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Lee Knifton, Co-Director, Centre For Health Policy

Lee Knifton, Co-Director, IPPI Centre for Health Policy

Lee Knifton is a founding Co-Director – with Neil Quinn – of the IPPI Centre for Health Policy. His academic interests focus is on health policy and public health equity and combine research and knowledge exchange in Scotland with major international collaborations with The WHO, Yale University, New York University and IIT. This work focuses on stigma, discrimination, rights and citizenship, including community-based participatory research.

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Professor Sue Ellis

Professor Ellis is a founding Co-Director of the IPPI Centre for Education & Social Policy. Sue Ellis’s interests are in how to make literacy research, policy development and implementation more effective and she has a particular interest in closing Scotland’s educational attainment gap. The Centre has three principal work-streams: Transformative Data; Tackling Social Disadvantage; Changing Welfare States and promotes cutting-edge, innovative research, hosts high-level policy-focused seminars and conferences and publishes IPPI Policy-Briefs and Occasional Papers.

Visiting Professors

Professor Mahmood Adil

Mahmood Adil

Madhmood Adil was appointed as a Visiting Professor to IPPI in March 2017.

Mahmood has over 25 years of medical, public health, civil service, executive management experience and has delivered on a number of senior leadership positions in the National Health Service (UK) and USA. Currently, a Medical Director at the National Services Scotland responsible for national health data/intelligence and health protection functions for Scotland. Prior to joining Scotland, he was the National Quality and Efficiency Advisor at the Department of Health (England), where he championed quality and cost agenda and successfully promoted value based healthcare to deal with £20 billion efficiency without compromising quality in the NHS.

He has a demonstrable track record of comprehensively measuring and regulating the performance of healthcare systems and adviser to a number of countries globally. He has been a visiting faculty at Yale University and taught comparative health systems over there. 

He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School, Prime Minister’s Top Management Programme, the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA) and European Hospital & Healthcare Federation. He has postgraduate qualifications in medicine, paediatrics, public health, economics, management, health informatics fields and professionally qualified board director from the Institute of Directors (UK).

George Black

George Black CBE was appointed as a Visiting Professor at IPPI in March 2015.

As CEO of Glasgow City Council for 12 years to 2014, George was responsible for a budget of £2.3bn and 33,000 staff.  He oversaw a major reform programme, including: a PPP for the city’s Secondary School estate, the transfer of the Council’s housing stock and the creation of a network of Arms-Length External Organisations (ALEOs) and the largest UK City Deal (£1.13bn) agreed with the UK and Scottish governments.

George was responsible for the construction of all venues and the Games Village the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  He advised the Glasgow 2014 Strategic Group and co-chaired the Games Operational Delivery Group. The Commonwealth Games Federation declared Glasgow 2014 as “the best Games ever”.

In 2015, Glasgow was named UK Council of the Year.

Greg Clark

Greg Clark

Greg Clark was appointed Visiting Professor at IPPI in June 2014. He has a particular expertise and interest in cities.

Greg has a worldwide reputation as a cities advisor, advocate, commentator and mentor. He works with leadership in global cities, global firms, global institutions and at global gatherings and he holds current roles with the OECD (Paris); The Brookings Institution (Washington DC); the Urban Land Institute, Europe (London).

Dr William Duncan

Dr William Duncan

Dr William Duncan became a Visiting Professor in June 2017.

As Chief Executive of RSE - Scotland's national Academy of Sciences and Letters - from 1985 until 2017, he oversaw a considerable expansion of its activities, reach and impact. New activities developed included:

  • policy advice, with the RSE widely recognised as an impartial, authoritative commentator on a wide range Scottish, UK and European issues
  • international relations, especially with other national academies in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand
  • academic/ business links, through national strategies to enhance commercialisation and knowledge transfer.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore was appointed as a Visiting Professor at IPPI in May 2016.

Michael is PwC’s Senior Adviser on Devolution, supporting the public and private sector to deliver the devolution and regional economic growth agenda of the UK government and the regions.

Michael was Secretary of State for Scotland (2010-13) and piloted the Scotland Act 2012 through Westminster which transferred income tax and borrowing powers to the Scottish Parliament.  He negotiated the Edinburgh Agreement with Nicola Sturgeon which created the framework for the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum and was a member of the Smith Commission that set the blueprint for further tax, borrowing and welfare powers as delivered by the Scotland Act 2016.

Prior to his 18 years as an MP, Michael qualified as a CA before specialising in corporate finance and other advisory work.

Jeremy Peat, International Public Policy Institute

Jeremy Peat

Jeremy Peat OBE was appointed as a Visiting Professor at IPPI in May 2014.

Jeremy is a professional economist with an expertise in economics and related public policy issues. With significant private and public experience as a former Group Chief Economist at RBS (1993-2005) and previously at The Scottish Office, he is a regular commentator on economic issues for The Herald newspaper.

Alf Young, International Public Policy Institute

Alf Young

Alf Young was appointed as a Visiting Professor to IPPI in May 2014.

Alf is distinguished commentator on Scottish industrial, economics and public policy issues. For over 23 years he was Economics Editor, Policy Editor and then Deputy Editor of the Herald newspaper. He has an intimate knowledge of Scotland’s industrial, economic and political landscape. He is the author of ‘Forty Turbulent Years 2015.