Directorates of the Scottish Government

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The work of the Scottish Government is carried out by Directorates, each headed by a Director. The Directorates are grouped into a number of Directorates-General, each headed by a Director-General. However, the individual Directorates are the building blocks of the system and a Director may be responsible to more than one Director-General. There is no direct correspondence between the political responsibilities of the Ministers in the Scottish Government and the Directorates, although in some cases there is considerable overlap. The Directorates are also responsible for a number of government agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

The current system of Directorates was created by a December 2010 re-organisation.[1] Prior to 2007 the Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context).[2]

The Office of the Permanent Secretary is headed by the Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans, who replaced Sir Peter Housden, in July 2015.



  • Scottish Procurement & Commercial Directorate.[3]
  • Financial Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal Services
  • Office of the Scottish Parliamentary Counsel

Learning and Justice[edit]


  • Advanced Learning and Science
  • Children and Families
  • Education Analytical Services
  • Fair Work
  • Learning
  • Justice
  • Safer Communities.



  • Digital
  • Local Government and Communities
  • Housing, Regeneration and Welfare

Health and Social Care[edit]


  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Health and Healthcare Improvement
  • Healthcare Quality and Strategy
  • Finance, eHealth and Analytics
  • Health Performance and Delivery
  • Population and Health Improvement

Enterprise, Environment and Innovation[edit]


  • Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities
  • Chief Economist
  • Chief Scientific Advisor for Rural Affairs and the Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Energy & Climate Change
  • Environment & Forestry
  • Marine Scotland (including Aquaculture, Freshwater Fisheries & Licensing Policy, Performance, Science, Planning & Policy, Compliance and Sea Fisheries Policy)
  • Scottish Development International

Strategy and External Affairs[edit]


  • Communications and Ministerial Support
  • Culture, Europe and External Affairs
  • People
  • Strategy and Constitution

Services and Groups[edit]

  • Analytical Services
  • Communications
  • Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Information Services & Information Systems
  • Legal Services
  • Office of the Scottish Parliamentary Counsel


  1. ^ "Paul Gray, Director-General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services". Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011. This notice refers to the transfer of the DG of the Scottish Government Environment Directorates in December 2010, and thus indirectly to this re-organisation.
  2. ^ "Reporting on 100 Days: Moving Scotland forward" Scottish Government. Retrieved 15 August 2009. "A new structure for Scotland's Government has been put in place, transforming the Departmental structure, moving from 9 Heads of Department, to a Strategic Board with the Permanent Secretary and five Directors General (DG), with each DG having responsibility for driving one of the Government's strategic objectives. Directors-General focus on the performance of the whole organisation against the Cabinet's agenda. The new structure means that the old Scottish Executive Departments no longer exist. Instead, each DG supports and manages a number of Directors, with these Directorates leading, presenting and developing policy for Ministers."
  3. ^ "Directorates" Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011.

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