The directors and senior management of MKC Communications, Tim Kinsella, Laurie Mannix and Lorraine Higgins are among the most experienced professionals in the media, communications and public affairs sectors and, along with other experienced staff, have advised on communications around some of the most high profile corporate and public sector developments in Ireland in recent years.
Tim is Managing Director of MKC Communications. Since the early 1990s, he has managed long term public relations and media relations programmes for a range of high profile multinational and indigenous client organisations. His expertise ranges across the corporate, financial, information technology, energy, media, research, transport, education and agri-business sectors.
Tim provides strategic communications advice to companies around issues ranging from corporate restructuring, industrial relations, insolvency (receiverships / examinerships) and market repositioning to expansion programmes and ongoing reputation management advising and assisting top level management in each instance.
He is skilled and experienced in crisis management techniques and provides communications training to senior executive teams in this area.
He and his team also provide full marketing and communications programmes to clients.
Tim is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, a member of the Emergency Planning Society of Ireland and the National Union of Journalists. A Political Science and Philosophy Graduate of UCD, he has a Masters Degree in Business Studies, specialising in Management and Organisation Studies.
He was a Board member of the Public Relations Consultants Association from 2005 – 2009 and is a former chairman of the PRCA.
Laurie Mannix is one of Ireland’s most experienced PR practitioners with over twenty five years experience in Ireland’s public relations industry.
She advises the CEOs of some of Ireland’s leading multinational and indigenous companies, providing strategic insights in corporate communications and reputation management.
She has considerable expertise developing communications / corporate branding programmes to help clients achieve their business objectives. Her marketing background means she has a particularly keen insight into the role of public relations within the overall marketing mix.
Much of her work is in media relationship management. She also provides crisis management advice in relation to mergers & acquisitions, environmental / industrial accidents, closures / redundancies and community relations issues.
Laurie is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. She is former chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) which is the professional association of Ireland’s leading PR companies. In this role she led the industry’s response to Government proposals on the introduction of a Register of Lobbying.
Laurie is a board member of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) the leading charity which provides residential and community support to those with an acquired brain injury and their families.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Marketing) degree from the University of Limerick.
Lorraine Higgins is Director of Strategy and Public Policy of MKC Communications. A former Senator and CEO of Retail Excellence she has extensive experience in strategic development, leadership and management and has contributed at the highest levels of business life and public representation.
Lorraine will provide high-level insights to clients across a wide range of industry sectors with a specific focus on strategic advisory services and corporate communications.
She has considerable knowledge of the workings of the political and administrative process both in Ireland and Brussels and has served on four departmental advisory committees on Business, Brexit, Retail and Skills.
Lorraine has extensive experience of developing effective campaigns to support business and shape public policy and opinion and was rated the second most influential member of Seanad Éireann in 2014. She was also named by the Irish Times as one of the Top 50 People to Watch in 2016.
She is a member of the Former Irish Parliamentarians Association, a member of the Australian Embassy’s Gender Equity Committee and the Institute of Directors. She has also served as a Director of eCommerce Europe in Brussels which represents the interests of 75,000 businesses throughout the European Union.
Lorraine is currently Honorary Consul (designate) of Slovakia and plays a role in the economic and cultural development of the relationship between the Slovak Republic and Ireland.
She holds a Barrister-at-Law Degree from The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political and Social Science from NUI Galway.