STEVE RAWSON has over 25 years’ experience in the communications industry working primarily in
politics and public affairs. A former political adviser and political communications director, he
worked in Leinster House for over eight years. He now runs his own PR consultancy specializing in
campaigning, media relations, public affairs and event management.
With extensive contacts across the national media and the political establishment, along with a
thorough knowledge of the political process at national, European and local level, he advises senior
politicians, businessmen and celebrities on communications strategy.
He has particular expertise in strategic communications planning and logistics including media
relations, media training, issues management, lobbying, campaigning, profiling organisations, event
and crisis management.
Steve has considerable expertise in Political Communications, particularly the formulation and
implementation of successful election and referendum campaigns as a Director of Elections and
Director of Communications. His most recent successes include Strategic Communications Adviser
on the successful re-election of MEP Nessa Childers to the European Parliament, adviser to USI
President Laura Harmon during the 2015 Marriage Equality campaign and as Media Manager for the
Social Democrats during Election 2016.
Steve’s contribution to professional communications in Ireland was recognized by his colleagues
when he was elected as Honorary Treasurer of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (2008 -2011).
He remained a senior member of the PRII executive for over five years chairing its Public Affairs
committee where he drove the Institute’s campaign for a Register of Lobbyists.
He lectures in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at the Fitzwilliam Institute and has
lectured extensively on Political Communication, Election Campaigning, Public Affairs and Advocacy
at Master’s level.
Steve has worked with a diverse range of clients including: The Green Party, Patricia McKenna MEP,
Nessa Childers MEP, the Labour Party, the Social Democrats, the Irish Wind Energy Association, the
Meath County Enterprise Board, Link Community Development, the Grid Link Action Group, Union of
Students in Ireland, Calor Gas and the 10:10 Climate Change Campaign.