Ellen Gunning is the founder and director of the Irish Academy of Public Relations, the largest private provider of online public relations, journalism and event management education in Ireland.
Ellen Gunning is the founder and director of the Irish Academy of Public Relations, the largest private provider of online public relations, journalism and event management education in Ireland. The Academy has partner colleges in Greece, Nigeria and the Middle East and has taught courses to over 5000 students, in 6 languages. Additionally, Ellen is a broadcast media journalist, author and accomplished speaker. In 1985, she formed the PR consultancy Elton Communications, which handled a range of clients – individuals, SMEs, semi-state organisations. Over the years, Ellen has handled the publicity for Kerrygold Dublin Horse Show, National Energy Awareness Week and a campaign to elect the President of Ireland.
Ellen has written three books. Her first book, Public Relations: A Practical Approach, is the core text for all courses in PR throughout Ireland. In 2005, Ellen designed postgraduate Higher Diploma courses in PR and Journalism which were validated by HETAC (the Higher Education and Training Awards Council) at Level 8 on the National Framework. Her second book, Capital Women of Influence, profiles 13 women across a range of disciplines who exercise incredible influence over Dublin. Her third book, Ten Red Hot Tips to Promote Your Business, was published in September 2016.
A member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) since the mid 1980s, Ellen is the Chairman of the Board of Dublin City FM radio station where she presents a weekly program – Mediascope. The program puts a spotlight on issues of interest to public relations, journalism and event management practitioners. The show is broadcast on Tuesdays at 1.30pm on 103.2 Dublin City FM and is also available as a podcast.