Health Check Pilot Programme in 2016/2017.

Danny McCoy CEO, IBEC Danny McCoy is CEO at IBEC. Prior to joining IBEC he was a Senior Research Officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and an economist in the Central Bank of Ireland. He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He was a research associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) in London. He has been a visiting lecturer at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US.  

Danny McCoy

CEO, IBEC

Danny McCoy is CEO at IBEC. Prior to joining IBEC he was a Senior Research Officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and an economist in the Central Bank of Ireland. He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He was a research associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) in London. He has been a visiting lecturer at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US.

 

 
Mo Aswat, BSc, MBA, FIPM Founder and Director, The Mosaic Partnership Mo Aswat is the Founder and Director of The Mosaic Partnership, a diverse international consulting firm offering perspectives in place management, place marketing and placemaking from the United Kingdom, the United States and around the world. Since its formation in 2006 he has worked with over 100 locations across the world, with the key highlights being. Previous to this, a 20 year career in place management brings extensive experience including working with one of the first competitive and partnership led urban regeneration initiatives and leading a national award-winning Town Centre Company. As part of the UK’s BID Pilot Programme, he was integral in developing the national legislation that now governs their formation. He also previously worked as a Resource Consultant with the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit to assist with the practical application of their Main Street Project. Mo has authored multiple best practice guides and articles on BIDs and place management. He has also been a featured speaker nationally and internationally in the US, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands and Austria.  

Mo Aswat, BSc, MBA, FIPM

Founder and DirectorThe Mosaic Partnership

Mo Aswat is the Founder and Director of The Mosaic Partnership, a diverse international consulting firm offering perspectives in place management, place marketing and placemaking from the United Kingdom, the United States and around the world.

Since its formation in 2006 he has worked with over 100 locations across the world, with the key highlights being.

Previous to this, a 20 year career in place management brings extensive experience including working with one of the first competitive and partnership led urban regeneration initiatives and leading a national award-winning Town Centre Company. As part of the UK’s BID Pilot Programme, he was integral in developing the national legislation that now governs their formation. He also previously worked as a Resource Consultant with the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit to assist with the practical application of their Main Street Project.

Mo has authored multiple best practice guides and articles on BIDs and place management. He has also been a featured speaker nationally and internationally in the US, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands and Austria.

 

Catherine Curran Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Catherine is an Assistant Principal Officer in the Enterprise Initiatives Unit in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and is Secretary to the Retail Consultation Forum which was set up in 2014 by the Government to provide a platform for engagement between Government departments and the retail sector to address the challenges faced by the sector. Catherine has worked across a number of key policy areas in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and previously worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Finance. A vibrant retail sector is a key component of a thriving town or village. In April this year the Retail Consultation Forum launched the “Framework for Town Centre Renewal”, setting out the key characteristics of a successful town centre and identifying both existing supports and best practice examples from around the country. The Framework includes an Action Plan for Town Centre Renewal which is intended to be a blueprint for towns and villages. Catherine will present on the Framework today.  

Catherine Curran

Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Catherine is an Assistant Principal Officer in the Enterprise Initiatives Unit in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and is Secretary to the Retail Consultation Forum which was set up in 2014 by the Government to provide a platform for engagement between Government departments and the retail sector to address the challenges faced by the sector. Catherine has worked across a number of key policy areas in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and previously worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Finance.

A vibrant retail sector is a key component of a thriving town or village. In April this year the Retail Consultation Forum launched the “Framework for Town Centre Renewal”, setting out the key characteristics of a successful town centre and identifying both existing supports and best practice examples from around the country. The Framework includes an Action Plan for Town Centre Renewal which is intended to be a blueprint for towns and villages. Catherine will present on the Framework today.
 

Noelle McAloon Eniskillen BID Manager  Enniskillen BID was established in April 2017 and Noelle is delighted to be involved at the beginning of what promises to be an amazing project for the unique island town of Enniskillen.  Noelle has worked within business development throughout her career working for Local Enterprise Agencies in Fermanagh and Omagh before coordinating the very successful Survive & Thrive Mentoring programme for Fermanagh & Omagh District Council.  Noelle was involved in Enniskillen achieving Purple Flag status and looks forward to working from a BID perspective to ensure it retains in the future

Noelle McAloon

Eniskillen BID Manager

 Enniskillen BID was established in April 2017 and Noelle is delighted to be involved at the beginning of what promises to be an amazing project for the unique island town of Enniskillen.  Noelle has worked within business development throughout her career working for Local Enterprise Agencies in Fermanagh and Omagh before coordinating the very successful Survive & Thrive Mentoring programme for Fermanagh & Omagh District Council.  Noelle was involved in Enniskillen achieving Purple Flag status and looks forward to working from a BID perspective to ensure it retains in the future

David Fitzsimons Chief Executive Officer, Retail Excellence David Fitzsimons is Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence. David was involved with the establishment of Retail Excellence in 1995, when he worked with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. David oversees the strategic direction and operations of this not for profits organisation. Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,600 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David sits on a number of global retail committees including the NRF Global Retail Council.  

