Ministers & Law Officers

The Scottish Cabinet

First Minister


Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Head of the Scottish Government: responsible for development, implementation and presentation of Government policy, constitutional affairs, and for promoting and representing Scotland.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

John Swinney MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • school standards, quality and improvement
  • school infrastructure & staffing
  • educational attainment, qualifications and closing the attainment gap
  • National Improvement Framework
  • teaching profession
  • behaviour and measures to combat bullying
  • modern languages and the Gaelic and Scots languages
  • Named Person
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • non-advanced vocational skills
  • historical abuse enquiry

Cabinet Secretary for Justice


Humza Yousaf MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • police
  • courts, sentencing
  • justice system and criminal law procedure
  • violence reduction
  • criminal justice social work, victims, witnesses, female offenders
  • human rights
  • prisons and prisoners
  • reducing reoffending
  • security
  • youth justice

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • welfare policy, social security
  • measures against poverty (with CSCLG)
  • Best Start Grant (replacing the UK Government's Sure Start Maternity Grant)
  • Funeral Expense Assistance (replacing the UK Government's Funeral Payment)
  • Carers Allowance (at which point we will stop paying Carers Allowance Supplement)
  • Young Carers Grant
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Cold Weather Payments
  • Winter Fuel Payments

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work

Derek Mackay MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • Scottish economy
  • Inclusive Growth
  • managing the public finances
  • fiscal policy and taxation
  • Scottish budget, budgetary monitoring and reporting
  • government procurement
  • efficient government
  • National Performance Framework
  • public bodies policy
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • Scottish Enterprise - national enterprise agency
  • trade and inward investment
  • trade unions
  • public sector pay
  • Scottish National Investment Bank
  • Registers of Scotland

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • climate change and environmental protection
  • biodiversity
  • Crown Estate
  • environmental and climate justice
  • flood prevention & coastal erosion
  • land use and land reform
  • animal welfare
  • wildlife crime
  • water quality and Scottish Water

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy

Fergus Ewing MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • agriculture and crofting
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • food and drink
  • Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • South of Scotland Enterprise Agency
  • rural Scotland
  • animal health
  • forestry

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Jeane Freeman MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • NHS and its performance, staff and pay
  • Health care and social integration
  • patient services and patient safety
  • primary care, acute services elective centres Implementing the 2020 Vision, national clinical strategy, quality strategy and national service planning
  • allied Healthcare services
  • carers, adult care and support
  • child and maternal health
  • dentistry
  • medical records, health improvement and protection

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government


Aileen Campbell MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • social justice
  • tackling inequalities
  • measures against poverty (with CSSS)
  • community empowerment, devolution to communities and reform of local government
  • democratic renewal
  • third sector and social economy
  • advocacy and advice
  • religious and faith organisations

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Fiona Hyslop MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • international relations
  • creative industries
  • culture and the arts
  • architecture and built heritage
  • broadcasting
  • tourism
  • co-ordination on bringing major events to Scotland
  • National Records and national identity

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations

Michael Russell MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • The UK's exit from the European Union
  • Government and parliamentary business
  • Constitutional Relations and intra-governmental affairs

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Michael Matheson MSP

Responsibilities include:

  • transport and public transport
  • infrastructure investment policy
  • cities & City Deals
  • town centres


Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans

Graeme Dey MSP

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning

Kevin Stewart MSP

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Community Safety

Ash Denham MSP


Minister for Children and Young People

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

Jamie Hepburn MSP

Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing

Joe FitzPatrick MSP

Minister for Mental Health

Clare Haughey MSP

Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development

Ben Macpherson MSP

Minister for Older People and Equalities

Christina McKelvie MSP

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

Ivan McKee MSP 

Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy

Kate Forbes MSP 

Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment

Mairi Gougeon MSP

Law Officers

Lord Advocate

James Wolffe QC

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, prosecution of crime, investigation of sudden deaths, complaints against the police, support for victims and witnesses of crime, international cooperation (including mutual legal assistance and extradition), confiscation of proceeds of crime.

Solicitor General

Alison Di Rollo

Legal advice to Scottish Ministers, civil litigation, constitutional issues and appointment of Counsel.


Further information

Scottish Government information about the work of the Scottish Cabinet

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