Member profiles

The following people are members of the Scottish Migrant and Ethnic Health Research Strategy (SMEHRS) group. Their area of work is described below. You might also want to view members´ research summaries.

Shabir Banday, Director, REACH Community Health Project, Glasgow

Overall responsibility of managing REACH. Principal investigator for all research carried out by REACH on ethnicity and health. REACH is a national third sector organisation with a key strategic role in improving the health, wellbeing and health care provision of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Scotland.

Professor Raj Bhopal, Professor of Public Health, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Author of the book: Bhopal RS. Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Multicultural Societies. 2 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014.

Dr Pauline Craig, Head of Equality, NHS Health Scotland

Leads the Health Scotland team responsible for ensuring the NHS fulfils its responsibilities under the Equality Act.

Susan Fleming, Public Health Researcher, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Conducts and reviews research on public health issues including ethnicity and health.

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Dr Dermot Gorman, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Lothian NHS Board

Leads work on needs assessment and health service provision for ethnic minorities and migrants in Lothian.

Dr Laurence Gruer

Former chair of SMEHRS and principle author of report Health in our Multi-ethnic Scotland – future research priorities (2009)

Fiona MacDonald

Fiona has been a Scottish Government social researcher since 2002. Fiona joined the Public Health Team of the SG Health Analytical Services Division in 2013, after posts in the Scottish Government’s Strategy Unit (which included supporting Migration Policy) and Rural & Environment Analytical Services. She has represented SG Health ASD on SMEHRS since 2014. 

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Andrew Millard, Equalities Intelligence Manager, NHS Health Scotland

Leads NHS Health Scotland’s work on integrating and analysing data and information sources relevant to understanding current patterns and health trends in relation to equality and diversity and health inequalities, and communicates the findings to a wide audience in such a way as to influence and improve awareness and thinking on equality and health in Scotland.

Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland

Chair of SMEHRS. Overall responsibility and Director of Public Health Science Directorate.


Dr Ima Jackson, Lecturer, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University

Has spent most of her career working with marginalised groups: initially pregnant women in the poorest parts of London and Glasgow, and in more recent years with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. Joined the SMEHRS group in October 2014. See her Glasgow Caledonian University profile here [external link]


Professor Kate O'Donnell, Professor of Primary Care Research and Development, University of Glasgow

Conducts research concerning the organisation and delivery of primary care services, particularly for marginalised populations, and the evaluation and routinisation of primary care policy into practice. She joined the SMEHRS group in October 2014. See her University of Glasgow profile here [external link]


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Updated 20 March 2015

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