Shirley Laing

Director, Housing and Social Justice

Shirley Laing

Shirley has been Director of Housing and Social Justice since August 2019.


The Director of Housing and Social Justice's responsibilties include housing, social justice and regeneration.


Shirley has been a civil servant since 1993, when she joined the then Scottish Office. Since then, she has worked in areas including environment, rural, health, education, early years and the Prison Service. She has also been private secretary to a cabinet minister.

Shirley has been a part of the Housing and Social Justice Directorate since 2015. Prior to her current role, she led work on tackling inequalities and building stronger, safer communities.