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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 July 2016 are as follows:

Name Role
Liz Lloyd

Chief of Staff to the First Minister including the co-ordination of the Special Adviser team.

Responsible for the First Minister’s Strategic Programme in Government.

Special Adviser for Finance & the Constitution (jointly with Colin McAllister) and Inter-governmental relations.

Stuart Nicolson

Head of Communications.

Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister.

Colin McAllister

Head of Policy and Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister.

Special Adviser for Education & Skills.

Special Adviser for Finance & the Constitution (jointly with Liz Lloyd).

First Minister’s Questions, Programme for Government.

Ross Ingebrigtsen

Communications Special Adviser.

Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister.

Strategic communications planning.

John MacInnes

Political Research.

Support for First Minister’s Questions and parliamentary debates.

Support to Communications and Policy Special Advisers.

Davie Hutchison Special Adviser for Health & Sport and for Broadcasting.
John McFarlane

Special Adviser for Justice, Transport and the Economy.

Parliamentary Business.

Jeanette Campbell Special Adviser for Communities, Social Security, Equalities, Jobs and Fair Work.
Kate Higgins

Rural Economy & Connectivity.

Support to the Head of Policy.

Katy Bowman

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

Outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Special Adviser for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and policy support to the Chief of Staff.

David Miller Special Adviser for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.