SHAAP is a project managed by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Its work is guided by a Steering Group with representation from its member Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland.

Steering Group



Dr Eric Carlin

eric editEric has been Director of SHAAP since 2012. In 2017 he was awarded a PhD in Youth Studies after completing his studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Previous studies include MSc Public Service Management (South Bank London University) and MA (Hons) History (University of Edinburgh). Eric was formerly Chief Executive of Mentor UK and of Angel Drug Services, London. Eric has served as a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). For several years, Eric chaired  the English National Drugs Education Forum and was Vice-Chair of the United Nations' Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs.

Felicity Garvie

FelicityFelicity Garvie joined SHAAP as Policy Officer in April 2017. She has worked at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for five years as Education Coordinator and prior to that, was Project Administrator for a national clinical skills education project based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. She gained experience of public health issues as Parliamentary Coordinator of the Scottish Free School Meals Campaign at the Scottish Parliament.

Dr Peter Rice, Chair

Peter editFormer Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Tayside Alcohol Problems Service and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Medical School, University of Dundee. Researched and published on health information and communication, on the counselling relationship in alcohol misuse treatment, as well as on more traditional medical topics such as cell changes in oral cancer. Involved in strategic issues both locally and nationally, in the planning and delivering of integrated, multi-agency care and treatment. 

Dr Alastair MacGilchrist

Consultant Gastroenteroglist and Hepatologist, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and University of Edinburgh.

Dr Bruce Ritson

BruceFormer Senior Lecturer Dept Psychiatry at Edinburgh University, Vice President Medical Council on Alcohol, Chair Addiction Faculty RCPsych and WHO Consultant. Author and editor of many books and articles concerning the prevention and treatment of alcohol problems. 

Dr Iain Smith

IDSphotoIain Smith has specialised in the field of addiction psychiatry as a Consultant for 22 years and maintains a busy clinical practice at Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow. Iain has served on the executive committee of the Faculty of Addictions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK and as Training Programme Director for general  psychiatry in the West of Scotland and as chair of the Scottish Addiction Specialist Committee. He is Regional Adviser for the Medical Council on Alcohol(UK). Longstanding research interests include alcohol-related brain damage as well as the history of psychiatry . Iain is currently research coordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Addiction Services and for the Advanced Psychiatric Training Scheme in the West of Scotland.

Dr Lesley Graham

LesleyPublic Health Lead for Alcohol, Drugs and Offender Health, Information Services Division (ISD), National Services Scotland. Lesley works extensively in the alcohol field including the areas of public health epidemiology, policy development and evaluation, research and teaching. Recent work for WHO has included authoring of a report on alcohol problems in prisoners


Dr Christine Goodall

christineSenior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Glasgow University's Dental School, her research interests include alcohol and violence and she has published in both of these fields. Christine has worked extensively to research the efficacy of ABI in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Glasgow and their efficacy is such that alcohol interventions are now provided as part of normal care to facial trauma patients. She has also been involved in encouraging the dental profession to include routine alcohol enquiry for every patient and this has been adopted by SDCEP as part of their Oral Health Assessment and Review. She has recently been involved in the first trials of sobriety testing using remote transdermal alcohol monitors in the UK in both student and offending groups. She set up Medics against Violence in 2008 and through this organisation provides school interventions on violence and alcohol as well as training for health professionals in dealing with domestic abuse and rape and sexual assault. Alcohol features prominently in all these other areas.

Dr Harpreet Kohli

Harpreet DSC 0012 mid 2Harpreet qualified from Edinburgh University in 1981 and undertook GP vocational training in Fife and Edinburgh before joining Greater Glasgow as a registrar in public health medicine. He then worked as a consultant in public health medicine in Lanarkshire from 1990 to 2001. His work in Lanarkshire focused on prevention, including screening programmes, alcohol and drug misuse services, and partnership working with local authorities. He spent 7 years as Medical Advisor in the Health Technology Board for Scotland (HTBS) and its successor body, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS). Harpreet returned to NHS Lanarkshire in October 2008 as Director of Public Health and Health Policy. 

Dr Richard Watson


Richard was RCGP Scotland Clinical Lead for Substance Misuse from 2004 to 2014. He continues to represent RCGP Scotland on SHAAP. He developed and ran the RCGP Certificate in Screening and Brief Interventions in Primary care and has sat on a number of Scottish Government committees relating to alcohol. He is a full time General Practitioner in Lanarkshire.

Dr Mathis Heydtmann


Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist working in the West of Scotland. He studied in Germany and trained in Switzerland, England (including Birmingham Liver Unit where he worked as a The Wellcome Trust funded research registrar and lecturer) and Boston. Sparked by the staggering epidemiology of morbidity and mortality from alcoholic liver disease he has done significant research work and teaching in particular related to alcoholic liver disease. He initiated and conducted epidemiological work on hospitalisations for alcoholic liver disease (CSO funded in collaboration with health economists from Glasgow University). He has a significant interest in Service and Quality improvement and was awarded a Quality and Safety Fellowship by NHSSotland. He is a keen advocate for all people with alcohol problems, in particular the often neglected and underserved but important group of patients with liver disease from alcohol.

Dr Ewan Forrest

Consultant gastroenterologist, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow.

Prof Moira Plant

Emerita Professor of Alcohol Studies, University of the West of England, and Curtin University, Australia.

Dr Julie Cavanagh

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Tayside, and member of the Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland.