At the time of his fellowship, Dr Alastair Philp was Programme Principal, Mental Health Information, Information Services Division for NHS National Services Scotland.

Alastair graduated in Natural Sciences (Cell and Molecular Biology) in 1991 and in 1995 gained a PhD in Cell Biology and Genetics.

Alastair joined the NHS in 2001 and had been in his position since April 2004. He led the Improving Mental Health Information Programme, an information, development and organisational change programme run in collaboration with the Scottish Executive Health Department, patients, care providers and service managers.