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 December 2018 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 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.

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.

Alan Roden

Director and co-founder

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

Prior to working in PR, Alan was political editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, reporting from the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons for eight years. 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 communications director for Scottish Labour and has advised high-profile parliamentarians. He is a regular political commentator.

Innes Taylor

Account Director

Innes has a wealth of government, political and parliamentary experience. She was recently a Special Adviser in the UK Government’s Department for Education, before being appointed Head of Manifesto for the Scottish Conservatives in the run-up to the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

She previously worked in the Conservative Research Department in Westminster, as a political adviser then Head of Policy, and as a Researcher for Scottish Conservative MSPs in Holyrood. She has also worked in business development for Carr Gomm, the leading Scottish social care charity, and Brodies LLP, Scotland’s largest independent law firm. 

Christine Lavelle

Senior Account Manager

Christine joined Quantum in January 2022 after working for almost nine years at The Scottish Sun, where she covered news, politics and features. She was the paper's political editor and spent four years reporting from the Scottish Parliament. More recently, she has provided daily coverage of the impact of the Covid pandemic and 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. Having set the news agenda for nearly a decade, she has extensive knowledge of the media environment.

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

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.

Ian Young

Account Executive

Ian joined Quantum Communications after working as Communications and Marketing Executive at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, where he worked on media relations and drafted content for national publications.

He edited Business Scotland magazine, a quarterly publication with over 35,000 readers per edition.

At Quantum, Ian supports clients with political monitoring, providing expert insight on activity in the UK's parliaments.

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


We pride ourselves on being a director-led company. Our clients benefit from our expertise and unlike many other agencies, we will be active on your account throughout.

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