Pádraic Gilligan


Chief Marketing Officer, SITE Global
Pádraic Gilligan is Chief Marketing Officer at Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), a 2500 member global association, dedicated exclusively to incentive travel.
With his business partner Patrick Delaney, he is also Managing Partner at SoolNua, a specialist advisory helping destinations, hotels, agencies, associations and venues with marketing, strategy and training for the MICE marketplace.

Delaney and Gilligan started Delaney Marketing Consultants (DMC) in the early 90s. Delaney Marketing eventually became Ireland’s largest Business Events organisation before being acquired by MCI in 2007. Gilligan and Delaney then served as Managing Directors of MCI’s global DMC network and Vice Presidents of Industry Relations until then left MCI to start SoolNua in 2014.

A multi-award winner within the Business Events industry, Pádraic has served as President of SITE (2008), as a Trustee of the SITE Foundation (2017 – 2019) and on the Advisory Boards of several entities, including The Special Event, IHG & the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau. He blogs at Padraicino and is a regular speaker at industry events.