The story of the Scottish Parliament is evolving all of the time and every member of staff has a contribution to make in the writing of our history. From the Parliament’s founding following a referendum and the 1998 Scotland Act– “There shall be a Scottish Parliament.” – to the additional powers conferred by the 2012 and 2016 Scotland Acts; and the constitutional questions arising through Brexit, the on-going process of change and reform offers an exciting backdrop to our work at Holyrood.

Improving the capability of the Parliament and ensuring it remains outward looking and in touch with all the people that it represents is at the heart of our work as a parliamentary service, and it’s vital that we strive to provide the highest possible level of service at all times. We place high value on excellence and we are continually looking to improve how we work to ensure that we can deliver the Parliament's core purpose of representing the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance, passing legislation and holding the Scottish Government to account.

Our Organisation

The parliamentary service of over 500 people is a high-achieving and professional organisation. We are not civil servants; we provide impartial support to the Parliament and its Members and not the Scottish Government. The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for providing the Parliament with the property, staff and services required for the Parliament’s purposes, in accordance with the Scotland Act 1998. It is made up of five Members elected by the Parliament and the Presiding Officer. The Corporate Body delegates the day-to-day running of the Parliament to Sir Paul Grice, our Clerk/Chief Executive. Paul is assisted by the Leadership Group in setting the strategic direction for the parliamentary service and for creating the conditions that helps to promote a positive workplace culture. View the organisational chart find out about our parliamentary offices.

Our Vision

The underlying goal of all our work is to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland. We’re committed to improving the way in which we involve people in our work. This means putting people at the centre of everything we do. Our approach requires each of us to value people with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and demonstrate this commitment in our daily activities.

Our Values

We don’t focus simply on what we do; we also take pride in how we do it. Our core values of Stewardship, Inclusiveness, Excellence and Respect represents the expectations we have of ourselves and each other.

Stewardship - Focusing on the longer term to ensure we are leaving things better than we found them and putting our shared interests ahead of any individual or team.

Inclusiveness - Understanding the big picture and seeking out alternative perspectives. Every colleague feels they are able to make a valued contribution and deliver their best work.

Excellence - Taking care to enhance our reputation in everything we do, and using our skills and resources to deliver high-quality sustainable results.

Respect - Appreciating difference, building cohesive teams and fostering the values and experiences of diversity.