Sam Anson

Deputy Director, Economic Development Directorate at Scottish Government

Deputy Director, Economic Development Directorate, Scottish Government
Policy Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy

Sam is the Head of Economic Policy Unit at the Scottish Government. The unit lead on issues of strategic importance to the economy, focussing particularly on policy interventions tailored to the needs of Scotland’s business base and labour market.

He accumulated over ten years’ experience working within the Government Economic Service before moving into policy design and delivery. At HMRC he was responsible for producing revenue forecasts from indirect taxes to support the Budget process. Prior roles at the Scottish Government have been in the areas of transport, the environment and education.

Sam's professional qualifications include a MA (Hons) Economics from Edinburgh University and a MSc Economic Management and Policy from the University of Strathclyde.

  • 24 October 2017, 4pm

    Civil Society Futures: Public policy perspectives on civil society

    This policy workshop will address a series of questions on the connections between policy and civil society, including the definition of civil society, and future possibilities for effectively utilising civil society in policy making.

  • 14 February 2017, 12:45pm

    Devolution and inclusive economic growth (Manchester)

    Devolution offers new opportunities for inclusive economic growth. This workshop will bring together academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Manchester with policy professionals from local government to explore working together in city areas to enhance economic opportunities across the population.