About

Holyrood.com is the website of Holyrood , Scotland's fortnightly political and current affairs magazine that keeps Scottish politics informed with its award-winning and thought-provoking editorial.

The magazine 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 the councils, trade unions, health boards and trusts, 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 is the most widely read publication amongst MSPs according to Ipsos MORI with them citing the magazine as being influential in their decision making.

The magazine won the Chairman's prize at the Scottish Magazine Awards for its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum and again in 2016 for its ongoing #Holyroodbaby campaign.

Our team

Mandy Rhodes

Mandy Rhodes is Managing Director of Holyrood Communications. Mandy is also editor of the flagship title Holyrood magazine and responsible for the editorial content of all other associated titles and products. 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 nearly 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. She was social affairs correspondent at Scotland on Sunday where she broke a number of major child abuse stories and regularly lectured at Liverpool and Aberdeen universities on child protection issues and has also taken part in a number of documentaries on the subject. Mandy brings a wealth of media experience to Holyrood Communications and an unparalleled contacts book. She has become a frequently quoted commentator on Scottish politics and her Editor's Note has become required reading for anyone interested in politics. She likes a good rammy on Twitter.

Tel: 0131 285 1605
Email: mandy@holyrood.com
Twitter: @holyroodmandy

 

Tom Freeman

A professional actor and voice over artist, Tom joined Holyrood after achieving a Masters in Journalism at Napier University in 2013, where he was awarded the Tristan Hewins prize. He writes on health, education, culture and politics, and charts the progress of Kirsty, the Holyrood baby

He has also written for the Edinburgh Evening News, Swedish Press, Healthcare Manager and others, and appeared on STV’s Scotland Tonight amongst other broadcast work. He organises the Sick Kids Save Point charity gaming event every year.

He lives in Fife with his wife and daughter.

Tel: 0131 285 1633
Email: tom@holyrood.com
Twitter: 
@holyroodtom

 

Jenni Davidson

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

Tel: 0131 285 1630
Email: jenni@holyrood.com
Twitter: @holyroodjenni

 

Liam Kirkaldy

Liam moved back to Edinburgh from a reporting job in Spain to follow the independence referendum debate first hand. He writes news, analysis and comment for the Holyrood site, as well as regular parliamentary sketches as a columnist for the magazine. Liam 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 Sunday Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Politics Home, and Left Foot Forward. He has provided analysis on BBC Radio Scotland and Scotland 2016. 

Tel: 0131 285 1612
Email: liam@holyrood.com
Twitter: @HolyroodLiam

 

 

Kate Shannon

After graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in English and Scottish Literature, Kate has been working as a journalist since 2005. She started out in the colourful world of local newspapers, both in her home region of Dumfries and Galloway and in Fife, before working for a national news agency based at the Scottish Parliament. Kate joined the Holyrood team in 2011 as Local Government Correspondent, covering everything from the nuances of the planning system to quizzing council leaders and chief executives. She is interested in all aspects of Scotland's varied local government landscape, as well as local democracy, and is an advocate of social media. Kate is particularly devoted to Twitter and likes to mix the two worlds by tweeting from major events and on the local government announcements of the day.

Tel: 0131 285 1630
Email: kate@holyrood.com
Twitter: @HolyroodKate

 

 

Mark McLaughlin

Mark is a politics, news and video journalist who has been working with Holyrood since 2016. Alongside his work for the magazine, Mark also produces features and video packages for global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) and writes regularly for The Herald and The Times. Mark started his career in 2006 at DC Thomson's Courier and Evening Telegraph titles, before moving to the Edinburgh Evening News. In 2010, he joined the Press Association's award-winning Scottish political team which played a key role in reporting the 2014 independence referendum and the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Tel: 0131 285 1634
Email: mark.m@holyrood.com
Twitter: @mark_mclaughlin

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