Office of the 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
Government Strategy, Delivery and outcomes across portfolios, Resilience, School standards, Educational attainment and closing the attainment gap, National Improvement Framework, Quality and improvement, Teaching profession, School infrastructure and staffing, Qualifications, Behaviour, Measures to combat bullying, The Gaelic and Scots languages, Modern languages, Historical Abuse Enquiry, Named person, Cross Government co-ordination of Public Service Reform, Childcare implementation, Early years, Child protection, Social services workforce, Adoption and Fostering, Children’s rights, Looked after children, Children’s hearings, Protection of vulnerable groups, Children’s services, Widening Access, Higher education and universities, Further education and colleges, Student funding, Science and STEM, Youth work, Skills Development Scotland, Implementation of Wood recommendations, Non advanced vocational skills.
Minister for Childcare and Early Years
Mark McDonald MSP
Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Minister for Employability and Training
Jamie Hepburn MSP
(Also works with Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work)
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution
Derek Mackay MSP
Scottish Budget, Fiscal policy, Taxation, Budgetary monitoring and reporting, Scottish Public Finances and their sustainability, Public sector pay and pensions, Scottish Futures Trust, Efficient government, Public Bodies Policy, National Performance Framework, Registers of Scotland, Government procurement, Digital Public Services, Constitution, Government and Parliamentary business, Scottish Parliamentary elections and Local Government Elections, relations with other UK administrations, FOI, Open Government.
Minister for Parliamentary Business
Joe FitzPatrick MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
Shona Robison MSP
NHS, Elective centres, Health care and social integration, Carers, Adult care and support, Implementing 2020 Vision and National Clinical Strategy, Patient services, NHS staff and pay, Problem alcohol use and recovery, Healthy working lives, National service planning, NHS performance, Acute services, Sporting events and legacy, Patient safety, Quality strategy, Public health, Health protection, Sport and physical activity, Primary care, Mental health, Allied healthcare services, Dentistry, Sexual health, medical records, Health improvement, Drugs policy, Child and maternal health.
Minister for Public Health and Sport
Aileen Campbell MSP
Minister for Mental Health
Maureen Watt MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
Roseanna Cunningham MSP
Climate change, flood prevention, water quality, land reform, physical and marine environment, sustainable development, biodiversity, natural heritage, environmental protection, environmental and climate justice, national parks, Scottish Water, The Crown Estate.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
Fiona Hyslop MSP
Culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, national identity, cross government co-ordination on bringing major events to Scotland, national records, fair trade, tourism, international development, cross-government co-ordination on European Union and international relations, Scottish diaspora, creative industries.
Minister for International Development and Europe
Alasdair Allan MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities
Angela Constance MSP
Welfare policy, community empowerment, devolution to communities and reform of local government, equalities, religious and faith organisations, protection and development of social and human rights, third sector and social economy, democratic renewal, local government, housing, homelessness, community planning, planning, business improvement districts, town centres, building standards, social security, implementation of new powers, measures against poverty, disabilities, older people, tackling inequalities, social justice, regeneration.
Minister for Local Government and Housing
Kevin Stewart MSP
Minister for Social Security
Jeane Freeman MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Justice
Michael Matheson MSP
The justice system, criminal law procedure, civil law, police, fire and rescue services, legal profession, violence reduction, anti-sectarianism, courts, sentencing, security, human rights, access to justice, community safety, anti-social behaviour, prisons and prisoners, female offenders, criminal justice social work, victims and witnesses, reducing reoffending, youth justice, liquor licensing.
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
Annabelle Ewing MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work
Keith Brown MSP
The Scottish economy, infrastructure investment policy, Scottish Enterprise, trade & inward investment, innovation, internationalisation, increasing productivity, fair work and inclusive growth, labour market strategy, living wage, European structural funds, consumer advocacy and advice, employment policy, trades unions, bankruptcy policy and Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB), business, industry and manufacturing, cities, energy and energy consent, regional economic forums, life sciences, financial services, low carbon economy, renewable energy industries, youth and women’s employment, veterans, employability programmes.
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Minister for Employability and Training
Jamie Hepburn MSP
(Also works with John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.)
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity
Fergus Ewing MSP
Rural Scotland, Highlands Islands Enterprise, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, food and drink, crofting, transport, connectivity including 100 per cent broadband, cross government co-ordination on Islands, public transport.
Minister for Transport and the Islands
Humza Yousaf MSP
Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe
Michael Russell MSP
Leading discussions with the UK Government on Scotland's future relationship with the EU; reports directly to the First Minister and attends Cabinet.
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.
Alison Di Rollo
Legal advice to Scottish Ministers, civil litigation, constitutional issues and appointment of Counsel.