Nicola Richards

Nicola has been People Director at the Scottish Government since 2016.

I have been People Director at the Scottish Government since 2016. I have responsibility for the full range of HR services from payroll and advice to executive development and workforce strategy for around 10,000 staff. I sit on the Scottish Government’s Executive Team and am part of the wider UK civil service HR profession. I am a chartered fellow of CIPD.

Following a Ph.D. and research on community regeneration in Manchester i joined the civil service, initially in drugs policy. I spent time with Lloyds TSB Foundation leading the Partnership Drugs Initiative before moving to be Chief Executive of Columba 1400 for 5 years. I was a founding trustee of Evaluation Support Scotland. I have experience across the charity, funding and government sectors.

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I am passionate about the value that a vibrant and effective third sector can bring to improving people’s lives. In particular I am drawn to the ethos of the Simon Community and its commitment to meet people where they are.

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