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MESAS Governance Board (MGB)

The purpose of the MGB is to provide advice, expertise and secure assurance that will
maximise the scientific quality, relevance and credibility of the suite of studies assessing
the impact of MUP in Scotland. Responsibility for decision making will reside with Public Health Scotland (PHS).


Overall, the key role of the MGB is to ensure that the transparency, scientific rigour,
impartiality and integrity of the evaluation of MUP is maintained. Members contribute in
line with their individual areas(s) of expertise.
Members of the MESAS Governance Board are required:

  • To agree the scope and areas for study for the MESAS evaluation of MUP, in line
    with their individual areas(s) of expertise
  • To advise on allocation of resources between potential areas for study for the
    MESAS evaluation of MUP
  • To provide quality assurance of the MESAS MUP evaluation plan which will be
    signed off by Public Health Scotland
  • To ensure MESAS MUP evaluation programme coherence and liaison with other
    relevant studies and stakeholders
  • To monitor MESAS MUP evaluation delivery progress and risk management, help
    problem solving and provide support and advice to support the delivery of the
    MESAS evaluation of MUP
  • To provide quality assurance of MESAS component studies and reports through
    individual members advising on study design, methods, data sources and peer
    reviewing reports as appropriate
  • To provide advice where there is not agreement between the advice of an EAG and
    the Research Team and/or the MESAS Project team
  • To quality assure Public Health Scotland outputs produced from the evaluation of
    MUP, in line with their individual areas(s) of expertise
  • To advise on, and support the dissemination of, information about, and learning
    from, the study as appropriate
  • To represent the wider views of their parent organisation and also to feedback
    progress to relevant stakeholder groups and networks as appropriate and in line with
    the confidentiality requirements
  • To attend meetings (in person or teleconference) as required
  • To be available via email or telephone outside of meetings, where feasible, to offer
    advice or guidance to the PHS MESAS MUP team.
  • Dr Andrew Fraser, Senior Adviser (Chair) Public Health Scotland (until March 2022)
  • Claire Sweeney, Director of Place and Wellbeing, Public Health Scotland (from March 2022)
  • Dr Tom Barlow, Senior Research Manager - Chief Scientists Office, Scottish Government
  • Dr Fiona Jamieson, Senior Teaching Fellow University of Edinburgh
  • Ian Davidson, NHS Fife, on behalf of the Association of Nurses in Substance Misuse in Scotland
  • Andrew Fraser, on behalf of the Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland (SOLAR)
  • Angela Stewart NHS Ayrshire & Arran (until August 2021)
  • Dr Ahmed Khan, Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrist Addictions Faculty NHS Lanarkshire, on behalf of Royal College of Psychiatrists Addictions Faculty (until October 2020)
  • Dr Rebecca Lawrence or Dr Mike Kehoe, NHS Lothian, on behalf of on behalf of Royal College of Psychiatrists Addictions Faculty (from October 2020)
  • Professor Tim Stockwell, Director of Centre for Addictions Research University of Victoria, Canada
  • Professor Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
  • Professor David Leon, Professor of Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Mark Pettigrew, Professor of Public Health Evaluation London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor John Frank Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy
  • Maggie Watts NHS Western Isles
  • Dr Colin Fischbacher, Public Health Scotland (until March 2021)
  • Superintendent Tim Ross, Police Scotland (until June 2021)
  • Superintendent Hilary Sloan, Police Scotland (from July 2021)
  • Matt Forde NSPCC Scotland
  • Professor Marc Suhrcke, Professor in Global Health Economics University of York
  • Clive Henn, Senior Alcohol Advisor Department of Health and Social Care
  • Pete Seaman, Acting Associate Director Glasgow Centre for Population Health

  • Louise Feenie Scottish Government (until May 2021)
  • Amy Kirkpatrick, Scottish Government (from June 2021)
  • Nils Michael Scottish Government (until October 2020)
  • Alison Ferguson Scottish Government (from August 2019 )
  • Elliot Bauld, Scottish Government (from November 2020)
  • Alastair Irvine, Scottish Government (until July 2021)
  • Joe Perman, Scottish Government (from July 2021)
  • Jules Goodlet-Rowley, Scottish Government (from January 2022)
  • Paul Cavanagh, Scottish Government (from January 2022)

    MESAS Team - in attendance

Clare Beeston, Neil Craig, Lucie Giles, Grant Wyper (from September 2020), Helen Patterson Chung (from July 2020) Elizabeth Richardson (until November 2021), Catriona Fraser (from September 2021) Public Health Scotland

Ross McQueenie (until January 2021), Mairi Watson (until July 2020), Dr Mark Robinson (until March 2020), Elinor Dickie  (until September 2019), John Burns  (until February 2020), Christina Wraw  (until November 2019), NHS Health Scotland