Gareth Brown


LK Communications today named a new addition to its senior team.


The leading public relations agency, which counts Lidl Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast among its strong mix of public and private sector clients, said it had appointed Gareth Brown as a Client Director with immediate effect, bolstering its expertise and capacity in corporate and government communications, issues management, stakeholder engagement and public affairs.


With proven expertise in a range of areas and a former CIPR ‘Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year’, Gareth returns to Northern Ireland after nearly a decade in Scotland and London.


A former associate at a leading strategic communications consultancy in Edinburgh, Gareth was also a Scotland media and campaigns advisor for the UK Cabinet Office and No. 10 Downing Street. He is a regular commentator in print and broadcast media.


Gareth’s background in government and private sector corporate communications, notably in legal and business public relations, will support LK Communications Managing Director Nikki Larkin and Board Director David Cullen as part of a newly-strengthened senior team which also includes accomplished Client Director Geri Wright.


Welcoming the appointment, Nikki Larkin said:

“In an enormously challenging business environment overcome with uncertainty, and where the demand for quality, insight-based communications solutions has never been more critical, we are delighted to add new strength and capabilities to our leadership team at exactly the right time.  A talented and strategic communicator with a proven track record, I’m delighted to confirm Gareth’s appointment and to welcome him to the team.”


Established in 2005, the multi award-winning agency which has a full team of 13 staff and secured two Gold Awards at the most recent CIPR PRide Awards, provides a full service offering in B2B and B2C strategic communications, creating impactful, creative and integrated campaigns for a strong mix of public and private sector clients including Lidl Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast.


The company also counts Galgorm Collection, Lookers plc and Charles Hurst Group, Wirefox Investments including CastleCourt Shopping Centre, Rainbow Communications and a number of leading council authorities across Northern Ireland and England among its strong client roster. It was recently appointed by Aflac NI, a subsidiary company to major US insurance brand Aflac and Fortune 500 company, to support its brand communications.


“We have a vibrant and strong communications offer powered by research, quality insights and media relations which builds outstanding brand strategies and impactful campaigns that deliver results. Growing our in-house capabilities at this time means we’re stronger than ever to meet the many communications challenges and opportunities ahead,” Nikki said.


LK Communications is also Chaired by John Keane, CEO of sister company Ardmore, one of the UK and Ireland’s top marketing and advertising agencies which is also a member of Worldwide Partners Inc., a global collaboration of more than 80 leading independent agencies worldwide.