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Scottish Government Special Advisors

Scottish Government Special Advisers

Special Advisers provide advice to the First Minister, Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers across all portfolio areas in the Scottish Government.

The Special Advisers at January 2017 are as follows:



Liz Lloyd


Chief of Staff to the First Minister

  • First Minister’s Strategic Programme in Government including Inter-governmental relations

  • Co-ordination of the Special Adviser team

  • Finance (jointly with Colin McAllister)

Stuart Nicolson



Head of Communications

  • Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

  • Strategic communications

Colin McAllister


Head of Policy

  • Programme for Government

  • First Minister’s Questions

  • Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister

  • Education

  • Finance (jointly with Liz Lloyd)

Ewan Crawford

Senior Special Adviser

  • Europe and Constitutional issues

  • Government Strategy

Ross Ingebrigtsen


Deputy Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

  • Strategic communications planning
Katy Bowman

Special Adviser

  • Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

  • Policy support to the Chief of Staff

  • Support for the First Minister and the First Minister’s Private Office

  • Outreach and stakeholder engagement

Jeanette Campbell


Special Adviser

  • Communities, Social Security, and Equalities

Kate Higgins



Special Adviser

  • Rural Economy & Connectivity

  • Early Years, Higher & Further Education

  • Support to the Head of Policy

Davie Hutchison



Special Adviser

  • Health & Sport and Broadcasting

  • First Minister Questions

John McFarlane



Special Adviser

  • Justice and Transport

  • Parliamentary Business and Parliamentary liaison

Stewart Maxwell



Special Adviser

  • Business, the Economy, Skills and Fair Work

  • Business and Economy outreach

John MacInnes


Special Adviser

  • Political Research

  • Support for First Minister’s Questions and parliamentary debates

  • Support to Communications and Policy Special Advisers

David Miller



Special Adviser

  • Energy, Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform