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Women in Tourism: Networking for Growth in the East of Scotland

Discovery Point Dundee

Please note that this event is being rescheduled to later in the year – keep in touch with Women in Tourism for details – sign up to the newsletter to receive updates on our events.

Networking for Growth in the East of Scotland 

Tourism has never been more pertinent, or important to Scotland’s places, and to remain competitive, it’s important that we collaborate, share information and best practice –that’s why networking and making connections is so important.

At this session we’ll hear from a great range of speakers on their thoughts as our local and national tourism strategies continue to develop. The event is also a great opportunity to hear from female leaders in the tourism industry, and to meet and connect with other tourism businesses.

During the event you’ll hear from our speakers and have a chance network with colleagues from the area as well as some of the WIT Board. Ticket price includes drinks and canapes.


Caroline Warburton, Regional Leadership Director (East), VisitScotland

Caroline Warburton

Caroline Warburton is VisitScotland’s Regional Leadership Director for the East of Scotland. Caroline’s role is to oversee VisitScotland’s strategic engagement and partnerships for the East region and with direct responsibility for Fife, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus.

Caroline joined VisitScotland in April 2018 from the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) where she was responsible for coordinating Scotland’s first industry-led national tourism strategy, Tourism Scotland 2020. Prior to being at the STA, Caroline spent 10 years establishing and running Wild Scotland, Scotland’s wildlife and adventure tourism association which brought the sector together, developed the industry’s first responsible wildlife watching guidelines and established Scotland’s national and international profile as a wildlife-watching and adventure destination.

Lorraine Garvie, Commercial Director, Fairmont St. Andrews

Lorraine Garvie

Lorraine Garvie graduated with a BA Hons in Hospitality at Edinburgh Napier University, and has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She spent eight years at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, ending up working as Events & Reservations Manager, then moved to the Radisson Blu Hotel for six years as Director of Revenue. Lorraine continued to develop her career at the Green Hotel Golf & Leisure Resort, and for the last four years she has honed her skills at the Fairmont St Andrews resort, where she is currently Commercial Director.

Tara Scott, Founder, Click Book Stay

Tara Scott

With a tourism focused career spanning three decades, Tara first stepped into the world of hospitality and tourism at the age of 13 and hasn’t looked back. Not only does she hold a BTEC National Diploma in Travel & Tourism and a BA in Hospitality (Tourism) Management, but she also has extensive experience across the sector including working as an aircraft despatcher, travel agent and managing director of a 5 star holiday estate. Tara now runs a successful holiday home rental agency, Click Book Stay, and is Vice Chair of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers. She’s passionate about improving standards, offering good old- fashioned hospitality and working together with other likeminded businesses to create a visitor experience that’s second to none.

Deirdre Robertson, CEO, Dundee Heritage Trust

Deirdre Robertson

Deirdre is a native of Dundee, graduate of Dundee University Law School and postgraduate of DJCAD. Formerly Chief Operating Officer and Advisor for Tate and board member of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Deirdre has voluntary, non-executive and senior executive experience in UK charities, arts and education, including the museum and galleries sector.

Deirdre is currently Chair of the Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists and Trustee of West Ward Works and has previously served on the Coastal Community Fund, Big Lottery Scotland Committee, the board of Craft Scotland and project teams overseeing major capital projects at Napier University’s Grade C listed Craiglockhart campus, the Grade A listed Marischal College of Aberdeen, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Tate St Ives.

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