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 February 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

  • Council of Economic Advisers

  • Special Adviser for Culture, Europe and International

Noel Dolan

  • Senior Special Adviser to the First Minister

  • FMQs

  • Policy Advice to the First Minister

  • Special Adviser for Social Justice & Community Empowerment

Stuart Nicolson

  • Head of Communications
  • Senior Political Spokesperson

Colin McAllister

  • Head of Policy and Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister

  • Senior Special Adviser for Finance and for Local Government

  • Special Adviser for Education & Lifelong Learning

  • FMQs

  • Programme for Government

Campbell Gunn
  • Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

Alexander Anderson

  • Special Adviser for Infrastructure, Investment and the Cities

  • Special Adviser for Rural Affairs, Food & Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Malcolm Fleming

  • Senior Special Adviser for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism

  • Senior Special Adviser for Fair Work & Employment

John MacInnes

  • Political and Media Research

  • Support for First Minister's Questions

  • Support to Communications Special Advisers

David Hutchison

  • Special Adviser for Health, Wellbeing & Sport

  • FoI Legislation lead

Ross Ingebrigsten
  • Deputy Spokesperson for the First Minister and Communications Adviser

  • Strategic communications planning

John McFarlane

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