Sir John Elvidge was Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2010. He had previously worked in the Cabinet Office and the Scottish Office and works in an advisory role with several governments in Europe, China and North America. He is an Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and works with the University of Oxford on programmes for leadership and public policy for overseas governments. He retired in June 2010 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Associate of the Institute for Government. His report Northern Exposure: Lessons from the first twelve years of devolved government in Scotland was published by the Institute for Government as part of its Inside Out series. Sir John was appointed as a Carnegie Fellow on the Enabling State project in the summer of 2012 and has led their work in this area. Sir John was a Carnegie Fellow from June 2012 to 19 May 2014. Thereafter, Sir John became a Carnegie UK Trust trustee.