Alyson Stafford CBE was appointed Director-General Finance in October 2010.
The Director General for Finance is responsible for the overall Scottish Budget including tax, spending and measuring performance, and for advice, support and systems on finance and procurement.
The Director-General Finance is a member of the Scottish Government's Strategic Board.
Alyson joined the Scottish Government as Director of Finance in June 2005. She has been at the forefront of change throughout her career, leading strategic, operational and corporate services in the Health Service in England and Scotland as a Chief Executive as well as Director of Finance.
Alyson qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. In 2002 she received honorary membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants.