Our People

The SHAAP Team

Based at, and working in partnership with, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Eric Carlin

Dr Eric Carlin

Eric has been Director of SHAAP since 2012. In 2017 he was awarded a PhD in Youth Studies after completing his studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Previous studies include MSc Public Service Management (South Bank London University) and MA (Hons) History (University of Edinburgh).

Eric was formerly Chief Executive of Mentor UK and of Angel Drug Services, London. Eric has served as a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). For several years, Eric chaired  the English National Drugs Education Forum and was Vice-Chair of the United Nations' Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs. Email Eric.

Elizabeth Hurst-High

Elizabeth Hurst-High

Elizabeth Hurst-High joined SHAAP as Policy Officer in May 2020. Before joining the SHAAP team, she worked in Policy and Communications roles at ASH Scotland and The Mentor Foundation, and was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology by the University of St Andrews in 2018. Her doctoral research focused on inter-generational learning, ideas about the family, and the transformation and importance of values of respect and hard work in a semi-rural, economically marginalised town in New Mexico, USA. Email Elizabeth.

Felicity Garvie

Jackie MacDiarmid

Jackie MacDiarmid started at SHAAP as Research and Projects officer in February 2019. She joins the team after completing a Master's in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh having specialised in health inequalities research.

Before coming to Edinburgh, Jackie worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Parliament of Canada for two years. Email Jackie.

Steering Group

SHAAP is advised by a Steering Group with representation from the Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland and invited experts.