Staff Team and Board

Staff Team

Chris Chapman PhD, MA, BSc (Hons), FRSA – Director

Professor Chapman is Chair of Educational Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow and Director of Policy Scotland. He is also Co-Director of ESRC/Scottish Government funded What Works Scotland Centre (WWS) and Founding Director of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.

Des McNulty

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

Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE FAcSS

Duncan is an applied economist with interests in cities, neighbourhoods, infrastructure and housing. He is currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Finance at the University of St Andrews and a Professorial Research Fellow in Urban Economics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.


David Waite PhD

Dr David Waite is a Research Associate within Policy Scotland and Urban Studies.

Linda Christie PhD

Dr Linda Christie is a Public Policy Associate within Policy Scotland.

Sarah Weakley

Sarah Weakley is a Research and Impact Acceleration Officer within Policy Scotland.

Lynda Frazer 

Lynda Frazer is the manager for Policy Scotland and What Works Scotland.

Julie Cooper

Julie Cooper is the project administrator for Policy Scotland.


The Board

Chair – 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.

Paul Grice

Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament, Sir Paul Grice leads the Scottish Parliamentary Service which is responsible for delivering all services to the Parliament and its Members, and is the Parliament’s principal adviser on procedural and constitutional matters.

Professor Anne Anderson

Professor Anderson is Vice-Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Carol Tannahill 

Professor Carol Tannahill is Director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

Professor Sally Wyke

Professor Wyke is Deputy Director, Institute of Health & Wellbeing / Interdisciplinary Research Professor at the University of Glasgow.