Jude took over leadership of our media and corporate communications functions following a period of great change and instability. Her experience, maturity, wisdom and sound judgment enabled her to rebuild a team, settle individuals and achieve some powerful outcomes. Her ability to enter a new situation, understand the context quickly and develop action plans and approaches to enhance performance is inspirational. She is held in the highest regard in Tearfund.
Global programmes director, Tearfund
Jude Mackenzie has helped me on two occasions by offering high quality, expert communications and engagement support in large and complex NHS organisations. What I particularly like about Jude’s approach is her ability to quickly understand the business and her proactive approach to engaging and communicating well. Jude’s significant expertise in a number of sectors inspires confidence at all levels in an organisation.
Former NHS Chief Executive
Jude worked with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network to develop and deliver our communications strategy. She added significant value to the organisation demonstrating strong strategic and organisational skills and an ability to deliver high quality work.
Managing Director, Eastern Academic Health Science Network.
We’ve worked with Jude on several major projects over recent years and she has always shown the highest standards of professionalism and commitment. She brings with her a huge range of experience in communications and engagement, and also excellent judgement in understanding what clients really need and how they can work more closely with staff and stakeholders to achieve their aims.
She also has excellent communication skills of her own, which is invaluable whether she is helping to get the most from a communications team or leading a board-level facilitated workshop.
Director, Woodnewton Associates.
When I was recruited as Director of Network and Communication for the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, Jude was the Interim Head of Communication there. As I was moving from academia into the health sector and also to a role with more focus on communications Jude agreed to stay on for a few months as a mentor. I was hoping to take full advantage of her great knowledge and experience of the NHS and of communications in general and I was definitely not disappointed. I had however not realised how much I would also gain from her wisdom and her insight into people and situations. I am deeply grateful for her willingness to share this with me.
From now on, one of the most valuable tools in my professional toolkit will consist of the question “What would Jude do in this situation?”
Director of Network and Communication, Eastern Academic Health Science Network.
Jude is an astute and strategic communications professional who combines clear sightedness with practical solutions to communications problems. She is as strong on brand and reputation management as she is on media relations and social media. In addition Jude abhors spin and will give straightforward no nonsense advice and guidance with honesty and integrity.
Chief Executive, Consumer International (and former Director of Communications, Department of Health)
Jude is a consummate and well-regarded communications professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her strengths lie in her strategic approach to any communications or business challenge and her ability to cut through complexity to get to the point and find solutions. She demonstrates this through all she does; from her astute advice to boards and teams to her clear drafting of copy, facilitation of a workshop or development of a comprehensive communications plan. I would highly recommend Jude and her work.
Director of Hood & Woolf and former Director of Communications and Engagement in a number of NHS organisations.
Jude is a communications professional. She takes a thorough and comprehensive approach to developing the communications within an organisation. She is also adept at managing senior relationships showing she can quickly grasp complex situations and deliver clear messaging. Jude has worked independently and helped us to reinforce our communications within the NHS.
National Director, SBRI Healthcare
I worked with Jude when we were both at the Commission for Social Care Inspection. She is by far one of the best team leaders and managers I have come across in my career. Her calm, friendly, supportive approach always gets the best out of people. Her experience and professionalism shines through in the quality of the advice she gives and Jude inspires confidence at all levels in an organisation. I would more than happily work with her again and recommend her very highly.
External Affairs Director, The Nutrition Society