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Stephen Kerr

Director, Social Security

Stephen Kerr

Stephen has been Director of Social Security since November 2016.


The Director of Social Security is responsible for leading the Scottish Government's work on the safe and secure transition of social security powers from the UK Government, as well as developing and implementing our approach for delivering devolved benefits.


After studying law at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, Stephen trained and qualified as a solicitor with McGrigors LLP. He joined the Scottish Government in May 2004 from Deloitte where he was a senior manager in the employer solutions group.

He has held various deputy director positions in government, including Head of the Higher Education & Learner Support Division and Head of the Welfare Division. Stephen was also seconded to the Smith Commission secretariat where he jointly headed the policy and analysis team.

Married with a son and a daughter, Stephen is a keen runner.