Mike Ewart is a member of the Management Group of the Scottish Executive. Born in 1952 at Anthorn, near Carlisle, he attended several schools while his father was in the Royal Navy. He studied for a 1st Class Honours degree in English at Jesus College, Cambridge, between 1971 and 1974 and then took a second degree (American Literature D Phil) at York University.
He joined the Scottish Office in 1977 as a fast stream entrant. He began his career in education then worked on criminal justice policy and roads and transport before becoming Assistant Private Secretary to the then Secretary of State for Scotland, George Younger, from May 1981 to October 1982. During the following 12 months he held the Civil Service Fellowship in Politics at Glasgow University.
His next assignment was to the Health Department before returning to Education in 1987. Between 1991 and 1999 Mr Ewart worked in Scottish Courts Administration. When the Scottish Court Service secured Agency status in 1994 he took up the first Chief Executive post in the new body. In 1999 he returned to a post as head of Group in the Education Department.
He was promoted to his current post in March 2002. His interests include books, music, military history, running, climbing (ice and rock), and ski-ing. He has two children .