Special advisers: January 2017

List of special advisers who provide advice across all portfolio areas in the Scottish Government.

Name Role
Liz Lloyd Chief of Staff to the First Minister. First Minister's Strategic Programme in Government including Inter-governmental relations. Co-ordination of the Special Adviser team. Finance (jointly with Colin McAllister)
Stuart Nicolson Head of Communications. Senior Political Spokesperson for the First Minister. Strategic communications.
Colin McAllister Head of Policy Programme for Government. First Minister's Questions. Senior Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister. Education. Finance (jointly with Liz Lloyd).
Ewan Crawford Senior Special Adviser. Europe and Constitutional issues. Government Strategy.
Ross Ingebrigtsen Deputy Political Spokesperson for the First Minister. Strategic communications planning.
Katy Bowman Special Adviser. Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. Policy support to the Chief of Staff. Support for the First Minister and the First Minister's Private Office. Outreach and stakeholder engagement.
Jeanette Campbell Special Adviser. Communities, Social Security, and Equalities.
Kate Higgins Special Adviser. Rural Economy & Connectivity. Early Years, Higher & Further Education. Support to the Head of Policy.
Davie Hutchison Special Adviser. Health & Sport and Broadcasting. First Minister Questions.
John McFarlane Special Adviser. Justice and Transport. Parliamentary Business and Parliamentary liaison.
Stewart Maxwell Special Adviser. Business, the Economy, Skills and Fair Work. Business and Economy outreach.
John MacInnes Special Adviser. Political Research. Support for First Minister's Questions and parliamentary debates. Support to Communications and Policy Special Advisers.
David Miller Special Adviser. Energy, Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform
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