Director of Digital

Geoff Huggins



Scottish Government
Digital Directorate
Victoria Quay


Geoff Huggins was appointed Director of the Digital Directorate in July 2021.


The Director of Digital is responsible for:

  • enabling an effective digital government, providing strategic leadership and delivering cross-cutting digital components and services which support delivery across the organisation. This aims to achieve a shared vision of a modern, digital and collaborative government, designed around the people we serve
  • programmes on common platforms, connectivity, the Scottish Digital Academy, Connecting Scotland and CivTech – commitments which deliver tangible, real-world impacts and feature in high-profile publications such as Programme for Government, the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and lay the essential foundations for delivering digital transformation of our public services


Geoff was previously Director of the NHS Education Scotland Digital Service, working to create the NHS National Digital Platform. From 2013 to 2018, he was Director for Health and Social Care Integration and from 2017 to 2018, he was also Director for Digital Health and Social Care. Prior to this, Geoff was Head of Mental Health for nine years. From 1991 to 1998, he worked for the Northern Ireland Office working on security and political development. 

He has degrees in law and criminology from Queen’s University, Belfast and is a non-executive director of Cornerstone, Penumbra and the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. In his spare time he enjoys running, taking photographs and watching films.

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