About Us - Members' Interests

The key principles under which the Members operate, especially those in relation to integrity, honesty and openness, include the expectation that they all declare certain interests in proceedings of Medical Research Scotland, thereby ensuring transparency of interests which might, or be thought to, influence their actions. When such declarations are made, the Members absent themselves from that part of any meeting or other correspondence on matters relating to that interest.

  • Philip Winn (Chairman), Research Professor of Neuroscience, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde and Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of St Andrews. Professor Winn is a Board Member of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Chair of Quality Assurance Agency Scotland and International Advisor for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Ireland.
  • John R Brown, Chairman Synpronics Ltd and Cell Therapy Catapult; Senior Non-Executive Director Electrical Geodesics Inc (EGI) and Quantum Pharma plc; Non-Executive Director Biocity Nottingham Ltd; and industrial representative for the Medical Research Council. Dr Brown has consultancies with DRI Capital Inc. and Opportunity North East Ltd and holds shares in GSK, AstraZeneca, Geron Inc., Vectura Group plc, EGI Inc and Synpromis Ltd. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and holds non-financial advisory positions in the Roslin Foundation, the Easter Bush Development Board and the Biomedical Catalyst Major Awards Committee.
  • Bernard A. Conway, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde is a Member of the Electoral College of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and the International Spinal Research Trust Scientific Committee.
  • Brian Duffin, Chairman, Scottish Equitable Policyholders Trust; Director, NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd; Chairman, the GEC 1972 Plan (Pension Scheme) and Director, UK Debt Management Office; Chairman, Cervello Consultants Ltd. He also serves as a Vice Chairman of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust and as a Member of the Disciplinary Appointments Committee of the Institute of Faculty of Actuaries.
  • Alasdair G.K. Gill, Principal, Mercer Ltd. He is also Treasurer of Duddingston Conservation Society.
  • Scott Johnstone (Vice Chairman), Director & CEO, Scottish Life Sciences Association (SLA), a member of both the Technology Strategy Board and the Advisory Board of Quantics Ltd, Technical Assessor for Innovate UK and SBRI and owns ASJ Consulting. He is also a Director of Narnix and of Marine Biotech Ltd holding shares in both companies, as well as holding shares in Antoxis Ltd. He has non-financial interests SU2P and is a Member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board and of Napier University Advisory Board.
  • Andrea M. Nolan, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University and Convenor of Universities of Scotland is a Board Member of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Moredun Foundation, the Higher Education Statistis Agency Board and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association Board. She is also Chair and Trustee of the Universities Federation Animal Welfare/Humane Slaughter Association charities and a Trustee of the Carmont Settlement.
  • Graham Paterson, Director, Balgonie Ventures Ltd and Modulate Therapeutics Ltd. He holds shares in Mode Diagnostics Ltd and is a member of Targeting Innovation Ltd (a guarantee company). He serves as an unpaid director for Targeting Innovation Solutions Ltd, Targeting Innovation Limited and St Andrew's Clinics for Children Ltd. He is Diector, Treasurer and Finance Committe Chair of SACRO Ltd and a Trustee of Sacro Trust Ltd and the Hannah Research Foundation. He is also an elected member of the University of Glasgow General Council Business Committee.
  • Barry Rose, Non-Executive Director and Member of Audit Committee Aberdeen Smaller Companies High Income Trust PLC. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Dimensional Imaging Ltd.
  • Jenny Woof, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Quality Enhancement, University of Dundee is an Honorary Clinical Scientist for Tayside University Hospitals.