About Us

Quantum Communications is a full-service public relations, public affairs and strategic communications agency based in Edinburgh, operating across the UK.

The company was launched by experienced directors Alan Roden and Flavia Paterson in 2019 and has become one of the fastest growing agencies in the country.

We bring unrivalled experience and inside knowledge of working within the media, politics and the corporate environment.

We use this experience to assist our clients in setting the agenda, raising their profile, generating mainstream national, local and trade media interest and engaging with stakeholders.

Our Team

Flavia Paterson

Director and co-founder

Flavia was director of communications with the Scotland Office between 2015 and 2018, leading on engagement with UK Government departments in Whitehall. Prior to working in the civil service, she was head of external relations at MBNA, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch company, and was head of corporate affairs (networks) for SSE Plc, and public affairs manager for The Woodland Trust.

She is an award-winning communications professional with significant private, public sector and charitable experience, specialising in Scotland but covering the whole of the UK. She has provided UK Government ministers and FTSE100 chief executives with strategic communications, public affairs and policy advice covering a wide range of topics including renewable energy, the environment, food and farming and financial services. Her experience includes reputation management, government affairs, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications, branding and internal communications.

 

Alan Roden

Director and co-founder

Alan is a former political editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, where he reported from the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons. He was secretary of the Scottish Parliamentary Journalists’ Association and a multiple winner at the Scottish Press Awards, which he now judges. Before joining the Mail, he was a senior reporter at the Edinburgh Evening News.

After leaving journalism, Alan was director of communications for Scottish Labour and ran several high-profile political campaigns, advising the UK's most senior parliamentarians. He is a regular TV and newspaper commentator.

As an award-winning former national journalist, Alan has vast experience of media affairs and strategic communications, and speaks to the country's leading reporters, producers and editors on a daily basis. In 2021, he was named in the top 15 small agency PR & comms influencers in the world.

 


 Christine Lavelle

Senior Account Manager

Christine joined Quantum in 2022 after working for almost nine years at The Scottish Sun, where she was political editor and also covered news and features. She spent four years reporting from the Scottish Parliament in one of the most demanding roles in journalism. Most recently, she provided daily coverage of the impact of the Covid pandemic and the major policy decisions surrounding it, posing questions to the First Minister on a regular basis.

Before joining the Sun, Christine worked as a multimedia journalist at Press Association Scotland, and started her career at Deadline news agency in Edinburgh.

As one of Scotland's most respected reporters, she set the news agenda for nearly a decade and has extensive knowledge of the media environment. Christine is a mentor on the Women in Journalism Scotland scheme to help nurture the talents of early and mid-career journalists.

Tom Martin

Senior Account Manager

Tom has more than 20 years of experience in national media after a distinguished career in journalism. He was political editor of the Scottish Daily Express, leading coverage of the Covid pandemic, Brexit referendum and several elections.

Before joining Quantum in 2022, Tom spent seven years reporting from the Scottish Parliament and has an extensive knowledge of the political landscape at both Holyrood and Westminster.

He was previously the Scottish Daily Express’s executive news editor and news editor of the Scottish Sunday Express, shaping coverage of some of the country's biggest events including the 2014 independence referendum.

Tom, who began his career with The Shields Gazette, has held posts at Scotland on Sunday, Press Team Scotland news agency, the Fife Free Press, and The Drum Magazine.


Cordelia O'Neill

Senior Account Manager

Cordelia is a multi-award-winning communications and public affairs specialist with more than 15 years' experience in national media and communications. She started her career on the Press Association's highly coveted training scheme before working as multimedia journalist for PA in England and Scotland, covering major news events and court proceedings.

Cordelia worked for national newspapers and broadcasters before leading on external affairs for Scottish Women's Aid, where she helped to influence Holyrood policy in the run up to the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. Before joining Quantum she specialised in internal and external communications for Wheatley Group, Scotland's leading social housing, property management and care organisation.

Chloë Minish

Account Manager

Chloë joined Quantum in November 2021 from Victim Support Scotland, where she was policy and research officer, working at local and national level with key stakeholders to develop and influence the policies and practices to improve the experiences of victims and witnesses.

She was previously the political adviser to Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP and has also had research roles at the House of Lords and with Friends of the Earth in Northern Ireland.

 


Kerry Mosson

Senior Account Executive

Kerry's roles include leading our growing events programme. After 17 years working in frontline Scottish politics for the Labour Party, she has extensive experience in events management and logistics, delivering national conferences, events and political visits for Prime Ministers, government ministers and senior politicians.

Kerry has led teams across all areas of campaign delivery, senior stakeholder management, partnership liaison, and strategic communications.

Matthew Running

Account Executive

Matthew joined Quantum from the Foundation for Uyghur Freedom, where he was head of political affairs. He took the lead for the Foundation during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

He graduated from the University of Aberdeen where he studied politics and international relations, and was secretary of the Aberdeen Student Parliament.

Matthew is also a qualified rugby coach.

Why Quantum?

  • One of the fastest growing agencies in Scotland

  • Unrivalled knowledge of the internal workings of government

  • Extensive network of political and media contacts

  • Only agency led by an ex-national newspaper political editor and a government director of communications 

  • Excellent understanding of the corporate environment

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Quantum Communications is a member of the Association for Scottish Public Affairs (ASPA) and abides by its code of conduct.

We are registered on the Scottish Lobbying Register, the UK Lobbying Register, and with the Office of the Registrar of
Consultant Lobbyists