Ministers & Law Officers

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

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

Responsibilities include:

Leading discussions with the UK Government on Scotland's future relationship with the EU; reports directly to the First Minister and attends Cabinet.

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