I’m delighted for Holyrood young gun, Suzanne Mackie, who received the news this week that she has been shortlisted for a prestigious PR award.
Just a few months later she is one of five promising young PR professionals to be nominated for the CIPR Scotland Young Communicator Award, for her outstanding work promoting two very different clients.
Both tough clients, so the extensive coverage she racked up on behalf of each shows just how good she is.
Holyrood has already produced a Young Communicator winner, after former staffer David Connor (a lapsed blogger!) picked up the title for 2005/06. Sadly the uber-talented Mr Connor recently moved on, to pursue his real passion – golf.
I think we can also claim a hand in helping to shape another of the Young Communicator nominees – Aileen Cowden from the press office at NHS Lothian, who until October 2007 was plying her trade with Deadline Press & Pciture Agency.
As well as obvious talent, there are few other attributes which Suzanne and Aileen (and David before them) share – modesty, honesty and no fear of hard work.
I wish them both the best of luck for the big night – which will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh on November 20.