Steering Group

The Steering Group is composed of 15 members who are representatives of disciplines generally required to collaborate on HAI research projects, and/or have proven track records within their fields and have the ability to represent their peers.  It is intended that the Steering Group will meet quarterly.

Professor Alistair Leanord (Director)

Consultant Medical Microbiologist working at the Southern General Hospital under the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.  HAI Medical Adviser Scottish Government.  Honorary Professor of Microbiology, University of Glasgow. Has extensive clinical and infection control experience in the treatment and control of infections. Research interests include health care associated infections, respiratory infection and diagnostics. Is, or has been, a member of various Professional bodies, advisory boards and short term working groups. E-mail

Dr John CoiaProfessor John E Coia

Consultant Microbiologist with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde (Robertson Trust Laboratory of Electronic Sterilisation Technology). Director of the Scottish Microbiology Reference Laboratories, Glasgow. A Member of the UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF), he chairs the ACMSF Surveillance Working Group. He is a Member of the Scientific Development Committee of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS). E-mail

Sub-Group leader for MRSA.

Professor Tom EvansProfessor Tom Evans

Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, University of Glasgow. Is interested in serious bacterial infections that result in a stereotyped host response that is termed sepsis. Also the Gram negative bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common cause of sepsis and producing a number of toxins that result in host damage. [More] Email.

Professor Tim Mitchell PhD, FRCPath  


Professor of Microbial Infection and Immunity, School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Research interests: studies of bacterial infectious diseases; structure function relationships of bacterial virulence factors and application to vaccine design; host response to infection and its manipulation, genetic susceptibility to infectious disease, the use of transgenic technology to improve infectious disease resistance in domestic animals. [More] E-mail.

Sub-Group leader for Pneumococci.

Ms Abigail Mullings‌Abigail Mullings

Healthcare Associated Infection Policy Unit
Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer
Patients, Public and Health Professions
Scottish Government. E-mail

Dr J ReillyProfessor Jacqui Reilly

Consultant Nurse Epidemiologist, Health Protection Scotland. E-mail

Sub-Group leader for MRSA and Building research in infection control nursing.

Professor Chris Robertson Professor Chris Robertson

Professor Public Health Epidemiology Statistics and Modelling Science,University of Strathclyde. Interested in Statistical models in epidemiology; regional variation in disease risk; meta analysis; stochastic models in infectious disease and vaccinations. E-mail

Dr Fiona Skinner

Academic Leader, Faculty of Health, UHI Millennium Institute. E-mail

Dr Lorna Willocks

Consultant in health protection at NHS Lothian.  Has just finished secondment as Consultant in Public Health Medicine and HAI Medical Advisor, HAI Policy Unit: Directorate of the Chief Nursing Officer, Patients, Public and (Health) Professions, Scottish Government.

Prior to taking up this post was regional epidemiologist and latterly interim regional director HPA East of England.  E-mail.