Beachhut works with innovative and driven people in the venture backed tech startup sector. Our aim is to deliver the best branding, marketing and communications to clients with the ambition to compete in a global marketplace. Following diverse strategic plans tailored to our client’s aspirations, Beachhut offers a full service media outreach with connections in Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Paul Hayes, CEO Founder
Campaign and Event Strategy and Relationships
At Beachhut, Paul drives strategy for a wide variety of tech clients in multiple verticals and geographies. He is known as one of the best connectors in the Irish tech ecosystem and has mentored over 150 startups through Launchpad, DCU Ryan Academy and the LuceyFund.
Paul has extensive experience in technology communications and notably developed the messaging for early Irish tech success stories such as Havok and Demonware. An accomplished host of many technology events in Ireland and abroad, he has delivered innovative marketing strategies at international trade shows such as GDC and SxSW. He was a founder of Games Ireland.
Originally from Thurles, Paul has lately developed a passion for cycling and does Paris-Nice to support local paralympian, Peter Ryan.
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Liz Flynn, Account Director
B2B & B2C Domestic Communications Strategy
Liz has over 20 years experience in a variety of in-house and agency roles including RTE, IFI, McConnells and running her own PR consultancy with household name Irish and international clients.
She specialises in communications strategy and execution for both corporate and consumer clients and brings to her position a wealth of knowledge in market analysis, strategic planning, product launches and domestic media relations.
Maria Diviney, Account Director
Maria is head of international outreach at Beachhut. Drawing on a wealth of experience in technology communication, she works with clients to boost their thought leadership profiles and secure coverage in high profile international outlets, spanning web, print and TV.
For the past decade she has helped clients communicate with a more global audience. Maria was a partner at Shepard Fox Communications where she managed localised international B2B and B2C strategies for prominent technology multinationals and European institutions like the European Patent Office. For several years, she coordinated global PR strategies for the prestigious European Inventor Award, securing global coverage and attracting the world’s leading technology and science media journalists. Maria is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in public relations and a European Jos Willems PR award winner.
Maurice Collins, Client Services Director
Product Messaging Specialist
Within Beachhut, Maurice works with clients to develop powerful product messaging, in some cases clarifying and building on a strong existing product vision and in other cases working up a product strategy from the concept stage.
Maurice is an experienced executive-level Product Manager with business development and commercial experience across a number of technology sectors. Over the years, he has worked primarily in-house as a Head of Product but is currently working as a Product Management Consultant.
Richard Forde, Account Director
International Communications Expert
Richard is expert in the global technology landscape, having worked across many sectors including technology, media & marketing. He has worked with some of the largest tech companies and influential startups across the globe working to boost their profile through coverage in high profile international outlets, spanning web, print and TV.
Prior to joining our International PR team, Richard has worked at Web Summit, leading on PR activities, strategy, content and media relations. He brokered commercial partnerships with global media outlets like The Washington Post, CNBC, Forbes, Fox News and Vogue. He has dealt with some of the world’s leading tech and business journalists.
Stacey Connolly, Account Manager
Stacey is an expert at developing innovative communications plans for clients and is highly skilled in delivering results across a range of channels. Stacey is also the editor of the Startup Digest Dublin and an active member of the tech ecosystem.
Having completed her postgraduate degree in Digital Marketing from DCU, Stacey worked as a Digital Marketing Consultant helping clients to improve their social media activities and increase brand awareness.
Nicole Jung, Account Manager
European Communications Specialist
Specialised in impactful public relations campaigns in European countries, Nicole has over 16 years experience in international PR, both in-house and agency.
Fully bilingual in English, Nicole has directed PR campaigns across Europe for global clients from a variety of industries such as finance/banking, health and pharmaceutical, energy infrastructure & logistics. Originally from Austria, Nicole loves crafting and executing PR strategies, uncovering the story in what seems boring, copy-writing, high quality localisations in German. Before joining Beachhut’s international PR team, Nicole was leading the Public Relations and Public Affairs Team of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Hazel Conway, Account Executive
Hazel joined the International Team in September 2018. With a background in experiential marketing and events, Hazel’s experience working on integrated communications campaigns covers the technology, health, corporate and consumer sectors.
Having just received Honours in a Masters of Business Management at Trinity College Dublin, Hazel is currently studying Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies at the Harvard Business School online edX course and holds a bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Music from University College, Dublin.
Jennifer Walsh, Account Executive
Jennifer joined Beachhut in January 2019. With a background in international human rights, she is interested in both tech for good and social entrepreneurship. Hailing from New York, she has extensive knowledge of US media.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College and a Masters Degree in International Human Rights specialising in human security and conflict resolution from the University of Denver. While at the University of Denver, she was heavily involved in communications work for student organisations.