We have a line up of inspirational speakers for the 2019 Annual Travel Centres Conference! From insights into the new EU Travel directive to start up success to creative thinking, each of these speakers will provide an opportunity to learn more about the travel industry and take away something new from the conference.
Juan Bueso Biography
‘Juan Bueso is a Spanish lawyer, registered with the Law Society of Ireland. He is also a business analyst and a data protection practitioner. He has worked in the field of consumer protection for over 15 years, having served as the Legal Adviser to the European Consumer Centre in Ireland since 2007, where he leads a small but committed team of advisers providing information and support to the public in relation to cross-border consumer transactions. He specialises in subjects such as e-commerce, alternative dispute resolution and travel law. Having participated in a number of expert and advisory groups at national and EU level (including on the review of package travel legislation), he has also worked, on a secondment basis, with the European Commission, where he contributed to the development and implementation of a case management system to facilitate the handling of consumer complaints within the EU/EEA.’
Grainne Kelly Biography
CEO & Founder of Bubblebum
Grainne Kelly is the Inventor, Founder and CEO of BubbleBum UK Ltd, the manufacturer of the world’s first inflatable car booster seat which has revolutionised the child travel industry.
A multi-award winning entrepreneur, Grainne founded BubbleBum in December 2009 and the company now exports to 27 countries globally and the BubbleBum is stocked by major retailers such as Amazon, Halfords, Target, Migros and Boots.
The product won the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Best Bet Booster 2011, which resulted in major media exposure including the front page of USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. It has continued to win many awards over the years including the latest Family Choice Award, Parent Choice Award, Made for Mums Award and National Parenting Product Award. In 2019, it won the most innovative product award at the CBME in Shanghai.
Since setting up the business, her husband has become the COO and her two sons have been involved with the design of all BubbleBum products, as well as being part of promotional literature and advertising. Grainne appeared on Dragons Den in 2014 and famously turned down an offer from the dragons.
Grainne left school to study art and maths but veered into the construction industry, and then into commercial radio, followed by a long time in the travel industry. She has won several awards including Belfast Telegraph Business Woman of the Year, Ulster Bank All Ireland Business Achievers Award, Wonga Future 50 Disruptors Award, Runner Up Amazon Growing Business Awards as well as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the European Business Awards not to mention several other awards including her most recent win in 2018 for British American Business – Woman in Business Award in the Transatlantic Growth Awards. In 2019 Grainne was invited to join the UK Prime Minister’s Counsel for Entrepreneurs.
Charlie Tuxworth Biography
Charlie Tuxworth is an experienced Business Leader with expertise in Innovation, Enterprise Software, & Business Development. Charlie headed the Software Solutions team in a large Belfast IT company, leading a team of 150 team in the delivery of complex business solutions into Financial Services, Public & Private sector customers.
The company was acquired by a UK PLC and in 2013 Charlie took responsibility for Group Innovation. This coincided with Charlie becoming involved with start-ups and early stage companies – supporting them in Queens University’s Cyber Security Innovation Lab; acting as an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ for Catalyst Inc; and as a board member of SpecialisterneNI (supporting people on the Autistic Spectrum to gain employment in IT).
Inspired by the start-up culture, and tiring of the constraints of large enterprise, Charlie co-founded InnovateXL, enabling him to support a wider range of businesses looking to challenge the way they operate, and wanting to implement and enhance their own innovation programmes.
Mr Dermott Jewell Biography
Mr Jewell (B.Sc. (Mgmt.) Law (TCD)) is Policy & Council Advisor to the Consumers’
Association of Ireland. A recognised advocate, trainer and advisor in consumer rights and protection he has written and commented extensively across national and local newspaper, radio and television. He has lectured in financial, project and change management to consumer organisation advocates from across the EU through the EC Trace project and in consumer law through the EC Consumer Law Ready project in Ireland.
His representations include:
Chairperson/Director of the European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland; Chairperson of the
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Certification Oversight Committee. Director
of the Investor Compensation Company Limited (ICCL) at the Central Bank of Ireland.
Member – Legal Services Regulatory Authority; Member of the Financial Services & Pensions
Ombudsman Council and Member of the European Banking Authority (EBA) – Banking
Stakeholder Group and Member of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Consultative
He was elected President of ANEC – The European Consumer Voice in Standardisation in
June 2019. Mr Jewell is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Irish Branch) CIArb with
accreditations in Employment Investigation and Mediation. He is a Member of the Irish Institute of Mediation and the Institute of Directors. He was recently awarded the IPA-UCD Professional Certificate in Governance.