Monklands Independent Review Members

Professor Emma McIntosh (Co-chair)

Professor of Health Economics, University of Glasgow

 Portrait of Emma McIntosh

Emma is Deputy Director of the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) team within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow. Emma is programme lead on HEHTA's Economics of Population Health theme and Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Arthritis. Emma is Associate Editor of the Journal 'Health Economics', a member of the NIHR PHR funding board committee and member of the management board of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH). Emma chairs the NIHR PHR funded PLAN A Trial Steering Committee. She has an MSc in Health Economics and a PhD in Economics. Emma's methodological interests are in the area of economic evaluation, evaluating public health interventions, stated preference methods and cost benefit analysis. Emma has previously held posts at the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and Kent. Emma has also authored two book in the Handbooks in Health Economics Series published by Oxford University Press. 

Declaration of Interests McIntosh


Professor Olivia Wu (Co-chair)

Professor of Health Technology Assessment, University of Glasgow

 Olivia Wu MIR

Olivia is Director of HEHTA and Visiting Professor at Mahidol University in Thailand.  She is also Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Complex Reviews Support Unit (CRSU) – a national methods support unit for evidence synthesis.  Olivia has expertise in a broad range of health technology assessment (HTA) methodologies; her research spans across a wide range of clinical areas and different types of health technologies (e.g. pharmacological treatments, medical devices and diagnostic tests).  Her work has informed clinical guidelines and health policy decisions, both at national and international levels. Olivia has been a long-standing member of the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee and advisor to Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  She has also been advisor to HTA agencies in Brazil, China, Taiwan and Thailand.  Olivia serves as a member of NIHR Systematic Review Programme Advisory Group (since 2015), the NIHR HTA General Board (since 2016) and the Appointment Panel for NIHR Senior Investigator (2018).  

Declaration of Interests Wu


Dr Mike Higgins

Medical Director, Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Dr Mike Higgins

Dr Mike Higgins is a consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care. He graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University in 1981. He has been full time Medical Director of the Golden Jubilee Foundation NHS Scotland Special Health Board (National Waiting Times Centre) since December 2012, having been previously Clinical Director of Intensive Care and then Associate Medical Director at the same institution. He co-chairs the Scottish Association of Medical Directors, and is SAMD representative on several national NHS groups. He is chair of the National Patient Public and Professional Reference Group which provides advice on the commissioning and oversight of National Specialist Clinical Services and Managed Clinical and Diagnostic Networks. Dr Higgins worked for several years at Monklands  Hospital during the early part of his anaesthetic training.

Declaration of Interests Higgins


Mr John McNairney

Chief Planner, Planning & Architecture, Scottish Government

 John McNairney‌ 

John is the Chief Planner at the Scottish Government where he leads the Planning and Architecture division. He has practiced as a chartered town planner for over last thirty years and has worked in consultancy, in local and in central government. He joined central government in 1999, at Devolution, and has since supported a range of policy and modernising initiatives covering information, planning policy and digital. He was appointed Chief Planner in 2012. His team have since delivered Scotland’s third National Planning Framework, the review of Scottish Planning Policy, the policy on architecture and place, Creating Places, the collaboration of the Place Standard tool and the continued development of Scotland’s Digital Planning programme. He is the lead official on the current review of planning in Scotland where the Planning Bill has recently completed the Committee stages of the parliamentary process.  

Declaration of Interests McNairney


Professor Craig White

Head of Review Support Team, Scottish Government

Craig White

Professor Craig White works for the Scottish Government where, since 2013, he has been leading national programmes developing the Strategic Framework on Palliative and End of Life Care, policy and legislative development in support of organisational duty of candour. Craig is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow in Psychology (B.Sc. Hons, 1992), Psychological Medicine (PhD, 2004), Medical Law (MML, 2014); University of Manchester (ClinPsyD, 1995) and University of Durham (PGCert, 1997).  He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He was previously Assistant Director (Quality) and Board Caldicott Guardian in NHS Ayrshire and Arran and has held several senior clinical leadership and management roles in the West of Scotland.  He is acting as Head of Review Support for the Monklands Independent Review, providing support to the review members and overseeing co-ordination of communication between the Independent Review, the Scottish Government and NHS Lanarkshire.

Declaration of Interests White