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Speaker Biographies
Date: 02/06/2004 Location: The River House, Stirling
Chairman: Mr  John McGlynn
Speaker: Mr  Russell Wardrop                

Russell Wardrop, Director, Kissing With Confidence Ltd (www.kiss-con.com) is a charismatic speaker who is passionate about communication.  An experienced trainer, debater and speechwriter, he has worked at the highest levels of government, academia and commerce.  He studied architecture at Strathclyde University, is consultant Design Director of a Glasgow architectural practice and has many years experience of working in Higher Education.  He has over 10 years experience of training in all aspects of oral communication and has delivered training sessions, keynotes and academic papers across Scotland and in Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Istanbul, Las Vegas, London. Oulu and Toronto.  Russell has trained and coached individuals and groups in public speaking and communication skills across the private, public and voluntary sectors including law, accountancy, IT, higher educations, the construction industry, the food industry and the police.  He has held both lecturing and management positions in the University sector and has delivered academic papers in the areas of design quality, graduate employability and communication.  Kissing with Confidence® recently won the 2002 Junior Chamber Scotland National Business Plan competition and was a semi-finalist in the International competition at the JCI World Congress in Las Vegas, where the company also presented a half-day workshop titled “The Science of Preparations and the Art of Delivery™”.  Russell is passionate about communication and also find time for other interests including, cooking, reading, writing and golf.  He will inspire and motivate you to achieve excellence in one of the most important areas in your business and personal life: speaking in public.

The evening will be chaired by John McGlynn.  John is Chairman and Managing Director of the Airlink Group of Companies whose core divisions are car parking and commercial property development.  His first company Airlink Security Park Ltd was founded in 1994 as a hobby whilst at University – specialising in off airport car parking, it has enjoyed rapid growth and has been categorised as one of the most successful business start ups in recent years in Renfrewshire.  In 1996 JM Estates was added as a commercial property company which has had significant growth and will be launching a new business park beside Glasgow Airport later this year.  1999 saw the launch of Direct Parking (Glasgow Airport) which tripled the size of the off airport parking operations.

As well as ongoing expansion in the core divisions, a new division in e-commerce to grasp the window of opportunity that exists is imminent.  Hobbies include running Airlink Group, looking for new interesting opportunities, sailing and motorsport. John is also a Director of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.


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