Richard Foggo

Director of Population Health

Director of Population Health

Richard Foggo was appointed as Director of Population Health in September 2019.


The Director of Population Health is responsible for public policy on a range of matters which can help improve the health of people in Scotland including primary care, mental health, public health, support for carers and increasing levels of physical activity.

Richard is also Chair of the St Andrew's House Health Safety and Wellbeing Committee and Senior User on the St Andrew's House Project Board.


Richard joined the Scottish Government in 2001 from a career as an academic. He has worked in legislation, policy and organisational change.

Richard's previous posts include:

  • head of community safety between 2007 and 2013, supporting the introduction of Scotland’s ground-breaking public health approach to violence
  • head of sport during the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup
  • head of primary care between 2015 and 2019, during which time he was lead negotiator for Scotland’s first stand-alone GP contract
  • he also serves as the head of strategy and reform for Health and Social Care

Richard lives in Edinburgh with his partner and three children.