Professor Carol Tannahill

Chief Social Policy Adviser

Professor Carol Tannahill

Carol Tannahill has been Chief Social Policy Adviser since April 2014.

Responsibilities

The Chief Social Policy Adviser is responsible for advising on reducing poverty and inequality, supporting the use of evidence to inform policy-making, and helping to develop approaches to deliver the National Performance Framework. 

The Chief Social Policy Adviser is also a member of the Scottish Government's Performance Board and Economy Board.

Biography

Carol Tannahill has been Chief Social Policy Adviser since April 2014, initially on part-time secondment from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Since April 2020 she has been working in Scottish Government full time, contributing to COVID-19 response and recovery. 

Carol has a wide-ranging brief within Government, working with different teams and Directorates on the Scottish Government's approach to supporting communities and tackling deep-rooted inequalities.

She holds Honorary Professorships with the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Academy of Social Sciences.