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 2018 to 2020 National Action Plan and to set the strategic direction of wider open government strategy in Scotland.



Graeme Dey, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans
Elric Honoré, Chair of Civil Society Network
Councillor Graham Houston, Vice President, COSLA

Civil Society

Graham Meikle, University of Westminster
Alex Stobart, Mydex
Shaben Begum, Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
Kelly McBride, Director of The Democratic Society in Scotland
Lucy McTernan, Independent Expert
Ian Watt, CodeTheCity
Sally Kerr, Independent Expert
Ben McElwee, See Me Scotland
Catherine Gee, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Scottish Government

Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government
Jennie Barugh, Director of Performance and Strategic Outcomes
Colin Cook, Director of Digital
Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Data Officer
Stephen Gallagher, Director for Local Government and Communities
Claire McPherson, Deputy Director Public Service Reform Division
Barbara Allison, Director Communications, Ministerial Support & Facilities
Audrey MacDougall, Chief Social Researcher


Madeleine Fleming, Open Government, Scottish Government
Simon Cameron, Corporate Policy Manager, COSLA

The Steering Group welcomes observers attending any meetings and all papers will be published here.