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GRAEME DICKSON

Director General Environment, Enterprise and Innovation - Scottish Government

GRAEME DICKSON
Director General Environment, Enterprise and Innovation - Scottish Government

Graeme Dickson grew up in Scotland and attended the University of Edinburgh where he studied geology.   He worked first in the oil industry in the UK and then overseas.  Graeme was attracted by a campaign to recruit more scientists from industry into the Civil Service.   He joined HM Treasury in 1987 and quickly became hooked on the excitement of politics.   In 1994 Graeme returned to Scotland to work for what has now become the Scottish Government.   He has held a number of roles there including Director of Industry and Energy, for some six years, and Director of Healthcare Integration.   In 2011 Graeme was successful in an open competition to be appointed as Director General Enterprise, Environment and Innovation in the Scottish Government.   He has held the post since then.

Graeme’s role covers a very wide range of topics including the economy, industry, energy, transport, the environment, agriculture, fisheries and climate change.   Over 2000 staff work in these areas across Scotland.  What attracted Graeme to the role was its great breadth and the challenge of growing the economy in a sustainable way.   He is proud to be part of the evolution of a new model of Government in Scotland.   It is based on delivering outcomes to the people of Scotland in partnership with all public bodies and the private sector rather than through departmental silos.   Outside of work, Graeme enjoys good, sustainable, food and walking in the outdoors.

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