“PR awards’ winner, genuine, down to earth, leader, perceptive, generous, great fun, world class, brutal efficiency, confident, personable, honest, approachable, strategic, energising, forward-thinking, positive, kind, a true gentleman.”
That’s what they’ve said about me over the past 20-plus years. To check if I really have been there and got the t-shirt, view my 30 or so business recommendations on LinkedIn
Here are just five of them to whet your appetite:
David has a personable approach that fits well with the local and wider AECOM team. He provides valuable insight into all things PR-related and is always willing to assist whether it be a small or large opportunity.
Neil Halket, Regional Director at AECOM
David provided a first class PR, Public Affairs and Communications Service and gave very sound, professional advice on a range of economic development projects taken forward by Scottish Enterprise in Dunbartonshire during my time as the local chief executive. I would have no hesitation in recommending David as a highly professional PR and communications adviser who works well with clients, and provides wise counsel and great support on all press and PR-related matters.
Dave Anderson, Chairman at Frontline Consultants
After a very successful and enjoyable project in 2010/1, the next time I need PR support I will be making only one phone call, and that will be to Dave Sawyer.
Geoff Booth, Managing Director and owner of Codorus Engineering Ltd
David’s drive and tenacity set him head and shoulders above most business people. When you’re eating breakfast, David is already at his desk, focussed on the task in hand and reliably producing results for clients day after day. His single-mindedness is directed with brutal efficiency at any task, from rolling up his sleeves to pen a press release or produce the contact report which becomes a reference work for months, right through to his personal goal of a sub-3 marathon. Personable and confident, David imbues meetings with authority and is rarely lost for words. As an employee, I saw the other side of his character, too: a compassion for his staff and a genuine desire to make the world of work work for everyone. David is that rare thing in public relations – an honest, sage and approachable communicator who tells it like it is.
Nick Sharpe, Ex Scottish Sun Chief Reporter, now Director of Communications at Scottish Renewables
I had the pleasure of working alongside Dave during my time at Weber Shandwick. Dave possesses all the key attributes required in today’s dynamic world: strong values, deep experience, great work ethic, and a “forward thinking” mindset. He has an in-depth understanding of the Scottish media landscape, and is respected by his colleagues, clients and counterparts alike. Above all, Dave is a true gentleman – whose positive attitude and kindness will stand him in good stead for the future.
Noman Tahir, Head of Business Development and Communications at Fajr Capital
I’ve won 11 worldwide, European, UK, and Scottish PR awards working from Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow (with a little help from the excellent and talented teams I’ve led at Weber Shandwick Glasgow over the years, of course). Each PR award helped a client achieve an objective, and I’m proud of this. Helping clients achieve things is what this job is all about.
2005 Worldwide United Nations Department of Public Information Grand PR Award for Save The North Sea (the campaign worldwide that year which “best exemplified the ideals and goals of the United Nations”)
2005 Worldwide IPRA Golden World PR Award for Save the North Sea (Environment category)
2007 European Sabre PR award for NetIDme (Product Media Relations category)
2008 UK PR Week award for Energy Saving Trust (Marketing Communications: Consumer category + Highly Commended in Research category)
2011 UK PRCA PR award for Mabey Bridge (Best Broadcast Campaign category)
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