Chair, Sinead Doyle (MCIPR CIPR, Chart.PR)
Head of Consumer PR, MCE Public Relations, 85, Victoria Street, Belfast. BT1 4PB
M: 0791 205 9230
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.
Vice 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.
Samantha Livingstone (MCIPR, Chart.PR)
Past Chair (2015/16) & CIPR UK Council Representative,
Director, Rumour Mill PR, Lisburn.
T: 028 92091417
Having worked within the public relations and event management sector for over 10 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 boutique agency that uses its bubbly enthusiasm to generate client work that’s fun, approachable, and full of personality that delivers results.
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.
Secretary, Seona McGrath MCIPR Consultant
Smarts Communicate, 157-159 High Street, Holywood, County Down. BT18 9JQ
T: 028 9039 5500
Originally from Dublin, Seona has worked in public relations in Northern Ireland since 2011. Seona currently holds the position of Consultant with Smarts Communicate and is responsible for the development and implementation of integrated communications campaigns for a range of corporate and consumer accounts. Seona holds a BA (Honours) in Economics and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc (Honours) in Business Management from Queens University Belfast. Seona joined the Committee in 2014 and is the current Secretary for CIPR NI.
Charity Liaison, Jane Williams MCIPR Chartered PR Practitioner
Unit 9, 232-240, Belmont Road,
T: 028 9076 0066
Jane has worked in Northern Ireland’s media and communications industry for nine years with some of the most prominent global brands, local businesses, and on some of the biggest cultural events to come to Northern Ireland. Clients that Jane works with daily at JComms include National Museums Northern Ireland, IKEA, Specsavers and the Henderson Group.
Jane’s role on the CIPR NI committee for 2016 sees her take on the CPD Champion role for the second year, promoting the benefits of continuous learning and encouraging all PR practitioners across Northern Ireland to sign up to CPD to achieve a stamp of excellence including Accredited Practitioner status and working towards Chartered Membership. Contact Jane via the details above for more information.
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.
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.
Alana is an accredited PR practitioner with 10 years’ experience in the communication industry. She started her career working in the communication department of Visit Belfast and is currently a senior account manager at MCE Public Relations.
She has a wide range of experience working with brands in a range of sectors including tourism and travel, charitable, FMCG, hospitality and health.
She holds a first class honours in Communication, Advertising and Marketing, a Diploma of Professional Practice and has completed the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Digital Planning module. She also volunteers with the PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association) in Northern Ireland.