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"The art of communication is the language of leadership."
~ James Humes
Welcome to my web site. I'm an independent communications consultant, freelance writer and editor with many years of experience, and I trade under the name of Cahill Communications.
I've been in private practice since October 2002, providing specialist communications services to a range of different clients. I work on a per-project basis and detailed quotes are provides for all projects. My costs are guaranteed unless there is a change to the original project brief.
I was previously the Group Marketing Manager for Business Partners Limited, South Africa's leading investment company for small and medium enterprises. Prior to that, I was the Marketing Manager and a Commissioning Editor at Struik Publishers (now Random House Struik), the country's largest publisher of illustrated non-fiction, and Senior Manager: Promotional Marketing for the Nedcor Group.
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Please feel free to contact me with any queries you may have about your communications needs. Queries relating to projects of any nature, size or scope are welcome, and there is no charge for taking a brief and developing a cost estimate.
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ClientsI service a portfolio of clients and agencies that includes, amongst others, Arcay, Genesis Analytics, ElloJo Writers, Ince, Johannesburg SPCA, Metrofile, On Point Communications, PR Powerhouse and WWF South Africa.
I also have a significant body of work done for such clients as Sappi, Business Partners, PG Bison, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Road Accident Fund (RAF), as well as for PR agencies such as C-Squared, Chillibush, Gillian Gamsay International, Grant Marshall Communications and Magna Carta.
Ad hoc projects I've done have included work for such clients as Afrox, FinBond, FirstRand, FNB Leveraged Finance (previously FNB Enterprise Solutions), HSBC, KPMG, Norton Rose Fulbright and National Data Systems.
This work has included the development of communications strategies, brand presentations, specialist brochures and a range of other communications elements.
Writing and Editing
Working as a contributing writer and/or editor, I've also contributed to a range of projects for clients such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), Grindrod Bank, Mail and Guardian, Monitoring South Africa (MSA), the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), the National Treasury, the State Information and Technology Agency (SITA), The Freedom Park, THRIP (government's Technology and Human Resources in Industry programme) and Wiphold.
These projects have included special reports and features for publication in the media, annual reviews and five-year reviews, as well as a range of both internal and external communications.
I have an Honours degree in English and a Bachelors degree in Art History.
I also completed the Certificate Programme in Strategic Marketing Management at the Wits Business School in 1995, the Introductory and Intermediate Photography Courses at the National School of Photography in 2005, and the Random House Struik/UCT Creative Writing Course in 2010, amongst many other post-experience training courses.
In my consulting work, I specialise in policy and strategy development, communications planning, creative conceptualisation and project management.
As a writer and editor, I specialise in developing media content for both traditional and new media, as well as in developing all forms of corporate and marketing communications such as brochures, pamphlets, newsletters etc.
I also develop state profiles, annual reports, corporate reports, corporate profiles and other in-depth documentation, especially where there is a need to communicate complex concepts in everyday language.
My work philosophy is to provide an expert, efficient and cost-effective professional service, on deadline and to budget. I take pride in forming long-term relationships with my clients, and in developing in-depth knowledge of their companies and organisations.