The Muir Russell Inquiry is conspicuously silent on the staffing of their inquiry – in my own experience, the person who actually does the work often has as much, if not more, influence on the results than the suits who sit on the committee. Who is the secretary of the Muir Russell Inquiry? One looks in vain at their webpage for an answer.
An answer may lie in an article here, which states of the Inquiry:
Its secretariat is being seconded from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Geoffrey Boulton is the General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. There’s a BP connection here as well – BP is a corporate sponsor of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. A local Edinburgh blog mentions that Peter Clarke (also of the University of Edinburgh) is a neighbor of Geoffrey Boulton. A pretty tightly knit little group.