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.
Andrea is one of Ireland’s most experienced media and entertainment lawyers. She is principal of MediaLawyer, Solicitors (www.medialawyer.ie) and is a stalwart of the Learning Waves training team, having been legal trainer with the organisation since its inception in 2004. Before establishing her own practice, Andrea was part of the in-house legal team with RTÉ, where she was legal advisor to numerous ground-breaking television documentaries, including the States of Fear series which first lifted the lid on child abuse in State-funded institutions. She also advised high profile radio shows such as Joe Duffy’s Liveline. Andrea continues to advise the producers of high profile radio and television programmes including Crimecall and The Consumer Show. Andrea is the author of the only handbook for non-lawyers on the subject of Irish media law. Quick Win Media Law Ireland is published by Oak Tree Press, Cork (http://www.oaktreepress.com/index.php/shop/product/178-quick-win-media-law-ireland-epub ). Andrea’s seminars are consistently highly rated as informative, practical and enjoyable by Learning Waves course participants.
Deborah is Head of Solutions and Insights with Communicorp One since January 2015, covering all things digital and cross-platform. She has worked with the Communicorp Group since 2011 as both Digital Commercial Director and Digital Client Service Director. Deborah is passionate about digital, radio, hurling and coffee (combining all 4 is the dream!).
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.
With a background at BBC Radio Five Live, the BBC World Service, as well as a host of UK local radio stations, Eric has been working with Learning Waves since its inception. He provides training in voice and interview technique and presentation skills, as well as the art of writing for radio and scripting for sales. He is also an established voiceover artist, and has voiced hundreds of radio and TV ads, idents and sweepers on stations in the UK and Europe.
Working in radio and voiceover since 1998, as a lecturer since 2001 and for Learning Waves since 2007, John Herlihy brings a range of experience as a presenter, producer and trainer to Learning Waves. John runs Radio Kerry Training which designs and delivers communications and broadcast training to public and private sectors and to secondary, third level and adult learners. His work is multi-award winning in imaging, short feature and documentary categories. John delivers the ‘Mastering your Adobe Audition Skills’ and ‘Advanced Adobe Audition Skills’ training courses. More here: http://www.radiokerry.ie/training/
Eleanor O'Kelly-Lynch, Golden Apple Training delivers Professional Selling Skills training for Learning Waves - training which shows participants how the 'creative sell' works. The training is all about radio sales people learning how to build a solid, succesful reputation in radio by developing a portfolio of loyal, longterm and lucrative customers. Eleanor has worked in the independent radio sector for 12 years and will pass on proven tips and techniques which participants will find invaluable, especially during these tough, competitive times.
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
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.
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.