The Board


Sir John ElvidgeChair – Sir John Elvidge KCB FRSE FRSA

Formerly Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2010. Currently a Carnegie Fellow for the Carnegie UK Trust, an Associate of the Institute for Government, an Associate of the Centre for Leadership and Public Policy at Oxford University and Chair of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre.

Also Chairman of Edinburgh Airport Limited and a member of Boards of Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Opera. Member of the Court of the University of St Andrews and trustee of Bond for Hope and IF charities.

Frank BaumgartnerProfessor Frank Baumgartner

Frank R. Baumgartner holds the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professorship of Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (US). His research focuses on public policy, agenda-setting, and interest groups/lobbying, and has been roughly equally focused on US and western European applications.

With Bryan D. Jones he developed the punctuated equilibrium approach to the study of public policy and the Policy Agendas Project, which has now been replicated in a dozen countries (see The Comparative Agendas project).

Paul GricePaul Grice

Current position: Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament. Leads the Scottish Parliamentary Service which is responsible for delivering all services to the Parliament and its Members. The Parliament employs around 450 staff and has an annual budget of around £75m.

Previous career history: Graduated in 1984 from Stirling University. Joined the Civil Service through the “Fast Stream” in 1985. Worked for the Department of Transport and, subsequently, the Department of the Environment on Bus De-regulation, Railways Policy and Local Government Finance. Subsequently Private Secretary to Virginia Bottomley MP.

Joined the Scottish Office in 1992 working on Housing and Urban Regeneration Policy, then headed up the Management of Change Unit. Joined the Constitution Group in May 1997 with responsibility for the Referendum on establishing the Scottish Parliament: subsequently managed the Scotland Act which laid the new constitutional framework. Appointed Director of Implementation for the Scottish Parliament in 1999 – set up parliamentary organisation and associated support systems. Appointed Clerk and Chief Executive of the Parliament in summer 1999.

Appointed a member of the University Court at Stirling in 2006 and chair of the Finance and Research Committee from 2008-2012. Secretary to Scotland’s Futures Forum, Hon Fellow RIAS. Appointed to Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2009 (chair of Audit Committee since 2010), and appointed to the Bank of Scotland Foundation in 2011.

Josef KonvitzProfessor Josef Konvitz

Professor Josef Konvitz joined the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 1992 after nearly twenty years on the history faculty of Michigan State University. He led the OECD’s work on urban policy from 1992 to 2003. As Head of Division, Regulatory Policy, from 2003 until his retirement in 2011, Konvitz designed and implemented a strategic, multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral programme to strengthen regulatory quality and regulatory reform.

He has special interests in multi-level governance; public sector reform; linking universities and regions; infrastructure policy, regulation, and public-private sector co-ordination for investment; integrative strategies for sustainable urban and regional development; and crisis management, risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction.

Josef holds degrees from Cornell University (BA with Honours in History, 1967), and Princeton University (PhD in History, 1973). He is Honorary Professor of Education, Glasgow University (2010-15), and Visiting Professor, Cities Programme, King’s College London (2012-15). As an historian, he is the author of three books, 30 articles and many reviews on urban economic and cultural development, infrastructures, public policy decision-making and regulation, ports, and the history of cartography, and is the recipient of several fellowships and prizes.

John McFallLord McFall of Alcuith

Rt Hon John McFall, Lord McFall of Alcluith was made a Peer in the 2010 Dissolution Honours List, following 23 years’ service as the Member of Parliament for Dumbarton and later West Dunbartonshire. Alcluith is the original Gaelic name for Dumbarton, meaning “rock on the Clyde.”

Lord McFall is currently a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.

In the House of Lords, Lord McFall continues to focus on the issues of the economy and financial services. He is a member of the House of Lords Economic Affairs committee and contributes to the debate on the future of the UK economy, and the need for new investment in jobs and growth; the future of banking after the crisis; the future of pensions and retirement saving; and making banks work for ordinary people. He also contributes on issues affecting Scotland and on and international aid and development.

Lord McFall is best known for his time as Chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee, a position which he held between 2001 and 2010. Under this chairmanship, the Treasury Committee gained a high profile by taking on prominent issues such as globalisation, the economics of climate change and the private equity industry.
Before his time on the Treasury Committee, Lord McFall held several positions on Government and Opposition front benches, including Northern Ireland Office Minister and Opposition Spokesperson for Scottish Affairs.

Carol TannahillProfessor Carol Tannahill BA, MPH, PhD, FFPH

Professor Carol Tannahill is Director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, a research and development centre which was established in 2004 to generate insights and evidence, propose new ways forward, and provide leadership for action to improve health and tackle inequality. She has over twenty years’ experience of contributing to public health policy and strategy developments in international, national and local contexts. Throughout her career, Carol has placed a high priority on strengthening the research base to inform public health policy and on building the connections between research, policy and practice.

Carol is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford (BA in Human Sciences, 1984) and Glasgow (MPH, 1985 and PhD in Public Health, 1989), and previously held the posts of Director of Health Promotion at Greater Glasgow Health Board, and Senior Adviser in Health Development in the Public Health Institute of Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Honorary Professor with the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Julia UnwinJulia Unwin CBE

Julia Unwin is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. In that role, she focused on the development of services and in particular the governance and funding of voluntary organisations. Julia has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector.

She previously held a position as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 until 1998, and is currently a member of the University of York’s Council and a member of Ashridge Business School’s Board of Governors. Julia was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012. Julia was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of York St John in November 2012 in recognition of her work.

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Andrew WilsonAndrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson joined WPP Group In August 2012 working on client strategy and development with a number of their major clients. He was Head of Group Communications with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (October 2010 – June 2012). He held a variety of other posts in RBS including Head of Group Corporate Affairs (2008-2010), Deputy Chief Economist (2005-2007), Head of Group Media Relations (2003-2005) and worked on the acquisition of ABN AMRO and the subsequent integration planning team in Amsterdam.

From 1999 to 2003 he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament and the Shadow Minister on Finance, Economy and Transport and finally Economy and Lifelong Learning. During this same period he wrote a weekly column in the Sunday Mail and contributed to a variety of other publications.

Prior to his election he worked as an economist with the Government Economic Service (1993-1995); the SNP (1995-1997) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (1997-1999). Educated at St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities.

He is a Trustee of The John Smith Memorial Trust and a Director of Motherwell Football Club. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland and Member of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the Institute of Directors and the David Hume Institute. He writes a weekly current affairs ‘Scrutiny’ column in Scotland on Sunday. He is a member of the University of Glasgow public policy advisory board.