The SHAAP Team
Elinor Jayne, Director
Joining SHAAP as Director in July 2021, Elinor has a wealth of experience in influencing policy and representing organisations in Scotland and the UK. She’s worked in a range of sectors on a number of different issues, most recently heading up the influencing team at national healthcare charity Sue Ryder. Prior to this she worked for the Royal College of Nursing, Edinburgh City Centre Management Company and the Scottish Retail Consortium. Elinor is a trustee for Cyrenians, the charity that aims to tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness. Email Elinor.
Elizabeth Hurst-High, Policy Officer
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. Elizabeth also holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and an MA Honours undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews. Email Elizabeth.
Chris Graham, Research and Projects Officer
Chris Graham joined SHAAP as Research and Projects Officer in August 2020. Chris is also studying for a Master's in Public Health at the University of Manchester. As part of his role at SHAAP, Chris acts as SARN Co-ordinator (Scottish Alcohol Research Network).
Before joining SHAAP, Chris worked in online education at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for approaching two years. Chris has a range of research experience, with degrees in medicine and psychology. Email Chris.
Current Chair of SHAAP.
Consultant Hepatologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1992-2021; appointed to help establish and run the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit; past-president of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology; previous hepatology advisor to Scottish Government; served on Council of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; former non-executive director of UK Transplant.
Current Vice-Chair of SHAAP.
Mathis is a consultant hepatologist working in the West of Scotland. He studied in Germany and trained in Switzerland, England and Boston before moving to Scotland. He worked in the Birmingham Liver Unit as a The Wellcome Trust funded research registrar obtaining his PhD and as a lecturer of Birmingham University.
Sparked by the staggering epidemiology of morbidity and mortality from alcohol related liver disease in Scotland he has done significant research work and teaching in particular related to alcoholic liver disease. He initiated and conducted epidemiological work on hospitalisations for alcoholic liver disease (CSO funded in collaboration with health economists from Glasgow University). He was awarded a Quality and Safety Fellowship by NHS Scotland and has led qualitative research to develop the service for patients with alcohol related liver disease and for people who attend the hospital frequently.
Mathis works hard to reduce health inequities and is an advocate for all people with alcohol problems, in particular the often neglected and underserved but important group of patients with liver disease. He is the specialty advisor to the Scottish Chief Medical Officer and a specialty adviser to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
RCPsych rep; Former SHAAP Steering Group Chair.
Former Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Tayside Alcohol Problems Service and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Medical School, University of Dundee. Researched and published on health information and communication, on the counselling relationship in alcohol misuse treatment, as well as on more traditional medical topics such as cell changes in oral cancer.
Involved in strategic issues both locally and nationally, in the planning and delivering of integrated, multi-agency care and treatment.
Prof John Dillon is Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology and a principal investigator, in the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, based at Ninewells hospital, Dundee. He is also an Honorary Consultant with NHS Tayside, leading a busy general hepatology service and a research group. He is Vice President for Hepatology of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was President of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology. He graduated in medicine from St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, and subsequently gained his MD based on research performed in the University of Edinburgh while a lecturer in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Consultant Hepatologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary since 2003. MD Research at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Interests in alcoholic liver disease and portal hypertension. Involved in the development of the Glasgow Alcoholic Hepatitis Score (GAHS) and other areas of outcomes research in liver disease. Co-developer of the Glasgow Modified Alcohol Withdrawal Score (GMAWS).
Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Glasgow University's Dental School, her research interests include alcohol and violence and she has published in both of these fields. Christine has worked extensively to research the efficacy of ABI in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Glasgow and their efficacy is such that alcohol interventions are now provided as part of normal care to facial trauma patients. She has also been involved in encouraging the dental profession to include routine alcohol enquiry for every patient and this has been adopted by SDCEP as part of their Oral Health Assessment and Review. She has recently been involved in the first trials of sobriety testing using remote transdermal alcohol monitors in the UK in both student and offending groups. She set up Medics against Violence in 2008 and through this organisation provides school interventions on violence and alcohol as well as training for health professionals in dealing with domestic abuse and rape and sexual assault. Alcohol features prominently in all these other areas.
Public Health Lead for Alcohol, Drugs and Offender Health, Information Services Division (ISD), National Services Scotland. Lesley works extensively in the alcohol field including the areas of public health epidemiology, policy development and evaluation, research and teaching. Recent work for WHO has included authoring of a report on alcohol problems in prisoners.