David Fitzsimons

Chief Executive Officer, Retail Excellence

David Fitzsimons is Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence. David was involved with the establishment of Retail Excellence in 1995, when he worked with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. David oversees the strategic direction and operations of this not for profits organisation. Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,600 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David sits on a number of global retail committees including the NRF Global Retail Council.

 

 
David Mac Nulty Director, Tourism Development International David has a proven track record of managing tourism assignments on behalf of a wide range of private and public sector clients including Waterford Crystal, Guinness, Fáilte Ireland, Waterford City Council, OPW, Bewleys, Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), Slane Castle, Trail Kilkenny, Comhaltas and Waterways Ireland. David had an early background in hotel management, graduating from Cathal Brugha Street/ DIT in 1985. He undertook tourism management training at Rainbow Rooms, Rockefeller Centre, New York; Noga Hilton, Geneva; and Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland. He was appointed Director of Tourism Development International in June 1990, and since that time has managed the business planning, recreational tourism and marketing/ market research team.

David Mac Nulty

Director, Tourism Development International

David has a proven track record of managing tourism assignments on behalf of a wide range of private and public sector clients including Waterford Crystal, Guinness, Fáilte Ireland, Waterford City Council, OPW, Bewleys, Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), Slane Castle, Trail Kilkenny, Comhaltas and Waterways Ireland.
David had an early background in hotel management, graduating from Cathal Brugha Street/ DIT in 1985. He undertook tourism management training at Rainbow Rooms, Rockefeller Centre, New York; Noga Hilton, Geneva; and Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland.
He was appointed Director of Tourism Development International in June 1990, and since that time has managed the business planning, recreational tourism and marketing/ market research team.

Richard Hamilton Associate Director, Future Analytics Consulting Richard is a Chartered Town Planner with 20 years experience in the public and private sector in Ireland and UK, covering a broad range of practice including major development application projects and strategic studies. Richard has led Masterplan, Development Plan and Urban Design studies, and has a particular specialism in Place Management. He has prepared Due Diligence Planning Risk Assessments for significant property portfolios and site development potential viability analysis.  Richard has particular expertise in the preparation of local planning studies in areas such as Templeshannon (Enniscorthy), East Wall, Chapelizod, Talbot Street District. This also has entailed engaging with movement, infrastructure and transport at the street level. This has included street level projects for Dublin Town BID on the Grafton Street repaving scheme, Luas Dawson Street implementation (Dublin) and Kilkenny shared surface analysis for Failte Ireland).  Richard is a Director of the Liberties Business Forum and member of the ‘streets working group’, focused on working with retailers and service providers to capture benefits of renewal for on-street business.

Richard Hamilton

Associate Director, Future Analytics Consulting

Richard is a Chartered Town Planner with 20 years experience in the public and private sector in Ireland and UK, covering a broad range of practice including major development application projects and strategic studies. Richard has led Masterplan, Development Plan and Urban Design studies, and has a particular specialism in Place Management. He has prepared Due Diligence Planning Risk Assessments for significant property portfolios and site development potential viability analysis. 

Richard has particular expertise in the preparation of local planning studies in areas such as Templeshannon (Enniscorthy), East Wall, Chapelizod, Talbot Street District. This also has entailed engaging with movement, infrastructure and transport at the street level. This has included street level projects for Dublin Town BID on the Grafton Street repaving scheme, Luas Dawson Street implementation (Dublin) and Kilkenny shared surface analysis for Failte Ireland). 

Richard is a Director of the Liberties Business Forum and member of the ‘streets working group’, focused on working with retailers and service providers to capture benefits of renewal for on-street business.

David Minton Director, Northern & Western Regional Assembly Committed to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by leading interventions focused on Innovation, Investment and Infrastructure. Innate belief that the Region can enhance our competitiveness through a commitment to being CONNECTED - Clusters, Catchments and Sectors Energetic, focused and dedicated Director with a focus on the small things that help business, strategy, operations, people and change management gained over 12 years within great organisations. Most importantly I've learned from working with the best.  

