Drury Communications

Our People

Drury | Porter Novelli is a collection of individuals, each bringing our own talent, flair, ingenuity and furrowed brow to every situation. We are consultants but firstly we are people: mums, dads, singletons, travel enthusiasts, artists, social media addicts, politicos, sports enthusiasts and music lovers.

Our widely different experiences enrich an accumulated wisdom, enabling different ways of thinking and ultimately ensuring the best possible service for our clients.

  • Anne-Marie Curran

    Managing Director
    Anne Marie CurranAppointed Managing Director of Drury | Porter Novelli in June 2010, Anne-Marie joined the agency in 2004. Anne-Marie combines her management role with strategic client support on a wide range of assignments and acts as a senior consultant on many of the firm's retained accounts, taking an active role in special project work. She has worked on several large crisis projects in particular those involving litigation and major transactions in the infrastructure, financial services, logistics, and food and beverage sectors. Her work with her favoured charities, the Oesophageal Cancer Fund and Orbis Ireland has seen her make a dress from lollipops and run 10k in Ethiopia. A graduate of University College Dublin (U.C.D), there's a theme of three with Anne-Marie. She hails from Meath, Donegal and Kerry and she holds a DIT Masters in Public Relations, a Kings Inn Diploma in Legal Studies and a Diploma in Life Coaching.
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  • Billy Murphy

    Chairman
    Billy MurphyWith almost 30 years experience, Billy has been at the forefront of the PR industry in Ireland since he co-founded Drury | Porter Novelli in 1989. Always a calm voice, Billy has a unique ability to challenge situations and viewpoints whilst offering balanced, unbiased perspectives of his own. He has worked with and counselled some of Ireland's most influential businesses and their leaders and is much sought after as an advisor in the most difficult corporate challenges. Billy's personal philosophy is to live for today - fitting for a person who works in an industry that throws up new challenges, and opportunities on an hourly basis. Billy is passionate about sports, music, art, family and food.
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  • Breena Cooper

    Client Director
    Breena CooperSelf-proclaimed lover of shoes and addicted to all things beauty-related, Breena is passionate about the fashion and beauty industry. With over 11 years experience in consumer and lifestyle public relations with strong media and blogger relationships, her expertise provides instant PR results for clients. Over the course of her career, she has worked on a wide range of consumer brands including Derma-skincare brands from the L'Oreal portfolio, Vichy and La Roche-Posay, Ireland's largest online department store, Littlewoods Ireland as well as the motor industry and FMCG group United Biscuits. In her spare time Breena supports Leinster, loves experiencing new city-break destinations and can be found enjoying a trad session on a weekend away in Ireland. Breena recently undertook a Diploma in Digital Marketing which included course modules on digital marketing strategy, social media and online PR. Breena also has BBS Degree in Marketing & Languages.
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  • Debbie Carrigy

    Office Support, Drury | Porter Novelli
    Debbie CarrigyManaging front of house for the Drury | Porter Novelli team, Debbie is a dynamic professional who has extensive experience working as a Personal Assistant, PR Executive, Event Manager and Receptionist. Debbie also has a passion for singing and is often heard humming around the office while doing her daily tasks.

    Whilst working for a large Dublin agency, Debbie gained experience in both consumer and public affairs working with clients such as; Kerry Foods, Gillette, O2 (Esat Digifone), MS Society and Esat BT Young Scientist. As a result of her pro-bono work with that agency, Debbie is still a volunteer for Special Olympics since managing the media centre at the World Summer Games in 2003. In recent years she gained experience in the charitable sector while on contract with The Atlantic Philanthropies, a global foundation. An exceptionally skilled organiser with strengths in administration, event management and communications, Debbie is delighted to be back in PR, her first love. She has collected a few Diplomas over the years, in Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Personal & Executive Coaching.

  • Gerry Naughton

    Client Director
    Gerry NaughtonA native of Dublin, Gerry has a wealth of experience in the public affairs arena, straddling the political and public sector environment. He was Political Director at Fine Gael from 2003 to 2008 where he worked closely with the party leadership and contributed to the party's political recovery. During a 20 year career in the civil service he served as a Programme Manager and Private Secretary to a number of Ministers including Charlie McCreevey, John Bruton and Des O'Malley. Gerry was Director of Government and Media Relations at the Institute of Chartered Accountants from 1997 to 2002 and he was responsible for Communications at InjuriesBoard.ie before he joined Drury | Porter Novelli. When he is not tracking the latest developments in political and public affairs, his sporting interests can be summed up in four words - long-suffering, Liverpool, supporter (until September 2011, that list included Dublin!).


