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.
Andrew joined the senior management team at the BBC College of Journalism in January 2007; appointed in response to an independent reporting following the Hutton Inquiry. He was asked to set up a high-profile learning programme for every new journalist and every new editorial leader in BBC journalism (the biggest of its kind in the world). Andrew also led the team which worked commercially on behalf of the BBC Academy, designing, marketing and running editorial leadership training for major international media organisations in America, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Ireland and Singapore. During this time he also worked with senior teams in each of the BBC’s international hubs. In June 2015 he also took on responsibility for the Academy’s design and delivery of leadership and personal development training while continuing to run the Journalism Foundation programmes.
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.
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.
Fiona Ashe has a 13-year track record in broadcast journalism. She has extensive experience in radio and television, both on air and behind the camera. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her skills as a content creator are applicable to news, programming, digital marketing and storytelling. She has been delivering training in a range of disciplines for the past 11 years.
First Aid Coaching was established in September 2012 to provide a range of Health & Safety training courses for Private Industry, State & Semi-State Bodies and to the Public. They believe their Mantra; “Safety Awareness Saves Lives” can be achieved with the team’s core values of the Right Coaching, the Right People and the Right Partnerships which enables them to deliver great customer service.
Garrett Harte is a multi award-winning senior media executive with over two decades of experience in the broadcast industry. As former Editor-in-Chief of Newstalk, Garrett has led and shaped the national current affairs debate on critical political, social and cultural events for many years, and during this time has worked with a host of leading Irish broadcasters including Ivan Yates, Claire Byrne, George Hook and Pat Kenny. During this time he also coached and managed scores of producers, researchers and reporters, many of whom are key leaders in Ireland’s broadcast media today.
Over 25 years ago, Gerardine Lally formed a company to specialise in communications that includes everything from training, personal development, to stakeholder engagement, special projects, tenders and bids. Her unique training style and proven track record makes her an expert at helping companies and professionals reach their greatest potential through dynamic and impactful communications. Gerardine has consulted and conducted training seminars and workshops across the world for hundreds of high-profile clients from professional services, medical device, pharmaceutical, manufacturers, technology firms and telcos.
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.
Jane has been a working journalist for more than 20 years. She began her career in Independent Radio before moving to the BBC where she’s done just about every job you can do from Reporter, Presenter to Producer in BBC Radio and Television. Her last leadership role was as Editor of Television and Text Services for BBC West managing a 100 strong team of production and resource staff.
Joanne Kearney is managing director of digital analytics consultancy firm GlowMetrics. The business started in 2013 and has grew to become the only agency in Ireland to be certified by Google Analytics in their full suite of products. Operating from Belfast and Dublin, GlowMetrics helps companies collect, evaluate and visualise visitor data, collected from website and apps to build customer stories and use it to optimise online journeys. Joanne specialises in Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Data Studio and Search Marketing training and has developed the Glow Academy- a 6 part course designed around the Google Analytics IQ certification.
Liam Thompson is a highly experienced radio programmer and audio creator who has worked in multiple markets across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Middle East working with radio stations and a broader range of audio which includes podcasting, niche stations and social media as content has become increasingly atomisable.
In 2018 I set up Liam Thompson Consulting which now works with clients in Ireland and the UK, in radio and audio production and online content. Among the services offered are strategic consulting, talent coaching and creative solutions for Sponsorship and Promotions.
A creative approach to clients and brands delivers real engagement and positivity from an audience, among the many successful station promotions I’ve created was the 2019 Best Station Promotion at the IMRO Awards for a Red FM competition called "Can - a - Da". Liam Thompson Consulting creates custom sponsorship and promotion mechanics, from the original idea right through to promo scripting and on air execution.
Patrick Haughey is an award-winning radio and podcast producer. He has produced some of Ireland’s leading shows, including Matt Cooper’s ‘Last Word’ on Today FM, Ireland Unfiltered with Dion Fanning, The Big Bite with David McWilliams, and Niall Power’s Beat Talk on Beat 102 103.
Patrick is currently Senior Producer of Mario Rosenstock’s Sunday Roast on Today FM and Managing Director of AudioBrand – an audio marketing and communications agency that helps companies win more business through the power of podcasting.
Ralph Van Dijk, Founder and Creative Director Eardrum. “Ralph is widely regarded as a global authority on radio and audio creative. He started his career as an agency writer and started winning awards right away. He formed his audio specialist agency Eardrum in London, and they work with multi-national brands and their agencies turning great ideas into well-crafted gong-magnets, as well as producing branded audio content. Today Ralph is the world’s most awarded radio writer / director and his company Eardrum have been voted LIA’s Radio and Audio Agency for the last three years running. Each year they are behind many of the most awarded radio campaigns at Cannes, D&AD, One Show etc etc. His passion is fueled by a determination to explore, innovate and subvert using sound. One day his Mother will know what he does for a living.”
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.
Wytse Vellinga - MobileStorytelling is a trainer and award winning broadcast journalist from the Netherlands. In the past 15 years he worked for Dutch public broadcasting and covered the North of the Netherlands. He was the first to use the mobile phone on a daily basis for covering the news for radio and tv in his country. In 2016 he started a training company focussing on How to tell a Story and on the use of mobile technology for radio, tv and online publications.