Dr Caroline Cantley appointed to Scottish Science Advisory Council

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The Executive Director of the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe), Dr Caroline Cantley, has been appointed as an expert to support the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

The Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body, providing independent advice and recommendations on science strategy, policy and priorities to the Scottish Government.

 Dr Caroline Cantley

Dr Cantley is one of five specialists across geoscience, engineering, agri-food and medicine, who will take up a three-year appointment with the SSAC from 1 January 2019.

Her career spans both industry and academia, and has focused on engineering, technology-based business and research. 

Senior leadership roles

In addition to Executive Directorship of SRPe - the pan-Scotland engineering research partnership of ten universities based at Strathclyde – Dr Cantley has provided technical consultancy advice and services to energy clients around the globe.

She has also held senior leadership roles across business strategy, industry-based research and development and in ground-breaking collaborative multi-national projects such as the University of Glasgow Institute for Gravitational Research programme developing the LIGO detector network in the US. 

Dr Cantley said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the SSAC. There are exciting times ahead in terms of the critical role that science, technology and innovation will continue to play in driving Scotland’s socio-economic growth and prosperity. 

I very much look forward to working with fellow colleagues as part of the Council in advising and supporting the Chief Scientific Adviser and Scottish Government in this capacity.”

The other new members are Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College, Professor Mark Inall, SAGES Director / Scottish Association for Marine Science, Professor John Underhill, the Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University and University of Glasgow Vice Principal, Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak.

SSAC Chair Professor Paul Boyle said: “I’m delighted that our new members bring a range of knowledge, skills and networks to help our work in advising the Scottish Government. I look forward to working with all of our new members as we continue to offer a broad range of science advice to support Ministers.” 

Science Minister Richard Lochhead also welcomed the appointments and added: “The SSAC plays a vital role in ensuring ministers have access to the very best scientific advice to help inform all policy areas. “Members of the SSAC are continuing our great history of science and innovation and I look forward to meeting the new and existing members to discuss how the SSAC can add value to our work.”