Our People

The SHAAP Team

Based at, and working in partnership with, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Eric Carlin

Dr Eric Carlin, Director

Eric 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.

Eric is on secondment to WHO Europe until December 2020 as their public health expert, Alcohol Policies.


Lindsay Paterson, Interim Director

Lindsay is on secondment to SHAAP as Interim Director until December 2020 from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. She is an experienced policy, public affairs and communications professional who has worked on health policy and research in Scotland for the past twelve years. Most recently Lindsay has held the role of Policy Manager at RCPE, focusing on areas such as public health and the medical workforce. She is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Lindsay was an elected member of the City of Edinburgh Council between 2012-2017 and she is currently a Governor of Fettes College with a focus on pastoral care and safeguarding. Email Lindsay.

Elizabeth Hurst-High

Elizabeth Hurst-High, Policy Officer

Elizabeth Hurst-High joined SHAAP as Policy Officer in May 2020. Before joining the SHAAP team, she worked in Policy and Communications roles at ASH Scotland and The Mentor Foundation, and was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology by the University of St Andrews in 2018. Her doctoral research focused on inter-generational learning, ideas about the family, and the transformation and importance of values of respect and hard work in a semi-rural, economically marginalised town in New Mexico, USA. Elizabeth also holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and an MA Honours undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews. Email Elizabeth.

Felicity Garvie

Christopher Graham, Research and Projects Officer

Chris Graham joined SHAAP as Research and Projects Officer in August 2020. Chris is currently studying for a Master's in Public Health at the University of Manchester.

Before joining SHAAP, he worked in Online Education at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for approaching two years. Chris has degrees in medicine and psychology. Email Chris.

Steering Group

SHAAP is advised by a Steering Group with representation from the Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland and invited experts.