European Structural and Investment Funds Replacement Consultation Steering Group


The consultation into the Replacement for ESIF Post-EU Exit in Scotland was launched on 5 November and closed on Wednesday 12 February. With the intention to seek views on how best to develop our own thinking on how any replacement funding vehicle can best meet the needs of our citizens, our businesses and our communities.

A Scottish Government consultation into the Replacement for ESIF Post-EU Exit in Scotland was launched on 5 November 2019 and closed on Wednesday 12 February 2020 and an analysis of the findings of the consultation, along with the original consultation responses, was published on 12 June 2020.

A representative body of stakeholders was established to support and guide the development of this consultation and develop the preferred Scottish position on the replacement for European Structural and Investment Funding.  

Chaired by Professor David Bell, University of Stirling, members have been selected with consideration given to both the sector and geography they represent. 

Through collaboration, engagement, and communication, this Steering Group have ensured that all stakeholders have been given the opportunity to contribute their views, experience and expertise to help inform the development of the replacement for European structural funding. 

In January 2022, due to an expanded remit and scope, the ESIF Replacement Steering Group was renamed the Regional Economic Policy Advisory Group (REPAG).



  • Professor David Bell (Chair), University of Stirling
  • Professor John Bachtler (Co-Chair), European Policies Research Centre (EPRC), University of Strathclyde
  • Councillor Dr Steven Heddle, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Robin Clarke, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
  • Douglas Colquhoun, Scottish Enterprise (SE)
  • David Coyle, Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
  • Stuart Fancey, Scottish Funding Council (SFC)
  • David Ford, South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)
  • Anna Fowlie, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
  • Malcolm Leitch, Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development (SLAED)

Previous members include: 

  • Professor Russell Griggs OBE, South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)
  • David Rennie, South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)

Scottish Government members include:

  • Cornilius Chikwama, Interim Deputy Director - Economic Strategy, Office of the Chief Economic Advisor 
  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist
  • Mary McAllan, Director for Economic Development
  • Dominic Munro, Director for Fair Work, Employability and Skills
  • Hilary Pearce, Deputy Director of European Structural Funds and Subsidy Control 
  • Philip Raines, Interim Deputy Director, Rural Economy and Communities



Sean Jamieson

0141 242 0144

Future Funding Manager
Economic Development
3rd Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

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