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James is gold winner at PR awards ceremony


By Alan Hendry


Kirsty Leiper, one of the event judges, presents Engage PR’s James Donaldson with the gold accolade for Outstanding Independent Practitioner at the CIPR Scotland PRide Awards 2019 in Glasgow. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Kirsty Leiper, one of the event judges, presents Engage PR’s James Donaldson with the gold accolade for Outstanding Independent Practitioner at the CIPR Scotland PRide Awards 2019 in Glasgow. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Wick-born James Donaldson has struck gold at a major PR awards ceremony.

James, director at Aberdeen-based communications agency Engage PR, won the gold accolade for Outstanding Independent Practitioner at the CIPR Scotland PRide Awards 2019 in Glasgow. The awards are organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

“I’m delighted to win this award," James said. "This success is down to hard work and offering proactive, creative support for projects. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me, in particular our exceptional clients.”

A keen Wick Academy fan and Dons season-ticket holder, James is married to Carol, and lives in Aberdeen with children Amy and Scot. He worked at the Evening Express, the Evening Times and the Daily Record before moving into the PR and communications sector.

He is the elder son of Noel and Marge Donaldson and is the third generation of the family to have worked in journalism. The couple's other son, David, is a freelance news and sports broadcast journalist.

Engage has a wide client portfolio from ambitious start-ups to the Scottish operations of FTSE-listed firms. The company delivers strategic communications, marketing, digital, PR and creative content projects.

Engage has worked with companies in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, the central belt, the north of England, Norway and Ireland. Its latest client win is an innovative Norway-based company in the energy sector.

The CIPR PRide Awards is the UK’s most prestigious nationwide awards scheme, recognising success in public relations and communications with events in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and across various regions in England. The Scottish event, held this year at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow city centre, is the largest ceremony outside London.



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