  • Grace Carroll

    Client Executive
    Grace CarrollGrace joined the Drury | Porter Novelli team in 2013 after making the transition from marketing into public relations. Her marketing background gave her some fundamental experience in the Irish retail sector where she had an opportunity to work with interesting brands predominately in the technology sector. Through her work she dealt with clients on a daily basis, working on everything from product research, developing marketing strategies, to monitoring product launches, she enjoys nothing more than the challenge of a new project and the buzz of the Irish consumer. Grace loves social media and is a huge fan of observational tweets and anything quirky.

    Grace travelled extensively with her family during her childhood and considers herself a ‘citizen of the world’ who loves experiencing new cultures and chasing the sun. She is extremely passionate about sports and has been an active player of rugby union for over ten years and more recently tag rugby and touch rugby. Outside the oval ball sports she loves trying new hobbies with her most recent adventures including climbing and archery.

    Grace holds an MA in Public Relations and a BA in Marketing from DIT.

  • Iarla Mongey

    Director
    Iarla MongeyIarla Mongey is one of the most insightful advisers on the Irish political establishment. A Mayo native, Iarla attended University of Limerick and NUI Galway and began his career in broadcast journalism in Galway and Limerick before moving on to RTE in the mid 1990's. He later served as political correspondent with INN and from there moved into government communications as the Deputy Government Press Secretary from 2000 to 2005. Based at Government Buildings for over five years, Iarla served as the senior political press adviser to Mary Harney in her capacity as Minister for Enterprise and subsequently Minister for Health. He joined Drury | Porter Novelli as its Head of Public Affairs in 2005 and was appointed to the company's Board in 2007. Iarla brings a discrete and highly informed perspective on the workings of Government, the Oireachtas and the Public Service and advises clients on public affairs, stakeholder engagement and reputation management. Iarla is an avid fan of rugby as well as sailing and has also been known to participate in the occasional triathlon.
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  • John Byrne

    Client Manager
    John ByrneJohn joined Drury | Porter Novelli as a client manager in October 2013 having worked for over three years as a policy and media advisor in Leinster House for a Government TD. This work involved extensive interaction with stakeholders such as Ministers, their advisors and the media – where relationships and reputation management are key. Working in politics, John honed his skills in initiating and overseeing communications strategies that were both pro-active and re-active - but always defined by professional judgement and strategic focus.

    A graduate of University College Dublin, he holds an honours BA degree as well as an honours Masters in Regional and Urban Planning. John brings to Drury | Porter Novelli his experience in the application of planning policy as well as the engagement aspects crucial to ensuring public support.

    Hailing from Kildare, John is a huge sports fan but his generally positive outlook has been tempered by a prolonged barren spell from his native county in Gaelic Football. History, travel and current affairs are also passions which he will gladly indulge in discussion on at anytime!

  • Karen Ferris

    Client Director
    Karen FerrisKaren has over eight years experience in public relations and has been with Drury | Porter Novelli since 2006. When she's not unplugging mobile phone chargers and costing low-energy light bulbs she's putting her own high energy into her work with clients, profile building for a number of public sector bodies and working with a range of clients across the professional and financial services area. Karen also has a specialist expertise advising on community and media relations for large-scale infrastructural projects. She previously held the exotic role of Political Affairs Advisor with the South Korean Mission to the EU in Brussels but originally hails from Tipperary and is very proud of her roots in the Golden Vale. Karen holds a first class honours degree and masters from the University of Limerick in Public Administration and Peace and Development Studies and is kept active with two young children and a love for politics and sport!
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  • Laura Mannion

    Client Manager
    Laura MannionAdventurer, eco chic and consumer extraordinaire. Laura loves the instant gratification that comes with seeing her clients in the media, knowing the planning, passion and pure grit that it took to achieve. She is passionate about running, food and is full of the Donegal gab. Laura worked in the heart of Ireland's fashion industry before joining the Drury | Porter Novelli team in 2006, which is why she is a perfect fit for consumer clients. Laura holds an honours degree in English and Media Studies from the University of Ulster and an MA in PR from DIT.
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  • Luke McDonnell

    Client Executive
    Luke McDonnellLuke joined the Drury | Porter Novelli team in 2011. Working with consumer, corporate, not-for-profit and healthcare clients, Luke has learned the knack of pitching a story to media and securing coverage for diverse clients. Having travelled the world for two years and worked in a number of roles across different continents, Luke knows the meaning of hard work. If he could go back to one country it would have to be Argentina; the country where he learnt to speak Spanish, and attempted the tango. A personable and old-fashioned guy, he would rather pick up the phone and say hello, than write an email yet has a presence on every social media platform available. Unflappable, driven and determined, Luke is always at hand to help, input and take the initiative to get things done. When not working, Luke volunteers with Dublin Simon Community, frequents the gym and considers himself a connoisseur of Ireland's national drink, tea. A graduate of DIT, Luke holds an MA in Public Relations and a BSc in Retail and Services Management.
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  • Maria Hynes

