SSAC Past Members

Past Member




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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1.    Professor Wilson Sibbett CBE BSc PhD FRS FRSE: Chair of SSAC and Wardlaw Professor of Physics, University of St Andrews


2.    Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE BSc PhD DSc FGS FRS FRSE: Vice Principal and Regius Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Edinburgh


3.    Professor Jane Bower BSc MBA MA/FPM PhD IMC: Professor of Entrepreneurship, Glasgow Caledonian University


4.    Dr Donald Bruce BSc PhD Dip Theol: Director of the Society, Religion and Technology Project, Church of Scotland since 1992


5.    Professor Muffy Calder OBE BSc PhD CEng: Professor of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. Professor Calder was subsequently Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland from March 2012 until December 2014, and SSAC Co-Chair for the same period


6.    Professor John Coggins MA PhD FRSE: Director, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Dean, Faculty of Biomedical & Life Sciences and Professor of Molecular Enzymology, University of Glasgow


7.    Dr Graham Durant BSc PhD: Deputy Director, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow


8.    Professor Tariq Durrani BEng MSc PhD FREng FIEEE FIEE FRSE: Deputy Principal and Professor of Signal Processing, University of Strathclyde


9.    Mrs Sarah Fletcher BSc MSc DipEd PGCE PGCG: Principal Teacher of Physics, High School of Dundee


10. Professor Margaret Gill BSc PhD BA: Director of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen and Honorary Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Aberdeen


11. Professor Peter Grant BSc PhD FREng FIEE FIEEE FRSE: Head (designate for August 2002) of School of Engineering & Electronics, The University of Edinburgh


12. Professor Sally Macintyre OBE FMedSci BA MSc PhD FRSE: Director, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow


13. Dr John Nicholls BSc PhD: Chief Executive, Photonic Materials Ltd., Bellshill


14. Professor Andrea Nolan MVB MRCVS DVA PhD Dipl.ECVA Dip.EVCPT: Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology, University of Glasgow


15. Mr Ian Ritchie BSc CEng FREng FBCS FRSE: Non-Executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Scapa, CAS, Casapian Learning and the Interactive Design Institute Co-Chair: 2009-2012


16. Professor John Savill BA MBChB PhD FRCP FRCPE FMed Sci: Professor of Medicine and Director of the MRC/University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research. Subsequently served as the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist (Health) 2008-10


17. Professor David Wallace CBE DL FRS FREng FRSE: Vice Chancellor, Loughborough University


18. Dr John Whitelock BSc PhD: Team Leader, Applied Sciences, Fife College of Further & Higher Education





1.    Dr Stuart Monro OBE: Scientific Director, Our Dynamic Earth (also SSAC Independent Co-Chair until 2009)





1.    Professor Steven Beaumont: Director, Institute of System Level Integration


2.    Professor Sir Kenneth Calman: Vice Chancellor, University of Durham


3.    Professor Julie Fitzpatrick: Chief Executive and Scientific Director of the Moredun Group


4.    Professor Peter Morgan: Director of the Rowett Research Institute


5.    Professor Richard Morris: Professor of Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh


6.    Dr Barbara Spruce: Group Leader: Translational Cancer Research, University of Dundee


7.    Professor Stuart Reid: Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology (joint position), University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde


8.    Professor Jonathan Seckl: Head, School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine & Professor of Medicine, University of Edinburgh


9.    Professor Joyce Tait: Director ESRC Innogen Centre, University of Edinburgh


10. Chris van der Kuyl: Founder, President and CEO of VIS entertainment Ltd


11. Graham Wren: Director, Scotland, AEA Technology plc





1.    Professor Anne Glover CBE FRSE FAAM: Professor Anne Glover was Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland from 2006-2011. Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Aberdeen at the time of her appointment. Co-Chair of SSAC 2007-2011





1.    Professor Alan Bundy, FRSE FREng FAAAI FAISB FECCAI: Professor of Automated Reasoning, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh


2.    Dr Karen Jervis: Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer, BigDNA


3.    Professor Jim McDonald FRSE CEng FIET FInstP FREng: Principal of Strathclyde University , Chairman of the Institute for Energy and Environment;


