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A local agency with a global reach

Catherine Heaney

Managing Director

Catherine Heaney is the Managing Director of DHR Communications, which she founded and has run for 12 years.  She works across all our service areas, both in a hands-on and an advisory capacity.  In addition, she manages and develops the business.  She particularly enjoys working with clients at a strategic level; generating ideas and solutions; spokesperson coaching; and advising clients on how to maintain a long-term view in a crisis. She has strong project management skills and is very experienced in best practice in developing communications / public relations strategies.

Catherine is currently Account Advisor for our work with – amongst others – the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the National College of Art and Design, and the National Library of Ireland.  She has an excellent understanding of the culture space in Ireland: not only does she manage our work with a range of statutory and arts and cultural agencies, she is highly involved at a personal level in cultural work, both in her new position of chair of the National Museum of Ireland and as a member of the Heritage Council.

Catherine’s strong understanding of the media and policy landscape enables her to assess risks for clients and devise approaches to mitigate against reputational risk.  She is highly experienced in crisis management support and acts as the media contact for key clients who are the subject of significant media focus.  She is also highly skilled at advising clients on how to form strategic alliances and widen the public reach of their day-to-day activities.

Catherine chairs the Liberties Business Forum, which was established by Dublin City Council in 2014 as a mechanism to promote development in the South West Inner City.  The Forum brings together the CEOs from the key businesses and statutory agencies in the area, as well as representatives from DCC, and business representatives from shops on Thomas St, Francis St and Meath Street.

Catherine has a special interest in Corporate Social Responsibility, and has developed her business in line with CSR principles.  She has been a member of the Government’s CSR Forum for the past two years, and will chair the Forum from April 2017. She has also served as a judge for Business to Arts and for the Chamber of Commerce CSR Awards.

Before setting up DHR Communications, Catherine was chief executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and served as Press Officer for the Labour Party. She also held press office positions with the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed and the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Over the course of her career, she has developed a very credible reputation amongst politicians, media and policy influencers, who recognise that her work is strong on messages and content. As a trained journalist, she is equipped with knowledge and understanding of what is required by the media.  She has excellent written and verbal communications skills, and frequently produces high-quality materials for our clients, including opinion editorials for leading national newspapers.

Catherine is a graduate of the DIT School of Journalism and has post-graduate qualifications in the areas of law and industrial relations.  She is a graduate of the prestigious executive programme on strategic communications at Columbia University in New York.  In recent years she has been added to the roll of lectures on this programme.  She is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII).

 

 

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Catherine Heaney

Managing Director

Catherine Heaney is the Managing Director of DHR Communications, which she founded and has run for 12 years.  She works across all our service areas, both in a hands-on and an advisory capacity.  In addition, she manages and develops the business.  She particularly enjoys working with clients at a strategic level; generating ideas and solutions; spokesperson coaching; and advising clients on how to maintain a long-term view in a crisis. She has strong project management skills and is very experienced in best practice in developing communications / public relations strategies.

Catherine is currently Account Advisor for our work with – amongst others – the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the National College of Art and Design, and the National Library of Ireland.  She has an excellent understanding of the culture space in Ireland: not only does she manage our work with a range of statutory and arts and cultural agencies, she is highly involved at a personal level in cultural work, both in her new position of chair of the National Museum of Ireland and as a member of the Heritage Council.

Catherine’s strong understanding of the media and policy landscape enables her to assess risks for clients and devise approaches to mitigate against reputational risk.  She is highly experienced in crisis management support and acts as the media contact for key clients who are the subject of significant media focus.  She is also highly skilled at advising clients on how to form strategic alliances and widen the public reach of their day-to-day activities.

Catherine chairs the Liberties Business Forum, which was established by Dublin City Council in 2014 as a mechanism to promote development in the South West Inner City.  The Forum brings together the CEOs from the key businesses and statutory agencies in the area, as well as representatives from DCC, and business representatives from shops on Thomas St, Francis St and Meath Street.

Catherine has a special interest in Corporate Social Responsibility, and has developed her business in line with CSR principles.  She has been a member of the Government’s CSR Forum for the past two years, and will chair the Forum from April 2017. She has also served as a judge for Business to Arts and for the Chamber of Commerce CSR Awards.

Before setting up DHR Communications, Catherine was chief executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and served as Press Officer for the Labour Party. She also held press office positions with the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed and the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Over the course of her career, she has developed a very credible reputation amongst politicians, media and policy influencers, who recognise that her work is strong on messages and content. As a trained journalist, she is equipped with knowledge and understanding of what is required by the media.  She has excellent written and verbal communications skills, and frequently produces high-quality materials for our clients, including opinion editorials for leading national newspapers.

Catherine is a graduate of the DIT School of Journalism and has post-graduate qualifications in the areas of law and industrial relations.  She is a graduate of the prestigious executive programme on strategic communications at Columbia University in New York.  In recent years she has been added to the roll of lectures on this programme.  She is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII).