Gary Gillespie

Chief Economic Adviser

Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie was appointed Scottish Government Director and Chief Economist in September 2011.


The Chief Economic Adviser is responsible for providing analytical support for Ministers and colleagues, providing analytical support to the Economic Development and Energy and Climate Directorates, and producing timely and robust economic statistics.

The Chief Economic Adviser is also a member of the Scottish Government's Strategic Board.


Gary joined the Scottish Government in 2000 from the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde. He was appointed to the Senior Civil Service in 2006 and has provided economic advice in a range of policy areas over this time including Health, Enterprise and Finance.

Gary was appointed an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University in January 2011 and is currently a visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde.