Connecting Business – Growing Opportunities

Meet the Committee… Judith O’Leary, Director

Causeway’s strength lies in its network of experienced committee members across all of its three regions. In Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland our committees work hard to consolidate business connections and open up new opportunities for our members.

Causeway Director Judith O’Leary is responsible for setting the course of the organisation. As MD of Represent, an Edinburgh-based PR and digital media agency, she is ideally placed to coordinate the rollout of Causeway’s directives through various communication channels.

We spoke to Judith to find out more about her role, the benefits of a Scotland-Ireland relationship and why you should get involved with Causeway.

What does your role on the committee at Causeway entail?

“My position on the Causeway Board is to set the overall strategic direction of the organisation. I support the regional committees and staff in delivering the overall plan across events, fundraising and communications.

“I also represent the groups at various official events and have particular responsibility for the Edinburgh committee.”

How did you become involved with Causeway?

“It was a personal invitation from Prof Martin Tangney from Celtic Renewables who felt my communications skills would be of benefit to the Edinburgh committee. I was appointed to the Causeway Board in 2008.”

What do you hope to achieve during your time on the Causeway committee?

“It is a fast-paced organisation and its strength is its ability to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. We have great support from the Scottish and Irish Governments and they value the role we are playing in developing business relationships on both sides of the Irish Sea.

“The role of the Directors is to maintain the energy and enthusiasm of our Committees while creating a robust structure that keeps us focused – it’s all about the results after all!”

Tell us a little about your professional background. What is your current role? What has your career progression been? Any career highlights?

“I am the founder and managing director of Represent– a digital and PR agency based in Edinburgh. I have always worked in PR, but the media landscape has changed so dramatically that I feel every day is a school day.

“Highlights include rebranding from O’Leary PR in 2017 and opening our office in the centre of Edinburgh – it has given us a great base from which to grow.”

What, in your opinion, are the strengths of the Scotland/Ireland/Northern Ireland relationship?

“Without doubt it is the ability to ‘crack on’. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but still manage to achieve great things. There is a real ambition amongst businesses in Scotland and Ireland and so many examples of successes.”

What are three benefits of joining Causeway?

“It is the best networking group I have ever been involved with – straight talking and action-driven but with a real sense of humour. We’re here to do business: ‘How can we help you run a more successful business?’ best sums up the vibe from our events – it’s very refreshing.”

What Causeway event are you most looking forward to in 2019?

“The awards – they represent a fantastic way of raising your profile and they are growing in reputation.”

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from another Causeway member?

“Just ask and we’ll see if we can help.”

Would you like to find out who else is on the Causeway committees? Take a look here at our Directors and Committees. To find out more about becoming a member of Causeway, take a look at membership options today.

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