Paul McErlean is Managing Director and founder of MCE. He has over 25 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors at all levels focusing in business to business, business to consumer, corporate, financial, political and crisis communications.
Paul previously was joint Managing Director of another major Northern Ireland PR agency and spent a number of years advising the Industrial Development Board and InterTradeIreland in his previous consulting roles – including being the lead communications advisor on the 11-city investment roadshow of North America after the signing of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement in 1998. His career started in broadcasting research and news facilitation with leading independent television company, MacMillan Media and he also spent two years as Head of Communications for one of Northern Ireland’s main political parties. He has degrees from Queen’s and Cambridge Universities and completed an Executive MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, in 2002.
On a voluntary basis, Paul is the Chairman of the Destination Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District and was previously the Chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Trust – a government and Belfast City Council backed stakeholder group charged with developing the regeneration strategy for Belfast’s most vibrant and historic city centre district. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations having served as its Northern Ireland Chairman in 2006. Paul also previously served as the Parent Governor on the Board of Governors of his children’s school in south Belfast, Rathmore Grammar School. Outside of work, Paul still has a keen interest in sport, having played Gaelic football at county level in his younger days, he is now an active underage coach with his local club.