4.    Professor Robert Tooze BSc ARCS PhD DIC CChem MRSC: Managing Director of Sasol Technology UK Ltd


5.    Professor Ian Underwood FREng FRSE FInstP: Professor of Electronic Displays at the School of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh


6.    Professor Michael Ferguson CBE: Dean of Research for the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee


7.    Professor Andy Porter: Professor of Biotechnology and Deputy Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen


8.    Professor Roland Wolf: Director of the Biomedical Research Centre, University of Dundee





1.    Professor Ian Boyd FRSE: Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute and the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit and Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews


2.    Dr John Brown CBE FRSE: Chairman of BTG plc and and Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh


3.    Professor Nigel Brown OBE FRSE CBiol FSB CChem FRSC: Vice-Principal and Head College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh


4.    Professor Ian Diamond FBA AcSS: Chief Executive of the Economic & Social Research Council and Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Aberdeen


5.    Professor Peter Gregory: Chief Executive and Institute Director of the Scottish Crop Research Institute and Chairman of the UK Advisory Committee for Novel Foods and Processes


6.    Professor James Hough FRS FRSE FAPS FinstP C.Phys FRAS: Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy and Associate Director of the  Institute for Gravitational Research University of Glasgow


7.    Professor Julian D C Jones OBE FRSE FOSA FInstP: Deputy Principal for Strategy and Resources, Heriot Watt University


8.    Dr Chris Masters CBE FRSE: Chair of Sagentia Group PLC and of the Festival City Theatres Trust in Edinburgh. Co-chair 2012-16


9.    Mrs Angela Mathis: Chief Executive Executive and co-founder of Edinburgh-based ThinkTank Maths Ltd


10. Professor George Salmond BSc MA PhD ScD FRSA FSB: Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Cambridge University, and Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge


11. Professor Marian Scott OBE FRSE FISI Cstats: Professor of Environmental Statistics at the University of Glasgow


12. Professor Lord Winston Hon FREng F Med Sci DSc: Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London, Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University and Chairman of the Royal College of Music





1.    Dr Russell G Greig: President and Founder of Greig Biotechnology Global Consulting, Inc.





1.    Professor Muffy Calder (see above, originally appointed 2002 as a member, subsequently appointed Co-Chair while serving as Scottish Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser 2012-14)  


2.    Professor David Cumming, B.Eng, PhD: Professor of Electronic Systems at the University of Glasgow


3.    Mr Stuart Farmer, BSC, MBA, PGCE, CsciTeach: Head of Physics at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen


4.    Professor Jon Oberlander BA, PhD: Co-Director of the Centre for Design Informatics and Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh


5.    Professor Jason Reese FREng, FRSE: Professor of Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, and Head of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde


6.    Professor Louise Heathwaite PhD FRSB FRSE: Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE) from September 2012 until August 2017. Land and Water Science; Lancaster University


7.    Professor Andrew Morris FRSE FmedSci: Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government Health Directorate 2012-2017. Medicine; University of Dundee.





1.    Professor Anna Meredith: Personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies / Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh


2.    Professor Susan Rosser: Professor of Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh, Director of the Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre, PI and Co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry for synthetic DNA synthesis and assembly


3.    Professor Tara Spire-Jones Dphil: Deputy Director for the Centre of Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh


4.    Professor Paul Boyle CBE, FBA, FRSE: Vice Chancellor, University of Swansea


5.    Professor Iain Hunter:  Research Professor in Molecular Microbiology, University of Glasgow


6.    Professor Colin McInnes:  Professor of Engineering Science, University of Glasgow


7.    Professor Andrew Mount FRSE:  Professor of Physical Electrochemistry and Dean of Research in College of Science and Engineering, (CSE), University of Edinburgh


8.   Professor Sheila Rowan CBE, FRSE:  Professor Sheila Rowan was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland in June 2016.




1.    Mr Alan Settery:  Cyber Security Network Integrator for Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SISCA)




1.   Professor Carol Tannahill: Chief Social Policy Adviser, Scottish Government


2.  Professor Jan Webb MBE:  Professor of Sociology of Organisations at Edinburgh University