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Alessia Morris

Institution: Scottish Government

Affiliation: Resilience Division, Safer Communities Directorate, Scottish Government, Edinburgh, Midlothians, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Since joining the Scottish Government I have been leading on a number of key policy areas, including: justice; transport; fisheries; public services reform and the setting up of the new scrutiny bodies in Scotland; health and social care improvement. More recently I led the Scottish Government Response Team (SGoRR) and dealt with a number of emergencies and high profile incidents, including severe winter weather and the Clutha Vaults helicopter crash. I am currently the Natural Hazards policy lead for the Scottish Government Resilience Division, and also lead on the implementation and sponsorship of the National Centre for Resilience (NCR). I have experience of fast-paced and high profile areas as well as a high degree of stakeholder engagement, both internal and external to Government, often at senior level. I also represent the Scottish Government on the a number of UK-wide groups, including the Natural Hazards Partnership Steering Group, and the Public Weather Service Customer Group. I am a graduate of the University of Florence (Italy) where I studied law and I am a dual qualified and bilingual Italian/Scottish Solicitor and Notary Public. This was followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Social Policy and Criminology at The Open University-Scotland. I live and work in Edinburgh (Scotland - UK) with my husband and a young daughter. I also volunteer as a pro-bono solicitor supporting local communities

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