Who we are
We are an award-winning communications and storytelling consultancy that helps you to discover, develop and deliver your story. We offer a range of bespoke training and consultancy services that are underpinned by storytelling and confidence. Our combined experience in media, business and coaching means that we can provide in-depth communications advice, media training, PR and social media services and career coaching to businesses, individuals, organisations and media professionals.
Who we work with
“Confidence is at the heart of everything.”
Natasha is a Director of Stillwater Communications and is one of Ireland’s leading communications experts and confidence coaches. Her background includes working with Carr Communications, RTÉ and Fianna Fáil.
Natasha believes that confidence is essential in all aspects of our lives, and has developed the Art of Confidence workshop which she delivers to organisations. Natasha works with a broad range of clients including large retail brands such as Brown Thomas, VHI, Arnotts and Tesco and NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Barnardos.
Natasha heads up the Stillwater PR team and is responsible for designing and executing Stillwater’s successful PR campaigns and events. These include: Pieta House, Dundalk IT, Ageing Well Network, Elave skincare, food brand Nusli and the education charity Suas. As a native Irish speaker, she has had a leading role in looking at new ways to promote the Irish language and Irish-language organisations such as Foras na Gaeilge and Oireachtas na Gaeilge.
She is a regular keynote speaker at conferences, seminars, and within organisations on topics that include Confidence to Succeed, Presenting with Confidence, What Women Really Want At Work and The Daughterhood. She has delivered keynote speeches at events such as Accenture’s International Women’s Day, Pfizer’s internal staff engagement day and Retail Excellence Ireland’s conference.
Her first book The Daughterhood with Róisín Ingle was a number one bestseller in Ireland and has now been sold to Korea, Italy, Germany, Portugal, South Africa and New Zealand.
She is also an accomplished cook; Asian cooking is her favourite cuisine and her newfound love is the spiralizer.
“Say what you mean, mean what you say.”
Sheena Madden is Senior Account Manager with Stillwater Communications where she has worked with clients such as Plan International Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland, Optimise Design and Senator Joan Freeman in areas ranging from strategising and crisis communications to public relations and event management.
Prior to joining Stillwater, Sheena was a Press Officer with RTÉ, Ireland’s public service media organisation. She has worked on communications campaigns for some of the major social and political events in Ireland over the past decade, such Ireland’s General Elections in 2011 and 2016, the Presidential Election in 2011, RTÉ’s coverage of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and the Marriage Equality Referendum in 2015.
Sheena is also an award-winning documentary producer and journalist. Her radio documentary for RTÉ’s Documentary on One was awarded two silver medals at the 2016 New York Festivals Radio Awards. This year, she is serving as a member of the Grand Jury judging panel at the Festival. She has written for publications such as The Irish Times, RTE.ie, The Globe and Mail, The Dubliner and Totally Dublin as well as culture and music specific magazines such as Irish Theatre Magazine.
She has a degree in Journalism, diplomas in PR and Event Management, a professional diploma in Human Rights and Equality Studies and a certificate in Data Protection Law.
If she had her way, Sheena would have been born into 1920s New York and performed in the Ziegfeld Follies. It didn’t quite work out that way, so she dances her little legs off at gigs around Dublin to all the wonderful live music the city has to offer. She has an impressive collection of red lipsticks.
“Being able to craft, tell and live your story is one of the fundamental pillars of influencing, persuading and leading”.
Cilian is a Director of Stillwater Communications and is one of Ireland’s leading communications and messaging development consultants. He is known for his authenticity, passion and understanding of storytelling and communication, and works with leaders across all sectors in Ireland and internationally. His experience in media, politics, business and the NGO sector has given Cilian a deep understanding of how society works and he uses this understanding to give relevant and timely strategic advice.
Cilian grew up in Connemara in the west of Ireland where he developed a love for storytelling. After travelling extensively as a fisherman and sailor he began a successful career in television. His experiences as producer of the Late Late Show in RTÉ and Head of Programmes in TG4 gave him an insight into communication, connection and engagement with a wide range of audiences. This led him to a further exploration of narrative, mythology and belief systems which he uses widely in his work today.
