Open Government Partnership Steering Group


The Open Government Partnership (OGP) brings together governments and civil society organisations as partners at both the national and international level. The steering group provides governance and a mechanism for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between civil society and government representatives.

The steering group has equal civil society and government membership, and decision-making will require consensus from at least half of government representatives and half of civil society representatives.

The steering group will meet a minimum of three times per year to agree and monitor implementation of the 2021 to 2025 National Action Plan and to set the strategic direction of wider open government strategy in Scotland.



  • George Adam, Minister for Parliamentary Business
  • Juliet Swann, Transparency International UK 


  • Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA Vice Chair

Civil Society

  • Annie Cook, Deciding Matters
  • Don Giles, Leith Community Council
  • Jack Lord, Open Data Services Co-operative
  • Susan Paxton, Scottish Community Development Centre
  • David Reilly, The Poverty Alliance
  • Alex Stobart, Mydex CIC
  • Lucy McTernan, OGP Civil Society Steering Committee

Scottish Government

  • Jennie Barugh, Director of Performance and Strategic Outcomes
  • Andy Bruce, Director of Communications and Ministerial Support
  • Geoff Huggins, Director of Digital
  • Mary McAllan, Director of Covid Recovery and Public Service Reform
  • Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government
  • Richard McCallum, Director of Health and Social Care Finance and Governance
  • Catriona Laing, Deputy Director Climate Change


  • Simon Cameron, Chief Officer - Workforce and Corporate Policy Team, COSLA
  • Neisha Kirk, Open Government, Scottish Government
  • Amy Watson, Open Government, Scottish Government


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