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Advisory Board

Colin Brown, CEO, The Deep, Hull
Colin Brown is the CEO of the country’s most successful Millennium Project The Deep in Hull. Before which he was the Director of Leisure, Culture and Tourism with Hull City Council. He has been a board member of Welcome to Yorkshire, York Minster revealed and of Hull Truck Theatre. He is currently chair of Netgain the organisation charged with developing marine protected areas.
 
Alain Dupeyras, Head of Tourism at the OECD, France
As Head of Tourism at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Alain Dupeyras manages, with the support of governments, the work of the OECD Tourism Committee. The Committee promotes a culture of evaluation in tourism, helps members and non-members to develop tourism policies that address current and emerging challenges, contributes to improved measurement and analysis of tourism services, and promotes international   co-operation in tourism. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Dupeyras was in charge of tourism and leisure investment-related projects at OSEO, France. 
 
Dr Steven Freudmann, Chairman, The Institute of Travel and Tourism 
Steven opened Majestic Travel in 1967. He sold three of its offices to Airtours in 1995 and the remaining office was sold in 2008. He was a director of ABTA for eighteen years and was its President from 1997 until 2000. In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of Alpha Prospects plc which owns a number of travel agencies and tour operators. Steven was elected Chairman of The Triton Travel Group in 2008. In July 2009 Steven was awarded a Doctorate by Leeds Beckett University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
 
Simon Hargreaves, Chairman, The Travel Network Group
Simon is the Chairman of the Travel Network Group. This group helps others create and run their own independent travel businesses. Prior to that Simon ran Lloyds TSBs Direct Insurance business. He has also been a partner with Accenture having originally trained as a technologist.
 
David Jamilly, Co-founder and director of Theme Traders party planning and prop hire
His London based Events Empire have staged some of the capital’s most lavish bashes operating worldwide. Clients range from A-list celebrities to leading global corporations. Author of ‘Party People: How We Make Millions from Having Fun’, he lectures on events worldwide and is also a ‘Secret Millionaire’, philanthropist and founder of Kindness UK.
 
Jennifer Jenkins, Chair of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO)
Jennifer Jenkins is the Vice-Chair ABPCO, the UK organisation for professional conference and event organisers, their   industry colleagues and those studying for or pursuing a career in the meetings industry. Jennifer is also the Managing Director of MCI UK and for the past 10 years, Jennifer has sat on the European Management Board of MCI Group SA.  During this time, the Group has grown to number 1,300 staff, working in 47 offices in 23 countries Worldwide.
 
Dirk Mischendahl, Founder and Managing Director, Logistik Group
Dirk Mischendahl was born in Germany and raised in Australia. After graduating, Dirk founded Logistik Group in 1997 and the company is now an award-winning communications agency with offices in Leeds and London. It is one of the top 10 UK agencies in its sector, with clients including M&S, Bupa, ASDA, Natwest, BT, Harrods, Royal Mail Group and Lloyds Banking Group. 
 
Professor David Parsons
Professor Parsons is a specialist in policy-research and public programme evaluation. Principal of P and A Consulting, and Senior Associate at HOST Policy Research, he has held faculty posts at the Universities of Nottingham, Cranfield and   Sussex. Previously an Advisor to the National Economic Development Office, he was CIPD’s Public Policy and Research Director and has been an advisor to the European Commission (Employment and Social Affairs), Economic and Social  Research Council and others. David has been a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University since 1997.
 
Carol Ritchie, Director, EUROPARC Federation, Germany 
Carol is the Director of the EUROPARC Federation, which  operates The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in protected areas. It is a practical management tool, which continuously improves the sustainable development and  management of tourism , taking account of the needs of the environment, the local population and the local tourism businesses and she brings this and a broad European network experience to the board of  ICRETH.
 
Jacquie Rogers, Venue, Business & Leisure Tourism Management Consultant
Jacquie Rogers has over 20 years’ experience in the events industry, achieving great success at an established venue in Brighton and setting up an entirely new venue at ACC Liverpool. Jacquie’s experience spans a broad portfolio of events and has achieved national and international recognition as a key industry figure.
 
Tony Rogers, Events & Tourism Consultant
Tony Rogers is a consultant specialising in conferences, business tourism / business visits and events, and destination marketing and management. He established his own consultancy, Tony Rogers Conference & Event Services Ltd, in 2009. Previously he worked as Project Director for Eventia, the events industry trade association, and prior to this he spent 19½ years as Chief Executive of the British Association of Conference Destinations (BACD). 
 
Philippe Rossiter, CEO, Institute of Hospitality 
Philippe has been Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality since September 2002. This followed a successful career as a caterer in the British armed forces, before being appointed to the staff of the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy in Paris. Philippe is a Fellow of the Institute, as well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Tourism Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a council member of People 1st, the Sector Skills Council, as well as being a member of the Advisory Board to the Swiss Education Group. 
 
Peter W. Thomas, CEO, The British Institute of Innkeeping 
In the past, Peter Thomas managed tenanted and leased pubs as business manager, regional director and then managing director. He helped set up Punch Taverns in 1997 and became first MD, He developed the M&B Franchise offer in 2002 and later setup a Consultancy advising various clients about franchising and other opportunities for different pub operating models. He has been a member of the British Institute of Innkeeping Council for 15 years.