Set up in 2015, MacComms is founded and run by well-connected West Yorkshire businesswoman Ellie MacDonald who has a decades’ marketing and communications experience.
Having grown the business from just Ellie, MacComms now has a full-time core team of four, alongside two out-sourced directors; Martin Mellor finance director, and Sarah Darbyshire, HR director.
Meet the core team below:
Ellie is the founder and managing director of MacComms. Prior to setting up her business in 2015, Ellie undertook several roles within the marketing and PR industry, including marketing manager at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce where she learnt how to be an editor of business news publication, Close Up for Business magazine.
Ellie is also an accomplished account manager, having handled around a dozen client accounts during her time at a PR agency.
An award-winning entrepreneur, in her short time in business Ellie has won several awards in business and was recognised for her significant contribution to the region, having been presented with the Community Values Award at Entrepreneurial Spark Leeds’ Celebrate Success Event. Ellie was also highly commended at the inaugural Inspiring Women Changemakers Awards in 2017.
Ellie is incredibly passionate about giving back to the community. Her greatest motivator for setting up MacComms was to become an employer that cares. At the very core of MacComms’ values is a business that is focussed on treating people right.
Having joined MacComms in November 2017, Tom is responsible for a number of key accounts. Alongside the day-to-day management of MacComms’ clients’ PR strategies, Tom plays a fundamental role in driving business growth and development.
Prior to joining MacComms, Tom worked as part of an in-house advertising team at a global technology company and completed a degree in International Relations from Loughborough University.
Tom then took the leap agency-side and assumed a consulting role at a large communications consultancy in London, specialising in corporate reputation and financial communications for clients in the technology and telecoms sectors. Tom’s technical PR expertise is set to support MacComms growth in this area as the firm supports Leeds’ growing hub of technology businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them.
MacComms’ account manager, Jennifer has devised and implemented PR and communications strategies on behalf of clients since she joined the business in January 2016.
With experience in delivering campaigns across both B2B and B2C accounts, Jennifer has undertaken roles both in-house and client-side since completing an undergraduate degree in marketing and public relations at The University of Lincoln in 2013.
Jennifer is currently on maternity leave and will re-join MacComms in summer 2018.
With a first-class degree from The University of Huddersfield in Advertising and Marketing Communications, Emily is a high achiever with a keen interest in helping MacComms’ clients to improve their online presence through the creation of engaging and interactive content.
Emily heads up MacComms’ social media accounts and plays a significant role in helping clients to maximise blogger relations as part of their wider PR and communications strategies.
Emily has a particular interest in photography and videography and volunteers her skills to assist independent charities, such as Getaway Girls with its PR and communications projects.
During her time at university, Emily received a White Rose Award for her outstanding performance, alongside being named on the ‘Dean’s list’ for excellence.
Want to speak to the team? Give us a call on 0113 2041414.