Members

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

~~SSAC Chair

Professor Paul Boyle is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester.  Previously he was, 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 Andrew Morris FRSE FMedSci Professor Andrew Morris FRSE FMedSci

Ex officio Member

Professor Andrew Morris is Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate, which supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHS Scotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland. He is also Professor of Medicine and Dean of...

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 Anna Meredith Professor Anna Meredith

~~Professor Anna Meredith holds a personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies / Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. She graduated from University of Oxford (MA Physiological Sciences), University of Cambridge (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine) and University of Edinburgh (PhD), and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS...

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...

Professor Susan Rosser Professor Susan Rosser

~~Professor Susan Rosser is Professor of Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh.  She is Director of the Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre, PI and Co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry for synthetic DNA synthesis and assembly.  She also holds a prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in Synthetic Biology. She also leads two, large transatlantic Synthetic...

Dr Tara Spires-Jones Dr Tara Spires-Jones

~~Dr Tara Spires-Jones is a Neuroscientist running a research group at the University of Edinburgh. 

Dr Spires-Jones’  research focuses on the mechanisms and reversibility of brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, other degenerative brain diseases, and ageing.  Her work has shown that both of the proteins involved in the neuropathological lesions in AD (amyloid beta and tau)...

Professor Louise Heathwaite Professor Louise Heathwaite, Chief Scientific Adviser Rural Affairs and the Environment

Ex-Officio Member

Professor Louise Heathwaite was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE) in September 2012.

She is also Professor of Land and Water Science and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Management in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. Louise has over 25 years research experience in...

Past Member
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 Anne Glover, CBE, FRSE, FAAM Professor Anne Glover, CBE, FRSE, FAAM

Professor Anne Glover was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland on August 1 2006. She held this post until December 2011.  Her role was to further enhance Scotland's reputation as a science nation.

Professor Glover holds a Personal Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen, and has honorary positions at the Rowett and Macaulay Institutes. She is an...

Ian C Ritchie CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS Ian C Ritchie CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS

Non-Executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, CAS, Casapian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute.

Ian Ritchie is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, CAS, Caspian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute. He has been involved in over 20 start-up high-tech businesses, including OWL, Digital Bridges, Voxar, Sonaptic and Orbital. Ritchie is a past-President of...

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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