Born in Windsor, Berkshire, as a result of her engineer father's career the family travelled through West Africa and Australia. Scott was educated at a convent school, before graduating with a degree in economics from King's College, Cambridge.
On graduation, Scott joined the Bank of England as an econoist, before joining Reuters in 1994. She wrote primarily in her field of expertise on economic affairs, but also spent a year in Amsterdam as a general news correspondent. She then returned to London to write the book The Living Economy.
After seven years with Reuters, Scott joined BBC News as their economics correspondent, until May 2008. In January 2007, Scott presented five special interviews with key figures from business on HARDtalk, known as HARDtalk Business.
She then began co-presenting The Weekend Business on Radio Five Live, as well as co-presenting the BBC Two political magazine show The Daily Politics, alongside Andrew Neil. She also occasionally presented on BBC News 24, and had a stint covering Wimbledon
Bank of England
On 16 April 2008 it was announced that Scott had been appointed Director of Communications at the Bank of England, succeeding Peter Rodgers when he retired at the end of June. On 17 February 2011 the Bank of England issued a press release to say that Scott was going to be on adoption leave for a year. After being replacement as Director of Communications by fellow ex-BBC journalist Nils Blythe, Scott returned to the Bank as an Adviser to the Governor in June 2013.
Scott is married to Michael Harlow, Governance and Legal Director of English Heritage.
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- "Bank of England Director Appointments". Bank of England. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2012.