Co-Founder & Partner
Co-Founder & PartnerA founding partner of Lanyon, Katie Doran is one of the most experienced communications specialists in Northern Ireland. She has over twenty years’ experience advising many of Northern Ireland’s leading firms across a multitude of sectors. These include law and accounting firms, financial institutions, utilities, charities, technology companies and real estate investors.
She regularly acts as a strategic advisor to CEOs and senior leaders across a range of internal and external communication themes, including strategy, culture, leadership communications, stakeholder engagement and issues management.
Katie has acted as a lead advisor on a number of high profile serious situation issues, and is regarded as a “go to” person for issues management in Northern Ireland. She is also widely renowned for her knowledge of the real estate investment sector and placemaking and has unparalleled expertise and experience in working closely with institutional investors and developers across office, residential, mixed use and regeneration developments in the UK and Ireland.
Katie is a member of the Connect Leadership Team at Catalyst Inc, the Communications Leadership Group at Business in the Community, and she also sits on the CBI Economic Affairs Committee in NI.
Co-Founder & Partner
Co-Founder & PartnerA founding partner of Lanyon, Jonathan has worked with leading retail banks, international law firms, investment funds and utilities, as well as a diverse portfolio of blue chip companies drawn from a range of other business sectors in the UK, Ireland and further afield.
He advises clients on a wide portfolio of issues to support their business growth and success – including cultural change management and business transformation; business development and stakeholder engagement; investor relations; media relations and marketing; reputation/issues management; and sponsorship/partnership management.
Jonathan sits on the Boards of Thrive Audience Development, Crimestoppers and The Ireland Funds Young Leaders in Northern Ireland. He is a member Council of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Confederation of British Industry [CBI] 35 Under 35 Committee and is a Governor at Strathearn School. He was named by Business First in the ‘Top 40 Under 40’ 2016 and 2017.
Senior Client Director
Senior Client DirectorAs a former business and financial journalist with over 17-years’ experience, David brings his content development, writing and media experience to bear for clients ranging from professional services, technology, financial services, education, energy, real estate and agri-food.
David has an unapparelled global media contact base which gives Lanyon clients a distinct advantage when reaching international audiences. He is an expert at making the complex simple given his innate ability in tackling complicated subject matter and simplifying to reach wider audiences.
Starting his career in the agri-food sector, David moved to London to work for Dow Jones Newswires for eight years, progressing to news editor for energy market, contributing daily to the Wall Street Journal and appearing regularly on financial news channel CNBC. After moving back to Northern Ireland, David worked as Group Business Editor at The Belfast Telegraph and editor of Ulster Business magazine, while also presenting twice-daily business news slots for Downtown Radio and Cool FM and as a freelance contributor to publications ranging from BBC to The Wall Street Journal.
David sits on the board of Crimestoppers Northern Ireland.
AssociateGavin joined the Lanyon team in January 2016. He holds a first-class honours degree in Marketing and is an Accredited CIPR PR Practitioner.
AssociateUpon graduating from QUB, Matthew joined Lanyon in 2015 and has a particular focus on PR & media engagement, design and events management.
Client ExecutiveElla joined Lanyon in 2017 from a magic circle law firm. She has a first class law degree from QUB and a MsC in PR & Communications.
Client Team Support
Client Team SupportUpon graduating from the University of Reading Rachel secured an internship with Lanyon, where she is gaining experience in all aspects of PR and communications.
Creative DirectorWith over 10 years experience as a multi-disciplinary designer; Michael has worked in senior management positions with a diverse range of companies from large corporates to start-ups. He has vast experience in the tech-sector and founded technology firm Locate a Locum.