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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
Email: mandy@holyrood.com
Twitter: @holyroodmandy

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
Email: jenni@holyrood.com
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
Email: gemma@holyrood.com
Twitter: @GemmaFraser10

Louise Wilson

Gemma FraserLouise joined Holyrood in September 2020. She started her career in political journalism three days before Scotland’s independence referendum. She developed a niche knowledge of parliamentary practices and processes working as a chief reporter at political monitoring company Newsdirect, before joining BBC Scotland where she was involved in live coverage of the Scottish Parliament. She has also had bylines in the Herald, Huffington Post and politics.co.uk. Louise is from Yorkshire but has lived her entire adult life in Scotland. 

Tel: 0131 285 1694
Email: louise.wilson@holyrood.com
Twitter: @louisewilso

Jack Thomson

Jack joined Holyrood in January 2021. He has a master's in multimedia journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University. He started out in local newspapers at the Alloa Advertiser and Clydebank Post before joining the Paisley Daily Express as a local democracy reporter, covering council meetings and scrutinising decision making at local government level. He then moved to STV News, where he worked on the digital team, reporting live breaking news and editing video for their website and social media platforms. Jack also has an MA in history from the University of Aberdeen. 

Email: jack.thomson@holyrood.com
Twitter: jackr_thomson

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