GUSS Speakers




Lesley Riddoch

Lesley Riddoch is one of Scotland’s best known commentators and broadcasters.  She was assistant editor of The Scotsman in the 1990s (and editor of the Scotswoman in 1995 when female staff wrote, edited and produced the paper) & contributing editor of the Sunday Herald.  She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.

Lesley runs her own independent radio and podcast company, Feisty Ltd which produces a popular weekly podcast and was a member of the 3 year EU-funded Equimar marine energy project. Lesley is a weekly columnist for the Scotsman and Sunday Post and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Scotland Tonight and Newsnight Scotland. Lesley is Director of Nordic Horizons, a policy group which exchanges expertise between the Nordic nations and Scotland and is completing a PhD supervised by Oslo and Strathclyde Universities. She founded the charity Africawoman and the feminist magazine Harpies and Quines and was a member of the Isle of Eigg Trust, which led to the successful community buyout in 1997. She wrote Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides in 2007 and has just published her latest book Blossomwhat Scotland needs to Flourish with Luath. Her website is and her blog is Another Side of Lesley Riddoch



Christopher Gillberg

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Gothenburg. Founder and Director of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Gothenburg.

Christopher Gillberg is the most productive autism researcher in the world and his research ranges from basic neuroscience via epidemiology, clinical research and prognosis to interventions and treatment. He has won many national and international awards for his research including the Royal Medal from the Swedish King (2009) and the Söderberg Prize in Medicine (2012).

Christopher Gillberg has published over 500 international peer-reviewed papers, many book-chapters, and 30 books in English and Swedish.



Anne Mette Skovgaard

Anne Mette Skovgaard is MD, DM SCi., Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Copenhagen and founder and director of the Copenhagen Child Cohort CCC 2000 and the Copenhagen Infancy Screening and Intervention Study.

The CCC2000 study is first general population birth cohort study worldwide which systematically has investigated the whole spectrum of mental health problems prospectively from birth.

In collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), DK, Anne Mette Skovgaard has created a program of mental health screening and intervention in the general child health surveillance, which is currently investigated.

Anne Mette Skovgaard is author of several scientific papers and co-editor and author of the Danish Textbooks in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.



John Carnochan

John was until February 2013 a Detective Chief Superintendent with Strathclyde Police. He was involved in various roles in the investigation of serious crime and in particular as senior investigating officer in murder inquiries. Together with Karyn McCluskey, John established the Violence Reduction Unit in January 2005 with the aim of developing a strategy that would bring about sustainable reductions in violence within Strathclyde.

In March 2013 John took up a role with the University of St Andrews as a specialist consultant. This role includes direct support for the VRU and knowledge exchange in relation to violence reduction and prevention and is funded by the Scottish Government.

John was recently made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to community safety.



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