MADE IN GLASGOW Speakers
Sticky Heelz – Laura Birrell
Laura Birrell is the founder and inventor of Sticky Heelz a product she has designed and brought to the market to address the issue of loose fitting shoes. Laura is a Scottish Edge Round 9 winner and a member of Entrepreneurial Spark who has a passion for shoes. Laura previously worked in senior roles for 10 years at the Building Research Establishment, before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey. She previously owned a small retail and soft furnishing business in her hometown of Oban where she received a Shell Livewire award for marketing and was identified as an ambassador for young people in business. Laura is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and through her employment and in business she has gained knowledge in a number of areas including finance, business development, marketing, human resources, governance, information technology, environmental and sustainability issues.
Trtl - Michael Corrigan
The inspiration to found Trtl (pronounced turtle) came when Sir Tom Farmer gave a speech to our class at university. This was someone who spoke with a passion for life and the adventure he had. We knew we wanted to create something and that something, was born in Trtl.
Still looking for the 'idea', as Mechanical Engineers we knew we wanted to put our design skills to the test. Brainstorming one day in a coffee shop (where else!?) in the summer of 2010, we spoke of our travels and how uncomfortable it can be, especially when you really want to sleep on a flight. The conversation then turned to travel pillows and we thought, "Let's create something better."
At Trtl, we believe in living life to the full. We also love travelling and we believe these experiences are what really matters. If you sleep well, you create the foundation to experience more. Our goal in everything we do is to help you for whatever adventure life throws at you next.
Make the most of your time. Sleep well. Dream big.
Trakke – Malcolm Evans
At Trakke, we make products for the everyday adventurer – the seekers of the route less travelled. We create equipment that is durable, versatile and timeless – equipment that blurs the line between “kit” and “companion”. Our simple, understated designs use materials and components that are time-tested and reliable to create bags that thrive out in the wild – wherever your wilderness may be.
The Drink Cabinet – Andy Gemmell
Andy Gemmell was brought up with Hospitality in his blood. He started working at an early age at his uncle’s bars and clubs on the West coast of Scotland and by the age of twenty Andy was running two bars in his home town, his next step would be a move to Glasgow and a head bartender role at TGI Fridays where he gained several awards for his flair and bartending skills.
Moving on from TGI Friday’s Andy worked in some of the UK’s top bars developing his craft before starting Scotland’s first bar consultancy company, Liquid Assets, with his cousin Scott. Specializing in events including MTV awards, several film premiers and high fashion shows. The company also specialized in training which he did with groups such as Hilton Hotels, Hard Rock Cafe and the Malmasion group. He has traveled the globe and worked in some of the worlds best bars. Andy has worked and trained in several countries including Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Spain and America.
After winning numerous awards and competition’s with Liquid Assets Andy moved on to run some of Scotland’s top bars including the infamous Tonic bar in Edinburgh. In January 2005 Gemmell then joined integrated drinks marketing consultancy, Brand Ambassadors, where he was appointed as its New Business Director.
In January of 2006 Andy joined forces with Wayne Collins at Maxxium UK. He was appointed at global drinks company Maxxium Worldwide as a senior manager of their award winning and cutting edge ‘Mixxit’ training programme. An ambassador, brand developer and qualified WSET trainer for their portfolio of premium brands, he trains and inspires bartenders throughout the world.For over 7 years he devised innovative training and education programmes to encourage bartenders around the world to enhance and develop their own Spirit knowledge and bartending skills. A regular on the Scottish television’s “The Hour”, Weekly bar review Column in The Sunday Herald and a contributor to some Scotland’s top trade publications. Andy then moved on to work for Bacardi Global Brands as a Global Whisky Ambassador where he not only educates thousands on Scotland’s national drink but also works with the Master Blenders and Distillers in the creation of new products. Most recently Andy has set up The Drink Cabinet UK, with a mission to create innovative brand concepts and designs, pioneering advocacy and marketing campaigns and tangible, sustainable routes to market generating long term on trade listings and presence in the consumer market.
KOR Records - Geraldine Heaney
KOR is an independent record label that creates music projects for young people with additional support needs & releases their output. Geraldine Heaney is KOR Records director along with Kim Donohoe and Peter Lannon.
