Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group: register of members' interests

Register of the personal or business interests of the members of the COVID-19 Advisory Group.

Members are required to declare any personal or business interests relevant to the Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group meetings they attend. This register provides details of these interests. This register and the list of members is regularly reviewed and updated.

Professor Andrew Morris FMedSci FRSE 

  • Director, Health Data Research UK
  • Government of British Columbia External Consultant
  • member BUPA Medical Advisory Council
  • Chairman NES Digital Board (September 2018 to January 2020)
  • member of Council of Reference of Academic Health Solutions
  • University of Edinburgh – Vice Principal and Professor of Medicine
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Fellow Royal Society Edinburgh
  • member of Association of Physicians (GB and Ireland)
  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow
  • member Novartis Industrial Council
  • member Diabetes UK
  • Shares in GSK
  • member Scottish Executive Health Department eHealth Strategy Board (2006 to 2017)
  • member NHS Tayside Board (2005 to 2011)
  • Director of Aridhia Informatics (2008 to 30th June 2015)
  • Chairman Generation Scotland Scientific Committee (2004 to 2010)
  • Dean of the Medical School at Dundee (2012 to 2014)
  • Chief Scientist in Scotland (2012 to 31st July 2017)
  • Director of Farr Institute (2012 to 2017)
  • Chairman Health Science Scotland (2011to 2017)
  • Chairman Academy of Medical Sciences Data and Infrastructure sub-group Report on Stratified Medicine (2011 to 2014)
  • Chairman Scottish Government Data Linkage Programme Board (2012 to 2014)
  • member Scottish Government 2020 Vision Board (2012 to 2013)
  • member Life Sciences Advisory Board for Scotland (2010 to 2017)
  • member of Medical Research Council (MRC) Stratified Medicine Oversight Board and Scientific Committee (2011to 2017)
  • member of MRC expert review group on Digital Pathology (2013 to 2014)
  • member of the Wellcome Trust/MRC/ Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/Cancer Research UK Expert Advisory Group on Data Access (EAGDA) (2012 to 2017)
  • member of UK Treasury Office Strategic Co-ordination of Health research (2012 to 2017)
  • member Board for Academic Medicine Scotland (2012 to 2017)
  • member Innovation Partnership Board (2012 to 2017)
  • in attendance Scottish Government Health Directorates Management Board (2013 to 2017)
  • in attendance Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre Board (2013-1st December 2015)
  • Director Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics – University of Edinburgh (2014 to 2017)
  • member Bevan Commission (2016 to 31st July 2017)
  • in my senior academic role I have negotiated multiple engagements and research contracts with charity and industry funders including MRC, IBM, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Merck, Pfizer, Hua Xia Health Care Holdings, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, Diabetes UK, Intel. Occasional scientific advisory and consultancy work and honoraria in the fields of biomedical science, declared as they occur
  • in my role as Director of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), since 2018 the Institute has received grants from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Gates Foundation, Health Foundation, UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Alan Turing Institute National Core Studies Partnership

Professor David Crossman 

  • Dean of the School of Medicine at St Andrews
  • Honorary Consultant Cardiologist NHS Fife
  • Chief Scientist (Health) Scottish Government
  • Trustee and member of the executive of Medical Schools Council
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Vice-Chair, Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group 
  • Chair, Scottish Government Scientific Strategic Advisory Group on Testing
  • Vice-Chair, Clinical Academic Staffing Group of University Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)
  • member of Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR)
  • member of Main Panel A REF 2021
  • member of Life Sciences ILG
  • his wife is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick

  • CEO, The Moredun Group
  • Scientific Director, Moredun Research Institute (MRI), partly funded by Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) in the Scottish Government and partly by multiple other UK, EU and international funding bodies
  • CEO and Director of Moredun Scientific Ltd., a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of The Moredun Foundation. This company conducts contract research work on animal health, biosafety (including on commercial COVID-19 vaccines) and aquaculture
  • CEO, Pentlands Science Park, a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of The Moredun Foundation
  • Chair of Wormvax UK and Wormvax Australia - a commercial wholly owned subsidiary of Moredun Research Institute – the company manufactures “Barbervax” a sheep vaccine for Haemonchus contortus in Australia
  • Chair in Food Security at the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow – this post is part-funded by the University of Glasgow (0.2 FTE)

