Halogen Communications is an independent communications consultancy based in Edinburgh, Scotland with an international office in Washington DC, USA. The agency was founded in 2002 and has quickly become established as one of Scotland’s leading consultancies specialising in public relations, political relations, media training, crisis management, event management and strategic marketing.
Our team has an unrivalled range of experience in politics and media, including a former Scottish Office Minister, a former senior civil servant, a leading QC, and former radio and press journalists. The vision at Halogen Communications is to build and protect reputations, locally and nationally, and develop new opportunities for clients through profile raising and political relations work.
Meet the people who make Halogen Communications a leader in Public and Political Relations.
John is a founding partner of Halogen Communications having previously been Planner for Yellow M Advertising and having worked on client accounts such as Strathclyde Passenger Transport, The Herald, The Conservative Party, Burn Stewart, The Scottish Conservative Party, Kier Homes, Lend Lease, Eaga Partnership and The Scottish Government.
Before this John was Chief of Staff for the Scottish Conservatives working on campaign strategy and interaction with the media. During this time he forged excellent links with the media and developed a great deal of experience in event planning and management and dealing with VIP visitors. He also set up the Party’s Parliamentary Research Unit in the new Scottish Parliament which is still running today.
John’s first ‘career’ was as a civil servant at the Scottish Office in Edinburgh and London. During his 8 years there he developed an excellent understanding of civil service protocol and the workings of government at Westminster. John is now based in Washington, D.C. running Halogen’s new operation on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Raymond has been involved in the political scene in Scotland, Westminster and Europe for well over 20 years having formerly been Minister for Education, Housing, Fisheries and Sport at the Scottish Office, and before that served as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Northern Ireland Office. He was MP for Aberdeen South, for 5 years between 1992 and 1997, and more recently Chairman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party until setting up Halogen in 2002.
He is a highly skilled political strategist and public speaker and has vast experience in conference planning and event management having organised numerous national events in Scotland. Raymond is an excellent communicator and has a vast breadth of knowledge relating to crisis management, firefighting and strategic advice. He is also an experienced media operator with regular appearances on political discussion programmes and news interviews.
Donald leads on Halogen’s media training activities and comes with an excellent pedigree having trained many top executives and professionals on how to conduct themselves during encounters with the media. Donald provides the full range of skills for someone preparing to face the media for the first time, as well as providing further tuition for the more experienced on how further to improve performance.
These can include, but are not limited to, press release writing, on camera work, personal presentation, business ethics training and oratory skills. Donald has one of the highest legal profiles in Scotland and is widely considered to be Scotland’s premier criminal law advocate. He is also a noted after-dinner speaker and media commentator.
Leslie leads on policy and research as part of our public affairs work, helping clients navigate and understand the often complex landscape of Scottish politics. A talented researcher, he helps clients with submitting government consultation responses and written evidence for parliamentary committees, provides briefing papers on policy issues across a range of portfolios, as well as compiling bespoke monitoring reports on relevant parliamentary activity. He has provided such services for clients including major UK and Scottish trade associations, further education colleges, as well as three multinational companies.
Prior to joining Halogen in 2013, Leslie built up an excellent knowledge of the Scottish political system through employment as a parliamentary reporter. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and holds a First Class MA (Hons) Degree in History, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Relations in which he graduated with Distinction.
Before joining Halogen in summer 2017, Alan built up a wide-ranging set of skills and experiences across the public relations sector.
Following his graduation from Stirling University with an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Alan worked for a political intelligence agency, an international news agency, and in the Scottish Conservative press office during the 2015 UK general election.
In addition to his well-rounded career, Alan is also a widely published writer who combines his skill in PR with a well-developed news sense to go above and beyond for his clients.
Laura provides additional media and public relations advice and support to clients. Laura has a sound knowledge of the Scottish public sector and political and media landscape, having worked for a renowned publishing house. She has an instinctive grasp of what makes a good media story and is tenacious in her approach.
Laura graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Law and the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Journalism.