Cilian has successfully adapted the story model to a business model and now helps companies, teams and individuals to discover, develop and deliver their story effectively. Working with narrative inquiry he guides organisations to find the true story that drives them and helps them articulate it to their various audiences. He works as a strategic advisor, coach and consultant to some of the world’s biggest organisations and has worked with domestic and multinational companies in Ireland, UK, US, Middle East and Asia. He also works with state and semi-state bodies such as the Department of An Taoiseach, ESB, Dublin Bus and RTÉ in the areas of media training, corporate messaging, and communications strategies.
Cilian also has extensive experience coaching start-ups and established businesses that are pitching for investment or growth opportunities. He is a regular contributor to technology incubators and start-up bootcamps in San Francisco, London and Dublin, helping teams to hone their stories and deliver compelling pitches.
Cilian is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in Ireland and abroad and in 2016 was the Creator & Producer of RTÉ’s award-winning Centenary show.
“Know your story or die”
Cilian recently spoke to Evelyn O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1’s Business Show about the importance of Storytelling for Business.
Rebecca Bury joined the Stillwater Communications team in January 2014, having previously worked as an Account Executive for an events and entertainment company.
Since then, Rebecca has managed a number of PR campaigns including Elave skincare, LEO Pharma, Mopsy + Lils, Help Not Harm drug policy reform and The Daughterhood. Rebecca has worked on three Darkness Into Light campaigns, acting as both a project support for national and local PR and a project lead for the international PR.
She is also the Project Director for Stillwater on the FP7 Project Slándáil, an EU collaborative project that is looking at how social media can be used by emergency responders during a natural disaster. Rebecca is a keen singer and Tag Rugby player and loves nothing more than testing out all the fine eateries Dublin has to offer.
Niamh joined the Stillwater Communications team from the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, where she worked as Press and Communications Officer. In 2016, she worked in partnership with Accenture Ireland to publicise the Women on Walls campaign, she also led publicity for the book Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, published with the Irish Times. She previously worked as Campaigns Assistant at See Change, where she secured new partnerships and ambassadors and worked on the development of the Green Ribbon Campaign, Ireland’s national stigma reduction partnership.
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Working with Cilian was a top highlight of Sensassure’s Highway1 experience. His guidance in creating a concise and compelling story has made all members of the team into highly effective communicators and champions of our brand. It’s worth noting that Cilian continues to be a great friend post-program - his warmth of personality is infectious!
Cilian has been pivotal to our success and funding. He helped us initially figure out how to tell our story as a company, which has been fundamental for the communication of our technology to the world. Even more than that he helped us determine how our story is communicated through different platforms, making it possible for us to draw in a huge audience with great interest... any start up would be lucky to have his advice.
If you think you can tell a story you are wrong. Cilian has spend a lifetime studying and thinking about how to tell stories and it shows. An hour with him is worth more than reading several books on story telling and practising in front of several audiences. If you want fast results to improve any story for any situation, work with Cilian.
"Everything Cilian does is with purpose. Regardless of what stage your company is at, if you want to shape your identity and tell a killer story Cillian is your man".
“Working with Stillwater Communications has brought Pieta House’s profile to another level. They bring direction to our campaigns, clarity to our messages and their support and advice on all aspects of our work is invaluable. I truly trust and value their judgement and opinion and I love their sense of humour.”
“Over the past three years, we have rolled out an extensive media training programme in ESB, supported by Stillwater Communications. Over this time, Cilian has proven to be an extremely effective coach and trainer, who has had a real impact at every level of the organisation, from the chief executive down. He has helped us hone our messaging on a very wide range of issues, bringing great clarity and confidence to the organisation.”
“Natasha stole the show at our International Women's Day event with her keynote on The Art of Confidence, delivered to 1,100 people. She is a gifted speaker who connects with her audience in a very engaging way. Highly competent on her subject, she delivered a memorable keynote that really struck a chord - witty, charming and utterly authentic. Can't wait to have the opportunity to work with her again.”
“Stillwater has worked with us in Accenture delivering training and coaching in communications at all levels in the organisation over the last 5 years. There isn't anyone better in this space and the service and true partnership that we receive from Cilian and the Stillwater team is superb. Above all, Cilian constantly challenges us and the audience, thereby helping make the complex simple.”