Joe Griffin

Director, Early Learning and Childcare

Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin was appointed Director for the newly formed Directorate of Early Learning and Childcare in April 2018, after two years leading the work as part of a wider portfolio.


Joe Griffin is head of a directorate which is responsible for  developing a flexible and high-quality Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) system for Scotland that is accessible, affordable, and integrated with school and out-of-school care. The directorate is also responsible for developing out of school care policy in Scotland.


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

  • 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.