Professor Chris Chapman, Director

Professor Chris Chapman is Director of Policy Scotland and Chair of Educational Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Duncan Maclennan

Professor Duncan Maclennan is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and is based at Policy Scotland.

Dr Sarah Weakley

Research and Impact Acceleration Officer.

Lynda Frazer 

Project manager for Policy Scotland and What Works Scotland.

Des McNulty, Deputy Director

Des McNulty is Deputy Director of Policy Scotland and Assistant Vice-Principal, Economic Development and Civic Engagement, at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Mel Ainscow

Mel Ainscow is a professor within Policy Scotland and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow.

Dr David Waite

Research Associate within Policy Scotland and Urban Studies.

Lucy Janes

Communications officer.


Policy Scotland offers several paid internships each year. Find out more about our internship programme.

Governance Board

The Governance Board is chaired by Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government.

The other board members are:

  • Professor Carol Tannahill, Director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Healthand Scottish Government Chief Social Policy Adviser.
  • Professor Sara Carter, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow
  • Profesor Sally Wyke, Deputy Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and Dean of Research for the College of Social Sciences.
  • Dr Rolf Alter, economist and a Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
  • Heather Cousins, Deputy Secretary at the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland.

Former staff members

Dr Linda Christie

Linda was a Public Policy Associate within Policy Scotland until January 2021.

Professor Ken Gibb

Professor Ken GIbb was Director of Policy Scotland from 2013 until 2018, when he became Director of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).