5 up and coming PR Pros to watch out for

Ireland is abundant with extremely talented PR professionals and agencies, and we have no doubt 2019 is going to be a great year across the PR sector.

The way we see it here at MediaHQ, it could be especially good for these five PR professionals:

Siobhán Masterson – Law Society of Ireland 

Having graduated from DCU in 2014 with a BA in Communications, Siobhán continued her education with an MA in Public Relations. She joined the Kilkenny Group as a Marketing Executive, involving herself in various areas of the company, especially PR.  After this, she continued to work as a Communications Executive with the Restaurant Society of Ireland throughout 2016.

Siobhán has also worked abroad, for various companies such as Film Victoria in Australia where she undertook the role of Communications and Marketing Advisor. After which she went on to accept the position of School and Internal Communications Officer in the Department of Education and Training in Victoria. After returning home in 2018 she was offered her current position of PR coordinator with the Law Society of Ireland. After completing her masters in 2015 she was named Heneghan’s Best Writer in the MA in public relations that year.

Patrick Jones – Fuzion Communications

Patrick’s completion of his MA in Public Affairs and Political Communications in 2010 on top of his diploma in economics was what led him towards his post at Fuzion Communications. In 2011, Patrick spent three months working with Paul Allen and Associates as a PR Assistant. Following his employment here, he moved to Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab of Emirates as their PR and Communications Consultant.

Since then, Patrick has been adding to his career in PR as he went on to become the PR Accounts Manager at Paul Allen and Associates in 2014. Towards the end of 2016, Patrick joined the team at Fuzion Communications and held the position of PR and Corporate Communications Manager until February of 2019. Patrick’s recent history and experience working in the public relations sector and contribution to various companies has led him towards the respectable position he currently holds in the world of media.

Jane Foley – Food PR and Communications 

Jane graduated from NUIG in 2012 with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. After this, she went on to complete her MA in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture in 2015. She has also completed an MA in journalism from DCU. Having completed her education two years ago, Jane has made her name well-known in the world of media with her experience in the broadcast media industry and more. After graduating, Jane went on to become a Research Intern for Newstalk FM. After this internship, Jane became a Freelance Researcher for the radio station for a further 4 months. She working primarily on the Moncrieff show during the week alongside composing inclusive briefs for the presenters of each programme.

Towards the end of 2017, Jane became an Account Executive at Fuzion Communications wherein she collaborated with clients and the media, wrote and distributed press releases on top of pitching news stories and features to the press. After 5 months she was promoted to the company’s Junior Account Manager. She undertook this role for an additional 5 months before accepting her current job in September of 2018 as Account Manager for the award-winning communications agency, Food PR and Communications.

Ed Collins – Havas Media Ireland 

Ed is currently the Account Manager at Havas Media Ireland. He graduated from DCU in 2010 with an Honours degree in Communication Studies and Humanities. In March of 2012, he was offered the role of Festival Coordinator with Kinsale Shark Awards. His primary duty was researching companies who actively implement new media into their advertising campaign.

He assumed this role for eight months before becoming an Account Executive for OMD Ireland, one of the world’s largest companies providing marketing services. He joined the team in June of 2013 and stayed there for over 2 years. Since then, he has moved to Havas Media Ireland, a global communications and marketing group, where he operates as the company’s Senior Account Manager and has been for over 3 and a half years.

Lia Stokes – Presence PR 

Lia graduated from NUIG with a BA in English Literature, Sociology and Politics before focusing her studies on media. She completed her MA in Journalism in 2012. While undertaking her Masters in NUIG, she contributed to the college campus radio Flirt FM becoming its broadcaster and producer. As well as this, she undertook the role of Features Editor for the college’s newspaper SIN. It was during April of 2012 when Lia began her first job in the world of media when she accepted the position of Communication’s Officer for Volvo Ocean Race Galway.

In addition to this, Lia has experience as an Editorial Assistant with Goldeneggs Productions. After maintaining this post for over a year she was promoted to Contributing Journalist. With this role, she played a part in producing original content to the Galway Now Magazine. After staying with the company for just shy of 2 years in total, she went on to become a Contributor for the Irish Independent during 2014.

Finishing a contract with Fashion Scout led to her progression into the fashion sphere. During the last five months of 2014, Lia worked with Aurora Fashion Ltd. as a PR Assistant, implementing brand strategies for well-known brands such as Karen Millen and Oasis. Alongside her multitude of already existing experience, Lia advanced to the Galway Independent. She worked closely with editors, journalists and PR companies which led her becoming the newspaper’s Fashion Columnist for over 3 years. Her additional work as a PR & Events Coordinator, Corporate Sales & Events Manager and freelance work has led her to her current position in Presence PR where she has operated as a PR Manager for over 2 and a half years.