David Minton

Director, Northern & Western Regional Assembly

Committed to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by leading interventions focused on Innovation, Investment and Infrastructure. Innate belief that the Region can enhance our competitiveness through a commitment to being CONNECTED - Clusters, Catchments and Sectors

Energetic, focused and dedicated Director with a focus on the small things that help business, strategy, operations, people and change management gained over 12 years within great organisations. Most importantly I've learned from working with the best.


 

Kevin Traynor National Director, Coach Tourism and Transport Council Kevin Traynor has extensive experience in the road passenger industry, having operated his own business in the sector for 15 years before joining Louth leader Partnership where he set up and managed the highly successful Rural Transport Programme in Co. Louth. In 2013 joined the Coach Tourism and Transport Council as their National Director. The Coach Tourism and Transport Council (CTTC) is the representative organisation for Ireland’s coach touring companies and the private coach and bus operators. All members are family-owned companies with a combined fleet of over 1,500 coaches, employing over 3,000 people directly. The CTTC acts as a conduit between the sector and the decision makers that will affect it. The organization represents members regularly under issues of concern such as transport legislation, public transport, school transport and the coach tourism sector.

Kevin Traynor

National Director, Coach Tourism and Transport Council

Kevin Traynor has extensive experience in the road passenger industry, having operated his own business in the sector for 15 years before joining Louth leader Partnership where he set up and managed the highly successful Rural Transport Programme in Co. Louth.

In 2013 joined the Coach Tourism and Transport Council as their National Director.

The Coach Tourism and Transport Council (CTTC) is the representative organisation for Ireland’s coach touring companies and the private coach and bus operators. All members are family-owned companies with a combined fleet of over 1,500 coaches, employing over 3,000 people directly.

The CTTC acts as a conduit between the sector and the decision makers that will affect it. The organization represents members regularly under issues of concern such as transport legislation, public transport, school transport and the coach tourism sector.

 
Conor Bofin Director, Towns Matter Ltd.  Conor has masterminded a number of place branding & place marketing projects and was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Sandyford Business Improvement District. He is a board member of Sandyford Business Improvement District CLG. Conor has vast experience in brand development, marketing, advertising and communications, with a very strong background in retail communications.  He devises brand, advertising and digital marketing solutions and strategies for companies both local and overseas. Conor is also a multi-award winning blogger, has won best blog in Ireland and has been featured by WordPress in their global showcase, ‘Freshly Pressed’. He has a strong belief in the need for local community involvement and regeneration in Ireland, particularly at retail level.

Conor Bofin

Director, Towns Matter Ltd. 

Conor has masterminded a number of place branding & place marketing projects and was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Sandyford Business Improvement District. He is a board member of Sandyford Business Improvement District CLG.

Conor has vast experience in brand development, marketing, advertising and communications, with a very strong background in retail communications.  He devises brand, advertising and digital marketing solutions and strategies for companies both local and overseas.

Conor is also a multi-award winning blogger, has won best blog in Ireland and has been featured by WordPress in their global showcase, ‘Freshly Pressed’. He has a strong belief in the need for local community involvement and regeneration in Ireland, particularly at retail level.

Gail McGibbon CEO, Sligo BID Gail is the CEO of Sligo Business Improvement District, where her core focus is working with local businesses, tourism bodies and the County Council across areas of tourism, town team building and urban regeneration. With a background in international corporate sales (USA, Australia and Ireland), she is the Republic of Ireland Representative to ATCM, is a Senior Purple Flag Assessor and has worked with many towns and cities in developing business opportunities across diverse market segments. Prior to joining Sligo BID, Gail as CEO led several membership based organisations in Dublin and has held numerous board and advisory positions in the economic development and tourism sectors. Her work has delivered large scale festivals, events and conferences with an economic impact in excess of €100 million.

Gail McGibbon

CEO, Sligo BID

Gail is the CEO of Sligo Business Improvement District, where her core focus is working with local businesses, tourism bodies and the County Council across areas of tourism, town team building and urban regeneration. With a background in international corporate sales (USA, Australia and Ireland), she is the Republic of Ireland Representative to ATCM, is a Senior Purple Flag Assessor and has worked with many towns and cities in developing business opportunities across diverse market segments. Prior to joining Sligo BID, Gail as CEO led several membership based organisations in Dublin and has held numerous board and advisory positions in the economic development and tourism sectors. Her work has delivered large scale festivals, events and conferences with an economic impact in excess of €100 million.