Panel Members

Professor Alison Britton
Professor Anthony Smith
Dr Carey Lunan MBE
Mr Ian Currie
Mrs Irene Brown

Professor Alison Britton

 M.A. LL.B. DIP.L.P M.PHIL. Prof.M

Alison is Professor of Healthcare and Medical Law at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is currently Head of Department and Chair of the Senate Disciplinary Committee for the University.

She   specialises in public healthcare, clinical negligence and professional ethics. In recent years, her interests have focused upon the practical application and the role of law in matters of public health and policy development.  

During her career, she has been involved in consultancy work for a diverse range of organisations including the World Health Organisation, the Department of Health (England and Wales), Childlessness Overcome through Surrogacy(C.O.T.S), British Medical Association, General Medical Council  and the Scottish Government. She has delivered presentations nationally, internationally and provided training for health care organisations.

Alison was appointed legal adviser to the Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament for the Adult Support and Protection (Sc) Act 2007 and Health and Sport Committee on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill in 2010. She was a member of the Scottish Government Steering Group on new Psychoactive Substances and  the Scottish Medicines Consortium Task and Finish Group: assessment for medicines for very rare conditions and at the end of life

She was the Convener of the Health and Medical Law Reform Sub Committee for the Law Society of Scotland from 2013-2020.  

Alison is an honorary tutor in Cardiff School of Medicine for collaborative work with Cardiff University and the British Pain Society on palliative care and resolution of law and damages for patients in chronic pain. She is a visitor to the Grameen College of Nursing, Dhaka, Bangladesh, advising on Academic Quality Enhancement, Audit and Design in learning and teaching. She delivered their inaugural Professorial Lecture in May 2014. 

In 2017, she was invited to become a member of the Consent Task and Finish Group for the General Medical Council . The updated guidelines were published October 2020.

She was commissioned by the Scottish Government to conduct an investigative review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Inquiries and Reviews in Scotland (with specific reference to The Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants). This Review was published in October 2018.

In February 2019, she became the Chair of the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme Appeals Panel.  She currently sits on the Lay Advisory Board and Public Affairs Group for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.

Professor Anthony Smith


Professor Smith studied medicine at the universities of St Andrews and Manchester.

Professor Smith worked as a Consultant Gynaecologist specialising in Urogynaecology in Manchester from 1990 until his retirement from clinical practice in 2018.

His research thesis involved a study into the aetiology of pelvic floor weakness in women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence of urine.  He continued this research throughout his career supervising several doctors through their research into this area.

Professor Smith developed laparoscopic techniques for pelvic reconstructive surgery.  He has published widely on the results from this type of surgery, some of which employed mesh and other materials to augment support.  Professor Smith was clinical lead for an MRC funded, multicentre, randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic and open techniques for stress incontinence surgery.  Professor Smith has performed surgical teaching and demonstrations throughout the world.

Professor Smith was a member of the group which developed the most widely adopted nomenclature for pelvic organ prolapse (POPQ)  

Professor Smith has been President of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and Chairman of the British Society of Urogynaecology.  He chaired an international committee researching surgical treatment of urinary incontinence in women at the International consultation on Incontinence and this resulted in the publication of reference chapters for the specialty. (2002-2009)

Professor Smith chaired the NICE Guideline committee for Urinary incontinence in women which was responsible for publication of the Guideline in 2013.  He chaired the NHS Specialised services committee responsible for Specialised Gynaecological services guideline development 2012-2014.

Dr Carey Lunan MBE

BSc 1995   MBChB 1997   MRCGP 2002   MPhil (Law and Ethics in Medicine) 2006   MBE 2020

Dr Carey Lunan is a GP partner at Craigmillar Medical Group in Edinburgh.  She is also the immediate past Chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) in Scotland.

Carey has primarily worked in area of high socio-economic deprivation during her clinical career.  She is the current Chair of the Deep End Group of GPs in Scotland , the 100 practices serving the most deprived populations. 

She undertook further postgraduate study, obtaining an MPhil in Law and Ethics in Medicine from Glasgow University in 2005.  Subsequently, she has delivered workshops and lectures at an undergraduate and postgraduate level on various related topics including consent, capacity, advance decision making and end of life care.  She was also an appointed member of the RCGP Committee of Medical Ethics for 6 years, until 2019.

She has been closely involved with the work of the RCGP over many years.  In addition to her Ethics Committee work, she was Executive Officer for Patients and Public within RCGP Scotland for two years, Executive Officer for Interface working within RCGP Scotland for three years and most recently Chair of RCGP Scotland from 2017 – 2020.

Carey has worked as a GP appraiser, conducting annual appraisals for around seventy GPs per year from 2011 – 2015.

She was the clinical lead for anticipatory care planning for the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership between 2010 – 2015.

In addition to medical ethics teaching, she has also taught undergraduate medical students on communication skills, motivational interviewing, the social determinants of health, cultural and religious issues in medicine, and stigma in healthcare. She has been clinical supervisor for medical students in the areas of refugee and asylum seeker access to primary care and the impact of New psychoactive Substances (“legal highs”) in the homeless population.  Additional postgraduate teaching topics, delivered through lectures, workshops, webinars, podcasts and panel discussions include working with drug users, advance directives and end of life care, leadership and advocacy, practitioner wellbeing, improving the primary-secondary care interface, and anticipatory care planning.  She has written and lectured widely on the role of doctors in deprivation health.

She was recently awarded an MBE for services to healthcare during the Covid19 pandemic.

Mr Ian Currie


Ian Currie is an Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  with over 25 years of experience in delivering healthcare to women.

 In 2011 he was elected the Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists based at the RCOG in London. This post is one of the key posts within the specialty of Gynaecology in the UK . He held this post for 5 years.

He is currently  a Fellows representative on the Council of the RCOG and also sits on the Board of Trustees of the College

He chaired two main national Working Parties for the profession while in post as Vice President and  also represented the RCOG on the Keogh review into cosmetic surgery following the PIP breast implant issue

He served for 5 years as vice chair of the RCOG Ethics committee developing documents such as the review of female genital cosmetic surgery. 

He has carried out reviews of service and of individual doctors performance at the request of Trust hospitals and the RCOG .  As a mentor he has mentored many doctors in difficulty for the General Medical Council who are in the process of disciplinary proceedings.

He is well known both locally and nationally for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and vaginal reconstructive surgery. He is a member of BSUG , IUGA, ICS and UKCS and is currently serving on the Governance committee of BSUG.

He was a GDG member for the first urinary incontinence NICE guideline in 2006.  This first guideline formed the basis for the modern management of urinary incontinence in women

He was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in 1997 and his main NHS base is Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust at Stoke Mandeville where he held the post of Clinical lead and  Divisional Chair for Women & Children’s Services for over 5 years. Stoke Mandeville is the National Spinal Injuries Unit for the UK.   He currently acts as the medicolegal lead for his Trust , a post he has held since April 2020 Over the last few years he has lectured and taught in many countries such as India, Somaliland, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan.

Mrs Irene Brown

Irene is an experienced University Administrator, having worked in all three of Glasgow’s universities since 1979.    Irene is experienced in internally and externally funded project administration, organising conferences and events and clerking meetings at various levels.   In the past, Irene worked as an SQA Assessor in Administration assessing staff taking part in SVQ Modules in Business Administration on one University’s Modern Apprenticeship Programme.   She holds a PG Certificate in Supporting Student Learning and is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Irene was a member of the panel and provided administrative support for the  Scottish Government’s commissioned  Investigative Review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Inquiries and Reviews in Scotland (with specific reference to The Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants).  This Review was published in October 2018.