Dr Paul Smart
Paul took up his latest post with the Scottish Government as head of the Colleges, Young Workforce and SFC Sponsorship Division in October 2016. Prior to this Paul spent time helping deliver over £300m of CAP investment in Scottish farming, three years heading the programme for establishing Historic Environment Scotland, and several years working in the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government. During his time with Justice he was Head of Operations at the Scottish Tribunals Service during which time he led the merger of five tribunal administrations into a single administrative unit. Still with Justice, Paul started as Head of the Victims and Witnesses Unit before becoming Deputy Director for Victims, Witnesses, Parole and Life Sentencing. Previously he headed-up the Scottish Executive’s Race Equality Team, following a secondment as Chief Press Officer for Environment and Rural Development and, before that, was Head of Rail Policy. 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 and has two grown up sons (well, they like to think so!).