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About Our Speakers

Daniel Robb, Industry Leader – Travel, Google

Daniel leads the travel team in the UK for Google, whose aim is to develop and deliver ground breaking digital solutions to their Travel client portfolio.

Daniel joined Google in 2005 as the first employee devoted to travel outside of the US, and since has helped build out bespoke vertical expertise teams across EMEA. Prior to Google Daniel was Commerical manager at Teletext holidays.

Daniel is married with 4 year old twins.

Stephen Leckie, Chief Executive, Crieff Hydro & Chair of Scottish Tourism Alliance

Leader of 4 star Crieff Hydro since January 1994: which, according to independent guide Scotland the Best, is “a national institution and still a family business… moving with the times… uniquely good in the world”.

His team of 500+ look after up to 1000 customers a day for business and leisure with warmth and character.

Dedicated to growing and sustaining Crieff Hydro Limited – its future is tied up with the success of its town, its region and the tourism industry. Stephen is a passionate promoter of all three so volunteers leadership across these sectors and geographies.

John Mayhew, Director, Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland

John is the Director of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Scotland’s countryside champion.  He is a Chartered Town Planner with additional qualifications in landscape management and geography.  He also acts an environmental policy and planning consultant and was Chair of Scottish Environment LINK from 2006 to 2009.  He was brought up in Birmingham but has spent his entire professional life in Scotland.

Before moving to APRS he spent 23 years working for the National Trust for Scotland at its Central Office in Edinburgh, latterly as its Head of Policy and Planning.

He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two sons, and in his spare time he enjoys cycling, telemark skiing, hillwalking, camping and playing the piano.

Neil Rogers, Adventure & Experiential Travel Specialist

Neil Rogers is a sustainable and adventure tourism development specialist.

With over 25 years tourism experience, he has worked as a tour guide, eco-lodge manager, inbound and outbound tour operator, marketing expert and most recently as a project consultant working with the private sector, public sector and NGOs in adventure travel destinations such as Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Russia, the US Virgin Islands, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Guyana, Bolivia and Peru.

Neil is a judge for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and is currently Chair of the Destination Stewardship Working Group at the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Niall Benvie, Outdoor Photographer and Writer

Niall Benvie draws upon his 20 years experience as an outdoor photographer and writer to reflect on what makes for an effective campaign. How can it best be used to tell your story in an honest and authentic way?

As a professional photographer, Niall has moved away from classical wildlife and landscape photography to concentrate on communication projects where words often feature alongside multiple images. “Professionally, there’s not much point in producing generic nature imagery nowadays so I spend as much time photographing what’s on my mind as what’s in front of my eyes.”

Our Workshop Presenters

Hamid Gazem, UK Trading Standards Institute

Hamid Team is Team Leader with South Ayrshire Trading Standards. He is a member of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and was TSI Scottish Branch Chairman in 2005 – 2006.

At present and along with the general duties of a Trading Standards Officer, he is Lead Officer for Underage Sales and Door Step Crime.  He currently represents the profession in Scotland on the National Travel Focus Group.

Hamid has a diverse academic background with Masters in Law (LLM) and Management (MSC) and has formerly worked for Strathclyde Regional Council and both North and South Lanarkshire Councils.

Alan Gilchrist, Director, The Living Organisation

Alan has worked as an Organisational Development (OD) Consultant for 11 years and as a professional Executive Coach for the last 7 of those years. His particular strength and interest is in helping individuals, teams and groups take their thinking, ideas and blueprints for their organisation and turn them into “living and breathing” ways of working with each other which ultimately improves organisational performance.

He works collaboratively with people to help them think about what they are doing, how they are doing it and what changes they want to make to improve their own performance, satisfaction and contribution and the performance of the organisation.