Members

Chair
Professor Paul Boyle CBE FBA FRSE Professor Paul Boyle CBE FBA FRSE

SSAC Chair

Professor Paul Boyle CBE is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK...

Current Member
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, DBE, FRSE

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, as well as an honorary consultant physician and a non-executive member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. She is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics, awarded a DBE for...

Professor Mark Inall

Professor Mark Inall is a physical oceanographer and director of the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience Environment and Society (SAGES), which brings together world-leading expertise in geoscience and environmental science from across Scotland’s research base, to create a multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental research.

 

He is an advocate of inter...

Professor Wayne Powell

Professor Wayne Powell is Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). He has shown a lifelong commitment to the application of cutting edge science to deliver practical benefits for agriculture and the rural economies of the developed and developing world.

 

His personal research interests are at the interface of plant genetics, genome science, plant...

Professor John Underhill FRSE

Professor John Underhill is Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University, a leadership and advocacy role informing the strategic direction of the university.  He also holds the position of Chair of Exploration Geoscience and is the Academic Director of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas. 

He studied Geology at Bristol...

Professor Iain Hunter Professor Iain Hunter

Professor Iain Hunter is Research Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Strathclyde. Previously, he was Executive Dean of Science (2008-2014) and Vice-Dean Resources and Planning (2002-2008).

With a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, PhD in Microbial Physiology (both Glasgow University) and Research Fellowship in Microbial Genetics (Cambridge), he has expertise across the...

Professor Colin McInnes MBE FRSE Professor Colin McInnes MBE FRSE

Professor Colin McInnes is James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Glasgow. His previous posts were Director, Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory and Director, Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications at the University of Strathclyde, where he retains a Visiting Research Professorship.

Professor McInnes’ research interests cover the broad...

Professor Andrew Mount FRSC Professor Andrew Mount FRSC

Professor Andy Mount is Professor of Physical Electrochemistry and Dean of Research in the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests include fundamental and applied electrochemistry, sensing and analysis and the development and application of healthcare and low carbon clean energy technologies; he has played a leading role in over...

Professor Sheila Rowan MBE, FRSE

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Sheila Rowan was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland in June 2016.

This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government. Professor Rowan remains Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow, a position she has held since 2009. She received an MBE in 2011.

After her PhD...

Professor David Crossman

Ex-Officio Member

Professor David Crossman was appointed Chief Scientist, Health, on 1 November 2017.

This is a part-time position within the Scottish Government. Professor Crossman remains Dean of Medicine and Head of School at St Andrews. Professor Crossman succeeds Professor Andrew Morris, who stood down from the Chief Scientist role in July.

Professor...

Andrew Millar FRS, FRSE

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Andrew Millar was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture in October 2018.

This is a part-time position (3 days a week) and Professor Millar retains an academic position at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Millar succeeds Professor Louise Heathwaite, who stood down from the role in...

Dr Caroline Cantley

Dr Caroline Cantley's career spans both industry and academia, focused on engineering, technology-based business and research. Her current role, as Executive Director of the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe), involves providing leadership and strategic direction to the creation of critical mass in engineering in Scotland to help attract investment, leading researchers,...

Past Member
Professor Ian Boyd, FRSE Professor Ian Boyd, FRSE

Chief Scientific Adviser, DEFRA

Ian Boyd is a Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. He has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for DEFRA. He has been chairman of the Marine Alliance or Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) and was Chief Executive of SMRU Ltd. His research field is in marine ecology with a specialisation in marine mammals and he has gained...

Dr John Brown, CBE, FRSE Dr John Brown, CBE, FRSE

John has extensive experience in the life sciences sector. He is the former Chairman of BTG plc,  CXR Biosciences Ltd and current chairman for Cell Therapy Catapult Centre, a non-executive Director of Vectura Group plc and Axis-Shield plc, and was a Director of Cambridge Antibody Technology plc until its acquisition by AstraZeneca.

In the public sector he Chairs the Roslin Foundation ,...

Professor Nigel Brown, FRSE, CBiol, FSB, CChem, FRSC Professor Nigel Brown OBE, FRSE, CBiol, FSB, CChem, FRSC

 

Nigel Brown is an Emeritus Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh,where he was Head of the College of Science and Engineering 2008-2011. He is also the President of the Society for General Microbiology.

He has been Chair for the Deans of Science and Engineering in Scotland since 2010.  From 2004-2008 he was Director of Science and Technology at the...

Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE AcSS Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE AcSS

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Professor Sir Ian Diamond was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor on 1 April 2010. He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (a position he continued to hold and devote 20% of his time to until 30 June 2010).

Sir Ian was Knighted in the New Year’s Honours 2013.He has been the Chair of...

Professor James Hough FRS FRSE FAPS FinstP C.Phys FRAS Professor James Hough, OBE FRS FRSE FAPS FinstP C.Phys FRAS

Chief Executive of the Scottish Universities Physic Alliance (SUPA).  Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy and Associate Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research University of Glasgow.

Prof James Hough is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he became Professor of Experimental Physics in 1986 and Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy in 2009. Professor Hough has...

Professor Julian D C Jones, OBE, FRSE, FOSA, FInstP Professor Julian D C Jones, OBE, FRSE, FOSA, FInstP

Deputy Principal for Strategy and Resources, Heriot Watt University Julian Jones gained his BSc and PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before becoming a Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Since 1988, he has been at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, establishing a research group in optical fibre sensors, optical instrumentation and laser-material interactions; he...

Dr Chris Masters CBE Senior Independent Director of John Wood Group PLC Dr Chris Masters CBE Senior Independent Director of John Wood Group PLC

Dr Chris Masters CBE is currently Chairman of Energy Assets Group PLC of and of the Festival City Theatres Trust in Edinburgh. He also holds a number of other non-executive directorships, including Speedy Hire PLC and The Crown Agents. He was previously Chief Executive of Christian Salvesen PLC, Executive Chairman of Aggreko plc and Chair of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. An...

Mrs Angela Mathis Mrs Angela Mathis

Chief Executive ThinkTank Maths Ltd Angela Mathis is Chief Executive and co-founder of Edinburgh-based ThinkTank Maths Ltd., a private company providing efficiency and innovation products to key industrial sectors leveraging high-level core skills in mathematics and related sciences. She is an elected Council member of ADS Scotland, the UK trade body for Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space...

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