Prior to joining Fréa Dorothy held the post of Development Manager at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Irish Studies responsible for Event Management, Public Relations, and Fundraising. She conceived the idea of inviting the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and the Prince of Wales to become joint patrons of the Institute, which she successfully negotiated and arranged for both patrons to visit the University. Dorothy also created and launched the Institute's Annual Seamus Heaney Lecture series, and organised many fundraising events including an annual St Patrick Day Ball.
Throughout her career, Dorothy has worked at the highest levels, with Presidents of Ireland, the Royal Family, ambassadors and embassies, government ministers, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Chairs and CEOs of major companies and universities, as well as international celebrities, playwrights, authors, artists, and journalists.
Dorothy began her career with public relations consultancies in Ireland and Britain, reaching director level in both countries working on leading brands including Canon, Fisher-Price, Knorr, Napolina, Cow & Gate, Littlewoods, AirFix, and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Fund Foundation. Using advanced communication and negotiation skills, Dorothy helped her clients to build brand awareness and maximise media attention.
Dorothy hails from County Kerry. She enjoys working with the Irish community in Britain as it makes her feel close to home. Her heart is still firmly located in Kerry. Dorothy’s mother was from Waterville and a native Irish speaker, her father was a businessman and farmer, having inherited the family farm in Kilgarvan. Dorothy has a passion for Irish literature, poetry and music.