Speakers

We've some great speakers for Hospitality Exchange 2021. Let's meet them.

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Michael Wignall

A thrilling career from BMX bikes to Michelin stars, hear Chef Michael Wignall’s story delving into his stellar career, coping with the pandemic and his thoughts on the chef shortage.
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Sally Beck

Improving industry image and commitment to training have been paramount in Sally Beck’s dynamic career, she’ll speak about the Hoteliers Charter launch and objectives.

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Sean Wheeler

Renowned for his passion for people and ability to change company culture honed over four decades, Sean will speak of the perennial problem of staffing and seeking solutions.
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Andrew Webb

Andrew will look at difficulties within the labour market and post pandemic employment, giving an economic insight with a tourism and hospitality slant.
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Sarah Duignan

Facts, figures with a few anecdotes thrown in, Sarah Duignan brings hotel data to life with details on performance, a glimpse of the global position and a look to the future.

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Michael Williamson

Known for his expertise in the Tourism and Hospitality sector, Michael will speak about the sector’s success and the industry’s future.
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Neil Gibson

Economics brought to life by Neil Gibson who explores matters from a tourism and hospitality perspective based on extensive research over the last eighteen months.
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Tim Browne

Energy and inspiration will not be in short supply when international speaker and business coach, Tim Browne explores staffing solutions and looks at innovative approaches.

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Tom Barrett

Insights into hotel sales, valuations, and the current commercial position with Tom Barrett whose decades of experience has given him an unsurpassed knowledge of the sector.
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Gordon Lyons MLA

The Minister with the Tourism portfolio, Gordon Lyons MLA will speak about economic initiatives, plans to grow tourism and his commitment to the sector.
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Niall Gibbons

Niall will speak about marketing the island of Ireland overseas, the challenges and opportunities for the industry in the post pandemic era.

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John McGrillen

Promoting a standout brand while restoring tourism to £1bn contribution are firmly on John’s to do list, a chance to hear first-hand about realising these goals.