Aileen O'Meara is an award winning national TV, radio and print journalist with over a decades experience as a media trainer in journalism, mobile video and audio and media interviews. Aileen O'Meara Media Ltd was set up in 2005, where along with her associates, they provide a quality sevice in bespoke mobile journalism training, podcast production and training, video and TV services, and radio documentaries. Aileen has 13 years experience working with RTE radio and TV. She has worked also as an independent radio producer since 2005 to date; media trainer since 2005. Creator of podcasts for National Library of Ireland, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council amongst others. Aileen also produced a BAI funded radio series including "How to be an Active Citizen" for RTE Radio 1 extra, and Arts Tonight 39-part series for RTE Radio.
Andrea Martin is the founding partner of MediaLawyer, Solicitors, a boutique legal firm providing legal services to the media and entertainment industries. She is recognised internationally for her expertise in these areas and is considered one of Ireland’s most experienced media and entertainment lawyers. She advises leading Irish independent TV and radio production companies, publishers, writers, musicians and content providers across a range of traditional as well as digital media. Andrea is author of Quick Win Media Law Ireland: Answers to your top 100 Media Law Questions, the only up-to-date, ‘quick reference’ Irish handbook in this area. With a wealth of media law training experience, she has been the Legal Trainer with Learning Waves Skillnet for over 10 years as well as lecturing in third level institutes all across Ireland.
Dublin born Andy Matthews has worked in radio for the past 24 years in Ireland the UK and Eastern Europe. Andy has won many awards for both programming and imaging. Having worked in local radio in Mayo, Kerry and Sligo, Andy moved to FM104 Dublin in 1997 as a presenter, moving to the Production Director role and onto the Deputy Programme Director role in 2002 taking the station back to number 1 while with the programming team. In 2008 Andy took on the Programme Directors role in Dublin's 98FM taking the station from a poorly performing number 2 station to number 1 market share in the Dublin market within 2 years. Andy set up Triple M Media in early 2010 and since has worked very successfully as a programming and content consultant with Bauer UK, Communicorp and the CN Group UK as well as some of the best Irish radio stations.
Big Wave was set up by Liam Hurrell and Suzanne Collins as a new exciting brand of training company specialising in digital media. They have worked for some of the biggest brands in digital media, in a variety of international environments for over 20 years.
Liam was previously Training & Development Manager of BSkyB, qualified BSc Industrial Design & Technology, PGCE Certificate in Education, has worked in design, software development, training, recruitment, business development & consultancy in various ICT fields, for example TV and app development. Suzanne brings design and business acumen with BA Hons Art & Design, and wide commercial experience in publishing, design, copyright and administration having worked as Picture Editor for brands like Harper Collins, Routledge, Guinnness Book of Records, The Examiner.
Elspeth is an ex BBC Producer who took redundancy 14 years ago and did an MA in Voice Studies (MAVS) at Central School of Speech and Drama, in London. She specialises in working with broadcasters in all areas of radio and TV news, docs, childrens, weather and some drama. As well as the BBC, she works for Channel 4, Sky, Al Jazeera, CNN and ITN. Her main areas of expertise are: getting the voice to fit with the brand of the programme or station, identifying and using the appropriate voice for the job in hand and ensuring broadcasters sound interested in what they are saying. For example, when people are nervous they can sound monotone. The flip side of this is they can go into repetitive sing songy tones. Or can become quite nasal. My job is to make them clear and engaging, without the voice getting in the way of the stories. Elspeth works with absolute beginners – such as on the Stephen Lawrence and Journalist Trainee Schemes, and with very experienced presenters, such as Mishal Hussein.
Eric Dixon has over 30 years experience as a journalist, presenter and media trainer. He has presented programmes on BBC and independent local radio stations covering a range of programmes from early morning Breakfast shows to a late night phone-in. He has also presented London's only all-news breakfast show on News Direct, produced by Reuters and ITN. As a print journalist he has written articles for The Observer, Daily Telegraph plus tabloid national newspapers. Eric's training experience includes media management for some of the world’s largest companies including: Astra Zeneca, Barclays, BAA, Bayer, Lloyds TSB and Vodafone to name but a few. In addition he coaches journalists, writers and presenters in voice, presentation, scripting and interview technique.
Gerry is an expert in the design, delivery, and evaluation of learning and development interventions and strategies. HR, OD and Change Management strategies. Gerry works with private and public sector bodies evaluating and planning their leadership, people and change strategies to build high performance organisations. He is an excellent facilitator providing high quality training solutions to a variety of sectors. He is also a Practitioner Member of the Mediators Institue of Ireland (MII), where he served as the Institutes President from 2012-2015.
Glen Mulcahy is Innovation Lead with RTÉ, Ireland's national public broadcaster, and over the last three years he has inspired and driven the growth of mobile journalism within RTÉ's newsroom and across other European broadcasters. Glen leads RTÉ's mobile journalism project ("mojo") and RTÉ is successfully using mobile devices and apps to create finished news stories for broadcast and online which reach the highest possible quality standards. He is also founder of Mojocon- the 1st international mobile journalism conference http://mojocon.rte.ie
Based on almost 30 years of broadcasting experience, Justin Kings offers media advice and training, specializing on radio and social media. Acting as a Faculty Member of the Eurovision Academy, Justin has worked with more than 50 national TV and radio organizations over the past 6 years He was a member of the senior management team of the BBC's first multimedia news room. At the same time as running his own business, Justin led Bauer Radio's news operation in the North East of England between 2010 and 2013 with the team nominated for 25 industry awards during this time.
Marlese has 10 years training experience combined with 10 years business experience in marketing and retail which provides a unique combination of skills that enable her to see problems and solutions from both sides of the table. She completed a Diploma in Software Support in 1996 and received a MOS Master Trainer Certification from Microsoft in 2000. She spent 9 years in charge of all of Harvey Norman's advertising in ROI and NI. Marlese started On The Button in 2013 which is a business focused on finding sticking points within businesses and implementing workflow improvements, new systems, workshops and training to improve efficiencies of team members.
Sureskills have been growing their expertise, service offering and solution delivery for over the past two decades. One of the largest IT training companies in Ireland, they deliver our global learning solutions worldwide against a backdrop of integrated learning and consulting experience. Their in-house expertise allows for synergy between their three divisions; training & certification, learning development and technology consulting.