Welcome to 2015!

We have a packed calendar of events for 2015 with an even greater schedule of Business and Social events. Our now annual PANI President’s lunch see’s advertising legend, Patrick Collister join us as our guest. Social events include our ever popular Radio Quiz night, our annual Golf Day at Malone and for the first time the inaugural PANI Summer BBQ at the Ivory bar and restaurant.

Our first Business event of 2015 is on February 26th with guest speaker Michael Wilson UTV and UTV Ireland introducing UTV Ireland ‘birth of a TV channel’

We look forward to seeing you at as many events as possible through 2015!


At a busy AGM meeting on 27th January 2015 PANI Members and guests welcomed new Chair Nuala Meenehan and Council for 2015. Coming on the back of another successful year in 2014 PANI has once again re-energised and set out an exciting programme for the year ahead.

Accepting the chain of Office, newly appointed Chair, Nuala Meenehan of Exterion Media, highlighted the challenge that building on the momentum of the two preceding PANI years represented. Nuala highlighted the rising membership; sell out headline grabbing events and of course the successful delivery of the 2014 awards.

The new council makeup was confirmed via an election process and the programme for the year was unveiled.

Welcome to PANI 2014!

We have a packed calendar for 2014, consisting of Business and Social events to inform and entertain our members and their guests throughout the year.

Up Coming Events

Our social calendar will kick off on Thursday 10 April with the PANI Awards launch at 6.00pm.

Venue – Nomadic, Belfast.

Drinks and nibbles will be available as we celebrate the launch of our 2014 Awards.


The 2014 AGM was held on Wednesday January 29th at the Holiday Inn, Belfast.

Council for 2014 was elected and can now be viewed in the Council Members and Staff section of this site.


We kicked off our exciting calendar of events for 2014 in February with a sell-out breakfast seminar entitled ‘Radio: Live and Kicking’.
The event presented an opportunity for the large number of industry experts in attendance to network, as well as listen to Michael Tull, Insight Manager from the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), who discussed the continued scale and influence of radio and why it remains relevant for advertisers in today’s media landscape.

Chair of PANI Cathy Martin said: “After a highly successful calendar of business events in 2013, ‘Radio: Live and Kicking’ got 2014 off to a great start. Our events continue to grow from strength as the organisation continues to showcase the exciting developments in the media landscape, in the spirit of sharing knowledge and experiences from all the media involved in the association. This Radio Business event from the prestigious RAB trade body, showcased the growth of the medium and exciting developments on the horizon.”

Second Annual President’s Lunch

The advertising, marketing, communications and media industry gathered this last month to celebrate the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland’s (PANI) second annual President’s Lunch. President Basil Singleton welcomed speaker – esteemed national editor and publisher David Montgomery – who spoke to the guests about the importance of local communications in national media. Guests included the Right Honourable John Taylor and son Jonathan from the Alpha Newspaper Group, Jim and Dominic Fitzpatrick from Irish News and as well as media owners and senior managers from Downtown/Cool FM, Belfast Telegraph, Daily Mirror, UTV/U105, as well as others from across local and national newspapers, broadcast outlets and a wide range of executives from agency and in-house media and marketing departments.

John Keane, MD of Ardmore Advertising and Paul Hutchinson [senior sales director] from UTV were both presented with Lifetime Achievement awards for their commitment to the industry and specifically to the PANI body during their tenure as former Chairs.

Current PANI Chair Cathy Martin said: “It was great to see such a fantastic turnout from the industry at a busy time of year for everyone. Our events continue to provide support, insights, education and networking opportunities to members and we are continuing to welcome new members all the time. We’re looking forward to launching our 2014 awards soon as well as rounding off the year with our annual Christmas drinks.”

PANI Brings Outdoor Research into Industry Minds

The Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI)’s first business event of the year took place in Belfast recently and welcomed Philip Sherwood, CEO of outdoor advertising research survey JNOR, who praised the collaborative effort from the industry to produce such effective research.

The sell out event was attended by advertising agencies, media owners, outdoor contractors and advertising specialists.

Sherwood said: “JNOR is an ongoing major recent investment from the outdoor industry covering Northern and Southern Ireland and focuses on media research and results. The research brings an unprecedented level of accountability and measurement to outdoor.”

Tony Axon, past Chair PANI, welcomed the success of the first business event of the year and thanked PANI Members and guests for their continued support.

Left to right – Mark Irwin, Ardmore Advertising, PANI President Basil Singleton, Tony Axon Navigator Blue, Philip Sherwood CEO JNOR


The Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI) appointed Cathy Martin of CMPR as its new chair at the association’s annual AGM event held at Ten Square last month. Cathy takes the helm as PANI moves on from the successful return of the PANI Advertising Awards with a growing membership base and hugely supported events.

Media owners, advertising agencies, production houses, creative agencies and PR companies were all represented at the well-attended annual event. The past twelve months were reviewed, and areas covered included record membership levels as well as growing industry-wide support for all PANI events hosted during 2012 – both social and business led.

