A new and refreshed Cabinet – ready to deliver for Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon has appointed a new and refreshed Scottish Cabinet – ready to deliver for Scotland.

Our new cabinet illustrates our commitment to ensuring that Scotland’s government reflects Scotland’s society, with equal numbers of men and women, more young talent and the first Cabinet Secretary from a BAME background, Humza Yousaf.

Here’s what you need to know about Scotland’s Cabinet.


Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

John Swinney

Deputy First Minister John Swinney remains Education Secretary, taking forward our plan to raise attainment in our schools and transform the provision of childcare.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Digital Economy 

Kate Forbes

After become the youngest MSP and first woman to deliver a budget in the UK, Kate Forbes has been promoted to Finance Secretary and takes on responsbility for developing Scotland into a true wellbeing economy, alongside delivering more money for our NHS and education.


Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Jeane Freeman

Jeane Freeman contiunes as Health Secretary. Jeane will build on the last decade of progress in our NHS, with record health spending; more doctors and nurses; and the best hospital A&E performance in the UK.


Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Humza Yousaf

As Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf will lead on the delivery of new hate crime laws and continue with the investment in our justice system that has seen Scotland’s crime rates fall to the lowest in 40 years.


Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture

Fiona Hyslop

Fiona Hyslop will continue in her role as Culture Secretary, overseeing Scotland’s booming cultural sector, but also takes on the important economic briefs of promoting fair work throughout Scotland.


Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People

Shirley-Anne Somerville

Shirley-Anne Somerville continues to serve as the first dedicated Social Security Secretary, working to deliver a system with dignity and respect at its heart. Shirley-Anne will also ensure that the voice and priorities of Scotland’s older people are represented at the highest level of government.


Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Aileen Campbell

Aileen Campbell will lead on our efforts to tackle poverty and inequality. Aileen will also continue work to empower communities and reform local government.


Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism

Fergus Ewing

Fergus Ewing will continue as Rural Economy Secretary, supporting Scotland’s thriving food and drink sector and delivering a new economic development agency for the South of Scotland, and also takes on responsibility for Scotland’s tourism sector.


Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Roseanna Cunningham

As Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham will take forward our world leading climate change legislation, setting the toughest greenhouse gas emissions targets anywhere in the world.


Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson continues in this key economic role, which will include delivering our commitment to superfast broadband for all homes and businesses.


Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Europe and External Affairs

Michael Russell

As the Tories continue to pursue a damaging Brexit, ripping up the devolution settlement in the process, Michael Russell will ensure Scotland’s voice is not ignored and lead our efforts to demand Scotland’s right to choose our own future.