Reform Scotland


Chris Deerin


Chris is Reform Scotland’s Director, and one of Scotland’s leading journalists and commentators. He is Scotland Editor of the New Statesman and also writes for a wide variety of publications, including the Financial Times, The Economist, the Press & Journal and the Big Issue. Chris has worked in senior positions at several of Britain’s top newspaper titles, including as Head of Comment at The Telegraph, Executive Editor of Scotland on Sunday, and as a columnist for the Daily Mail. He has twice been voted Scotland’s Columnist of the Year. Chris has also worked at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and had spells in communications consultancy. He coaches better writing skills at many of the UK’s most prestigious companies and organisations.

Alison Payne

Research Director

Alison joined Reform Scotland in 2008.  After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Economics and Politics in 2001, Alison spent four years as Head of Research for the Scottish Conservatives, later becoming Political Adviser to Annabel Goldie MSP.   

Before joining Reform Scotland Alison was a senior account manager with PPS, which provides lobbying, communications and consultation advice to the property and development industry.  She also spent 10 years as a Girl Guide leader and continues to help as and when she can.

Alison lives in Edinburgh with her two children and is a widow following the death of her husband from cancer in November 2015.

Catherine Bowman

PA to Director

Catherine joined Reform Scotland in December 2019 as her next step in a rich and varied career. As PA to Chris, Catherine manages Reform Scotland’s extensive and varied events calendar. She is responsible for the Director’s diary management and all donor-related administration.

Catherine has over 20 years’ experience working in administrative and management roles. Prior to joining Reform Scotland, Catherine was the Retail Information Coordinator for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. She was also an Executive Assistant to the Director of a financial planning company, and gained extensive management experience while working in the airline industry. Catherine has also spent time volunteering for a Midlothian charity, where she helped to provide support and deliver courses for new parents.

Catherine lives in Edinburgh with her husband, two children and her much loved Westie.

Heather McCauley


Heather McCauley is a former senior civil servant who has worked for the New Zealand and Scottish Governments and the UK Parliament over a 30 year period. Her roles have included policy advisor to two New Zealand Prime Ministers from 2001 to 2012, during which time she advised on a wide range of social, economic and public sector design issues.

Heather also brings a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the Scottish context, having worked as a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government from 2012 to 2016, and consulted to various Scottish public bodies since 2018.  Heather currently works independently, advising public sector leaders on medium-term strategy and organisational change, and undertaking short-term policy and research projects.


Alan McFarlane

Alan is the founding partner of Dundas Partners LLP, an Edinburgh-based investment management business. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Politics and Modern History.

Geraldine Gammell

Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant with four Non-Executive /Trustee roles (Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Golden Charter Trust, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Foundation and Kilgraston school). She was formerly the Director of The Prince’s Trust in Scotland. 

Sinclair Dunlop

Sinclair is a Managing Partner at Epidarex Capital, an international life science and health technology venture fund based in Scotland.  Prior to co-founding Epidarex, Sinclair founded and managed MASA Life Science Ventures where he successfully built a portfolio of early-stage biopharma and health technology companies in the US and UK. Sinclair currently serves on the Board of Directors of Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc., Clyde Biosciences Ltd., Edinburgh Molecular Imaging Ltd., Maxcyte Inc., and Sirakoss Ltd. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, an M.A. (Hons.) in Political Economy from the University of Glasgow and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Sinclair is a former St. Andrew’s Society of New York Scholar and an RC Kopf Fellow in international business at Columbia University. He also serves on the board of Inspiring Scotland.

Isobel d’Inverno

Isobel is Director of Corporate Tax at Brodies LLP and advises on the corporate tax aspects of company acquisitions, disposals and reconstructions, complex commercial property transactions and PFI/PPP projects. Her experience includes vendor tax planning, structuring property joint ventures, SDLT mitigation, the Construction Industry Scheme and employment-related tax issues and share option schemes, and she also has a keen interest in the development of social enterprise as a business model.

Isobel is Convenor of the Tax Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, a Council member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She has been closely involved in consultations with HM Revenue and Customs in relation to stamp duty land tax and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on SDLT and other tax issues.

Isobel has four children and enjoys going to the theatre.

Siobhan Mathers

Siobhan is a politics graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the College of Europe in Bruges. She also holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

Over the past two decades, Siobhan has worked at all levels of government in Brussels, London and Edinburgh, giving her an excellent understanding of how government works and how the different levels interact. Her work in public policy and communications consulting have added a valuable perspective on the interplay between business, government and the media. She is a former Policy Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Kevin Pringle

Kevin is a partner with Charlotte Street Partners, which provides advice to companies, institutions and individuals. He is a former senior special adviser in the Scottish Government, and was communications director for the Scottish National Party. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Economic History and International Relations. He writes an opinion column in the Scottish edition of The Sunday Times.

Sandy Kennedy

Sandy Kennedy is the CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland, holding positions on numerous additional Scottish boards.

With 20 years’ experience leading commercial, social and charitable enterprises, his varied career includes founding an online start-up, working in venture capital and being the first member of The Saltire Foundation team.

Sandy has a law degree from Cambridge and writes regularly for The Herald.