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' responsibilities at January 2016 are as follows:



Liz Lloyd

  • Chief of Staff to the First Minister including the co-ordination of the Special Adviser team
  • Senior Special Adviser on the Constitution and Europe
  • Responsible for the First Minister’s Strategic Programme in Government.

Noel Dolan

  • Senior Special Adviser to the First Minister
  • First Minister’s Questions
  • Policy advice to the First Minister

Stuart Nicolson

  • Head of Communications
  • Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister

Colin McAllister

  • Head of Policy and Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister
  • Senior Special Adviser for Finance & Local Government
  • First Minister’s Questions
  • Programme for Government

Malcolm Fleming

  • Senior Special Adviser for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, for Rural Affairs, Food & Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform and for International Development

Campbell Gunn

  • Communications Special Adviser
  • Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister

Ross Ingebrigtsen

  • Communications Special Adviser
  • Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister
  • Strategic communications planning

John MacInnes

  • Political & Media Research
  • Support for First Minister’s Questions
  • Support to Communications Special Advisers

Davie Hutchison

  • Special Adviser for Health, Wellbeing & Sport and for Broadcasting

John McFarlane

  • Special Adviser for Justice and for Infrastructure, Investment & the Cities
  • Lead on Parliamentary Business including liaison with the Parliamentary Group

Jeanette Campbell

  • Special Adviser for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners’ Rights and for Fair Work, Skills & Training

Kate Higgins

  • Special Adviser for Education & Lifelong Learning

Katy Bowman

  • Support for the First Minister and the First Minister’s Private Office.
  • Outreach and stakeholder engagement.
  • Special Adviser for Culture & External Affairs and policy support to the Chief of Staff.