About Us

Quantum Communications is a full-service public relations and public affairs agency based in Edinburgh, led by a former national newspaper political editor and UK Government director of communications.

Having recently left our former posts, we bring unrivalled experience and inside knowledge of working within the media and government.

We use this experience to assist our clients in raising their profile, managing media interest and engaging with Scottish and UK politicians, journalists and influencers.

Quantum Communications was launched by directors Flavia Paterson and Alan Roden in December 2018. 

Flavia Paterson

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

Alan’s career in PR involves representing and promoting leading charities, campaigns, international companies and household names. He has vast experience of media affairs and strategic communications, and speaks to the country's leading journalists on a daily basis.

Alan was communications director for Scottish Labour between 2016 and 2017, and subsequently worked in public relations for a number of clients, including cross-party political campaigns and charities. He is a regular commentator on the BBC and STV, and a columnist for newspapers including The Herald, The Scottish Sun and The Scottish Daily Mail.

Prior to working in PR, Alan was political editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, reporting from the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons. He was secretary of the Scottish Parliamentary Journalists’ Association and was named political journalist of the year in 2012. Before joining the Mail, he was a senior reporter at the Edinburgh Evening News.

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Why Quantum?

  • Unrivalled knowledge of the internal workings of government

  • Extensive network of political and parliamentary contacts

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

  • Excellent understanding of the corporate environment

  • One of the fastest growing agencies in Scotland

  • Growing specialism in digital and consumer areas