My story so far
Browsing through my profile on LinkedIn you would find a puzzling mix of people in my network. There are radio producers and zookeepers, technologists and teachers, conservationists and communicators. It reflects a career that has taken me from programme production at Ireland’s national classical radio station to the alumni office of the world’s foremost international school, with stops along the way at an industry consortium developing technical standards, the European zoo association and the organization working for public service broadcasters in Europe.
At each stage I have been appointed either to a newly created position or a redefined version of a pre-existing role. And in each case I’ve successfully developed strategies, tools and messaging that had a transformational impact on how that organization engaged with its community and stakeholders. I’m proud to have had a positive impact for these organizations that each do important work in their respective domain.
Speaking to Ecolint colleagues about the school’s alumni programme, November 2015.
I come from Ireland and spent most of my childhood in a coastal town just south of Dublin. An undergrad degree in Communications Studies was followed by a master’s degree in Science Communication, after which I set off on my winding career path, applying my communications skills across what has turned out to be a diverse range of subjects.
Along the way I also spent a year as a professional travelling musician. Aside from allowing me to travel widely in Europe and the USA, it was also the year in which I met Nadine, who became my wife in 2009. We are fortunate to live in the wonderful community of Vich with our sons Robert (born 2011) and Declan (2014). Music still plays a big role in my life and I also enjoy my weekly run out on the football field.
1997: BA in Communications Studies, DCU
1998: MSc in Science Communication, DCU
1999-2002: RTÉ Lyric FM, Limerick
2002-2003: Travelling troubadour / freelance communications
2004-2009: DVB Project, Geneva
2009-2011: European Association of Zoos & Aquaria, Amsterdam
2011-2014: European Broadcasting Union, Geneva
2014-2017: International School of Geneva
My life as an independent communications consultant began in October 2016, when I reduced my hours at the International School of Geneva (where I was managing the alumni community) to set out on this new adventure. I have been fully independent since April 2017 and have enjoyed working for a diverse group of clients.