Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mary Smiddy leaves Weber Shandwick for Porter Novelli

Has experience in Australia, the Middle East and North Africa
Mary Smiddy, Porter NovelliMary Smiddy has joined public relations firm Porter Novelli as UK head of health and wellness.
Smiddy joins from Weber Shandwick Australia, where she was a senior VP, and is Porter Novelli's second major health-related hire this year following the appointment of Paul George as global director of health and wellness.
Her previous experience includes a spell at pharma company GlaxoSmithKline as director of communications for the Middle East and North Africa. She has also worked in this region for both Burson Marsteller and Edelman.
“Mary has an impressive track record in building health care teams in several markets around the world, and brings a wealth of ethical, consumer and animal health care experience to Porter Novelli,” said Sally Ward, senior partner, managing director, Porter Novelli UK “We are excited to welcome her to our team.”
Smiddy said it was an “exciting time” to join Porter Novelli.
“The team has recently expanded its women's health and respiratory portfolio and I am looking forward to further growing the team and client base,” she said.
“My previous health care practice in Australia remains the most awarded team within the agency, and I expect to mirror that success at Porter Novelli.”


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Happy 90th birthday 
to my Aunt Sr. Veronica 'Baptista' Smiddy on March 9th 2013.

            Sr. Baptisa was born in Beanfield, Youghal, Co.Cork to William 'Bill' Smiddy, Ballymadog and Hannah Maria 'Babs' Gould, Castlerichard.       

Photo taken above of Baptista in her younger days -

Teachers Remember!
Sr. Baptista Smiddy taught in Couva for twelve of the forty years she spent in Trinidad. The following words to a past-pupil show the memory and heart of teachers for their students:
Sr. Baptista
“I’m so happy to have had a ‘tiny’ part in your education and formation. May God fill you with wisdom and courage to speak up and to speak out when necessary; to use your gifts of education and natural ability for the betterment of your sisters and brothers ... ... If I have helped in any way to educate you and others - to be alert, aware, courageous and vocal when necessary - that’s reward enough for me. God bless you and all my past-pupils in this school!" 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Irish Roll Books: Volunteer School Needed!

Irish Roll Books: Volunteer School Needed!: I need a volunteer school from within the INTO structure to enable me to carry out a photographic assignment on their Historic Roll Books (...