Professor Shona Hilton

Interim Chair

Shona Hilton is Professor of Public Health Policy and Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow.

She is a social scientist with a track record in the developing and evaluating public health policy communications. Her research focuses on contemporary policy debates facing biomedical, social and public health to help improve the timely translation of scientific knowledge into policy and practice.  Working closely with policy makers, practitioners and the public she co-develops projects to generate evidence on how health issues, evidence and policies are being reported and understood with a priority given to policies that aim to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

She has published over 100 scientific papers and recently co-edited a book on “The media and public health: where next for critical analysis?” Shona is an Editor for PLoS One, Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and co-convener for the BSA Scottish Medical Sociology Group.

As part of timely knowledge exchange, Shona is a member and advisor on national public health and third sector organisations including as a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group ‘Improving Scotland’s Health: 2021 and Beyond’.



Tina Sabbagh

Interim Alliance Co-ordinator

Tina co-ordinates the Scottish Obesity Alliance. 

Having completed her undergraduate degree in Physiological Sciences in 2012, Tina returned to university in 2017 where she studied a Master of Medical Science degree in Human Nutrition, within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Glasgow.

During her master's degree, she specialised in Obesity and Weight Management. Her research project focused on the credibility of weight-management output delivered online by social media influencers, which was shared widely by the media globally and has strengthened her interest surrounding the impact of marketing, promotions and advertising on population weight.

Tina works with the Scottish Obesity Alliance in a part-time position, while working in policy and communications at Obesity Action Scotland for the rest of her week. During her time at Obesity Action Scotland she has also completed a secondment to ASH Scotland, with her work focusing mainly on e-cigarette advertising and marketing to young people.

Tina is currently a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the UK Association for Nutrition.