Board Members

Ronan Flood

Ronan Flood

Managing Director - Advantage Group - AIPCO Chair

Ronan has 20 years experience managing events from Medical Congress to highly complex and involved incentive travel programmes to awards ceremonies for 700 Guests.

He appreciates that events reflect on their hosts and works tirelessly to ensure that clients get value for their investment and more importantly kudos from their guests for staging the event in the first place!!

Colette Duggan

Colette Duggan

Managing Director - Conference Connections - AIPCO Vice Chair

Colette Duggan established Conference Connections 21 years ago.

Steered by Colette’s vibrancy Conference Connections takes pride in embracing ingenuity and adopting new and forward thinking; resulting in cutting edge creations and importantly embedding a culture within its fabric of being ahead of what’s imaginable.

Colette’s leadership style within CCL is heavily focused on a commitment to clients’ needs and expectations. Colette undertakes to meet with clients personally throughout the various phases of any given event.
Colette has a unique and exemplary background within the Hospitality Industry spanning more than 3 decades. The knowledge and in depth understanding of the intricacies and running of establishments within the Hotel Industry, positions Conference Connections manifestly at the leading edge in terms of unmatched leadership skills within its DNA.
Diversity is at the heart of Conference Connections

Jaime Bennett

Jaime Bennett

Sales & Marketing Director – Conference Partners International – AIPCO Past Chair

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

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.

Nicola McGrane

Nicola McGrane

Managing Director, Conference Partners International – Treasurer

Nicola McGrane established Conference Partners International 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.

Noel Mitchell

Noel Mitchell

Managing Director, Keynote PCO

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.

Patricia McColgan

Patricia McColgan

Abbey Conference & Events

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.