Peter Housden was appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government in June 2010. In this role, he is the principal policy adviser to the First Minister and Secretary to the Cabinet. He is also the Principal Accountable Officer for the Scottish Government with personal responsibility for the propriety and regularity
of Government finance and for economic, efficient and effective use of all related resources. He is the senior Civil Servant in Scotland and leads the 5000+ civil servants working for the Scottish Government, supporting the Government in developing, implementing and communicating its policies in accordance with the Civil Service Code.