Board Members

Noel Mitchell – Managing Director, Keynote PCO - AIPCO Chair

Noel has over 25 years of international conference management experience, both as a PCO and from the association side. He managed a large PCO department for 12 years before establishing Keynote PCO in 2008 as a dedicated association congress specialist.

Noel graduated from TCD with a PhD in Experimental Physics, and is also a Certified Meeting Manager with Meeting Planners International. He has worked as an independent consultant to the conference industry and has served as a Council member of the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers. Noel is currently Chairperson of AIPCO and is also Treasurer of the World PCO Alliance.

Jaime Bennett - Sales & Marketing Director – Conference Partners

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. Jaime has held a number of positions in the conference and events industry throughout the UK and Ireland prior to joining Conference Partners. Her previous roles has seen her managing large scale conferences, exhibitions and events throughout the UK, Ireland as well as Hong Kong, China and the US.

Marina Finn - Joint Managing Director, Abbey Group – Secretary

For over 20 years Marina has been involved in the tourism industry and commenced her career with Abbey Tours in 1989. During this time she has held a number of senior management positions within the company before acquiring the ownership of the company in 2008, together with her colleagues Patricia McColgan and Jane Magnier.

Marina is a highly experienced travel professional in the area of Conference Planning & Management and has been Project Director for a wide range of International Association Meetings and Events over her 20 year career. Marina also holds the position of Secretary of the AIPCO. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Patricia McColgan – Abbey Conference & Events - AIPCO Past Chair

Patricia is Managing Director of Abbey Conference & Events and, in partnership with Marina Finn and Jane Magnier, co-owner of the Abbey Group. Since her first conference in 1988, she has overseen all our major international conferences & events. Patricia speciality is Association Conferences – she provides strategic advice and direction from the initial planning stages to the post conference report & recommendations.

In a personal capacity, she is Chairperson of CanCare4Living – an organisation promoting multi-disciplinary long term follow up for survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer.

Nicola McGrane - Managing Director, Conference Partners – Treasurer

Nicola McGrane established Conference Partners in 1998.  Driven by passion and enthusiasm, the values which drive her actions are quality, trust and integrity.

Nicola 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 associations, corporations and industry bodies.

Susan Nolan- Director, Advantage Group

A graduate of Trinity College with a marketing degree and fluency in two European languages, the area of business tourism was always been the perfect milieu for Susan.

Over a 20 year period, she has worked as a DMC and in hotel sales before becoming a PCO. Susan heads up the PCO division of the Odyssey Group; Odyssey Convention Ireland.