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ASSC Conference Speakers 2019

Linda Battison

Chair, ASSC

Linda began her agency career in Public Relations in 1981 and quickly found her speciality in travel and tourism. In 1984 she moved in-house and became International PR Manager for Canadian Pacific’s hotel and airline accounts. In the late 80s Linda moved back to agency work establishing a London office for a leading Scottish PR firm – Ash Gupta Communications Group. She directed accounts for blue chip Scottish clients such as Harris Tweed, Scottish Salmon Growers Association, Morrison Bowmore (whisky) which gave her a love of Scotland and its magnificent scenery and more importantly, its warm and welcoming people. She eventually moved from London to Edinburgh to take over as Managing Director of Ash Gupa Public Relations and specialised in consumer PR and crisis management. Linda met her husband (and now business partner) Jim skiing in Glencoe and his love for Scotland’s west coast led them to purchase a hotel in Oban in 1993 and Cologin Country Chalets and Lodges – self-catering park in 1998. For the first few years Linda continued to work part-time in the central belt as a Director for Charles Barker PR whilst establishing her own PR and marketing clients in Argyll. As business flourished in the tourism industry Linda joined her husband Jim full time in the business and raised a family of three girls; the eldest Katie, has just joined the family firm as General Manager. With retirement now within sight Linda’s workload will hopefully decrease but Scotland will remain her home and she will continue to assist clients grow their business through marketing and PR.

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Fiona Campbell

Chief Executive, ASSC

Fiona was appointed as the ASSC’s first Chief Executive in February 2015. She was charged with growing the Association, recruiting new Members, and ensuring that member benefits are as comprehensive and valuable as possible.

In an ever-changing tourism landscape and as more and more business expenses and regulations appear on the horizon, as well as the opportunities and challenges created by the growing collaborative economy, the ASSC finds itself increasingly politically engaged on a national and European level.

Fiona works with key industry groups and stakeholders to support the representation that puts the ASSC at the forefront of the Scottish Tourism industry. Fiona has operated a four star self-catering house on the banks of Loch Long, Argyll for the last 15 years.

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