Also announced on the evening was a packed programme for 2013 which includes a mix of social, business and networking events.

For further information on forthcoming business events and to find out how you can become a member of PANI, download the application form here

Tony Axon, Cathy Martin and Basil Singleton


An important date for your January diary

The PANI AGM will take place on Thursday 31st January.

The PANI Council for 2013 will be appointed at the AGM. There are twelve places on the 2013 PANI Council.  The following members of the 2012 PANI Council have agreed to put their names forward once again;

Nuala Meenehan – CBS Outdoor (Hon Secretary)
Graeme Smith – Sunday World (Hon Treasurer)
Christine Anderson – KMP (Events Committee)
Lynne Doherty – People Power (Events Committee)
David Bownes  – Belfast Telegraph (Membership Committee)
Jackie Cullen – RLA (Education Committee)
Stephen Morris – Walker Communications (Education Committee)
Janine Forster – Genesis Advertising (Web Committee)

Thus leaving four vacancies on the PANI Council. In advance of the meeting, we are calling on all those who wish to be nominated for the 2013 Council to put your name forward before Monday January 21st by emailing . Only fully paid up members are entitled to nominate themselves.

Current Council members who will remain on Council for the next year are:

Tony Axon, outgoing PANI Chair 2011/12
Cathy Martin, incoming PANI Chair 2013
Hugh Black, ex PANI Chair
Basil Singleton, PANI President
PANI AGM Details
Date: Thursday, 31st January 2013
Venue: Ten Square, 10 Donegall Square South
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start – 7.30pm
Entertainment: Wine Reception and Networking


A PANI Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will also take place on Thursday 31st January, at 6.15pm immediately prior to the AGM, Ten Square, 10 Donegall Square South.  The purpose for this is to propose a change to the PANI Constitution to amend ‘Chairman’ to ‘Chair’ in its wording and to introduce the function of a Deputy Vice Chair.

From all at PANI we would like to thank you for your support in 2012

PANI Christmas Drinks 2012

PANI Golf Day 2012

PANI Golf Day 2012 basked in a glorious day of Indian summer at the beautiful Malone Golf Club on 21st September.  Golf Day sponsor Charles Hurst and teams from across the world of advertising, marketing, PR and publicity in Northern Ireland came together for a wonderful day of golf, each vying to take home the coveted PANI Golf Day Perpetual Cup.

Teams from UTV, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News, Daily Mirror, Cool FM/Downtown Radio, TalkSport, U105, Av Browne, WG Bairds, Inc, CBS Outdoor, Walker Communications, PML, Cleaver Fulton Rankin and Charles Hurst competed. The day boasted a spectacular Hole-in-One Challenge, in which players competed for out-of-this-world prizes including a Land Rover Freelander TD4 XS courtesy of Charles Hurst. No hole-in-ones where had on the day, but there was a tantalising near miss from CBS Outdoor! (pictured below)

The winning individual player was Dominic Fitzpatrick, MD of The Irish News, while the winning team was AV Browne/WG Bairds, who took home the PANI Golf Day Perpetual Cup for this year.

A wonderful evening of dining and entertainment was enjoyed by all at Malone Golf Club, where PANI Chairman Tony Axon and Wallace McFall from Charles Hurst presented the prizes.

AV Browne / WG Bairds - The winners of the PANI Golf Day Perpetual Cup 2012


Over 150 members of the advertising and media industry joined forces at a jam-packed event held in Ten Square Belfast for the first ever PANI Presidents lunch.

The event was held to mark the organisations acheivements overtime and to award two lifetime achievement awards for services to the industry in Northern Ireland.

The lunch, hosted by the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI) President Basil Singleton, saw both former News Letter employee Pauline Weston and the PANI President himself presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards following an overwhelmingly popular support and acclaim from the members.

Pauline said she was touched and delighted to win her award and commented on the large number of friends she’d made in the industry, while President Basil Singleton thanked the members for their on-going support and continued cooperation with the body’s objectives to maintain and grow membership.

Chair of PANI Tony Axon said: “This was our inaugural annual PANI President’s lunch and we were very pleased that there was a record turnout of past PANI Chairs and PANI Awards sponsors as well as members of the industry from a broad spectrum of media agencies, media outlets and in-house marketing and advertising sales teams. The past chairs gathered from all over the UK for an historic photograph at Belfast City Hall before lunch and later enjoyed an afternoon’s networking and industry discussions.”

Billy Mawhinney, who recently chaired the judging panel at the successful PANI Creative Awards in April past, reported back on the competition and his learnings from it. He also announced the awards will return in April 2014.

A historic picture for PANI  P.A.N.I. President Basil Singleton, P.A.N.I. Chair Tony Axon along with 15 past P.A.N.I. Chairs

A historic picture for PANI P.A.N.I. President Basil Singleton, P.A.N.I. Chair Tony Axon along with 15 past P.A.N.I. Chairs

John Kierans, Joanne McGreevy & Billy Mawhinney