It’s been really busy at DHR Communications for the past few months, and there have been lots of exciting changes. We’re delighted to announce an expansion of our staff team, as well as a number of new business wins.
Catherine Heaney, one of the founding Directors of DHR Communications, has taken over the company as Managing Director. Catherine – who has 20 years’ experience in public relations, public affairs and politics – will now focus primarily on business development and the provision of high-level strategic communications advice to clients.
Joining our team is Leinster House veteran Tony Heffernan, who – in recent months – served as Campaign Manager for Michael D. Higgins’ successful presidential election campaign. Tony is one of the most experienced political communicators in Ireland, having worked in the Oireachtas for almost 30 years. He served as Assistant Government Press Secretary with the Rainbow Coalition Government from 1994 to 1997, and was Press and Parliamentary Director for the Labour Party for the past 11 years, working closely with three Labour Party Leaders over that time: Eamon Gilmore, Pat Rabbitte and Ruairí Quinn. At DHR Communications, Tony will be responsible for advising clients on public relations and public affairs strategies.
We have also appointed Martina Quinn as an Account Director. Martina has worked with the firm for almost five years, delivering PR services across a range of client accounts. She has particular expertise in social media campaigns and project management, and has played a lead role in managing major initiatives and events for clients such as ESB International, Irish Aid, Trócaire, the South-East Regional Authority and drinkaware.ie. Prior to joining DHR Communications, Martina worked at Fine Gael National Headquarters and with AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation.
Other changes at DHR Communications include the promotion of Lydia Ishak to Senior Account Executive and the recruitment of Emily Kelly, also in the role of Senior Account Executive. Lydia has worked with us for three years, while Emily joins the team from 98FM, where she served as a reporter and news-reader.
Our staff team is now comprised of seven communications professionals. Our company is chaired by former ICTU General Secretary and incoming Executive Director of the Kennedy Centre for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth, Peter Cassells. Peter will continue to advise on key client accounts at DHR Communications.
New Business Wins
In the past two months, DHR Communications has successfully tendered to provide PR, public affairs and consultation management services to a number of high-profile public sector agencies, including the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Irish Aid and Skillnets. Other new business wins include contracts with Young Social Innovators, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Philip Lee Solicitors, City & Guilds and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.