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.
Rebecca Bury is an expert on all things PR.
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, she 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.
“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.
Sarah oversaw the PR campaign around Darkness Into Light 2015 and 2016, the Pieta House annual fundraising and awareness event. It took place in nearly 120 venues in Ireland and across the world in May 2016.
She began her communications career with Public Affairs Ireland, a publishing and events company, as the editor of all publications including a monthly journal covering a range of legislative, regulatory & public affairs topics.
As part of the Public Affairs team in Wilson Hartnell PR, Sarah worked on various campaigns including on behalf of the European Commission and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
In Stillwater, Sarah also manages a range of PR campaigns for clients from various sectors including charity, health, beauty, tech and interior design.
Sarah holds a BA (Hons) from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an MA (Hons) in International Relations from Dublin City University.
Sarah’s worst enemy is gluten.
Clare is the Office Manager at Stillwater Communications.
She provides support on many aspects of the business and makes sure that the office runs like clockwork. Her responsibilities range from bookkeeping and business development to making clients feel at home at Stillwater.
Her background includes seven long years in the insurance industry, working for a Physiotherapy Clinic and interning for Lulu Guinness in London.
Clare is an avid runner, takes annual trips to juicing retreats and loves interior decorating and handbag purchasing.
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“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.”