He was educated at Oxford University (BA English) and joined The Scottish Office in 1973, working in most departments, with a particular emphasis on economic development, physical infrastructure and EU relations. Mr Elvidge was seconded to Scottish Homes (1988-89) and the Cabinet Office (1998-99), where he worked on co-ordination of the UK Government's legislative programme and social policies.
He was Head of Education Department from May 1999 before being appointed Head of the Finance and Central Services Department in March 2002 . He is married to Maureen McGinn, Chief Executive of the Laidlaw Youth Project.
- Futures Forum Director
- Scottish Business in the Community, board member
- Britain Abroad Task Force
- Management Group of the Scottish Executive