The Scotland Committee supports all our members in Scotland. We work to improve all aspects of clinical science in local laboratories and join with our colleagues at national level to take forward clinical biochemistry, immunology & microbiology as a vital part of the modern health service.

Scotland Committee

  • Miss Karen Smith - Chair & Representative on Council

  • Prof Seshadri Vasan - Secretary

  • Dr Melissa McNaughton - Meetings Secretary

  • Mrs Susan Johnston - Regional Tutor

  • Dr Alana Burns /  Dr Jane McNeilly - FCS Representative

  • Ms Helen Wise - Trainees Representative (East)

  • Miss Courtney Watt - Trainees Representative (West)

  • Dr Emma Dewar - Audit Representative

  • Mr Stuart Reid - Microbiology Representative

  • Mrs Lauren Hennessy - Immunology Representative

  • Dr Ian Godber - Royal College of Pathologists Representative

  • Dr Joy Johnstone - Member for Tayside & Fife

  • Dr Angela Ballantyne - Member for Tayside & Fife

  • Miss Amy Frank - Member for Greater Glasgow & Clyde

  • Dr Alana Burns - Member for Greater Glasgow & Clyde

  • Dr Christopher Pitt - Member for Lanarkhsire, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran

  • Dr Emma Dewar - Member for Grampian & Highlands

  • Miss Rebecca Pattenden  - Member for Lothian, Forth Valley & Borders


The John King Fund

John (Ian) King, Clinical Biochemist and author of Practical Clinical Enzymology (1965) was appointed Top Grade Biochemist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1969. His fundamental work on the human cholinesterases gained him a PhD in 1974 and he remained at Glasgow Royal Infirmary until his death in 1978. In 1980, the Scottish Region of the Association of Clinical biochemists established the John King Award in his memory. Initially it was envisaged that a chess "king" trophy would be awarded each year to the junior member presenting the best paper at a Regional Scientific meeting for five years. The effect of the award was an immediate improvement in the standard papers presented and the Regional Committee agreed to continue making the award.


Members of ACB Scotland who are in training, i.e. working towards FRCPath, are eligible for the award.

About the award

The competition is held in a session of one scientific meeting each year, and the award is made to the trainee making the best presentation in that session. The award is currently a replica chess piece and a sum of money to go towards attendance at an educational/scientific meeting.

How to apply

To enter, trainees should respond to the appropriate invitation issued before the relevant scientific meeting.


ACB Scotland Bursary

The ACB Scotland Bursary is available to all ACB Scotland Members. The bursary, of up to £500, is to support ACB members to attend a conference/course relevant to their field of work. Each application will be reviewed and bursaries awarded at the discretion of the Scottish Region Committee. All successful recipients of the bursary must write a conference/course report for the ACB news. Provision of funding will preclude further applications from the applicant for the next 2 years. We warmly encourage any member to apply.

ACB Scotland regional bursary application form