James MackenziePublic Affairs and Communications Advisor
areas of expertise
- Strategic planning and communications
- Media relations
- Public affairs
James Mackenzie has worked in media and public affairs in Scotland since 1998, and as a freelance campaign consultant since 2013. From 2002 to 2005 he was Press Officer for Holyrood’s first two Presiding Officers (specialising in the Scottish Parliament building project), and returned to Parliament as Head of Media for the Green MSPs from 2007 to 2011. During that period he took part in policy work, including the party’s budget negotiations with the SNP minority government, as well as proactive and reactive media coordination, and he also ran the party’s 2011 Holyrood election campaign. James has provided freelance strategy, communications and writing support for clients including the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust, the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland’s ‘Have You Got The Bottle?’ campaign for deposit return, the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, and the Scottish Rewilding Alliance. He primarily specialises in strategic planning and messaging for campaigns, writing for media, and engagement with the devolved institutions.