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Leanne Westcott

Consultant, Internal Communications

My background

I’m a consultant in the UK Permanent Internal Communications team here at VMAGROUP focusing on the senior end of the market. I joined the company in 2017, having previously worked in Internal Communications and Engagement across the Travel and Education sectors.

Both my degree in Business and my previous experience in Communications has equipped me with expertise to consult clients and support senior candidates with their career progression.

My specialisms

I focus on senior-level Internal Communications and Engagement roles across all industries but specialise in Professional Services, Financial Services, Pharmaceutical and Retail sectors.

My recent projects

Some of the roles I have recently filled in the UK include:

  • ​Director of IC, Astellas 
  • Head of Internal Communications, Dunnhumby
  • Senior Internal Comms Manager, KPMG
  • Global Channels & Content Manager, Avon

What my clients and candidates have said about me

Client

"Leanne stood out to me as an outstanding recruiter. She took on a tough brief and really too the time to understand the role and organisation. She sourced high calibre candidates and persevered when it got challenging. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Leanne and would highly recommend her."
- Laura Jennings, Global Head of Employee Communications at Dentsu Aegis Network

Candidate

"Leanne has been an awesome consultant to work with. She spent time getting to understand exactly what I was looking for and put me forward for the perfect role based on my requirements. She was patient when I needed to take some time out on holiday and not think about job hunting, and above all, she really understands the market that she specialises in. I would have no hesitation in recommending Leanne to other comms professionals when they are on the hunt for a new role, and will definitely be using her as a recruiter when I am hiring in the future"
- Sonia Henderson, Head of Communications & Engagement at Dunnhumby

"Leanne genuinely cares for her candidates and ensures they have the best experience of recruitment through VMA. Uniquely, Leanne follows-up on her promises and takes agreed actions to support candidates through the entire process. Leanne is responsive, available and personable. She treats candidates as people and gets to know them as people, as well as fully preparing them for the various stages of the selection process. It was a genuine pleasure to be one of Leanne’s candidates and VMA should consider themselves very fortunate to have her on their team."
- Jaimie Brown, Communications Director at Astellas

"Since working with Leanne to get my new job I've recommended her to every single friend working in comms, whether they're job-hunting or not. Leanne felt like a real partner right through the process: quickly acquiring a deep understanding of the role I was looking for, sharing valuable insight and coaching me through each interview, proactively keeping me updated and providing endless reassurance throughout the offer and salary negotiation process. When I secured the job it felt like we achieved it together. I look forward to working with Leanne on my next career move."
Rachel Dakin, London Director at Institute of Internal Communication and Internal

"Leanne is exceptional at what she does. From our initial discussion, she was able to identify the ideal role for me, and subsequently supported me through the recruitment process with thorough briefings and timely updates. Highly professional yet approachable, I'd recommend her to anyone looking to develop their careers in the senior internal communications world."
- Alastair Sava, Senior Communications Manager at HSBC

"Working with Leanne in her role at VMA was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. When she initially contacted me about a role, I wasn’t actually looking to move… But I’ve now landed my dream job! Her positive energy, commitment and sound advice was invaluable throughout the process. I felt strongly supported by Leanne – she made herself available at all times and made a huge effort to answer all my questions and accommodate my requests. I think Leanne makes a fabulous addition to the VMA team – her enthusiasm, pragmatism and energy are fantastic skills and it has been great working with her."
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 Catherine Wells, Global Internal Channels and Content Lead at Avon

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