An effective response to COVID-19 is the current priority of the Scottish Government. The SPPA has worked closely with the Scottish Government throughout the pandemic and has offered support and people resource when required. Our Chief Executive, Penelope Cooper, will join the core Scottish Government on a fixed-term secondment (six months) to become Director of Outbreak Management, reporting to Ken Thomson, Director General, Constitutional and External Affairs.

Matt Valente, the SPPA Head of Business Management, will take over as interim Chief Executive. Matt will assume responsibility for her current role and accountabilities. This will not result in any immediate changes to our priorities, structure or ways of working at the Agency.

We will provide an update on the start date in the coming weeks.

Published on 6 November 2020