Eleanor Ryan

Director, Budget and Sustainability

Eleanor Ryan

Eleanor was appointed Director of Financial Strategy (now Budget and Sustainability) in February 2017.


The director for Budget and Sustainability is responsible for all financial strategy, including overall direction, resourcing, fit with Ministerial priorities, and input to Finance Directorates' strategic planning.


Eleanor has led the work to establish Revenue Scotland since October 2012, and became the first Chief Executive of the new body when it was formally established in January 2015. From February 2013 to October 2014, Eleanor combined the work on Revenue Scotland with her role as Director of Financial Strategy in Scottish Government. Prior to this she was Chief Executive of the Scottish Court Service through a period of substantial change between 2004 and 2012.

Eleanor started her civil service career in London as a Government Statistician, initially working on the Retail Prices Index in what is now the Office for National Statistics and then running the Public Expenditure Data Unit in HM Treasury. In 1998, Eleanor moved to the Scottish Office to work on the financial aspects of the 1998 Scotland Act, the devolution finance settlement and the Comprehensive Spending Review. She then moved to the Education Department in 1999, leading a division dealing with various aspects of school education policy including curriculum, assessment, information and communication technology and the National Debate on Education.