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Rory King

Owner of Rory’s Travel Club and “Irelands Travel Influencer of the Year” 2023 & 2024

Rory King is a distinguished travel influencer and the visionary founder behind Rory’s Travel Club. Celebrated as the Travel Influencer of the Year for both 2023 and 2024 in Ireland, Rory has transformed the way people experience travel, both locally and internationally.

 

Rory’s Travel Club, under his dynamic leadership, has grown into an exclusive community with over 100,000 members. The club offers unparalleled access to exclusive discounts on holidays in Ireland and abroad, making dream vacations more accessible and affordable for its members.

 

With a passion for uncovering hidden gems and sharing authentic travel experiences, Rory has become a trusted name in the travel industry. His innovative approach and dedication to providing value have set new standards for travel subscriptions, earning him widespread recognition and acclaim.

Paul Kennedy

Director at Life like Media Marketing

Paul is the founder and director of Belfast-based creative marketing agency Life Like Media, who work with some of the biggest brands and athletes in the DTC space delivering performance-focused ad creatives for scaling on paid social. 

 

With a decade of marketing experience and having spent most of his early career in the video content space, Paul set up Life Like Media 4.5 years ago with his brother to service the increasing need for social media ad creatives for scaling DTC brands. 

 

Some notable company highlights include running the paid marketing and creative for Floyd Mayweather, vlogging content with Tommy Fury in Dubai, 1.5 years working with Tyson Fury  helping launch his Furocity brand, including covering content at the recent Undisputed fight in Suadi Arabia, as well as building worldwide campaigns for a number of 7 and 8 figure DTC brands including Lumi Therapy, Built For Athletes, The Essence Vault, Lamborghini Wines, and many more!

 

Paul’s insight and experience have allowed LLM to carve out a unique position in the digital marketing industry, blending real data at scale with creative skill to become one of the top DTC Creative Agencies in the UK and Ireland.

Geoff McGimpsey

Owner & Managing Partner of Foundry Marketing Partners

Geoff McGimpsey is a seasoned tech PR and marketing leader with a track record in strategic marketing, business development, and brand storytelling. With over 20 years’ experience, Geoff’s unique blend of skills spans journalism, corporate communications, public affairs, and marketing consultancy. At Foundry Marketing Partners, Geoff creates and delivers comprehensive marketing strategies for technology-enabled companies and professional services firms. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a mentor at Catalyst, Geoff is passionate about helping technology founders and scale-ups to thrive and to successfully deliver new products and services to market.

Alan Wallace

Inspiring Belfast

Alan is a dynamic digital producer and creator, as well as the founder of Inspiring Belfast, which has generated over 100 million video views across social media platforms.

 

Recently recognized as one of the top 100 creators in the UK by the BBC, Alan is also an official ambassador for TikTok UK.

 

Alan has garnered global media attention through his brand activations. His recent red carpet video generated 60 million views, underscoring his authority in the digital space.

 

Dedicated to building strong client relationships and creating widely resonating content, Alan has collaborated with renowned brands such as Tourism NI, Stena Line, and SPAR NI, bringing creativity and excellence to each project.

Shirley Palmer

Chief Visionary Officer

Palmer, a multi-award-winning CEO and Founder, is globally recognised as a visionary and strategist with a remarkable record in the international business arena. Originally from Northern Ireland, Shirley started her career in the dynamic private equity sector of London, distinguishing herself early on as a leader adept at identifying and leveraging transformative opportunities. Her extensive experience stretches from the financial centres of London to the innovation-driven environments of California, impacting key markets in America, Canada, the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

At the helm of ShirleyPalmer.com and TheSimpleSeries.com, Shirley advocates for a leadership style that harmoniously integrates solid business strategy with a profound commitment to wellbeing and conscious leadership. This approach not only drives significant business growth but also cultivates environments where creativity, intuition, and emotional intelligence thrive. Shirley’s dedication to incorporating wellbeing into corporate strategy ensures that her leadership not only achieves conventional success but also promotes positive human impact and sustainable development.

