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Evelyn Gillan

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4174
  1. Bruce Ritson

Evelyn Gillan grew up in the mining town of Tranent, East Lothian. She was director of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) from 2007 until 2010 and subsequently became chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, where she continued to work closely with SHAAP. A tireless and eloquent advocate for improving the quality of life, health, and welfare in Scotland, and throughout the world, she was an energetic campaigner for the prevention of alcohol related problems. Her unique skill lay in articulating the medical and scientific evidence about the damage to health attributable to alcohol and the measures that could be taken to reduce this harm. She was a brilliant communicator with the media and the many international conferences to which she contributed.

Evelyn was fearless in expressing her opinions, which were always well founded, and no-one could ever doubt the sincerity of her motives. She worked very well with all of the members of SHAAP and of the medical and nursing royal colleges that they represented. She was adept in forming alliances with …

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