Members of the Independent Sage committee

Read our Code of Conduct that all members have signed up to. You can view a list of academic publications about COVID-19 by Independent SAGE here.

CHAIR
Sir David Anthony King (May 2020 – )
Former Government CSA; founder and Chair, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge; Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda; Chair of Independent SAGE

Members
Professor Anthony Costello (May 2020 – )
Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, University College London; former Director at WHO

Professor Karl Friston FRS (May 2020 – )
Computational modeller and neuroscientist at UCL in charge of developing a generative SEIR COVID19 model

Dr Zubaida Haque FRSA (May 2020 – )
former Interim Director, Runnymede Trust. Dr Haque is also a Commissioner on the Hamilton Commission.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti (May 2020 – )
Professor of Primary Care & Diabetes, University of Leicester

Professor Martin McKee (May 2020 – )
Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Susan Michie (May 2020 – )
Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London, member of SPI(B), SAGE sub-committee

Dr Tolullah Oni (June 2020 – )
Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist, and a Clinical Senior Research fellow with the University of Cambridge’s Global Public Health Research programme.

Professor Christina Pagel (May 2020 – )
Mathematician and professor of operational research, UCL 

Professor Deenan Pillay (May 2020 – )
Professor of Virology UCL, former SAGE member

Professor Stephen Reicher (June 2020 – )
Professor of Social Psychology at the University of St Andrews

Professor Gabriel Scally (May 2020 – )
President of Epidemiology & Public Health section, Royal Society of Medicine

Dr Kit Yates (October 2020 – )
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath

Former Members

Dr Alison Pittard, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Dean Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (May 2020)

Professor Allyson Pollock Director of the Newcastle University Centre for Excellence in Regulatory Science (May-September 2020)

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In addition, there is also:

The Independent SAGE Behavioural Advisory Group

A new Behavioural Advisory Group has been formed to contribute to the discussions, advice and papers of Independent Sage.

The formation of the group recognises the central role of the behavioural and social sciences in the response to Covid-19. Every measure to counter the spread of infection is dependent upon the understanding, engagement and adherence to guidance of the public, whether that be self-isolating, social distancing, practising self-protective behaviours such as hand cleansing, getting tested or (eventually) getting vaccinated.

In order to gain the adherence of the public to pandemic control measures, it is critical that the authorities are trusted. For this to happen, both central and local authorities must involve all sections of the public as partners in all stages of the development, delivery and assessment of policies.

Equally, it is crucial to consider the impact of every policy and practice on practices on all sections of the public, especially those who are most vulnerable, with a view to reducing inequalities. Diversity is central to the thinking, procedures and membership of our new group.

Our focus, however, is not limited to the behaviour of the public. We will also address that of policy-makers, planners, and health and social care workers. They are all part of a complex system of people and organisations needed to address the problem. Getting the right policies involves understanding the capability, opportunity and motivations of people in all parts of society.

The Independent SAGE Behavioural Advisory Group includes leading authorities in anthropology, behavioural sciences, criminology, health studies and psychology. Some of the members also participate in UK-wide and Scottish government advisory groups. Its role is complementary, not an alternative, to these other roles. It will support Independent SAGE in looking in depth at key policy issues, including ones not currently on the government’s agenda.

The Behavioural Advisory Group aims to help in the development of constructive proposals and policies that will help the UK Government lead the country out of the worst public health crisis of our lifetime.

Appendix 1: Members of the Behavioural Advisory Group

John Drury is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Sussex specialising in research on collective behaviour including behaviour in emergencies. He is a participant in SPI-B.

Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London. Her research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health and the environment. She is a participant in SPI-B and advises the World Health Organization on behavioural science in relation to Covid-19.

Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education. Her research focusses on racialised and gendered identities, family lives and home, migration and transnational families. 

Stephen Reicher is Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews. His work addresses group processes, with special emphasis on processes of leadership, influence and collective action. He is a participant in SPI-B and in the Advisory Group to the Scottish Chief Medical Officer on Covid-19.

Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University. She is an expert in conversation analysis. She is a consultant for SPI-B.

Robert West is Emeritus Professor of Health Psychology at University College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Addiction. He specialises in addiction and behaviour change. He acts as advisor to Public Health England on tobacco control and behaviour change. He is a participant in SPI-B.

Laura Bear is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her current research focusses on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on vulnerable communities. She is a participant in SPI-B.

Former members

Imran Awan is Professor of Criminology and an expert on tackling victimisation against BAME communities and the effects of violent crime in society.  

Val Curtis is Professor of Hygiene and Director of the Environmental Health Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is an evolutionary anthropologist specialising in hygiene behaviour globally. She is a participant in SPI-B.