Scott has been acting Director General for Justice and Courts Policy since June 2017.
From March 2014 Scott was a Director in the Ministry of Justice with responsibilities including: policy on legal services, human rights, freedom of information, data protection, civil and criminal law; and engagement with the Judiciary, devolved administrations, Crown Dependencies, the EU, UN and other international institutions.
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 on crime & justice, energy & environment, devolution & constitutional reform, and the Government’s legislative programme. He led development of the Cabinet Manual and preparations for the 2010 coalition negotiations.
Scott’s earlier career was primarily in the Department for Transport, including two years as Principal Private Secretary. Before promotion to the Senior Civil Service in 2003, Scott worked on a range of issues including international aviation negotiations, London Underground, and climate change policy.
Scott studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and has an MBA from London Business School. He was a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy from 2015 to 2017, and is currently on the Civil Service High Potential Development Scheme.