Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was first introduced to the world of aviation when I joined the Shannon Aerospace Greenfield MRO project. I then went on to senior executive roles for Air New Zealand, Ansett Australia and Regional Express Airlines, and I’m now leading the advisory, consulting and PMO practices at Periploi Aviation. I’m always looking out for investment opportunities in the sector, and I have an interest in coaching, mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.
What international conferences have you hosted in Ireland?
Actually, there have now been several conferences; I established the Irish Aviation Leadership Group in Dublin and partnered with the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) to bring 11 of their industry conferences to Ireland since 2013. This included the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting and World Aviation Summit which came to Dublin in June 2016, one of the most prestigious events on the travel calendar.
In your opinion, why was Ireland successful in securing these conferences?
I am incredibly proud of how Ireland competed against stiff international competition to host these conferences, and bring aviation business leaders to Ireland. I think one of the key factors is our unique culture and personality.
What went into the event preparations, and what supports did you receive?
I could not have done it alone and must acknowledge individuals, Fáilte Ireland's Meet in Ireland (which provided both practical and financial support), and companies who supported me in winning the various bids. Everyone worked tirelessly to deliver outstanding service and a first-class experience to the thousands of international delegates during their time in Ireland.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of becoming a Conference Ambassador?
I would encourage anyone who is influential to use that influence, and become a Conference Ambassador. While it has its challenges, it’s truly rewarding to see international delegates having a great experience in our country. Be bold and brave, go out there and tell the world how good we are at delivering business conferences!
What is Ireland’s legacy from hosting these conferences?
Over the years, the conferences will have delivered approximately 6,500 aviation delegates to Ireland. While hosting these conferences, we have seen many great friendships renewed, memories made and opportunities for business in Ireland created — all of which continue to benefit our economy.
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