PRII Fellow Profile - Sarah Dempsey

Sarah Dempsey, Head of the Office of Sustainable Business at AIB plc is one of four longstanding PRII Members who has this year been awarded Fellowship of the Institute (FPRII).

Sarah is a recognised industry leader in the area of corporate reputation, communications and sustainability.
She joined AIB plc in September 2017, as Head of the Office of Sustainable Business, working to devise and implement a clear sustainability and reputation strategy which aligns with the business strategy and ultimately supports the work to rebuild the bank’s social licence to operate. Sarah joined AIB from Ulster Bank Ireland DAC where she held various senior roles over the last 12 years, most recently as Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs. 
Prior to her banking career, Sarah worked as Account Director with a number of well-known Irish Communications Agencies, including Drury Communications & Financial Dynamics. She was also one of the first employees of Esat Digifone (3 Ireland), as the company launched into the Irish Market in 1997. 
Sarah is a Certified Banking Director having qualified from the Institute of Bankers in 2015. She is also a graduate in French and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin.

A Fellow of the PRII is recognised as a leader in the public relations and communications profession. Those who have earned the designation have done so by being highly skilled and in positions of leadership in their organisation and the profession. These individuals have made a notable contribution to the development of the profession which this honour also recognises.

The other new PRII Fellows this year are:

  • Pat Keating, Keating & Associates
  • Michael Kelly, Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB)
  • Martin Long, Catholic Communications Office.

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