Harpreet trained in general practice before going into public health. He worked as a consultant in public health medicine in Lanarkshire focusing on prevention, including screening programmes, alcohol and drug misuse services, and partnership working with local authorities. He then worked as a Medical Advisor in NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) before returning to NHS Lanarkshire as Director of Public Health and Health Policy. He retired in 2017. Harpreet is a trustee of a charity called UK-Med and a Board member of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Dr Maguire has worked as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine since 2005. During this time he has also worked as a Clinical Researcher. His PhD thesis (2019) examined the role of thiamine and magnesium in intermediary metabolism in the context of alcohol related disease processes and the systemic inflammatory response. He has served as Chief Investigator and Principal Investigator on several RCTs. He is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at University of Glasgow and Chair of the Glasgow Research Emergency Medicine Network.
John is currently employed as a consultant in public health for NHS Grampian where his remit includes drugs and alcohol as well as TB and blood borne viruses. Originally trained in biochemistry and pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde, John completed an MPH on a Carnegie scholarship at the University of Glasgow after being inspired by working in grassroots community health projects. After five years at Health Protection Scotland specialising in the epidemiology of respiratory infectious diseases, John undertook FPH Specialist training which he completed in 2009. Since qualifying he has mainly been based in academic roles but always with strong links (including P/T attachments), to public health teams and departments from local councils and NHS Boards through to Public Health England and an MRC Fellowship at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy. During and since qualifying, John has maintained a strong interest in harm prevention policies and interventions for alcohol and substance misuse and was awarded the Faculty of Public Health’s President’s Medal in 2020, in recognition of his research and policy translation work in this area.
Dr Catriona Morton is a GP partner in Craigmillar, Edinburgh. Catriona is Deputy Chair of RCGP Scotland and delighted to be representing the College on SHAAP. Catriona is a member of the GPs at the Deep End Group, a network of GP surgeries which cover the 100 most socio-economically deprived patient populations in Scotland. Catriona has interests in health inequalities, mental health and sexual health.
Moira Plant is Emeritus Professor of Alcohol Studies at the University of West of England in Bristol, UK and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University Perth Australia. Moira’s main interests include women, alcohol and mental health, drinking in pregnancy and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She has published on these and related subjects in peer reviewed journals and books. Moira is the UK lead on the Gender Alcohol and Culture: An International Project (GENACIS) which includes over 40 countries worldwide. She has acted as consultant to WHO, the UK and other governments, the Centre for Addiction Research & Education Scotland (CARES) and is a UK consultant to the US Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD). Moira is a psychotherapist and trains and supervises counsellors.
Formerly Consultant of the Alcohol Problems Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Former Senior Lecturer, Dept. Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, Vice President of the Medical Council on Alcohol, Chair of the Addiction Faculty of RCPsych and WHO Consultant. Author and editor of many books and articles concerning the prevention and treatment of alcohol problems.
Consultant in Public Health for NHS Highland since 2012 and works alongside the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership. Member of the Faculty of Public Health since registration with the UKPHR in 2007. Involved in alcohol licensing and is the Chair of the Special Interest Group for Alcohol under the umbrella of Scotland Public Health Network, Public Health Scotland.
Iain Smith has specialised in the field of addiction psychiatry as a Consultant for 22 years and maintains a busy clinical practice at Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow. Iain has served on the executive committee of the Faculty of Addictions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK and as Training Programme Director for general psychiatry in the West of Scotland and as chair of the Scottish Addiction Specialist Committee. He is Regional Adviser for the Medical Council on Alcohol(UK). Longstanding research interests include alcohol-related brain damage as well as the history of psychiatry . Iain is currently research coordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Addiction Services and for the Advanced Psychiatric Training Scheme in the West of Scotland.
I recently retired after working for 33 years as a Consultant Paediatrician in Fife; this included first line care in Acute Paediatrics and Neonates, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and examining responsibilities. Over time my special clinical interest and research concentrated on neurodevelopmental disorders. Appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer to the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and GMC Associate. I served as Specialist Advisor to Scottish Government on FASD from 2015 until 2020. I have represented RCPCH on SHAAP's Steering Group since 2012.
Dr Daphne Varveris is a Consultant Anaesthetist in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and Scottish CMO Speciality Advisor for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. As Chair of the Scottish Board RCoA, she supports the specialty input into wider preventative health issues as a steering group member of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Obesity Action Scotland.
Rebecca Wallace is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen. Previous positions include Research Professor International Human Rights and Justice at RGU, Professor and Head of the Law School, Edinburgh Napier University and Director of the Centre for the Rural Child at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Rebecca was a part time Judge of the First tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) 2000-2015. Rebecca's principal discipline focus remains international human rights law with a recent emphasis on a human rights based approach to health delivery through a legal lens. Rebecca has just completed her second term on the RCP’s Lay Committee and remains involved with the College’s Remote and Rural Group.