Director-General Strategy and External Affairs

Joe Griffin


Joe Griffin was appointed Director-General Strategy and External Affairs in September 2023.


The Director General for Strategy and External Affairs is focused on leading and supporting work on intergovernmental relations, oversight of strategic cross-cutting issues, external affairs (including Scotland’s relationship with the EU) and constitutional issues.

The Director-General Strategy and External Affairs is a member of our Corporate Governance Board.


He was previously Director-General Education and Justice.

Joe has been working for the Scottish Government since 2004 in mainly policy roles, including:

  • Director, Directorate for Safer Communities
  • Director, Directorate of Early Learning and Childcare
  • Deputy Director for Creating Positive Futures, Directorate for Children and Families
  • Acting Director for Fair Work 
  • Head of Reducing Reoffending, Directorate for Justice
  • Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister         

Before his move to Scotland, Joe was a diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which included postings to New York and Paris. 

He is also co-covenor of the Race Equality Network and DG ally for race and faith and belief.

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