Dr Paul Smart

Dr Paul Smart

Paul is currently an independent consultant (MacraeSmart Consulting) with a particular focus on Scotland’s College sector. Up until the end of 2018 he was with the Scottish Government as the Deputy Director of the College Policy, Young Workforce and SFC Sponsorship Division. Prior to this Paul helped deliver over £300m of CAP investment in Scottish farming, directed the programme for establishing Historic Environment Scotland, held several posts senior posts in the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government, developed the Scottish Executive’s first anti-racism campaign, was a senior press officer working for Scottish Ministers and was the first head of rail policy in post-devolution Scotland. Before joining the then Scottish Office in 1998 Paul held a number of posts with Scottish Homes, the national housing agency, after spending several years as an academic, finishing up as a lecturer in the Politics Department at Edinburgh University during which time he gained his PhD. Paul is married, has two grown up sons and lives in Berwickshire.