Alastair Merrill is Director, Commercial and Procurement, in the Scottish Government, where he leads efforts to drive forward public sector procurement reform in Scotland, delivering greater efficiency and value for money and contributing to sustainable economic growth.
A senior civil servant with the Scottish Government
(previously Scottish Executive) since 2001, Alastair's posts have included running educational analytical services, organisational development, and police performance and policy.
In 2008 he moved on promotion to the Scottish Prison Service as Director of Corporate Services, responsible for corporate strategy and governance, legal policy and information management.
was promoted to his
present post in summer 2009.
Trained as a historian, Alastair
joined the civil service fast stream in 1986.
He served in a variety of procurement and policy posts in MOD and the Foreign Office, including secondments to the private sector and the UN peacekeeping force in the former Yugoslavia.
In 1996 Alastair left the UK civil service to work as a private secretary to NATO's Secretary General in Brussels, advising on NATO enlargement, relations with the former Soviet Union, and refugee issues during the Kosovo crisis.
In 2001, he
was recruited as a senior civil servant by the Scottish Executive and moved to Scotland.