Brown O’Connor is a full-service communications consultancy specialising in Public Affairs, Media Relations, Reputation Management, Planning and Property PR, Stakeholder Engagement, Litigation PR, Issues Management and Crisis Communications. 

Brown O’Connor is an ambitious and trusted communications consultancy run by two of Northern Ireland’s leading practitioners. We help our clients gain impact and outcomes through specialist insight and influence with decision makers. We have a growing track record for managing and delivering complex communications solutions for some of the UK and Ireland’s leading business organisations, charities, trade bodies, interest groups and public sector organisations.

Our insight and influence has been developed over a combined 20 years of experience in Belfast and London, working with the highest profile clients on nationally significant campaigns. Our specialism in lobbying and media relations for private sector companies and organisations shows that we have the ability to create impact on demanding issues.

From political intelligence gathering, right through to strategic advice on politics or the media to Chief Executives, Chairs and Heads of Function, we have the drive, determination and energy to ensure that clients develop a level of trust in Brown O’Connor Communications that is unparalleled.

 
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chris brown - Joint Managing director

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Chris Brown is Joint managing director of Brown O'Connor Communications.

A seasoned all-rounder, he is best known for his specialisms in Public Affairs, Corporate PR, Property & Planning PR and Crisis Communication & Issues Management. Chris has 15 years’ experience in London and Belfast working with high profile clients on national and international campaigns.

His ability to set out strategic direction for senior management across the private, public and voluntary sectors in Northern Ireland has gained him trusted adviser status. This is due to his detailed work, integrity, professional approach and a strong commercial focus.

His insight and influence with opinion formers, elected representatives and business leaders means that he can deliver strategies and tactics that have impact and positive outcomes for clients.   

He currently sits as a board member of the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust and the NOW Group, a large social enterprise based in Belfast. In previous years, he has been named in the prestigious PR Week '29 under 29' listing and has won a European SABRE award for his work on bringing IKEA to Belfast.He is also an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Chris holds a MSc in Political Communication and Public Affairs, a BA in Politics and Media and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government, Leaders for Tomorrow Programme at Harvard University.


arlene o'connor - Joint managing director

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Arlene O’Connor is joint managing director of Brown O'Connor Communications.

Arlene has a wealth of experience in Public Affairs, Stakeholder Engagement, Property & Planning PR, Media Relations and Crisis Communication & Issues Management. She has 10 years’ experience working with high profile, world class clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Her drive and focus, as well as her commitment to clients and their strategic objectives means that she forms a crucial part of any client team and can be relied upon to navigate organisations through complex issues and events.

A skilled communicator, her links with influencers, key decision-makers, and elected representatives also means that she can connect individuals and organisations, forming critical relationships that deliver lasting results. 

She currently sits as a board member of Intercomm Ireland, an international conflict resolution organisation based in Belfast. She also sat on the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group for a number of years and is an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Arlene holds a LLM in Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice, and a LLB in Law and Politics from Queen’s University Belfast.


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JASON ASHFORD - SENIOR CLIENT EXECUTIVE

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JASON ASHFORD Is a SENIOR CLIENT EXECUTIVE AT BROWN O’CONNOR COMMUNICATIONS.

Jason has experience in creating and implementing Communication Strategies for a variety of organisations across the private, public and voluntary sector.

With experience in Crisis Communications, Media Relations, Public Affairs and Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Jason has a strong focus on identifying and achieving client objectives through strategic communication. His experience in political monitoring and horizon scanning means he can be relied upon to help organisations deal with multifaceted, difficult issues.

With a keen understanding of the legislative processes in Dublin, London, Belfast and Brussels, Jason is a trusted source of advice on influencing decision-makers.

Previously Jason has worked in local government, the arts sector and in political communications. He has extensive experience in using digital and social media, having created engaging content for a diverse range of clients from artists to politicians.

Jason has an Economics Degree from Queen’s University Belfast and a postgraduate diploma in Communications and Public Relations with Political Lobbying from Ulster University. He was awarded the Navigator Blue Integrated Marketing Prize for achieving the highest score in his year and the Science Shop Prize for the communication strategy he created for a leading Irish Charity.


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Rosa O’Farrell - CLIENT EXECUTIVE

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Rosa O’Farrell is a client executive at Brown O’Connor Communications.

Rosa is experienced in Digital Communications, particularly with content creation and management on a number of platforms, for both the public and voluntary sectors.

She has experience in Media Relations, Crisis Communication, Video Filming and Editing, Stakeholder Engagement, Brand Management, Event Management and Internal Communications in the public sector. From her work in the public sector, she has built close links with Chief Executives, Senior Officials and decisions-makers across all levels of government.

From her background in Digital Communications, Rosa also has extensive experience in data analytics, and uses this when implementing communications strategies.

With a keen interest in the political landscape of Northern Ireland and Westminster, Rosa has been able to hone her skills in political and media monitoring for various organisations, which in turn has made her a trusted adviser in the use of proactive and reactive communications.

Rosa holds a BSc with Honours in Public Relations from Ulster University and a Diploma in Professional Practice in which she was awarded a Distinction for her work with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Rosa is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.


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Niall Fields - CLIENT EXECUTIVE

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Niall fields IS A CLIENT EXECUTIVE AT BROWN O’CONNOR COMMUNICATIONS.

Niall is experienced in communications, media relations, stakeholder engagement, political and media monitoring, and political research and analysis.

With a strong understanding of the political and legislative processes in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, Niall can be relied upon to provide sound advice on a variety of issues and challenges.

Having previously worked at a public affairs agency, Niall has extensive experience in political and media monitoring. He is adept at identifying trends, potential challenges and understands how best to respond. Niall also has experience in using social media and can create eye-catching, appealing content.

Niall holds an MA in Irish History with Distinction and a BA in History and Politics, both from Queen’s University Belfast and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.