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 July 2015 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
  • Responsible for the First Minister's Strategic programme in Government
  • Special Adviser for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (temp)

Noel Dolan

  • Senior Special Adviser to the First Minister
  • FMQs, 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 and for Local Government,
  • FMQs, Programme for Government

Malcolm Fleming

  • Senior Special Adviser for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism and for
  • Fair Work, Skills & Training

Campbell Gunn

  • Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

Ross Ingebrigtsen

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

Alexander Anderson

  • Special Adviser for Infrastructure, Investment and the Cities and for
  • Rural Affairs, Food & Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

John MacInnes

  • Political and Media Research
  • Support for First Minister's Questions
  • Support to Communications Special Advisers

Davie Hutchison

  • Special Adviser for Health, Wellbeing & Sport
  • FoI Legislation lead

John McFarlane

  • Special Adviser for Justice
  • Parliamentary Business including liaison with the Parliamentary Group

Jeanette Campbell

  • Special Adviser for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights

Kate Higgins

  • Special Adviser for Education & Lifelong Learning

Katy Bowman

  • Support for First Minister & First Minister's Private Office
  • Outreach & stakeholder engagement
  • Policy support to Chief of Staff