Home Page > Council and government > Our council > Council departments

Council departments

Dumfries and Galloway is the third largest council area in Scotland. We have just under 8000 staff in four departments to deliver services to about 150,000 people.

Chief Executive: Gavin Stevenson

Gavin Stevenson is our Head of Paid Service and has ultimate responsibility for the council. Gavin provides leadership and motivation, co-ordinates policy development and oversees the Corporate Management Team which is made up of our Directors.

There are four departments:

Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning
Director: Colin Grant

This department delivers school and pre-school education and provides support to active schools, community sport and community sport hubs, youth services, social work services to children and families, criminal justice services, adult learning, and council learning and development.


Director: Derek Crichton

This department provides local neighbourhood services, community engagement, involvement and planning, community safety, community resilience and emergency planning, school crossing patrols, public conveniences, area committee support, community facilities, arts and culture, local customer services, revenue and benefits, strategic housing and homelessness

Corporate Services

Director: Lorna Meahan

This department supports Elected Members in developing, monitoring and reporting on the Council Priorities, Democratic and Committee support, and provides a range of professional and support services, including Finance, HR, Legal, and Property and carbon and energy management.

Economy, Environment and Infrastructure

Director: Alistair Speedie

This department provides economic development services, planning and regulatory services, the commissioning and delivery of waste management and infrastructure services, and enterprising services, including commercially focused leisure facilities.

Related Information

Contact Details


Dumfries and Galloway Council

Council Headquarters
Council Offices
English Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3000
Fax: 01387 260034
Email this contact
Web: Visit website

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

Comments, Compliments and Complaints