Visit Belfast’s dedicated team are on hand to offer expert advice and help you plan a successful, memorable event in Belfast.

Staff Profiles

Rachel McGuickin
Rachel McGuickin

Rachael McGuickin

Director of Business Development

I have 12 years’ experience in international business development and marketing in Tourism, Education and Economic Development which will aptly equip me to promote and sell the city internationally to contribute to the growth of business tourism and its significant role to the local tourism economy.

As Director of Business Development I will now be responsible for key strategies across international conferences, cruise and travel trade sales.

Deborah Collins
Deborah Collins

Deborah Collins

Head of Business Tourism

About Me

Originally a country girl from the Ards Peninsula I moved to Belfast in 2011 and adore the city vibe. I live with my husband and our rescue dog.

Experience

I studied French and Spanish in Edinburgh and lived abroad after graduation. On moving back to NI in 2007 I worked in software sales and business development. I have spent seven years in tourism and wouldn’t work anywhere else, it is a joy to promote a city that has so much to offer. The best part of my job is changing perceptions and seeing the smiles on clients’ faces when we wow them with our offerings. As the Lonely Planet says: “Get there early and enjoy it before the rest of the world arrives.”

Sarah Gribben
Sarah Gribben

Sarah Gribben

Ambassador Programme Manager

About Me

I love nothing more than exploring the city with my partner Billy and son especially by attending the vast range of events that take place every year.

Experience

I joined the Business Tourism team at Visit Belfast in 2010 so I have a strong understanding of how conferences work, especially in Belfast. As part of the ambassador role I have a passion in attracting strategic conferences to the city, those that have wider tourism benefits and leave a legacy for our key sectors in Northern Ireland.

Aoife McVeigh
Aoife McVeigh

Aoife McVeigh

Client Services Manager

About me 

Living in Newcastle, County Down.  I am a keen runner and have ran a few marathons including London Marathon and Derry Marathon.

Experience

I joined Visit Belfast in 2017 and have worked as Business Tourism Sales Manager and Leisure Trade Sales Manager. Previously I worked for a global events agency in London for several years where I venue sourced and contracted a wide range of corporate pharmaceutical events worldwide.

I provide destination management support for Visit Belfast clients in the successful planning and delivery of their specific conference in Belfast to ensure maximum delegates attendance and successful running of the conference.

Rebecca SmythAUG
Rebecca SmythAUG

Rebecca Smyth

Business Tourism Sales Manager

About me

Living just outside the city for most of my life has given me a great appreciation for how far Belfast has come in recent years.  Growing up watching the city flourish has been so exciting and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

Experience

Nearly four years selling food diagnostic machinery, then two years in software sales – before I finally made the move to business tourism.  Selling such a wonderful city is a pleasure and I love getting out and about; showing people the best venues, hotels, bars and restaurants that our fantastic city has to offer.

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JA New

Judith Abraham

Business Tourism Sales Manager

About Me

Originally from Belfast, I have just returned after spending 13 years away, with the last 8 in London. I am excited to rediscover the city that has totally transformed since I left.

 

Experience

My background in sports hospitality within global events, has given me good grounding in speaking with people from all over the world, as Business Tourism Sales Manager I really enjoy promoting this amazing city to the wider international audience.

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LMC3

Lindsay McClenaghan

GB Business Tourism Sales Manager

About Me

I’m our representative in London but very much a home bird at heart.  I grew up in Bangor and studied Event Management on the north coast of Northern Ireland before moving to London in 2011.  I like to spend my spare time travelling but if I am home in Hackney, you’ll find me playing board games or planning a pub quiz.

 

Experience

After moving to London, I spent eight years planning events in the UK and overseas for associations and corporate clients including awards, exhibitions and large conferences.

My event management background allows me to relate to our client’s needs and offer advice from experience.  My love of Belfast means I can talk to anyone about the city for hours, including some useless facts.  This role allows me to combine by two greatest passions and to share what Belfast has to offer with new audiences.

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SMCA NEW 2

Sophie McAllister

Business Tourism Sales Manager

About Me

Originally from Perth, Scotland, I have lived in Belfast since May 2018. I love to travel and try to visit a new destination every year.

 

Experience

Coming from an IT recruitment background, I am now part of the Business Tourism team helping to promote Belfast as a vibrant conference destination. I have a particular interest within the technology sector.

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BC New

Brenda Corr

Business Tourism Sales Manager

About Me

I love to travel and experience world cultures. Leaving Belfast to study in UK I returned to find the city buzzing with development, tourism and success on a global stage. I  am very proud of our city and what we can offer our international visitors.

 

Experience

My sales background is B2B Development within Telco’s and Finance & Retail. I am delighted to promote and sell the city internationally to contribute to the growth of business tourism and its significant role to the economy.

Support Services

Visit Belfast has an experienced team of business tourism professionals who offer free and impartial advice and support on all aspects of organising your conference, meeting or event in Belfast.

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We have a dedicated team of experts who offer free support to help you plan your conference in Belfast. Find out more about our support and get in touch.

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