Barbara Allison

Director, Communications and Ministerial Support

Barbara Allison

Barbara has been Director of Communications and Ministerial Support since July 2015.


The Director of Communications and Ministerial Support is responsible for news, digital and marketing, corporate communications and ministerial support.


Prior to this, Barbara was Head of Human Resources and Corporate Services.

Before joining the Scottish Government as Head of HR in 2008 Barbara was Director of HR in the Scottish Prison Service for five years. She previously held roles in Strategy, Finance and Manufacturing there. She is a qualified chartered accountant and started her professional career in retail.

She was previously a member of the Board of APEX Scotland and is a Board Member of the Traverse Theatre and Inspiring Scotland.