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Ellen Gunning

CEO at The PR Training Academy

Dublin, Ireland

Ellen Gunning MA, MIAPR, FPRII, NUJ has 30+ years experience in the communications industry as a PR consultant, author, media commentator, spokesperson, trainer and broadcaster.

Ellen is a director of the PR Training Academy, a online membership organization, which offers bite-sized, communications courses to professionals working in the industry worldwide and SME owners globally.
She is also a director of the Irish Academy of Public Relations (, a specialist communications college with 25+ years’ experience of teaching PR, journalism, event management, radio and television, online, in 6 languages, across 50 countries. The Academy has a joint venture in the Middle East, Orient Planet Academy, with Orient Planet PR ( Corporate training is offered through

Ellen is chairperson of 103.2 Dublin City fm radio station ( and a member of the executive council of the European Association of Distance Learning (

Ellen Gunning is a regular contributor to breakfast television, in particular “Making the News” on Virgin Media One TV. She produced, directed and presented her first video documentary (sponsored by KPMG) in April 2019.

Ellen has handled PR for national and international clients in politics, business, the arts and charity sectors for over 20 years. She now exclusively handles crisis communications across a range of sectors.

She is author of three books: Public Relations a practical approach (3rd. Edition, Macmillan International Higher Education, London, November 2018), Capital Women of Influence (Liffey Press, 2009) and 10 Red Hot Tips to Promote your Business (Mercier Press, 2016).

Ellen is a national past-president of the International Public Relations Association and former Chairman of the National PR Institute's Education Council.

She received a journalism award from the European Parliament, a Fellowship from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and international recognition from the Nigerian Event Management Association.

Ellen is highly regarded as a motivational speaker ( She is a regular guest speaker at Globe Business College in Munich ( Ellen was invited to speak at the 2019 Mumbrella CommsCon in Sydney, Australia (, the largest PR conference in the Asia-Pacific region.

Available For: Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Dublin, Ireland
Speaking Topics: Global communications trends, thought leadership, women in leadership

Ellen Gunning Points
Academic 0
Author 60
Influencer 83
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 143

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Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Communications
Theatre: Europe
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed
Media Experience: 30+ years

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
CSR 43.59
Public Relations 41.60
Risk Management 37.11

Industry Experience

Higher Education & Research
Professional Services


1 Book
Public Relations - a Practical Approach; 10 Red Hot Tips to Promote your Business; Capital Women of Influence.
Red Globe Press
September 01, 2019
Public Relations a Practical Approach is the core text for those studying PR internationally at Diploma, Degree and Masters levels. it is also widely used as an industry reference manual.
10 Red hot Tips to promote your Business is a guidance and skillset text for small to medium sized enterprises.
Capital Women of Influence profiles 13 women across politics, arts, media, business and community who exercise great influence in Dublin City (Ireland).

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Tags: Risk Management, Public Relations, CSR

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