Governance and Communities Directorates

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The Scottish Government Communities Directorates are a group of civil service Directorates in the Scottish Government created by a December 2010 and then a June 2014 re-organisation.[1]

The individual Directorates within the overarching Communities Directorates report to the Director-General, Sarah Davidson .[2]


There is no direct relationship between Ministers and the Directorates. However, the activities of the Directorates include those under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil MSP.


The overarching Scottish Government Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context).[3] As an overarching unit, the Communities Directorates incorporate a number of individual Directorates entitled:

  • Digital - Director: Mike Neilson
  • Local Government & Communities - Director: Kenneth Hogg
  • Housing, Regeneration & Welfare - Director: Lesley Fraser

The individual Directorates are headed by Directors who are assisted by Deputy Directors.


  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. ^ "Directorates" Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  3. ^ "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."

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