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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Laura Quilty is a children’s entertainer operating under the name of ‘Loopy La’. She has been delighting children with her face painting and balloon modeling for many years. She loves what she does and you can really see this in the work she produces, which is of very high standard. Laura previously spent a long time working for 98FM in all aspects of radio. Her love of all things artistic found expression in her final role there as web designer. However, it is her children’s entertainment business, which marries her two main passions – children and art.
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.
Damian Scott/WORDFOOD, has been a professional copywriter for nearly 30 years, working in major UK ad agencies (McCann Erickson, TBWA/Tequila, Euro RSCG) and providing creative input into ad campaigns for Audi, VW, Skoda, HSBC, BT, Halifax, Costa Coﬀee, Hertz, Experian, Open University, The National Trust, AXA, Marks and Spencer and many others.
He’s also been Creative Director for several ad agencies and helped to launch his own agency Cactus Creative back in 1999.
He now acts as a freelance creative consultant and copywriter with a major emphasis on radio. He not only continues to write radio campaigns, but works closely with stations and radio media groups to deliver training and advice on both the briefing and creative processes.
In Ireland Damian has worked regularly with Dublin’s Q102, FM104, Sunshine and Classic Hits as well as U105 in Northern Ireland.