    Client Manager
    Suzanne MurrayMaria joined Drury | Porter Novelli as client manager in August 2012. With several years PR experience, Maria draws on her architectural background to bring creativity and strategic thinking to her work in corporate and consumer PR. With a calm and balanced approach, Maria strives to achieve the best and most effective results for her clients across traditional and social media.
    With a mild addiction to retail therapy, Maria also enjoys travelling and music, but is at her happiest when heading west to her native Clare for walks on the beach and her mum’s home cooking.
    Maria holds a BSc in Architecture and a diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute.
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  • Martha Kavanagh

    Director
    Martha KavanaghMartha is a director with ten years experience in public relations and reputation management. She is passionate about achieving the very best results for her clients. Martha understands that there's more to PR than column inches, although she's pretty good at achieving these too – she has developed and led several award winning campaigns for her clients in recent years. Prior to joining Drury | Porter Novelli in 2006, she completed Enterprise Ireland's graduate programme and was assigned to their Paris office for two years, where she worked with a range of leading Irish SME clients in the telecoms, ICT and financial services sector, giving her a healthy respect for entrepreneurs and exporting companies and a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to advising her clients. A graduate of DCU, she holds a First Class Honours MA in International Relations, a BA in Applied Languages and is a fluent French speaker. Originally from Wexford, when she's not working, she is partial to yoga, retail therapy and trying out new restaurants in our fair city and further afield, which she tries to offset with bouts of enthusiastic but very slow running!  
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  • Morwenna Rice

    Client Manager
    Morwenna RiceGrowing up with a name that requires a lot of repetition and explanation, Morwenna has an inherent level of patience which she carries throughout her work. Working in corporate, healthcare, not-for-profit and consumer PR, she is passionate about all forms of communications and is challenged and excited by marrying traditional tactics with newer more creative methods. Morwenna loves the 'begin with a blank page' nature of PR, which allows her to bring creative and fresh thinking to all that she puts her hand to. Her curiosity in all things new and different has led to her travelling around the world twice, working in Canada, Australia and New Zealand along the way. lover of rugby and music, Morwenna spends many a winter day shivering in the stands of the RDS and Lansdowne Road while her summer days revolve around festival fields and venues around the country. Morwenna holds an honours degree in Geography and Sociology from UCD and a diploma in PR and event management from Fitzwilliam Institute.
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  • Nicky Crichton

    Brand Communications Director
    Breena CooperNicky has worked with some of the world’s largest and most recognisable brand names, developing strategic brand and integrated PR campaigns. With over 15 year’s experience, her areas of expertise include FMCG, retail, lifestyle and travel sectors. Nicky has a proven track record in creating and delivering innovative PR campaigns and has been awarded several PRCA Awards of Excellence.

    Nicky is a graduate of Trinity College, holds a first class Diploma in Public Relations, and is a Full Member of the PRII. Prior agency experience includes working with MCSquared, Grayling PR and Fleishman Hillard.
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  • Paddy Hughes

    Director
    Paddy HughesDriven and determined, Paddy brings a tangible sense that he cares and that it matters to every client situation he enters; with Paddy it is always 'we'. His business focus is corporate reputation management and financial PR. An Offaly native and Kildare resident, Paddy has 20 years experience and has been part of the Drury | Porter Novelli team for over 16 years, during which he has been a pivotal player in some of the most exciting developments in Irish business. From 2003 to 2012, he put his commitment to PR to use as a member of the National Council of the Public Relations Institute and served a two year term as its national President.
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  • Sinead Birt

    Finance Director
    Sinead BirtFinance Director and company Secretary, Sinead joined Drury | Porter Novelli in 2007. Sinead has 12 years experience in finance, and is responsible for the financial and commercial management of all aspects of the business in addition to all governance and company secretarial duties. Alongside her core role, Sinead manages the support services of the business including IT and HR.

    Sinead’s attention to detail and great understanding of the role of communications in business make her a valued support to our clients as well as guaranteeing the excellent financial performance of Drury | Porter Novelli. Prior to joining Drury | Porter Novelli, Sinead held finance positions in the banking and energy sectors in Ireland.

    Sinead holds a BSc in Finance from Queens University Belfast, is ACCA qualified and a fellow member of the ACCA.

  • Suzi Murray

    Client Manager
    Suzi MurraySuzi joined Drury | Porter Novelli in November 2011 having previously worked with the international humanitarian organisation GOAL, where she worked as a fundraising officer. Her exposure to creative thought processes and methods implemented everyday by doctors, nurses and engineers working in the developing world left her with a passion for and understanding of the importance of innovation and creative thinking. A social media enthusiast, Suzi is also passionate about two things in life, travel and sport. Suzi holds an honours degree in Social Science from UCD and a Diploma in Event Management from Fitzwilliam Institute.
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