Nicola Richards was appointed as Director of People in May 2016.
The Director of People is responsible for human resources, collaboration across government, organisational development, leadership and learning within government and the facilities and estates services.
Prior to this, Nicola Richards was Deputy Director of the People Development Division.
Nicola began her career in academia, studying politics and modern history at Manchester University before joining the then Scottish Executive in 2000. She worked in drugs policy, helping to set up the Effective Interventions Unit.
After a secondment to the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland she returned to the Scottish Government in June 2009.