Task Force Members

1078754 Catriona Matheson

Catriona Matheson

Catriona Matheson is Professor in Substance Use at the University of Stirling, her research interests span 25 years. She is a freelance Research Consultant, a Trustee of the Society for the Study of Addiction and Convenor of the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS)...
Fiona Doig

Fiona Doig

Borders Alcohol & Drugs Partnership and Health Improvement
Fiona has worked in Public Health for over 17 years and with Borders ADP since 2012. She has strategic responsibility for ensuring the implementation and performance of local drug and alcohol strategies on behalf of the ADP as well as lead for adult and communities health improvement.
Colin Hutcheon

Colin Hutcheon

Families lived experience representative
Colin joined the board of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs in June 2017 and recently took over as Chair. Colin trained as a SMART facilitator before he and his wife established a group for Family and Friends in West Lothian in 2015. His personal experiences have convinced him of the need to extend support for families and their key role in saving lives.
Rebecca Lawrence

Rebecca Lawrence

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Rebecca Lawrence trained as a GP before becoming a psychiatrist, and now works as a consultant psychiatrist in addictions in Edinburgh, with a particular interest in chronic pain and misuse of prescribed medication. She is Chair of the Scottish Addictions Faculty of the RCPsych in Scotland.
Anthony Mcgeehan

Anthony McGeehan

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Anthony is Head of COPFS Policy and Engagement, with particular responsibility for engagement with Scottish Government and stakeholders in relation to legislative change and the development of Prosecution Policy. He has over 20 years’ experience as a prosecutor.
Neil Richardson

Neil Richardson

Turning Point Scotland
Neil Richardson joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1985. He gained a BA in Social Science from the Open University, an MBA with distinction from Napier University and a diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University. In 2006, he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police Force and moved to Strathclyde Police Force when he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in 2011 and appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland in 2012. He was awarded an OBE for services to policing in Scotland in 2014 and became Chief Executive of Turning Point Scotland in 2017.
ACC Gary Ritchie

Gary Ritchie

Police Scotland
ACC Ritchie is the strategic lead for the Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing portfolio (reporting to DCC Local Policing) with responsibility for developing new approaches to working with other Scottish public services to achieve better outcomes for communities. He is also Police Scotland's lead for Drug Strategy.

Rebecca Wood

Lived/Living Experience representative
Rebecca Wood works in recovery development across two council areas, North Lanarkshire and Forth Valley. With her lived experience of recovery from addiction, including opiates, she has a unique understanding of issues for those who are using, their families and the impact of the wider community. Since finding sustained recovery at the beginning of 2016 she has been involved in local and national work in the recovery sector firstly to gain insight and support, then as a volunteer and with a professional background in care and community work, joined Forth Valley Recovery Community as a Recovery Development Worker in 2017. Rebecca is committed to creating a safe space for citizens to find and maintain recovery, give a voice to those who are stigmatised and support communities to flourish. Being a member of the DDTF supports this commitment.
Jason Wallace

Jason Wallace

Lived Experience Representative
Jason has been in recovery from substance use for over a decade. He is currently employed by Scottish Drugs Forum and manages the Volunteering and Engagement Team. He has been involved in Drug Death Prevention Work since 2006-07 (Glasgow naloxone pilot) He has worked in several roles and was the national lead for Naloxone Peer Education in Scotland. Jason has worked on several research projects in the last 10 years across Scotland and the UK.
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Carole Hunter

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Dr Hunter has extensive experience in community pharmacy across Scotland and England. Since 2002 she has been employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde where she is the Lead Pharmacist for the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services with responsibility for planning , development and implementation of pharmaceutical services for drug and alcohol use. She was a member of the 2017 independent expert working group for the Drug Misuse and Dependence UK Guidelines on Clinical Management. In 2018 she was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
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Gary Rutherford

Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS)
Gary is the Patient Safety Manager for the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). Gary is leading on work streams in SAS that have been funded by the taskforce, related to ‘take home naloxone’, staff development and education, and collaboration with drug support services. Gary is also part of the research team on a taskforce funded research project related to ambulance call-outs to people who have experienced an overdose.
Alison Munro

Alison Munro

Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Drug Use Research at the University of Dundee
Alison Munro (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Drug Use Research at the University of Dundee (School of Health Sciences) and has over 20 years of experience in researching drug use and harms prevention. Alison currently leads a programme of research within the Drug Harms Prevention Research Group.
Ewen Stewart

Ewen Stewart

General Practitioner
Ewen Stewart is a General Practitioner working in Fife and since 1994 has had a clinical interest in helping people who have problem drug use. He works for NHS Lothian as Clinical Lead for the Viral Hepatitis Managed Care Network. He is also Lead for the RCGP Scotland Certificate in the Management of Problem Drug Use.

Tara Shivaji

Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Tara Shivaji is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and head of the drugs team in Public Health Scotland. Tara leads on the development of a Public Health Surveillance System for drugs in Scotland. A strong believer in empowering people, communities, and front-line staff in the design and development of public health systems, she has led and supported initiatives where partners influence priorities to achieve shared ambitions. Outside of work, Tara can be found tending to the vegetables on her plot.
Diane Mcculloch

Diane McCulloch

Social Work
Diane has a long career within Dundee City Council Social Work Department, initially working with older people in care homes and day care services. Holding the role of Chief Social Work Officer since 2019, Diane maintains a strong commitment to improving outcomes for people and believes this can be strengthened through the promotion and development of strong working arrangements and investment in the workforce.

Virtual Taskforce Team

The Taskforce will also maintain a broad virtual team of individuals and organisations, responsible for activity within the drug and alcohol sector and/or provide valuable experience or insight to inform Taskforce work, this will include previous members from the first phase of the Taskforce. Members of this virtual team will be asked to attend meetings on an issue specific basis and engaged when work relates to their interests. Where necessary, members of the virtual team will be invited to short life working groups to assist in the development of evidence-based recommendations.

Last Updated: 27 July 2021