Chair, Chris Pollock
Chris Pollock’s broad career has spanned ten years, four countries and multiple disciplines, including PR, marketing, event management, and sales within agency, freelance and in-house capacities. Having started his PR career as an intern in New York, Chris studied for a Post Graduate diploma in PR with Event Management in Dublin before working for a boutique agency there for the next three years.
After a short stint in Belfast in 2010, Chris moved to Australia for the next four years where he worked both for a corporate PR agency and in-house for a swimwear company looking after their marketing, PR, and social media. He returned to Belfast in October 2014 and has been with LK Communications since that November.
Treasurer, Sinead Doyle (MCIPR CIPR, Chart.PR)
Head of Consumer PR, MCE Public Relations
Sinead is head of consumer PR at MCE Public Relations, leading the agency’s lifestyle and consumer division, delivering PR and marketing strategies for a range of clients including Beannchor Group, The Merchant Hotel, Tourism Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland, Dillon Bass and SuperValu/Centra. A strong advocate of CPD, in January 2017 Sinead achieved Chartered PR Practitioner status. Prior to moving into PR in 2011, Sinead worked as a journalist and editor for over five years, working on a number of well-known Northern Ireland consumer and business-to-business magazines. She holds a BA in journalism from Dublin City University. Sinead joined the Committee in 2014, serving as vice chair in 2015 and 2016 and on CIPR UK Council in 2016.
Samantha Livingstone (MCIPR, Chart.PR) / Past Chair (2015/16) & CIPR UK Council Representative,
Managing Director, Rumour Mill PR
Having worked within the public relations and event management sector for over 16 years, Samantha has extensive experience in helping brands grab the attention of their key stakeholders. In 2013, she decided to set up her own agency, Rumour Mill PR, a PR and social media agency that creates creative campaigns for the digital age.
Samantha has worked on a wide range of international, national and regional clients, spanning corporate, public sector and consumer markets. Samantha has a considered approach to analysing clients’ briefs in order to develop creative campaigns that meet business objectives and deliver results.
Communications Manager, Cancer Fund for Children
Rachel is Marketing and Communications Manager for Cancer Fund for Children Northern Ireland’s leading children’s cancer charity. She leads a team responsible for media relations, internal communications, event management, marketing campaigns, online communications and reputation management. Prior to moving into a communications role in 2011, Rachel was a Community Fundraiser. She holds an Msc in Communications, Advertising and PR from the University of Ulster and a Professional Diploma in Marketing from CIM. She joined CIPR NI in 2015.
Lisa Rice, MCIPR
Senior PR Account Manager, Navigator Blue
Lisa has over ten years’ experience in the media and PR industry. A graduate of English and Newspaper Journalism, Lisa’s journalism experience spans working as an Editorial Assistant at Ulster Tatler, writing for NI Travel News’ and briefly as a broadcast reporter for Citybeat radio. Lisa moved into PR in 2010 and since then has gained extensive experience across the public, private and voluntary sector, including working as a Media Relations Officer in Belfast City Council, heading up the PR and Communications for local brain injury charity, Headway Belfast, before working for a number of agencies as Account Manager and in a freelance capacity. Lisa joined Navigator Blue in 2015 where she is a Senior Account Manager. She is a member of CIPR and an accredited practitioner.
Haley Adams, MCIPR
Communications Manager, Smarts Communicate
Sara is an Accredited PR practitioner with many years of experience in communications. She is Head of Marketing, Research and Communications for the Controlled Schools’ Support Council, a new educational body established in September 2016.
Prior to that, Sara was based at Stormont while managing communications for the Green Party. Her career has also included time in the health, voluntary and agri-rural sectors.
Sara holds a BSc in Zoology with genetics and an MPhil in agriculture. Not a conventional route into PR, Sara has sought to consolidate her experience by studying for the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations. She also blogs for Slugger O’Toole and is a member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.
Clare Hiles, MCIPR
Senior Account Manager, ASG & Partners
In five short years, Clare’s international career has seen her practice public relations, marketing and journalism in London, Canada, Barbados, and Northern Ireland. Now settled as PR Account Manager at ASG & Partners, she manages a wide-range of corporate and consumer accounts, developing strategic campaigns, effective events and considered internal and external communications. Clare holds a MA in Journalism from the London College of Communication, and a BA Hons in Literature and the History of Art from the University of Essex. Her client work has been recognised locally by the CIPR, and across the water by the Caribbean Advertising Federation. Clare is new to the CIPR Committee for 2018.