Director of Children and Families

Michael Chalmers



Scottish Government
Children and Families Directorate
Victoria Quay

Michael Chalmers has been Director of Children and Families since June 2017.


The Director of Children and Families is responsible for children's rights and wellbeing, care and justice, early years, child and maternal health, the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser, and sponsorship of Disclosure Scotland.


Prior to this appointment, Michael was Director of the Office of the Advocate General, the UK government's most senior legal official in Scotland, from December 2012 to June 2017.

Michael has undertaken a variety of roles in government, including head of HM Revenue & Customs' Scottish legal office and legal adviser in the Scottish Government's litigation team. Before joining government in 2005, he worked for one of Scotland's leading commercial law firms.

Michael graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in law in 1996 and a masters degree with distinction in international law and human rights in 2011.

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