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Expert Evidence Group

The aim of the Expert Evidence Group (EEG) is to support the Lead Officers Group and the Ministerial Group to make appropriate evidence based recommendations for the outcomes of the Enterprise and Skills Review.  The group is made up of a range of people with a great deal of expertise and experience on Enterprise and Skills issues and the aim is to use this expertise to help inform the review.  Members of the group will have dual roles – one role is to represent their organisation and the second role is to use their expert knowledge to help shape potential options for enterprise and skills support in the future.

Gary Gillespie will chair the group and will bring the outcomes of the discussions to the Lead Officers Group and the Ministerial Group.


  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Government (Chair)

  • Mary McAllan, Director of Economic Growth, Scottish Government

  • Aileen McKechnie, Director of Advanced Learning and Science, Scottish Government

  • Kenny Richmond – Economics Director, Scottish Enterprise

  • Alastair Nicolson - Head of Planning and Partnerships, Highlands and islands Enterprise

  • Gordon McGuinness - Head of Evaluation and Research, Skills Development Scotland

  • Martin Fairbairn - Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chief Exec, Scottish Funding Council

  • Robin Presswood - Head of Economy, Planning and Employability, Fife Council

  • Richard Cairns - Strategic Director, Regeneration, Environment and Growth, West Dunbartonshire Council

  • David McPhee - Office of the Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Government

  • Rachel Gwyon - Review team lead

    Additional representatives may be called to participate/ contribute at selected meetings if and when required.