Mark Sproule

Head of Mortgage Strategy and Transformation, Danske Bank

Mark brings 27 years of experience in the Banking & Finance industry, having held several senior positions at Danske Bank, including Head of Small Business Banking and Head of Mortgages. In recent years, he has been based in Copenhagen with Danske Group, focusing on digitally automating the business lending journey. Currently, Mark collaborates with stakeholders and the local Danske digital development team to transform and digitize Danske’s mortgage processes for both direct customers and brokers.

Charlie Taylor

Technology and Innovation Editor, Business Post

Charlie Taylor is technology and innovation editor at the Business Post, where his duties also include editing Connected, a tech-focused monthly magazine. Prior to joining the Business Post, he spent 15 years working for the Irish Times in a number of roles.

Keith A. Lippert

Partner at Mangosteen Consulting Ltd.

Keith Lippert has 30 years of experience in financial services and most recently held the position of Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at The Allstate Corporation, as Allstate’s inaugural security officer located outside of the United States.

 

Keith has expertise in financial crime prevention, anti-terrorism, sanctions, money laundering, and fraud prevention. Before joining Allstate, he served as the Legal Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Bank in London and as the Vice President of International Fraud Prevention for American Express. Keith has also held the position of Chairman at banks in Russia, India, Mexico, and Canada and served as an officer of two national banks in the United States.

Paul Crumpton

Partner Relationship Manager, IASME Consortium

Paul has 35 years’ experience working in the Public Sector. His roles included the promotion of innovative UK security solutions to a domestic and business audience.

 

Paul is a strong advocate of a joined-up approach to cyber security, that includes people, processes and technology all working together. He joined IASME in January 2021 as the Partner Relationship Manager.

Brian Roche

Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Smart Sustainability ltd.

Brian is passionate about technology and innovation and has over 25 years’ experience working in technology and transformation in sectors such as; financial services, big pharma, manufacturing, aviation, green tech, and public sector. Brian has had senior leadership roles in organisations such as Hitachi, EMC, Wrightbus, and Belfast City Airport. Most of all, Brian believes that he can have a positive planetary impact though technology whilst maximising the social benefits that technology can enable. Brian is currently Co-founder and Co-CEO of Smart Sustainability ltd, assisting clients in delivering against their sustainability commitments.

Mike Jones

Digital Manager ITV

Mike joined ITV in 2018, initially developing campaigns across both linear TV and partnerships later specialising in ITV’s rapidly developing Video on Demand (VOD) proposition, ITVX. More recently he has been building relationships with a network of Digital Agencies across the UK alongside driving the development and roll out of key ITVX innovations including Matchmaker, ITV’s retail Media solution which launched at the end of 2022, in partnership with Boots and Tesco.

 

Prior to this Mike worked client side in the Optics and Energy sectors across a variety of roles including Product Development, Brand Management & Trade Marketing

Gareth Quinn

GM of EMEA for Teamworks and Co-Founder at Kairos

Gareth is a Northern Ireland-based entrepreneur who has successfully built and exited several businesses during the past decade. This followed an interesting career in the public sector, which saw him fulfil a series of roles – including the organising of elections in Northern Ireland and running the Lord Mayor’s Office in City Hall, Belfast.

 

In 2018, Gareth co-founded Kairos, which was recently acquired by Teamworks – a global sports technology company headquartered in the US providing a number of technology products that help elite sports teams operate more effectively. As the newly appointed General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Teamworks, Gareth’s role is to help drive continued growth and success in these markets.

Heather O’Reilly

Microsoft Power Platform expert consultant at Ergo

A seasoned professional in the Irish tech industry, Heather’s technological expertise lies in digitally transforming marketing, sales and service excellence with CRM solutions. Adept at artificial intelligence, Heather works with clients to transform traditional marketing and sales strategies with the power of innovative AI solutions, aimed at optimising customer engagement and maximizing business success. Outside of work, Heather is passionate about maximizing the power of Gen AI towards fostering greater diversity and inclusion.

Patrick Boyd

Principal Software Engineer at Gearset

Patrick has been a software engineer for about nineteen years, with nearly half of that time working as a team lead. Most of the first part of his career was spent in the fintech sector, working first in risk management and then the retirement income sector. He is now a team lead in Gearset’s Belfast office, working on their Salesforce DevOps solution using React, TypeScript and .NET core.