Dr Jim McMenamin

  • COVID-19 National Incident Director, Interim Clinical Director Protecting Health, Clinical Public Health Science Directorate, Public Health Scotland
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing), University of Glasgow
  • Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health
  • Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 National Incident Management Team
  • member of Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group
  • member of the CMO Scientific Advisory Group on Testing
  • member of UK Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE)
  • member of UK New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Advisory Group (NERVTAG)
  • member of the MRC funded Early Assessment of Vaccine Effectiveness – EAVE-II study
  • observer of UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation
  • Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IMOVE-COVID-19 project funded by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and prevention and the World Health Organisation – European Region (WHO-Euro)

Professor Gregor Smith 

  • Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Glasgow

Professor Nicola Steedman 

  • Honorary Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • member of the Faculty of Public Health (by distinction) 

Professor Graham Ellis

  • Director and member of the UK Hospital at Home Society

  • Honorary Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

  • member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow

  • member of Social Care Working Group subgroup of UK Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE)

  • member of the British Medical Association (BMA)

  • Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, NHS Lanarkshire (2006 to 2021)

  • member of the British Geriatrics Society

Professor Marion Bain

  • employee of NHS National Services Scotland (currently seconded from NSS into the Scottish Government)

  • Honorary Professor – University of Edinburgh

  • member of BMA

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Professor Tom Evans

  • Professor of Molecular Microbiology University of Glasgow (since 2003)
  • consultant in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board (since 2003)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians London
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow
  • member Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland
  • current grant Holder from Wellcome Trust, Chief Scientists Office Scotland, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • research grant from Unilever plc
  • grant reviewer for MRC, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC
  • member, Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group
  • Chair, Clinical Cell for COVID-19 for Scottish Government
  • member, Nosocomial Review Group for Scottish Government
  • Chair, Advisory Committee for Dangerous Pathogens (a UK government scientific advisory committee)
  • Specialist Advisor for Infectious Diseases to Scotland’s CMO
  • occasional expert witness for medicolegal cases
  • member Safety Review Committee for TCBiopharm led clinical trial

Professor Devi Sridhar

  • research funded by Wellcome Trust, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and EU sources
  • research interests in global health, low and middle income countries, infectious disease management, health system governance and financing
  • Professor, University of Edinburgh
  • former trustee of Save the Children UK
  • member, Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group
  • member, Scottish Government Education and Children’s Issues subgroup
  • member of the Royal Society DELVE initiative
  • indirect shareholdings via USS Pension
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • member, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
  • honorary member, British Science Association

Professor Stephen Reicher

  • Professor of Psychology University of St. Andrews
  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society research on group processes, leadership, social influence and intergroup relations
  • funding from ESRC, VW Foundation (Germany), New Institute (Germany), Candadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
  • participant in SPI-B
  • participant in Independent SAGE
  • Vice President (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • member Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advisory Sub-Group on Universities and Colleges
  • member Scottish Government COVID-19 Compliance Advisory Group

Professor Aziz Sheikh

  • Professor of Primary Care Research and Development, Director of Usher Institute and Dean of Data, University of Edinburgh
  • Co-Director, NHS Digital Academy
  • member of Executive Leadership Team, International COVID-19 Data Alliance (ICODA)
  • member of Scottish Government’s Ethnicity Reference Group (ERG) for COVID-19 and Data Intelligence Network (DIN)
  • member of Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC)
  • member of NERVTAG’s Risk Stratification Subgroup
  • member of Academy of Medical Sciences Winter Scenarios Group
  • member of Royal Society’s DELVE Working Group
  • Director, HDRUK BREATHE Hub
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Quality in Health Care
  • PI of EAVE II COVID-19 surveillance platform
  • research grants from UKRI, NIHR, Chief Scientist Office (CSO), Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), BMGF/HDRUK, NCS, ATI
  • AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Strategic Consultancy Group: Thrombocytopenia Taskforce – unremunerated with no fees or expenses paid to Professor Sheikh or the University of Edinburgh

Professor Chris Robertson

  • research funding: I-MOVE (Epi-concept co-ordinator) – EU funded, Projects on COVID-19
  • research funding: MRC, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), Public Health Scotland
  • Oncimmune – stock options
  • member of SPI-M, COVID-19 Nosocomial Review Group (CNRG), MHRA – COVID-19 WBR EWG

Professor Jill Pell

  • Non-Executive Director - British Heart Foundation
  • member of Council - Medical Research Council
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

