Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group

Role of the group

The independent Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group was set up to advise Scottish Ministers on specific policy options for the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Carers Allowance

Part of their remit is to work with the Experience Panels.

As the Group is independent of the Scottish Government, any information or documents published are being hosted on behalf of the Group only.


  • Chair: Dr Jim McCormick – Associate Director for Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Shaben Begum – Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
  • Sandra Black – Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Council
  • Tressa Burke – Chief Executive, Glasgow Disability Alliance
  • Fiona Collie – Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland
  • Chris Creegan – Chief Executive, Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)
  • Etienne d'Aboville – Chief Executive, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL)
  • Lucinda Godfrey – Chief Executive Officer, Dundee Carers Centre
  • Sarah Hammond – Manager, East Ayrshire Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Jatin Haria – Executive Director, Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights (CRER)
  • Professor Ewan MacDonald – Honorary Professor of Public Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Alan McDevitt – Chair, Scottish General Practitioners Committee
  • Professor Jim McGoldrick – Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council
  • Dr Angela O'Hagan – Senior Lecturer in Equalities and Public Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Judith Paterson – Welfare Rights Co-ordinator, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG)
  • Frank Reilly – Director, Scottish Recovery Network
  • Professor Carol Tannahill – Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • Billy Watson – Chief Executive, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
  • Ian Welsh – Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance
  • Dr Sally Witcher – Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion Scotland