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The Business of Sport




To coincide with the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Scotland, Causeway are pleased to be hosting a late morning event in Edinburgh in honour of visiting Irish Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD. 

Join your fellow Causeway members and hear from sports focused companies and companies that value the role sport plays in their businesses.

  • John McClarey MD of Business Fives and Regional Chair of Causeway.
  • Dan Killen, Hospitality & Ticketing Customer Relations Manager at  R & A will discuss golf and the Open this summer.Open at Royal
  • Esther OCallaghan, OBE Head of Legacy & Development at the Women's Tour of Scotland  will talk about the upcoming Tour.  


Esther O’Callaghan, OBE


Head of Legacy & Development Women's Tour of Scotland Clarins ‘Most Dynamic Woman of the Year’ and a 2018 Women of the Year Alumni member, Esther is listed on the 2018 SIA Global Power 100 and International 50 – Women in Staffing. Through 2019, Esther will qualify as a Level 2 British Cycling Coach and Level 2 British Triathlon Coach, having discovered a love of cycling through an IRONMAN challenge, part of a year-long programme of fundraising resulting in the support over 550 young people into employment.

Dan Killen


Hospitality & Ticketing Customer Relationship Manager, the Open Golf has always been my main passion in life from an early age. I picked up a club for the first time at 10 and since then I have always known that I would be working within the world of golf. My previous roles within have included being Sales Manager for International Golf Development, who specialised in Synthetic Golf Turf, Driving Range Equipment and Junior Development equipment. After a sustained period of growth within the business I was presented with the opportunity to work at the award winning Quinta Do Lago resort in Portugal. Giving me an opportunity to experience an alternative side of the golf industry, something I thought would be a great experience, personally, professionally and the prospect of sun all year round was hard to turn down. After some time in Portugal I moved on to Munich, Germany where I held the position of International Business Development Manager for GSA Golfsport. During my time in Germany I oversaw the expansion of the company’s sales channels from Europe into Africa, Middle East and India. I joined The R&A in January 2018, my role within the commercial team has seen my involvement in the record breaking sales for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush along with ticket and hospitality sales for The 147th Open at Carnoustie. With the return to Royal Portrush and The 150th Open in St Andrews on the horizon, I am lucky to be involved in a historic period for The Open.

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The Business of Sport


Date & Time

Thu, 14 March 2019

10:30 - 12:30


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Edinburgh, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace
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