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 - director & founder

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Chris Brown is a Director and Founder 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 - director & founder

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Arlene O’Connor is a Director and Founder 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 - CLIENT EXECUTIVE

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JASON ASHFORD IS A 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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jayne mcglaughlin - CLIENT EXECUTIVE

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Jayne Mcglaughlin IS A CLIENT EXECUTIVE AT BROWN O’CONNOR COMMUNICATIONS.

Jayne has a wealth of experience in Communications, Research, Political Monitoring and Issues Management.

A former political party staffer and press officer, she has close links with elected representatives, decision-makers and stakeholders.  Her time working in the Assembly has also enabled her to also develop excellent links with the Assembly Research and Committee Teams.

Her attendance at All-Party Political Meetings and briefings means that she has a broad experience of inter-party relations.

Having previously led on political and media monitoring, she is acutely aware of the issues impacting Northern Ireland and uses this information to guide organisations and create impact. 

Her eye for detail and her experience of working with legislation means that she has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Northern Ireland Assembly, as well as the legislative processes across different jurisdictions.

Jayne holds a MA in Legislative Studies and Practice with Distinction and a First Class Honours BA in History and Politics, both from Queen’s University Belfast. She was awarded the Hay Wilford Prize in 2015 for being the highest scoring student on her Masters Programme.