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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, Co-Director, IPPI Centre for Education & Social Policy

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.

Professor Bernard Harris, Co-Director, IPPI Centre for Education & Social Policy

Professor Harris is a founding Co-Director of the IPPI Centre for Education & Social Policy – and Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University. His interests is in the social history of health and welfare since the 1700’s and his academic work has included the history of height, morbidity and mortality; unemployment and poverty; the relationship between statutory and voluntary welfare provision; and the origins and development of the British welfare state.

Richard Bellingham, Director, IPPI Institute for Future Cities

Richard Bellingham is the founding Director of the Institute for Future Cities. He led the development of the University’s ‘City Observatory’, based in the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC). He was European coordinator for the EU STEP UP programme that worked with cities across Europe to develop integrated urban sustainability plans. A Fellow of the Energy Institute, his interests are in energy policy and sustainable cities. Previously, Richard held a range of senior posts in Scottish Government including Head of Energy Policy, Head of Digital Inclusion and Head of E-government.

Visiting Professors

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.

Dame Sue Bruce

Sue is a former senior leader in Local Government, having most recently held the post of Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council and Chief Executive of East Dunbartonshire Council. Some of Sue’s notable achievements include: turning around the Edinburgh Tram, Aberdeen City Council’s finances and the development of the ‘Edinburgh Guarantee’.

Sue is a non-executive director with SSE PLC; Chair of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); Chair of Young Scot and Vice Chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). She is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh.  

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).

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.