Meet the staff behind our Institute

Neil O'Sullivan MPRIA
National Marketing and Communication Manager


Neil, originally from Ireland was based in Melbourne for two years before moving to PRIA's head office in Sydney in February 2014. He has a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Business Studies and Cultural Arts Event Management as well as a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Public Relations and Event Management.

He has worked for an experiential marketing agency as a junior executive focusing on branding, FMCG, event strategies and product development. He also has over five years’ experience working in communications for the not-for-profit and charity industries; four of which were as a Regional Development Officer for Special Olympics Ireland. In 2012 Neil worked with Oxfam Australia in their communications team for the Trailwalker events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. He draws on his extensive not-for-profit experience in delivering outstanding communications and events for our members.

Neil also plays semi-professional soccer in the NSW NPL 3 Division with Dunbar Rovers, and is a former State Secretary of the Special Olympics Victoria Board.

He is a founding member of the Light Ball Sydney, an 800 person charity ball that fights suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm. He’s an award winning professional, committed to professional development. He was featured in Piktochart’s 2015 #userstory campaign on ‘Digital Brand Storytelling’ and B&T’s Movember campaign.

You catch also him on Insta @neilosul or Twitter @neilosul.

Johnathon Parker
National Events Manager

Johnathon is an events and marketing professional with experience in the management of conferences, awards evenings, gala dinners, cocktail and social events, seminars, meetings and more. He is a positive and detail-oriented professional committed to excellence and passionate about learning, achieving goals and helping others do the same. Johnathon holds a Diploma of Events and an Advanced Diploma of Venues & Events. With 5+ years industry experience in event management, he brings enthusiasm and fresh new ideas to the PRIA team.

Ashleigh Bonetti
Membership Officer
Ashleigh recently moved to Sydney from Perth after graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor in Commerce, majoring in Public Relations and Management. With over five years of corporate experience, she is now eager to pursue a career in the PR industry.

Ashleigh has had industry experience when she undertook an internship with a WA-based health insurance provider and found a passion for coordinating community fundraising events such as the HBF Run for a Reason.

Now part of the PRIA, she is enthusiastic about her role, engaging with our community and bringing great energy to the team.

Samantha Johnson
Local Support Officer - South Australia

Samantha is passionate about telling inspirational stories that help make a difference in the community. Degree qualified with a Bachelor of Communications from the University of South Australia, she has more than 10 years’ experience within the public sector, not-for-profit and media sectors. She has worked in Australia and the UK as a communications and public relations executive in all areas of media management (emergency and pro-active), developing and executing PR, communications, social media and fundraising strategies.

Samantha developed and implemented the Deadly award winning Puiyurti (Don’t Smoke) Rewrite Your Story campaign. The campaign inspired the Aboriginal community in Adelaide to rewrite their own stories by quitting smoking. It included seven short films which continue to be broadcast on NITV, along with a PR and social marketing campaign. In the UK, Samantha also developed and implemented the PR and social marketing launch of a £9.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to raise awareness and money for homelessness projects.

Kath Davine
Local Support Officer - Victoria

Bio coming soon

Kahlia Beers
Local Support Officer - Western Australia

Kahlia has recently graduated from Murdoch University, with a Bachelor of Communication with a double major in Public Relations, Tourism and Events Management. With four year's experience in both corporate and consultancy environments, she has undertaken multiple internships and paid work within both Public Relations and event management across a number of industries. Kahlia has an attention for detail and is extremely passionate and motivated to be working for PRIA.

Kim Ellis
Local Support Officer - Queensland

Kim Ellis is an event management and administrative specialist. She is a detail-orientated professional with strengths in event planning, execution and membership management.

Kim has a Bachelor degree in business, majoring in marketing. Her experience includes advertising client service, marketing coordination, executive support, project management, customer relationship management and delivery of events.

In addition to her role as the Qld Local Support Officer, Kim keeps an active presence in the community by volunteering as the Vice President at her children’s swim club.

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 08 2016