Our Team

Peter Duncan

Peter Duncan

Founder/Director

With over 25 years of business and campaigns experience, Peter has a long-standing track record in corporate communications strategy and positioning. A former MP, he helps clients understand the political and public policy environment, and helps them navigate it. He is a regular contributor providing independent analysis of the political landscape across the UK.

Andy Maciver

Andy Maciver

Founder/Director

Andy has 20 years of experience in political campaigns, professional services PR and, since co-founding Message Matters, in consultancy. His expertise is in strategic communications, helped by long-standing relationships across the political spectrum and throughout the media. He is also a regular independent political commentator on the BBC and STV, and in the press.

Louise Robertson

Louise Robertson

Senior Associate

Louise has over twenty years’ experience as a journalist, PR and public affairs professional working at a UK and devolved level. Louise has spent the majority of her career in the third sector where she has a proven track record as an effective campaigner and influencer in both the press and in the political arena.

Chris Story

Chris Story

Senior Associate

Chris is a former journalist and regional newspaper editor. With 20 years of experience in the media industry, he has worked in frontline news, on content planning and strategy as well as leading editorial teams working across print, online and social media on award-winning titles. He uses that experience to work with a wide range of organisations across all areas of PR and strategic communications.

Clare Slipper

Clare Slipper

Senior Associate

Clare has over ten years experience working in Scottish and UK public affairs and communications, starting her career in the Edinburgh base of an international communications agency before spending seven years leading the political strategy and public affairs output of the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland. Clare is Vice Chair of CIPR Scotland, and sits on the Executive Committee for Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) Scotland.

Alison Moore

Alison Moore

Associate

Alison has over 16 years’ experience working in politics and public policy. She has worked as a Press Officer for a Member of Parliament, spent several years running a busy constituency office, trained political parties overseas on policy and campaigns, and has most recently worked with Scottish-based think tanks on public policy development.

Hollie Bruce

Hollie Bruce

Associate

Hollie has experience working in politics, journalism and communications. She started her career in communications working for a life sciences software company where she was responsible for developing the digital marketing and social media strategy. Previously, she worked for DC Thomson Media and as a keen writer she continues to provide book reviews for The Dundee Courier.

Tom Harris

Consultant

Tom was a Labour MP for 14 years, and a Transport Minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments. He is now a Daily Telegraph columnist and a director of public affairs company Third Avenue Communications.

Geoff Aberdein

Consultant

Geoff is a former Chief of Staff to the First Minister of Scotland, playing a key role in the 2014 referendum campaign and election wins for the SNP in 2007 and 2011. He is a regular broadcast commentator on Scottish, UK and European politics, and was formerly Global Head of Public Affairs, Policy and Campaigns for Standard Life Aberdeen Plc.