Scott McPherson

Director General, Strategy, Policy and Programmes at UK Health Security Agency

Director General, Strategy, Policy and Programmes, UK Health Security Agency
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Scott is Director General for Strategy, Policy & Programmes at the UK Health Security Agency. He was previously Director General for the Community Testing Programme at DHSC and before that the Director General of the Crime, Policing and Fire Group in the Home Office from 2017 to 2020.

Scott has also led a review of models to radically reduce the cost and time of transport investment projects in the Department for Transport, and been Acting Director General for Culture, Sport and Civil Society in DCMS.

Prior to joining the Home Office Scott was the Director of Law, Rights and International in the Ministry of Justice between 2014 and 2017. The role included responsibility for all of MOJ's international activity including relations with the EU, UN, and Council of Europe, as well as policy responsibility for human rights, freedom of information, data protection, and a wide range of civil and criminal law.

Before joining MOJ Scott was Portfolio Director at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with responsibility for strengthening the management of DECC’s £100 billion portfolio of projects and programmes. He was previously Head of Home Affairs in the Cabinet Secretariat where he advised the Prime Minster and Deputy OM on policies ranging from crime and justice to devolution and constitutional reform.

Scott’s earlier career was primarily in the Department for Transport and included work on international aviation, London Underground, and climate change, plus over two years as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. Scott studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and has an MBA from London Business School.

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    2023 CSaP Annual Conference: Science, evidence and public policy – the role of research in policymaking

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; behaviour change in health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.