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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

Chris Marshall (Deputy Editor)

Jenni DavidsonChris joined Holyrood in January 2021 after a period freelancing for newspapers and researching documentaries for Channel 4. He worked as a reporter for The Scotsman between 2011 and 2019, first as education correspondent and then covering home affairs. He has written for newspapers including Scotland on SundayThe Times and Mail on Sunday

Tel: 0131 285 1605
Twitter: @chrismarshll


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 Louise is from Yorkshire but has lived her entire adult life in Scotland. 

Tel: 0131 285 1694
Twitter: @louisewilso

Andrew Learmonth

Andrew joined the team at Holyrood after six years covering Scottish politics for The National. His work has also appeared in many other papers, including The Herald, the Glasgow Times, and The Sun.

Tel: 0131 285 1612

Twitter: @andrewlearmonth


Margaret Taylor

Margaret TaylorMargaret joined Holyrood in August 2021 after a freelancing stint that saw her contribute to publications including Scottish Legal News, The Ferret, The Times and WIRED. She started her journalism career on local weekly the Turriff Advertiser back in the days when news websites were in their infancy and Twitter had not yet become a thing. During 10 years in London she worked for industry magazine The Lawyer before returning to Scotland and working as a columnist and business correspondent for The Herald between 2016 and 2020.

Tel: 0131 285 1614
Twitter: @MagsTaylorish


Joseph Anderson 

Joseph AndersonBorn in Cumbria, just eight miles south of the border, Joseph has written extensively on border issues and how Scottish independence might impact the communities that live on either side of the dividing line.
Before joining Holyrood in October 2021, Joseph worked as part of the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service in both Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

Twitter: @janderson_news

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