Geraldine Heaney is a Glasgow based Film Maker, Artist, Freelance enthusiast and Adventurer. She has worked with a multiple artists and organisations including Starcatchers, Imaginate, National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow East Arts Company and Firefly Arts. Geraldine is primarily a Film Maker, however she has experience of working in visual art, music, performance and youth arts contexts with particular interest in working with people affected by disability, sensory and communication impairments.
Linian - Lynne Jhangeer
A former Sales Manager with over 15 years’ experience in the construction and plant hire industries, Lynne joined LINIAN full time in August 2015.
Lynne began her career within the M&E wholesale industry as a Sales and Ops Manager before gaining international sales experience with a premium brand in whisky bottle closures. Switching to a Territory Management role with a major UK Plant Hire business, Lynne helped them to successfully expand in the UK.
Lynne is responsible for the production and logistics functions within the business as well as the management of domestic and international market sales
Mindappster – Andrew Mason
A Chartered Surveyor with 25 years business experience in the UK and International Family Office Advisory Services market, specializing in Real Estate, Aviation, Fine Art and Technology. Current interests include serving as CEO of MIndAppster, a US-based tech start-up in the Knowledge Management sector.
BioReliance - David McClelland
BioReliance (now owned by Merck KGaA) is the world’s leading provider of biologic safety testing, serving a diverse range of clients from ‘Big Pharma’ through to small biotech start-ups.
David heads up the European arm of BioReliance, which currently consists of three sites in Scotland, employing 350 highly-skilled scientists and support staff. He is passionate about life sciences; particularly the key role that Scotland has played in developing the sector.
Away from work he is a busy dad, keen runner, lapsed golfer and disappointed follower of our national football team.
WeeBox - Amy McCusker
Amy McCusker is the entrepreneur behind the WeeBox concept, Scotland's first subscription box delivering Scottish discoveries to Scots-at-heart globally.
Born in the United States, Amy travelled the world with her US military father and Scottish mother. Scotland was always her home and she settled back to study Law at Glasgow University and a Masters in Business and IT at Strathclyde Graduate Business School. She went on to become a successful management consultant with global firm Ernst & Young and was part of the pioneering team to set up the award winning CSR practice almost 10 years ago.
She was chair of The Prince's Trust Edinburgh Committee, founder of the award-winning Black and White Ball and advisor to many companies on community issues.
In 2016, she left global consultancy to follow her dream of having her own company based on her passion for Scotland. Amy is married to digital guru Gerard McCusker, owner of global digital agency, 'Dog'. They have 3 boys and live in Lenzie.
29studios - Gillian O’Neil
Gillian is the Founder and CEO of 29studios, successful video marketing agency specialising in video campaigns and workshops that drive sales for your business through strategy, content, distribution and analytics.
Having started, grown, and exited a range of businesses over two decades, Gillian uses her skills and knowledge to guide her clients in successfully applying these Make Intelligent Video™ principles into their communications strategy, to maximise engagement and get results.
With a highly creative mind, Gillian has a natural ability to take complex ideas and translate them into simple, easy-to-understand messages. Working with businesses across the world, Gillian ensures that every video campaign delivered by 29studios is focussed allowing their clients to fully engage with their audiences.
Odro - Bill Scouller
If you had to write a story about a dream team tech company worthy of Silicon Valley stardom, we can pretty much guarantee that you wouldn’t come close to starting where we did…
On a cold January morning in 2011, our Founder Bill Scouller had an idea. He loved technology, and after spending 16 years as Chief Executive of GSPC (You know, the big green FOR SALE signs you see all over Glasgow) he wanted to keep finding ways that technology could make better businesses. So after hearing a few stories about how people were suffering from the costs associated to conflicts and disputes in the commercial world, he decided to found Odro. The whole purpose was to provide Online Dispute Resolution (See where the name comes from yet?). Little did he know what he would uncover along the way!
In January 2012 Bill met the technical eWizard that became Mark, our Technical Director. Mark, our Techy Leader, created all of our amazing technologies. Mark brought Bill’s idea to reality, and the first version of Odro was born. The first few versions of Odro were good, but weren’t built to take the demand, however it was the discovery of brand new video technology within the system that really got our juices flowing. We found a way to extract the video technology as a stand alone product and created Odro Vision.