John is a founder member and Managing Director of Persuasion Republic. He is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading experts in strategic communications and campaigning for non-profit organisations. He has worked on communications and fundraising projects for the Irish Cancer Society, Trócaire, Concern, Society of Vincent DePaul, Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Temple Street Foundation, Department of Health and Children, National Council for the Blind (NCBI), IMPACT, Threshold, Focus, Our Lady’s Hospice and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. He recently produced the first ever Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration Event in the RHK. This was an event to mark the first anniversary of the Irish Traveller Ethnicity Bill. He has led seminars and workshops in communications and provided training in advocacy and fundraising.
Prior to working at Persuasion Republic John was MD at Public Communications Centre (1995-2012) , an affiliate of Public Media Centre in San Francisco, one of North America’s premier public advocacy agencies. Before then he was MD of The Graphiconies, (1992-1995) a very unique graphic design studio based in Dublin that specialised in the cultural sector with over 50 clients including all the major cultural institutions.
Before working in the non-for-profit communications and fundraising sector John worked extensively in the cultural sector. He was a founding member and Managing Director of The Passion Machine, founder and MD of King Farouk (Publisher of the Commitments), founder and MD of the SFX Centre and Amnesty Education (publishing arm of the organisation). Today John works on projects with the photojournalist Derek Speirs, the artist/teacher Jole Bortoli and the writer Roddy Doyle. He is currently Executive Producer of The Commitments Musical which has been produced in the West End and toured the UK and Ireland and is due back on tour in the near future. He was also a founding board member of Fighting Words and sat on the board for 10 years (2007-17)
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