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Patrick Collister

Patrick has worked in advertising for 25 years. He was the Executive Creative Director and Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather for 7 years and the Executive Creative Director of the EHS Brann group. Patrick now runs ‘Creative Matters’; a company that works with some of the UK’s leading agencies and biggest clients to improve their creative output. He wrote ‘The Big Won’, an analysis of great advertising communications. He’s been a Cannes juror twice and was on the executive committee of D&AD until 2006. Patrick has won a string of awards including Cannes Gold, Creative Circle Gold, British TV Awards, Campaign Press Awards and a Silver from the ILR Radio Awards. Find out more about Patrick at

Catherine Donnelly

Award-winning Irish Senior Copywriter, Catherine Donnelly will be joining us the  day. She will be giving a session on her personal experience with writing  radio advertising in Ireland, tips for producing, directing and getting the best performance out of VOs.

Catherine Donnelly has been a writer in advertising for many years,  working on virtually every product and service including Ballygowan and Ryanair – winning for each of them at two NNI Awards.

She also worked on Barry’s Tea for many years creating several of their TV commercials and is flattered that many people think of her ‘Train Set’ radio commercial for Barry’s ‘as part of Christmas.’

She was chairperson of The Rough Magic Theatre Company for 12 years and is still an associate member of that company. Catherine also serves on the Board of the Gaiety School of Acting.

Lizzie Sherwood-Smith

Lizzie is hosting this event, because she organised one last year; ‘Righter Writing’, and really enjoyed it! This time the focus is radio, a medium Lizzie would like to get the opportunity to work in more…

Lizzie is a Senior Copywriter at ICAN where she has worked for 8 years. Last year, Lizzie was been part of the creative team that won 3 awards for Social Media campaigns: a silver shark for Pizza Hut Delivery at the Kinsale Shark Awards, and an ICAD Bronze and Best Social Media Campaign at the Irish Web Awards for Bulmers Pear.

Find out what ICAN are up to at See some of Lizzie’s work at