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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:

Name

Role

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