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Council of Economic Advisers

Role of the group

The Council of Economic Advisers was established in 2007 to advise ministers on how to make Scotland's economy more competitive.

Its membership comprises leading figures from the private sector and academia, including two Nobel Laureates.

The Council has two formal meetings a year and also carries out engagement and work between meetings focused on:

  • improving the competitiveness of the Scottish economy
  • tackling inequality within Scotland


  • Crawford Beveridge (Chair) - Chairman of Scottish Equity Partners Ltd. and Non-Executive Chairman of Autodesk
  • Sir Harry Burns - Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Sara Carter - Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Deputy Principal of the University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato - Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London (UCL)
  • Jim McColl - Chairman and Chief Executive of Clyde Blowers
  • Amanda McMillan - Managing Director at Glasgow Airport and Chief Executive of AGS Airports Limited
  • Professor Sir James Mirrlees - Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University
  • Professor Anton Muscatelli - Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
  • Professor Frances Ruane - Honorary Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Joseph Stiglitz - Professor of Economics at Columbia University