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 frontline 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 has worked in and around Scottish politics for two decades. He is a former communications director for Scottish Labour and former political editor of the Scottish Daily Mail.

During his time as a journalist, 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, which included running the 2017 General Election campaign. He was later a senior adviser to Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar (running his leadership campaigns) and Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray, as well as other parliamentarians. He is a regular TV and newspaper commentator on current affairs.

Alan has vast experience of media affairs, public affairs, and strategic communications, and speaks to the country's leading journalists and politicians on a daily basis. In 2021, he was named in the top 15 small agency PR & comms influencers, and in both 2022 and 2023 he was shortlisted for editor of the year after launching 1919 Magazine.

 


 Chris Green

Associate Director

Before joining Quantum, Chris was Scotland Editor of the i newspaper, overseeing its Scottish edition and shaping its news coverage north of the border. He had a 16-year career as a newspaper journalist, starting out at The Independent in London in 2007. He joined the paper’s news desk in 2009 and later became deputy news editor, before returning to frontline reporting in 2014.

Over his career he covered four general elections, two Scottish Parliament elections and two referendums. He also reported on major news events, from the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015 to the Covid pandemic and the death of the Queen. Having been a founding member of the i at its launch in 2010, he helped the newspaper and its online version, iNews.co.uk, grow from a fledgling brand into one of the most well-known media outlets in the UK. In 2016 he moved to Edinburgh to become Scotland Editor and later planned and delivered the launch of its Scottish edition.

Since moving to Scotland he has focused primarily on politics, building up an extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Holyrood in the process.

Chloë Minish

Senior Account Manager

Chloë is an experienced public affairs practitioner having worked in the Scottish Parliament for several years as well as engaging at a local level on topical issues prior to joining the Quantum Communications team in 2021.

Prior to joining Quantum, Chloë worked for Victim Support Scotland building its profile, influence and credibility nationally and locally to obtain key policy commitments such as the establishment of a Victims’ Commissioner for Scotland.

Chloë also spent four years working for Patrick Harvie MSP (co-leader of the Scottish Greens) initially as a regional researcher and latterly as a political advisor, helping prepare him for First Minister’s Questions and working across the Scottish Greens parliamentary group. In addition, Chloë supported the development of election policy, strategy and messaging for campaigns at Westminster, Holyrood and local authority level.

 


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 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.


Kerry Mosson

Operations and Events Manager

Kerry's roles include leading our growing events programme and our extensive engagement operations. 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. She regularly organises our events in parliament and at party conferences, as well as other stakeholder events.

Matthew Running

Senior 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 oversees our political and parliamentary monitoring and was promoted to senior account executive in 2023.

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 combining former national newspaper editors, political party advisers, and a government director of communications.

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 and with the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.