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 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.


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,...

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...

Mr Alan Settery Mr Alan Settery

Mr Alan Settery is the Cyber Security Network Integrator for the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) whose role is to work across academia, government, partner organisations and industry to encourage investment and growth in academia to provide; skills and learning, capabilities and expertise, and research and innovation to underpin Scotland’s National Cyber Resilience...

Past Member
SSAC Past Members



The following is a list of previous members and their institutions/positions at the time of appointment. The SSAC does not hold records of members’ professional roles after they left the SSAC.


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