An accomplished senior PR and Communications Director, Olivia has over 20 years’ experience of providing creative and effective Comminications strategies and leadership. Olivia is the MD of Food PR and Communications and sister agency Food Social. Olivia providers consultancy to a wide range of hospitality clients and groups across Ireland.. Olivia works with Michelin starred restaurants, award winning venues, high profile chefs and quality artisan producers become national brands and household names.
She is the communications manager for the award-winning international food symposium Food On The Edge. She won Business Woman of the Year in last years Network Galway Awards and provides mentorship to women in business.
Q 1- How does your normal day begin?
My day begins at 6 am. I love the quiet time in the morning to enjoy a cup of tea before the rest of the house wakes. I’ll take the time to plan out my intent for the day and soak porridge. Then I call the troops – my daughter Rosa, and my son Dylan. If I’m in the mood it’ll be the smell of cinnamon buns that gets them up and not my yelling.
Q 2- What are your biggest daily challenges?
In my job, there can be a lot of unexpected and unplanned elements that come up each day. I’ll check in with my head of PR and then check-in with the head of Social and see if we are on schedule with the weeks work and if there are any foreseeable roadblocks. After that, I will usually have client strategy calls or a zoom mentoring session. The biggest challenge is to stay focused on my priority list and not have other peoples demands derail me but I’ve learnt that’s inevitable so I allow time in my day for firefighting.
Q3- What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety and I love the results we get for clients’ businesses. Whether it’s through mentoring and business strategy work or through a successful campaign. I was born into a small business and I’ve spent my life working with small businesses, the thrill of developing them never grows old for me.
Q 4- What do you do to relax?
I relax by spending time with my family. I love early morning weekend walks with my daughter and our dog by the sea especially if we make it as the sun is coming up. It’s a special time.
Q 5-Favourite staycation destination in Ireland and why?
Inisbofin has long held a space in my heart. The scenery, the food there and the music. I have spent many a weekend lost in a haze of the sea breeze and Atlantic fresh air.
Q 6-Favourite holiday destination worldwide?
Anywhere there is a water park! Visiting a waterpark in the summer sun and screaming like a child on turbulent rides is what memories are made of – usually embarrassing my children by the volume levels I can reach. It’s great fun.
Q 7-Favourite Business motto?
“Two or more people actively engaged in the pursuit of a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude, constitute an unbeatable force” Napolean Hill. I believe that we raise each other to standards otherwise unreachable. Finding a good mentor, someone you can bounce ideas off, someone who can support and encourage, or a business network you can leverage and contribute to is very powerful. Keep reaching out until you find that space that you can both contribute to and contribute to your growth.
Q 8. Advice for young business entrepreneurs?
Keep learning. Keep reading, Stay focused. Stay Humble. Stay confident in your abilities but keep learning. Watch your numbers. Know your profits and be aware of where you are spending your time. Surround yourself with people you aspire to. Stay fit, physically and mentally. Don’t sacrifice everything for your business, life is more than that. Enjoy the ride.