ALASTAIR McCAPRA, CEO, CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (CIPR)

2018 was a stimulating and challenging year for the CIPR during which we clarified our purpose, reasserted the value of public relations to business and implemented an office move, which left us in a much stronger financial position and able to reinvest in the member offer.  As President, Sarah provided clear leadership and articulate direction, which stretched us and enabled us to achieve more than we have previously. The Institute is in better shape now than we have been for some time.


MARTIN SOLOMAN, CHAIR OF THE SUNSHINE FUND, SOLICITOR AND CONSULTANT

Sarah made a really valuable contribution to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund as a Board Trustee from December 2013 to March 2018. She was always committed, helping the Fund improve its financial performance, sustainability and human achievements. Sarah is always positive, determined…and great to work with.


RUPERT CROFT, MANAGING DIRECTOR, CROFT SOLICITORS

Sarah and her team worked closely with us on a high-profile political and time-sensitive case.  There were many stakeholders involved, all with different needs and opinions.  Sarah was impressive at cutting in to the heart of the matter, providing excellent strategic advice and balancing the needs of the different parties involved.  Sarah is exceptionally professional, prompt, committed, and a real pleasure to work with.  If Carlsberg made PR professionals…


JEN ROBSON, HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE NORTH EAST LEP

Sarah and her team are simply outstanding. Their professionalism, strategic thinking, dedication and responsiveness is second to none. They truly have become an extension of our team and together we have transformed the North East LEP’s approach to communications with exceptional results.


SUE AMBROSI, POLICY AND COMMUNICATION BUSINESS PARTNER,  NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL

Sarah and her team have been consummately professional, creative and have delivered real results. Often PR agencies will claim to be an extension of an organisation’s team, but this isn’t always the case. However Astute.Work is genuinely exactly this – a consultancy that is very much a valuable part of the team and a delight to work with. We highly recommend commissioning Sarah to deliver strategic insight coupled with high quality PR and social media activity.


CHERYLLE MILLARD-DAWE, FOUNDER, PROPOLOGY

Sarah Hall and her team did a stellar job for us here at Propology. Not only were they totally professional about our company, they actually took ownership of it as if it were their own, going well above and beyond the call of duty in their quest to put Propology up there with the best.

From the day I met Sarah I knew she 'got it' - her genuine passion for the brand and belief in me as a client has built an incredible reciprocal confidence that has endured.

Sarah thinks outside the box by turning it round and spinning it inside out, adding to that passion, energy and fantastic results.

Savvy, great fun to work with and an agency that gets the job done. Thank you!


JULIE NELSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMBLEYS ESTATE AGENTS

Sarah and her PR expertise come highly recommended. As a company that was just starting out with a new brand, we needed someone we could trust to provide a long and short-term strategy, as well as put our thoughts and ideas into words in a way that truly represented the brand and our working ethos. Sarah fulfilled the brief perfectly and continues to do so.

She listens so carefully and really grasps what we want to say and then skilfully and effectively expresses it in a concise way. The skills she consistently demonstrates have helped to communicate the brand and sales messages in an engaging and motivating way giving Embleys a real and tangible competitive edge.

On a personal note I also consider Sarah a wise mentor who can succinctly get to the heart of a opportunity or a problem, proving a clear and easy to understand perspective which in turn helps me and the business be more effective and efficient. Sarah is an absolute asset to our team and business.


KEVAN CARRICK, PRINCIPAL, JK PROPERTY CONSULTANTS

Astute.Work has acted for JK Property Consultants for over five years. The activity required is complex, since activity needs to take into account the interests of our clients and the demand they have arising from acquisitions, disposals and other property matters that we deal with on their behalf. Despite the challenging nature of the work, our profile and reach has significantly increased and clients have also benefited from the practical yet complementary advice given. We are delighted with the service provided.


STINA PORTER, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT SHARED INTEREST

Sarah was brought on board initially to work with Shared Interest during maternity leave within the marketing and communications team. We knew from Sarah’s reputation that she would be not only a safe pair of hands, but also someone who wouldn’t be afraid to bring new ideas to the table.

Since then, we have continued to work with Sarah on specific projects and we have her to thank specifically for helping make the Shared Interest Gift Pack a reality.

Sarah continues to go above and beyond the call of duty with regards to her relationship with Shared Interest. She has a fantastic rapport with the team and a strong grasp of our business model, as well as a vision of how we should position ourselves in the North East region and beyond.


JO KIRBY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES, THEATRE ROYAL NEWCASTLE

Sarah is a complete joy to work with and the results were fantastic - we really did get value for money.

Her creative skills are outstanding and she understood our productions and market completely. Sarah has the ability to juggle many tasks at once and make it look easy, she was so lovely to work with and from day one it was like she'd been with us a few months. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.