About the group

CIPR Northern Ireland has around 250 members from students and junior professionals to the most senior practitioners. CIPR NI represents members with all levels of experience and from every sector of the PR industry, whether that’s a member of a small in-house team or an account manager creating global campaigns for a local agency.

As the public relations industry locally continues to thrive, our membership grows year-on-year. CIPR NI members benefit from access to Meet the Media events, networking opportunities and CPD training. The organisation also hosts the annual CIPR NI PRide Awards, the leading awards ceremony in Northern Ireland to honour the best of the area’s PR professionals.

About the Community


Haley Adams

Haley Adams is a Senior Communications Manager at award-winning global PR and content agency Smarts. She joined the team in 2017 and currently works across a variety of accounts including managing fully integrated campaigns. She started her career as a journalist after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Indiana University, and worked as a writer/editor for various regional magazines including New Orleans Magazine.



Nicola Bothwell

Nicola is Chartered in public relations and marketing. A Fellow of CIPR and CIM, Nicola is an independent practitioner and is a Google Squared graduate. She specialises in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, creative campaign implementation, content management and media relations. A member of Lean In, Nicola is a mentor for local Councils in Northern Ireland, sits on the board of East Belfast Enterprise and is a Trustee of Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust.


Brittany Breslin

Vice Chair

Brittany is a Chartered Practitioner and Account Director at award-winning small consultancy Impact Communications. With a decade’s experience working at agencies in Washington, DC and Northern Ireland, Brittany has worked in food, drink and hospitality, events, business services and renewables sectors in the UK, Ireland, and globally. She holds a BA (Hons) in Media Studies from the Catholic University of America and a MA Irish Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. She joined CIPR in 2014 and in 2018 was named Northern Ireland’s Outstanding Young Communicator.

Email: brittany@impact-comms.tv


Rachel Burgoyne

Rachel is Communications Manager for Cancer Fund for Children. She leads a team responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy to position Cancer Fund for Children as the leading children’s cancer charity in Northern Ireland advocating on behalf of young people diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with cancer. She holds an Msc in Communications, Advertising and PR from the University of Ulster and a Professional Diploma in Marketing from CIM. She joined CIPR NI in 2015.



Jill McLernon

Jill is account lead at award-winning agency RNN Communications. Working with an integrated approach, she delivers innovative campaigns for clients across Ireland. A skilled communicator, media liaison and strategic planner, Jill currently works across high profile household names, covering both corporate and consumer sectors. In addition to serving on the CIPR NI committee, Jill is a member of Women in PR NI and sits on the committee for The Young Leaders Conference.

Twitter: @tweet2jill | @rnncomms


Conor McGrath

Conor McGrath is lecturer in Public Relations at Ulster University. He has been a researcher to a British Member of Parliament, a self-employed lobbyist, and public affairs director at a PR agency. He is author of Lobbying in Washington, London, and Brussels: The Persuasive Communication of Political Issues, editor of 6 books, and author of over 30 journal articles and book chapters on lobbying and public affairs. His latest book (co-authored with Kevin Moloney) is Rethinking Public Relations: Persuasion, Democracy and Society, Third Edition.

Email: conor.p.mcgrath@gmail.com


Arlene McPhillips


Arlene has been a Campaigns Manager with the Government Communications Service since 2018, previously working in communications for an all-island organisation for over 15 years. A member of CIPR since graduating from Ulster University with an MSC in Communications, Advertising and Public Relations in 2008, Arlene is also a member of the Northern Ireland Public Sector Communications Forum.

Email: arlene.mcphillips@csscni.or.uk



Jordan Mullan


Jordan is currently working as a Client Executive in Brown O’Connor Communications in Belfast. He predominantly works across corporate PR, media relations, crisis communication and stakeholder engagement. Jordan holds a BSc in Politics and a MSc with Distinction in Communication, Public Relations and Political Lobbying from Ulster University. He joined the CIPR NI committee in 2018.



Chris Pollock

A former CIPR NI Committee Chair, Chris Pollock’s broad career has spanned ten years, four countries and multiple disciplines, including PR, marketing, event management, and sales in agency, freelance and in-house capacities. Having started his PR career in New York, Chris studied in Dublin and worked there for a boutique agency for three years before moving to Australia for four years working for a corporate agency and a fashion brand. Chris returned to Northern Ireland in 2014 and has been the Marketing and Fundraising Executive at Belfast Central Mission since January 2019.


Lisa Rice

Lisa Rice is an accredited PR practitioner with over ten years’ experience in the media and communications industry. Lisa is the Communications and Engagement Manager for the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI). Prior to that, she managed the communications for charity Headway Belfast, worked as a media relations officer in Belfast City Council and supported a number of PR agencies both as a Senior Account Manager and as an independent practitioner. Lisa joined the CIPR committee in 2017.


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