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Professor Phil Hanlon was educated in the West of Scotland and graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1978.

Following a period when he gained clinical experience in adult medicine and general practice, he took up a research post with the Medical Research Council in the Gambia, West Africa. On returning to the UK he completed a period of training in public health after which he was appointed to the post of Director of Health Promotion with The Greater Glasgow Health Board. In 1994 Phil moved to become a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Glasgow and was promoted to Professor in 1999. Between January 2001 and April 2003 Phil undertook a secondment to establish the Public Health Institute of Scotland. Current research interest include ‘culture and health’, uses of integrated public health data and evaluation of complex public health interventions.

Dr Carol Craig is Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being which was launched in December 2004 at the highly successful Scotland's Tipping Point conference.
Prior to taking up this post Carol ran her own training and development business specialising in personal and team development.
Carol is also author of The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: a handbook for professionals working with young people and The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow. Her most recent publication (2012) is The Great Takeover.
How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives which is part of the Centre’s Postcards From Scotland series.
In the first few years of operation the Centre’s work was particularly centred on Positive Psychology. Now the Centre, under Carol's leadership, is broadening its agenda and forging new ways to think about confidence and well-being.
Carol has a B.A. in politics from the University of Strathclyde and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Edinburgh. 

Alf Young writes, broadcasts and comments on a range of issues affecting Scotland and the wider world. He retired in 2009 from The Herald, the leading Scottish broadsheet newspaper, where he was responsible for comment and opinion. For 22 years he also wrote his own  columns on business, economic and political issues. For the first seven years of its life he also wrote a weekly business column for The Sunday Herald. He has contributed to the online Scottish Review, writes a Saturday column for The Scotsman and is a regular contributor to BBC current affairs programmes.

Born and raised in Greenock, the son of a shipyard craftsman, he holds degrees in natural philosophy and education. He has also been awarded honorary degrees by four Scottish universities. Alf started out as a teacher of maths and physics and later as a lecturer in a college of education. That was followed by a brief career as a researcher for the Labour Party in Scotland. At 34, he launched into his career in the media.

After an introductory spell at Radio Clyde, he moved into newspapers in 1981 at the short-lived Sunday Standard, followed by spells at the BBC and The Scotsman. In 1986, he joined the Herald as its first economics editor. Later he was deputy editor to Harry Reid. From 2000 he filled other executive editorial roles. He  is a regular speaker and facilitator at conferences and seminars.

Alf was a member of the group which helped devise the financial arrangements for Scotland's devolved government. He served on BP's Scottish advisory board for three years, and, from 2000 to 2007, chaired the Glasgow advisory board of Common Purpose. He is currently chairman of Riverside Inverclyde, the pathfinder urban regeneration company charged with bringing new life to the waterfront of the communities centred on Greenock on the Lower Clyde. At the beginning of 2010 he also became chairman of Social Investment Scotland which provides loan finance for the third sector.He held this post until the beginning of 2013. He is also an economic advisor to the Scottish Council and was a member of the Scottish Government’s inquiry into teacher employment. 

In October 2012 he published his first book with his elder son, Ewan. It is called The New Road: Charting Scotland's inspirational communities and is number 3 in the Postcards from Scotland series. 

Mike Small is founder and project manager of the Fife Diet. Mike's book Scotland's Local Food Revolution is number 4 in the Postcards from Scotland series and will be published in May 2013.


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