Director-General Economy

Louise Macdonald



The Scottish Government
DG General Economy
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Louise Macdonald OBE was appointed Interim Director-General Economy in May 2022.


The Director-General Economy is responsible for economic policy, overseeing:


Before her current role, Louise was National Director of the Institute of Directors Scotland, prior to which she was CEO of award-winning charity Young Scot for 13 years.

In March 2016, Louise won the Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Director of the Year Award for Female Director of the Year and went on to be awarded IoD UK Third Sector Director of the Year. She was then awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2015.

Louise brings a strong leadership focus for delivery of economic transformation. This will involve collaborating with business and stakeholders across a range of sectors and services, including trade and investment, business support, employability and place-based economic development and skills development. As Director-General Economy, she leads delivery of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation, helping build a strong, competitive economy for Scotland.

Back to top