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Holyrood​ is Scotland’s fortnightly political and current affairs magazine that keeps people informed with its award-winning and thought-provoking editorial.

The award winning magazine of the year is read by the country’s key legislators, Scottish parliamentarians, civil servants, Scottish Government agencies, political parties, 32 local authority chief executives, as well as individual departments within councils, trade unions, health boards, educational organisations, voluntary organisations and non-governmental bodies.

Holyrood is frequently quoted within the Scottish Parliament as a source of reliable information and political debate and according to Ipsos MORI is the most widely read publication amongst MSPs, with the magazine cited as being influential in their decision-making.

Our team

Mandy Rhodes (Editor)

Mandy RhodesMandy Rhodes is the managing director of Holyrood Communications and editor of the flagship title Holyrood magazine. Mandy graduated from Stirling University in the early 1980s with a joint honours degree in Scottish history and sociology. She trained on a local newspaper in Wester Hailes and completed her journalism training at Napier University. She has worked for more than 30 years in journalism in Scotland in newsprint, television and radio broadcasting and was part of the launch team of Scotland on Sunday. She has won numerous awards over the years including PPA Magazine Editor of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and Columnist of the Year. Mandy brings a wealth of media experience to Holyrood Communications and an unparalleled contacts book. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has described her as “one of the best interviewers” in the business.

Tel: 0131 285 1605
Twitter: @holyroodmandy

Liam Kirkaldy

Liam KirkaldyLiam has a degree in international relations from the University of Edinburgh and a masters in political journalism from City University. He has written for The Financial Times, The Times, The Herald, The Sunday Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, PoliticsHome, and Left Foot Forward. He was appointed online editor, with responsibility for, in 2017. He won won ‘Best Feature’ at the Scottish Refugee Council and British Red Cross media awards for his investigative work on asylum issues in both 2017 and 2018.

Tel: 0131 285 1612
Twitter: @HolyroodLiam

Jenni Davidson

Jenni DavidsonJenni trained a journalist in Brighton in 2011, where she was part of the team that set up local TV channel Latest TV. She covered arts and culture as well local news and politics for media including Latest TV, Brighton and Hove News and Culture24 before moving into communications for the adult social care department of a county council. She returned to Edinburgh in 2015 to work for Holyrood and focuses mainly on local government and justice, as well as providing regular analysis for the BBC and STV.

Tel: 0131 285 1630
Twitter: @holyroodjenni

Gemma Fraser

Gemma FraserGemma began her career in local newspapers after graduating from Napier University with a degree in journalism in 2004. She spent almost a decade at the Edinburgh Evening News working her way through the ranks from senior reporter to education reporter to assistant news editor. Gemma left the paper in 2015 to embark on a freelance career, which saw her write regularly for a host of national titles including The Times and the Mail on Sunday. She joined the Holyrood team in 2018 and will once again be focussing on education and early years, an area she is particularly passionate about.

Tel: 0131 285 1611
Twitter: @GemmaFraser10

Emily Woods

Emily WoodsEmily started her career as a journalist after graduating from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. Her first few years were spent working at daily country newspapers in Australia, including The Advocate in Tasmania as a cadet journalist and then The Shepparton News as police reporter. In 2016 she started working for state-wide daily newspaper The Age as a breaking news journalist, before moving to Thomson Reuters to work as its chief industrial relations journalist in 2018. Emily joined Holyrood in June 2019.

Tel: 0131 285 1690
Twitter: @EmilyHWoods

Ailean Beaton

Ailean BeatonAilean graduated from Edinburgh Napier University  with a first class honours degree in journalism in July 2019. He was awarded the Andie Mackie memorial medal for excellence in journalistic writing for his work as a student. Prior to joining Holyrood, he worked as a Westminster Reporter for political monitoring firm Newsdirect. His work has appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News, The Scotsman, The Sunday Herald,  Index on Censorship,  and The Ferret. Ailean grew up on the Isle of Skye and is a fluent Gaidhlig speaker.

Tel: 0131 285 1633
Twitter: @AileanBeaton

Rebecca McQuillan

Rebecca McQuillanRebecca McQuillan joined Holyrood in August 2019. She is a columnist on The Herald newspaper and regular TV political commentator. Rebecca was formerly chief leader writer on The Herald, and during 15 years on the paper held several roles, including as editor of two weekly supplements, deputy features editor, feature writer and reporter. In 2000, she completed a diploma in magazine journalism at City University in London, winning the class prize. Prior to becoming a journalist, Rebecca worked as press officer for the Scottish Liberal Democrats (from 1996 until 1998), and as media manager for the charity Global Action Now (then WDM).

Tel: 0131 257 4330
Twitter: @BecMcQ

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