Emily Maher - Senior communications professional, experience in media relations, internal communications, strategic and crisis communications

Senior Account Manager at First Medical Communications



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Senior communications professional, qualified to MA level, with proven experience over of using targeted public relations strategies to achieve results for a range of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

I have worked in a number of high-profile communications agencies in Dublin - now employed by Carr Communications. As part of this role, I am currently seconded on a part time basis to the press office of An Garda Síochána as Public Relations and Internal Communications Manager.

My experience in public relations and communications strategy developement and implementation is wide-ranging and covers media relations, event management, sponsorship management, media training, crisis management, corporate communications, social media and internal communications.

Emily Maher's Professional Experience

2011 - Present

First Medical Communications - Senior Account Manager

Part of the M and C Group, First Medical Communications is Ireland’s largest specialist medical and consumer healthcare public relations and communications agency.

I provide public relations and strategic communications campaign management for a range of clients including product launches, disease awareness campaigns and stakeholder relationship management.

2009 - 2011

An Garda Síochána - Public Relations and Internal Communications Manager (part-time secondment)

I lead a dedicated team in the Garda Press Office which is responsible for developing integrated and proactive external and internal communications strategies to support operational and strategic objectives.

Key Skills
Dedicated proactive
2008 - 2011

Carr Communications - Senior Account Manager

I'm a Senior Account Manager with Carr Communications Ltd., one of Ireland’s longest-running communications companies. I offer strategic communications counsel to various high profile organisations in the private, public and NGO sectors. I manage a range of accounts and work on new business development. I am seconded on a part time basis to provide public relations and internal communications support to a major client.

Key Skills
Account Manager Business Development Corporate Communications Event Management strategy
2005 - 2008

MKC Communications - Senior Account Manager

I worked on a variety of corporate and consumer accounts in the food and beverage, technology, education, transport, electricity and charity sectors. I was promoted from Account Manager in 2007.

2002 - 2005

Heneghan PR - Senior Account Executive

I worked across all accounts at Heneghan PR, providing support to other team members. I was promoted from Account Executive in 2004.

Emily Maher's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - Public Relations

Dublin Institute of Technology


Bachelor/Degree - English Studies

Trinity College Dublin


second level/high school education -

Loreto High School, Beaufort

Emily Maher's Additional Information


I am an active member of La Touche Players and my other hobbies include reading, cinema, theatre and jogging.

I worked as part of a team to publish and promote a collection of new writing in aid of Habitat for Humanity, in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre.

I have conversational Irish, French and German. I hold a Diploma in Speech and Drama - Teacher, awarded by Royal Irish Academy of Music.


An active council member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, I have been Honorary Treasurer since January 2011.

I have also served as Honorary Secretary, (December 2009 to December 2010) and Chair of the Member Services Sub-Committee (November 2007 to December 2010).