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
  • Lucy McTernan, Chair of Civil Society Network


  • Cllr Steven Heddle, COSLA Vice Chair

Civil Society

  • Dave Beck, University of Glasgow
  • Annie Cook, DemSoc
  • Don Giles, Leith Community Council
  • Jack Lord, Open Data Services Co-operative
  • Alex Stobart, Mydex CIC
  • Juliet Swann, Involve
  • Susan Paxton, Scottish Community Development Centre

Scottish Government

  • Jennie Barugh, Director of Performance and Strategic Outcomes
  • Andy Bruce, Director of Communications & Ministerial Support
  • Geoff Huggins, Director of Digital
  • Mary McAllan, Director of Covid Recovery and Public Service Reform
  • Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government
  • Audrey MacDougall, Chief Social Researcher
  • Jane O’Donnell, Deputy Director Public Service Reform
  • Sean Neill, Director for Local Government and Communities
  • Linda Pollock, Interim Director Healthcare, Quality and Improvement
  • Catriona Laing, Deputy Director Climate Change


  • Simon Cameron, Corporate Policy Manager, COSLA
  • Neisha Kirk, Open Government, Scottish Government
  • Amy Watson, Open Government, Scottish Government


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