Director of Population Health

Michael Kellet



Director of Population Health
The Scottish Government
St. Andrew's House
Regent Road


Michael Kellet has been the Director of Population Health since September 2020.


The Director of Population Health is responsible for public policy on a range of matters which can help improve the health of people in Scotland and tackle health inequalities, including health protection and improvement, protecting those clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid, tackling drug deaths and increasing levels of physical activity.


Michael has 26 years’ experience working in public service in Scotland, mainly within the Scottish Government. He has taken on key roles within health, resilience, and education and was private secretary to three separate Ministers, also representing Scotland in the USA.

Michael was Chief Officer of Fife Health & Social Care Partnership for three years from August 2016. Since returning to government, Michael established and led a team on constitutional reform. That work was paused at the outset of the Covid pandemic and Michael has been working on the health response within government since then.

Michael graduated from Glasgow University in 1991 with a LLB in Public Law & Politics. He qualified as a solicitor in the criminal legal aid field before joining the civil service. Michael has two daughters. His passions beyond his family extend to football, baseball, American history and music.

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