Executive Management Group

Executive Management Group

The current Executive Management Group was established on 17th December, 2015. It comprises:

Professor Stewart Mercer

Stewart Mercer took up post as Professor of Primary Care Research in June 2008, supported by the Scottish School of Primary Care, and is national lead for research into the problems of multi-morbidity in primary care in Scotland.

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Deputy Director
Dr John Gillies OBE

John Gillies qualified from Edinburgh University and after junior hospital posts, worked as a medical officer in Malawi, Africa where he carried out research into the epidemiology of endemic goitre and cretinism. From 1985, he was a principal in rural general practice in Glenluce Wigtownshire and then for 16 years in Selkirk in Scottish Borders until 2013. He was a GP trainer and Training Programme Director with NHS Education Scotland until 2012. He was Chair of RCGP Scotland form 2010 to 2014 and he continues to work for Edinburgh University as a Senior Adviser for the Global Health Academy and as an Honorary Lecturer.

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Other members are:

Professor Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie is a general practitioner and mixed methods health services researcher with an interest in quality and safety of care, particularly in relation to prescribing, multimorbidity and organisation of care. He is Professor of Primary Care Medicine at University of Dundee and GP in Wallsgreen Medical Practice in Cardenden in Fife.‌

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Professor Margaret Maxwell

Margaret Maxwell is Professor of Health Services and Mental Health Research and Deputy Director of the Chief Scientist Office funded Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) at the University of Stirling. Within the NMAHPRU she is Programme lead for Quality and Delivery of Care research. She has been in health services research for over 25 years, focusing primarily on quality and delivery of primary care services and the management of common mental health problems. From 2003-2013 she was Head of the Scottish Primary Care Mental Health Research and Development Programme. She has led or been involved in many large scale evaluations of national mental health programmes such as Doing Well by People with Depression and Choose Life. For the past ten years, she has been involved in several European research collaborations tackling suicide and depression, including evaluating the implementation of a multi-level suicide prevention intervention across several European countries. She is also an Executive member of the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre.

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Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie OBE

Lewis Ritchie is James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen and also holds honorary professorships at the Universities of Edinburgh and the Highlands & Islands.  He works clinically as an Associate GP at Peterhead.‌He has contributed to the NHS in Scotland as chair of a number of national advisory committees to the Scottish Government, including the Independent Review of Primary Care Out-of-Hours Services in Scotland in 2015. He has been involved with the Scottish School of Primary Care, since its inception in 1999. In 2001, he was appointed OBE for services to primary care and was subsequently knighted in 2011 for services to the NHS in Scotland.‌

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Professor Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan profile

Frank Sullivan has been an academic GP since 1984 working clinically in Glenrothes.  His research interests lie mainly in health informatics and communicty based trials, covering the spectrum from record-linkage of electronic health records to decision support to the evaluation of complex interventions.  From March 1998 until February 2014 he was the NHS Tayside professor of R&D in General Practice and Primary Care.  In the seven years before moving to Toronto he was the clincal director of the Scottish School of Primary Care.  From 2014-17 he was the inaugural Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair at North York General Hospital and director of the University of Toronto's Practice Based Research Network: UTOPIAN.  He was appointed as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews in 2017.  He is an honourary professor in the University of Dundee, the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist in the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Ontario.

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