About us

About us

About us

Business events are vital to Scotland as we welcome thousands of delegates a year to our cities and towns. Business events bring knowledge and expertise into our country and we work with partners across the Scottish public and academic sectors to ensure that every event coming to Scotland can engage with our world leading knowledge economy.

The VisitScotland Business Events team works with Scottish partners to promote Scotland, to develop and support events and to maximise legacy. We are also a key point of contact for anyone considering Scotland, offering free and impartial advice we can connect you with the venues and suppliers you need to make your event shine.

For information and recommendations to help you bring your event to Scotland get in touch with us on +44 131 472 2355 or email business.events@visitscotland.com.

Meet the Business Events Team

Each Business Events team member is responsible for specific business markets or disciplines and can assist with queries. The Business Events team is here to assist you with any queries you may have.

Neil Brownlee

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Head of Business Events

Neil is in charge of the strategic direction of business events at a national level. He works closely with our city conventions bureaus, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and other public sector agencies to firmly align business events with Scotland's ambitions.

Email: neil.brownlee@visitscotland.com

Rory Archibald

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Senior Business Events Manager

Rory is responsible for driving the strategy for VisitScotland Business Events across all markets as well as overseeing marketing and PR for the department. Rory directs signature strategies across the team including the Business Events Government Engagement Framework, the Policy Driven Model and the Transformation Protocol, ensuring that every event has positive impact across Scotland's communities, academia, growth sectors, third sectors and government policy.

Email: rory.archibald@visitscotland.com

Lindsay Neilson

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Senior Corporate & Incentive Business Development Manager - UK & Europe

Lindsay manages the highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic corporate and incentive team.  A key focus is developing strong opportunities and platforms for UK & European MICE agents, corporate planners and decision makers to meet Scotland's excellent MICE suppliers, generating enquiries and confirmed business.

Email: lindsay.neilson@visitscotland.com

Richard Knight

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Senior Corporate & Incentive Manager - the Americas

Richard develops strategic communications and engagement platforms across North and South America with the aim to position Scotland at the top of mind with agencies, media and corporate clients alike. He develops a wide range of engagement platforms to fit the Scottish industries needs across sales, events and media.

Email: richard.knight@visitscotland.com

Emma Richards

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Business Development Manager - UK

Emma is responsible for managing corporate and incentive business events from Southern UK & Ireland with a key focus on strategic sectors. She develops engagement platforms for third party agencies, corporate planners and decision makers to generate enquiries and confirmed business which can tie-in to the sector driven approach.

Email: emma.richards@visitscotland.com

Theresa Steven

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Business Development Manager - UK

Theresa is responsible for managing corporate and incentive business events from Northern UK & Ireland with a key focus on strategic sectors. She develops engagement platforms for third party agencies, corporate planners and decision makers to generate enquiries and confirmed business which can tie-in to the sector driven approach.

Email: theresa.steven@visitscotland.com

Marios Koutentakis

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Marketing Manager

Marios is leading on the creation and implementation of VisitScotland's Business Events marketing strategy; including activation across all key markets and alignment with policy driven strategy and messaging. Also, lead on the creation and management of brand standards across all client and stakeholder touch points.

Email: marios.koutentakis@visitscotland.com

Patrick Lamont

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Business Events Policy Engagement Manager

Patrick works across the team to support the implementation of key strategies into market focused activities to help drive business events development in Scotland. Patrick leads on the Transformation Protocol and provides support in policy alignment across all business events activities including the Policy Driven Model and the Government Engagement Framework. Patrick manages the National Conference Bid Fund and the Scottish Association Survey.

Email: patrick.lamont@visitscotland.com

Sian Williamson

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Assistant Manager - Associations & Sectors

Sian is assisting to bring national and international association conferences to Scotland. Sian's wider role within the team involves the implementation of sales activity, researching association congresses and working with Scottish industry and key sector organisations. She is also supporting with the administration of the National Conference Bid Fund.

Email: sian.williamson@visitscotland.com

Heather McNee

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Corporate & Incentive Assistant Manager

Heather is responsible for delivering proactive sales activity and promotion in key European markets, focusing on strategic sectors. She creates engagement platforms with VisitScotland's French and German sales agencies to generate business from corporate buyers and intermediaries. 

Email: heather.mcnee@visitscotland.com

Enya Rice

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Assistant Marketing Manager

Enya supports with the implementation of the social media strategy and the production of marketing communications and activities. Enya develops the Business Events website content and business listings.

Email: enya.rice@visitscotland.com

David Gerrard

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Events Graduate

David assists with the implementation of the trade events' marketing requirements and in delivering marketing strategy plans.

Email: david.gerrard@visitscotland.com

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