Why are you leaving the SECC for Maritz Travel?
It's simply that a new opportunity arose and it sounded like a job I wanted to do. I used to work for Congrex, the professional conference organiser, so I'm moving back into a similar field with my new role at Maritz Travel. A new sales director at the SECC has not been appointed yet.
What does your new role entail?
In February 2014 I shall start my new and exciting role as global general manager Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Maritz Travel Company, joining a newly formed team of global general managers for LATA and APAC.
In the role, I will be supporting Maritz Travel’s clients, including Experient – a Maritz Travel company, and its meeting, event, tradeshow and incentive travel programme guests around the globe. I will also lend enhanced global insights for MTC clients’ strategies and their programme deliveries; enrich Maritz Travel’s market presence, team leadership and knowledge base; and further support a continued and avid supplier network. I shall be working from a base in The Netherlands.
What has been your highlight at the SECC?
I started in conference sales in 2005 and moved into my current role when the business was re-jigged. I'm proud of the collaborative nature of Glasgow's business tourism industry. We have implemented a lot of creative and innovative thinking.
Glasgow is a spectacular place – it's always buzzing and is a great place to live. Next year will be exciting for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and the MTV Awards.