Professor Jacqui Reilly

  • Director of Nursing at National Services Scotland (and under MOU Public Health Scotland)
  • Professor of Infection Prevention at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • special advisor to Florence Nightingale Foundation (charity) and chair of the academy members board
  • member of the Infection Prevention Society
  • member of the Healthcare Infection Society
  • member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Chair of the Scottish Government COVID-19 nosocomial review group
  • member of the Scottish Government Clinical and Professional Advisory Group- Care Homes
  • member of the Scottish Government Public Health Threats Assessment Group
  • Chair of the UK CMO independent panel for high risk AGPs
  • member of the Healthcare Onset COVID-19 Infection sub group of SAGE (now the NHSE HOCI working group)
  • past elected chair of the ECDC HAI net coordination group
  • member of the WHO Technical advisory group on hand hygiene and IPC
  • member of the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors group
  • Chair of the PHE surgical site infection review group
  • Chair of SIREN study NI research sub group 
  • Research interests/funding received from: ECDC, WHO, NIHR, CSO, SIRN (Scottish Infection Research Network), CNOD SGHCSD, Health Protection Scotland
  • no commercial or other interests

Professor Mark Woolhouse

  • Chair of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
  • research funding from Wellcome Trust, MRC, Novo Nordisk Fonden, NIHR, EU
  • advisory roles for UKRI/BBSRC
  • MRC Funding Committee member (ad hoc)
  • BBSRC Funding Committee member (ad hoc)
  • paid consultancy with Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation
  • indirect shareholdings via USS Pension
  • fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • fellow of the African Academy of Sciences
  • fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Professor Sir Harry Burns

  • Professor, University of Strathclyde
  • President, British Medical Association
  • Chair, Wheatley Foundation
  • trustee, Diabetes UK

Professor Linda Bauld

  • Interim Chief Social Policy Adviser, Scottish Government
  • Co-Director, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Director, SPECTRUM Consortium (covering 10 university teams and includes Public Health Scotland)
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (and member of their Board)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (and member of their Board)
  • Honorary Professor, University of Stirling
  • trustee, Diabetes UK
  • trustee, Institute of Alcohol Studies
  • member, REF 2021 Subpanel A2 (Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care)
  • member, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute for Population and Public Health Advisory Board
  • member, Cancer Prevention Europe (International Agency for Research on Cancer) 
  • Chair (since 2015, formerly member) Research and Evaluation Committee of the Scottish Ministerial Working Group on Tobacco Control
  • member, Scottish Ministerial Working Group on Tobacco Control 
  • Co-Chair, Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group (multi agency group in England)
  • member, Population Systems Medicine Board, Medical Research Council 


  • adviser, COVID-19 Committee of the Scottish Parliament 
  • member, Royal Society of Edinburgh Post-COVID-19 Futures Commission Data, Evidence and Science Working Group
  • Cancer Prevention Adviser (CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention) Cancer Research UK
  • President, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe
  • Deputy Editor, Nicotine and Tobacco Research (Academic Journal)
  • adviser, World Health Organisation (FCTC Secretariat)
  • Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Tobacco Harm Reduction Guidelines Group 
  • member, Health Canada Scientific Advisory Board on Vaping Products 
  • member, Public Health England Tobacco Control Implementation Board 
  • member, Public Health England Alcohol Advisory Group 
  • Scientific Adviser on Tobacco Control, UK Government (Department of Health)
  • columnist, The Herald newspaper 
  • member, COVID-19 rapid response funding panel, Economic and Social Research Council 
  • member, Population Research Committee, Cancer Research UK
  • member, NIHR Public Health Research Programme Board
  • member, expert working group on implementation of the Chief Medical Officers’ Alcohol Guidelines (NHS Health Scotland)
  • Chair, Review of NHS Smoking Cessation Services in Scotland (NHS Health Scotland) 

Professor Nick Hopkins

  • Professor of Psychology, University of Dundee
  • recipient of research funding from Volkswagen Foundation (February 2019 to April 2021) on minority group members' experiences of identity in everyday social interaction
  • current small grant from the British Academy exploring resistance and empowerment in protests (May 2021 to December 2022)

Dr Audrey MacDougall FAcSS

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • member of the UKRI Big Ideas Pipeline Advisory Group
  • member of the working group on Collaboration, Impact & Internationalisation for the Recommissioning of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
  • member of the SGSSS external partners group
  • member of the SISTEMA Scotland evaluation advisory group

Professor Nick Phin

  •  none

Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group Secretariat

Final Version as at 3 March 2022. 

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